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Reves International Affairs Lecture Series fall schedule announced

The Reves Center for International Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Government, the International Relations Program and the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary, is pleased to announce the fall schedule of the Reves International Affairs Lecture Series.

Three distinguished professors comprise this year’s slate. Marc Lynch, associate professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, opens the series on Sept. 13.

Lynch will be followed on Oct. 1 by Antoinette WinklerPrins, associate professor of geography at Michigan State University and program director of the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Science Program.

The fall schedule concludes on Oct. 25 with the annual George Tayloe Ross Address on International Peace. This year’s speaker will be Jeffrey Kopstein, professor of political science and director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. 

 “The Reves Center is proud to partner with these departments and programs in sponsoring the fall 2012 Reves Lecture Series,” said Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Reves Center.  “Bringing world class speakers like these to William & Mary helps to broaden our global understanding, and contributes directly to the internationalization of our university.”

Lynch’s Sept. 13 speech will take place at 5 p.m. in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium and is entitled “The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East.” It is based on his new book and will explore the wave of popular protest in the Middle East now known as "the Arab Spring,” focusing on the struggles from Tunisia and Egypt to the battles of Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Libya and the cautious reforms of the region's monarchies. Lynch will also examine the real meaning of the rise of Islamist movements in the emerging democracies, and the long-term hopes of a generation of activists confronted with the limits of their power.

On Oct. 1 at 3p.m. in the School of Education’s Holly Room, WinklerPrins will lecture on “Black Earths: Conservation and Development in Amazonia.” She will discuss the role of fertile black earths in Amazonia, which had have in part been created by human activity, and how they can be a rich resource if conserved and used wisely in modern development.

Kopstein’s Oct. 25 appearance will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Hall, Room 201, and focus on “Why Neighbors Kill Neighbors: The Political Origins of Anti-Jewish Violence.” Kopstein will discuss his latest research on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and its implications for our contemporary understanding of the dynamics of genocide.

“Great universities complement classroom teaching with such public events that are open to the entire campus and the community,” said Mike Tierney, director of the International Relations program and co-director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. “I’m thrilled that the Reves Center is doing more of this and can’t wait to attend these events.”