Great Decisions 2016

Great Decisions Lecture Series to Focus on 2016 Presidential Election

Distinguished speakers will address a range of related topics at The College of Wooster

20 January, 2016 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Great Decisions, the renowned lecture series that examines international affairs and foreign policy, will tackle a topic that just about everyone in America is talking about: the 2016 Presidential Election.

This year’s series begins on Tuesday, Feb. 2, when veteran journalist Eleanor Clift presents “What Foreign Policy Issues will Shape the 2016 Presidential Election?” Clift, a Washington Correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, has covered every presidential campaign since the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976. She has also been a contributor to MSNBC and a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated television show, The McLaughlin Group. She is the author of several books, including Selecting a President in 2012, and has appeared in four movies, most recently The Watchman in 2009. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). A reception will follow.

The second lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, when Peter Singer, an international expert on 21st century warfare, presents “Cyberwar and Cybersecurity: Critical Decisions Facing the Next U.S. President.” Singer is currently a strategist for the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. In addition, he is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and a founder and organizer of the U.S.–Islamic World Forum. His books include Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. His lecture, which is also free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center. A reception and book signing will follow.

The third event will feature a screening of the Chris Temple film, Salam Neighbor, on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center. The film chronicles Temple’s month living and filming in a Syrian refugee camp. The following day, Friday, Feb. 26, Temple, a noteworthy young filmmaker who has become known for his pioneering style of producing documentaries through his non-profit production company, Living on One, will present a lecture, “Salam Neighbor: Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp.” The lecture will be accompanied by a luncheon featuring Middle Eastern Cuisine in Kittredge Dining Hall (535 E. Wayne Ave.) The cost for the luncheon and lecture, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is $13.50. Reservations should be made in advance by going to the online registration form.

The series will conclude Tuesday, Mar. 29, when TED Fellow Benedetta Berti, presents, “How to Stop Groups Like ISIS.” Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. Her work focuses on human security and internal conflicts, as well as post-conflict stabilization, and peace building. She is the author of three books, including Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration. A TED Senior Fellow, her work and research have appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will follow.

The Great Decisions lecture series is a joint venture between The College of Wooster and the local Wooster community. Established in 1981, the annual series is designed to bring to the region experts from a variety of backgrounds on various issues pertaining to foreign policy and international affairs. Additional information about this year’s series is available by phone (330-263-2411), e-mail, or online.