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Three Discussions on Politics and Policy Hosted by KSC

KEENE, NH, 09/15/10 - Keene State College invites the community to join three free discussions focusing on international issues.

Organized by Great Decisions, America’s longest-standing global affairs education program, the discussions offer the public an opportunity to learn about and discuss foreign policy. Each participant’s point of view carries equal weight, everyone is encouraged to share opinions and ideas, and everyone has the opportunity to speak. Since the focus is a critical examination of issues and opinions, consensus is not the goal, and no attempts are made to convert others.

The three 2010 discussions run from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and all are held in Rhodes N210. Each 45-minute lecture is followed by moderated discussion led by Keene State College faculty.

The discussions meet as follows: Halting Atrocities in Kenya: Lessons Learned, September 23; Global Crime, October 21; and Back to the Future: A Historian’s View of China Today, November 4.

Therese Seibert, sociology professor, leads the discussion on Kenya where post-election rioting in December 2007 brought pressure on Nairobi, from international and regional diplomats, to end tensions and avert bloodshed. Lessons learned and ramifications for the UN’s emerging responsibility to protect doctrine are the focus.

Peter Stevenson, associate professor of sociology, leads Global Crime. The discussion addresses how countries can better protect citizens seeking the benefits of a globalized world from being exploited and how global organized crime can be fought.

Back to the Future: An Historian’s view of China Today, is led by Roland Higgins, KSC Professor of History and International Studies. The conversation focuses on the historical context for China’s dramatic rise, its global significance, and likely consequences for China’s neighbors and U.S. policies.

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