9:36 a.m., Jan. 31, 2011----Seeing the United States through the eyes of people abroad is the theme of the University of Delaware's 2011 edition of Global Agenda, a premiere speaker series open to all students and the community.
This spring's series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and includes a visit to UD by the president of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick, and others with global perspectives, including former foreign ministers of Jordan and Nigeria, the president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, a senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the editor of The Globalist.
The series takes place at Mitchell Hall on Wednesdays. It is free and no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda website.
Global Agenda, now in its tenth season, is presented by the Center for Political Communication, with support from the Institute for Global Studies and the UD departments of Communication and Political Science and International Relations.
The series is also an undergraduate course, in which students meet informally with each of the speakers to discuss foreign affairs issues. It is taught by Rosenberg Professor of Communication Ralph J. Begleiter, who is also director of the Center for Political Communication.
Speakers and topics in the 2011 Global Agenda series, called "Mirror, Mirror: Perspectives of America Abroad," include:
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. -- "How Others See Us," Stephan Richter, founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist, the daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture. He also is president of The Globalist Research Center. In the 1990s, he was North American adviser to the German Economics Ministry and vice chancellor of Germany.
Wednesday, March 9, 3:45 p.m. -- "Conversation with the World Bank," Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank. Previously, Zoellick was vice chairman, international, of the Goldman Sachs Group. In 2005-06 he was deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department, and from 2001-2005 he served in the U.S. cabinet as the 13th U.S. trade representative. (Please note the earlier start time for this program.)
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. -- "Global Attitudes: Changes Since 9/11," Andrew Kohut, a public opinion expert with global experience. Kohut is president of the Pew Research Center, in Washington, D.C., and director of the Pew Global Attitudes project, which measures public opinion about the United States around the world.
Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. -- "View from Africa," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a director of the World Bank who was Nigeria's finance minister and foreign affairs minister from 2003 to 2006, the first woman to hold either position. She has received numerous awards for her work on economic reform in Nigeria. This program is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering as the Jack A. Gerster Memorial Lecture.
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. -- "View from the Arab World," Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, overseeing research on the Middle East. Muasher was foreign minister (2002-2004) and deputy prime minister (2004-2005) of Jordan. His career has spanned diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.
Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. -- "View from Europe," Jamie Shea, NATO's deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges, based in Brussels. He is responsible for areas such as non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber defense, counterterrorism and energy security. He also oversees strategic analysis and forecasting.