2012 Great Decision Lecture Series, February 9 - April 5

Bonnie Winston
February 06, 2012

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Global issues from cybersecurity to the wave of recent uprisings known as "the Arab Spring" will take the spotlight during the 2012 Great Decision Lecture Series at Elizabeth City State University.

Hosted by the Department of History and Political Science, the series features eight lectures that are free and open to the public. Each deals with a timely foreign policy or international issue chosen by the Foreign Policy Association, a New York-based nonprofit that started the public education initiative. Students, faculty and people at universities, high schools and public forums across the country will be discussing the eight topics.

At ECSU, the series starts Thursday, Feb. 9, with "Mexico: Transborder Crime and Governance," presented by Dr. Kwabena Boansi of the ECSU Department of History and Political Science.

Each of the lectures will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Moore Hall, room 246, on the ECSU campus.

Dr. Kwabena O. Boansi, organizer of the series at ECSU, said the lectures are designed to encourage debate and discussion of the important global issues of our time. University and high school students, faculty, teachers and residents of the region are welcome to attend. ECSU faculty experts will lead the lectures, which will continue through early April.

The remaining schedule:

  • Feb. 16:  "Middle East Realignment: The Arab Upheaval," Dr. Dr. Naginder Dhillon, professor emeriti, Department of History and Political Science.
  • Feb. 23:  "Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq: Right Time, Right Pace?" Dr. Margery Coulson-Clark, associate professor, Department of History and Political Science.
  • March 2:  "Cybersecurity: The New Frontier," Dr. Lynn Barnes, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work.
  • March 8:  "State of the Ocean: Waves of Change," Dr. Glen Bowman, professor, Department of History and Political Science.
  • March 22:  "Promoting Democracy: Foreign Policy Imperative," Dr. Shahid M. Shahidullah, professor and chairperson, Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work.
  • March 29:  "Energy Geopolitics: Quandaries Intensify," Dr. Jingbin Wang, assistant professor, Department of History and Political Science.
  • April 5:  "Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity," Dr. Ebere Oriaku, professor and chairperson, Department of Accounting