So many lectures and seminars, so little time

If you want to keep up on world events, there are probably few better places to be than Bloomington, Ind., for the next week or so. The IU Bloomington events schedule is packed with lectures and seminars that are sure to be informative and thought-provoking.

Let’s start with tonight, when IU scholars will examine the ethical, legal and strategic implications of using aircraft for intelligence and counter-terrorism purposes – a topic that’s been much in the news with the revelation of U.S. policy on targeted assassination of al-Qaeda operatives and the confirmation hearings of John Brennan, who’s been nominated to head the CIA.

predator_drone_vid“Drone Wars: Legal, Ethical and Strategic?” takes place at 7 p.m. in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. It’s a panel discussion featuring IU faculty members David Fidler from the Maurer School of Law and Richard B. Miller from the Poynter Center and the Department of Religious Studies, along with graduate students Paul Hoffman and Manjeet S. Pardesi. Feisal A.R. Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East, will moderate.

Coming up in rapid succession:

  • “Syria in Crisis,” a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Thursday in the IMU Maple Room. IU Syria expert Kevin Martin from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures will be joined by Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Fred Lawson of Mills College. Sumit Ganguly, director of IU’s Center for American and Global Security, will moderate.
  • “The False Promise of the Governance Model of Counterinsurgency Warfare” at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Fine Arts 102. The speaker is Jacqueline L. Hazelton, a visiting professor at the University of Rochester and author of “Compellence and Accommodation in Counterinsurgency Warfare.”
  • A lecture by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar at 4 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 18, at the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium. Lugar, recently appointed a distinguished scholar and professor of practice in IU’s School of Global and International Affairs, will deliver the Patrick O’Meara International Lecture.
  • A talk by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at the downtown Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The New Yorker writer, who is legendary for his behind-the-scenes reporting on security issues, will give the School of Journalism’s Roy Howard Lecture.

Don’t-miss lectures and discussions occur year round on campus, but to have so many in such a short time is a little overwhelming. Thanks to the Center for American and Global Security, the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Global and International Studies and the School of Journalism for keeping us informed.

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