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McSwain-Walker Lecture

The annual McSwain-Walker lecture brings renowned scholars, artists, analysts and other notable public figures to William & Mary to speak on topics related to how other countries and cultures interact with the United States, and how the United States interacts with them.

The 2014 McSwain-Walker lecture was delivered by M. Steven Fish, professor of political science, University of California, Berkeley. His lecture was titled "Putinism's Challenge to Democracy."

Past McSwain-Walker lecturers include:


Rudra Sil

Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, University of Pennsylvania. Author of Managing “Modernity”: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia, and co-author of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics, among other works.
Lecture: “When More is Less: Is the Global Diffusion of Social Media Clouding Our Vision of World Affairs?”


Vladislav Zubok

Professor of History, Temple University. Director of the Advanced Training Program for Russia funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Advisor and consultant to The Dmitry S. Likhachev Foundation in St. Petersburg, Russia. Author of A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev and Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia.
Lecture: “Did the U.S. Lose Russia? America and Russia as the Reciprocal ‘Other’”


Christopher A. Preble

Vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization dedicated to individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Author of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free, among other works. Formerly a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.
Lecture: "U.S. and Japanese Relations"


Montgomery McFate

Cultural anthropologist, defense and national security analyst, and former Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System. Previously, a social scientist in RAND’s Intelligence Policy Center. Recipient of a Distinguished Public Service Award from the Secretary of the United States Navy during work at the Office of Naval Research. As of 2011, Dr. McFate holds the Minerva Chair (Strategic Research) at the U.S. Naval War College.
Lecture: "Why Does the Military Care About Culture?”


Adam Shapiro

Filmmaker and organizer with the International Solidarity Movement.
Film screening of Darfur: Documenting and Confronting Genocide


Guillermo Gómez-Peña

World renowned performance artist and founding member of San Francisco-based radical arts collective and non-profit organization La Pocha Nostra. As of 2013, a McArthur Fellow, American Book Award winner, contributor to National Public Radio, contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT) and active member of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Performative lecture: "The Mexorcist”


Orlando Rojas

Cuban filmmaker. Since 1994, Rojas has taught screenwriting workshops at the International Film and Television School in San Antonio, and in several Mexican and Brazilian universities. Past recipient of a Berliner Künsterprogramm Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship to develop film projects.
Screening of award-winning film Stolen Verses about the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda.


Moon Chung-In

Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea. Former Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University, Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea. Past President of the Korea Peace Research Association and Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a Seoul-based magazine. Author of The Sunshine Policy: In Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea.
Lecture: “Cross-Cultural Understanding and Foreign Policy: Lessons from the Non-Western World”


Harriet Mayor Fulbright

Former Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under President Bill Clinton. As of 2013, President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center, dedicated to spreading the recognition of the Fulbright legacy, globalizing education, and promoting world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts through international collaborations and education programs, and of the Harriet Fulbright College in Washington, D.C. Member of the Reves Center Advisory Council.