Great Decisions lineup features Sweet Briar professors

| February 1, 2013

Spencer Bakich

Spencer Bakich, assistant professor of international affairs at Sweet Briar College, will kick off the annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at the Lynchburg Public Library. The series is held at 3 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 7 through Feb. 28 in the Community Room. Light refreshments are provided starting at 2:30 p.m.

Bakich, who has expertise in foreign policy, small wars and insurgencies, and international security, will present “Threat Assessment” on Feb. 7. He will discuss how the U.S. can address the challenges of a weak economy and nuclear proliferation, along with the threats and opportunities presented by China’s ascendancy and regime change in the Middle East.

Sweet Briar assistant professor of international affairs Padmini Coopamah will speak Feb. 21 on “China in Africa.” Coopamah studies international development and the political economy of developing areas, especially sub-Saharan Africa.

Padmini Coopamah

She will address such questions as what interests govern China’s engagement in Africa, and whether China’s actions with respect to political ties and natural resource extraction should inform U.S. relations with African nations.

Nancy Bockstael, professor emerita of economics from the University of Maryland, will present “The Crisis of the Euro” on Feb. 14. Professor of political science Jennifer Dugan of Randolph College will conclude the series with “Humanitarian Intervention” on Feb. 28.

The Great Decisions Lecture Series is sponsored by the Lynchburg Branch of the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters of Lynchburg, the YWCA and the Lynchburg Public Library.

Topics are suggested by the Foreign Policy Association based on what it sees as the most significant and far-reaching issues of the day.

Lectures begin at 3 p.m. If Lynchburg Public Schools close due to inclement weather on the day of a lecture, it will be canceled and rescheduled for the first Thursday in March if possible.

Category: Government and International Affairs