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.
Past lecturers include:
Ambassador Shari Villarosa J.D. '79: "How Today's Youth are Engaging Globally" (2017)
Shari Villarosa was confirmed as Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles in September 2012 and held that position until 2016. Before her appointment, she served as Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs for the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the Department of State. She previously served as Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Burma and Dili, East Timor. She also served in a variety of other positions in the Department of State and US Embassies in Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand, Ecuador and Colombia. (Online profile of Ambassador Villarosa)
W&M Alumnus & RAND Defense Analyst Timothy R. Heath ’94 (2016)
"China-US Relations: Implications of Beijing’s Pursuit of International Leadership"
Timothy Heath is a senior international defense research analyst at the RAND Corporation and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Prior to joining RAND in October 2014, he served as the senior analyst for the USPACOM China Strategic Focus Group for five years. He worked for more than 16 years on the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in the U.S. military and government, specializing on China, Asia, and security topics.
Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Author of The Missing Martyrs (2011), Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (2008), and The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (2004), and editor of the anthologies Liberal Islam (1998) and Modernist Islam, 1840-1940 (2002). . Lecture: “Islam and the West: The Myth of Ancient Animosities”
M. Steven Fish
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley. Author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A look at the Evidence; Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics, which was the recipient of the Best Book Award of 2006, presented by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association; and Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution.
Lecture: “Putinism's Challenge to Democracy.”
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?”
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"
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?”
Filmmaker and organizer with the International Solidarity Movement.
Film screening of Darfur: Documenting and Confronting Genocide
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”
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.
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.