Rovner and Brands are also among the speakers in tonight’s Tower Center Forum, “After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy.” Joining them will be Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies Program at MIT. The discussion, moderated by Rovner, will explore American “grand strategy” of the past, present, and future for maintaining national security.
The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. It is free and open to the public; reservations are required. RSVP to the Tower Center.
Graybill’s new book, The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), follows the story of Montana fur trader Malcolm Clarke and his Piegan Blackfeet wife, Coth-co-co-na, focusing on the 1870 Marias Massacre – set in motion by the murder of Malcolm Clarke and in which Clarke’s two sons rode with the Second U.S. Cavalry to kill their own blood relatives.
In his examination of this historical tragedy, Graybill sheds light on how racial attitudes changed from the 19th century, in which Native-white marriages proliferated, to the 20th, in which such families often encountered virulent prejudice.
Rovner’s “Think” appearance ties in with the Tower Center’s 6th annual national security conferenceOct. 30-31. The proceedings will emphasize emerging regional threats and national security under conditions of budget austerity.
“The Tower Center National Security Conference brings together a stellar group of senior military officers, policymakers and academic security specialists who can speak to the big picture as well as the nuts and bolts of the defense budget,” says Rovner, who also serves as the University’s John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security. “We hope to encourage a serious discussion about the future of international security, the range of U.S. strategic responses and the difficult choices that will be necessary under fiscal austerity.”
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO and Dedman School of Law alumnus Travis Tygart will speak on KERA Public Radio’s “Think” at 1 p.m. CT Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Tygart, who led the investigation into the doping case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, will talk with “Think” host Krys Boyd about the pressures athletes face, advancements in anti-doping detection, and the future of sports.
Discussing research ethics: The Gartner Honors Lecture Series on SMU’s 2011 Common Reading concludes Wednesday, Sept. 21 with “HeLa Cells, Human Research Ethics and Genetics” by Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Free and open to the public.
A different kind of Disney: Philanthropist, documentary filmmaker and Hollywood legacy Abigail Disney will deliver a public lecture and an advance preview of her new series, Women, War & Peace, as part of the Embrey Human Rights Program‘s Fall 2011 Series on “The Arts and Human Rights” Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The TV series, which will premiere on PBS Oct. 11, 2011, will be broadcast for five consecutive Tuesdays and reveals how women have become primary targets in a new kind of war fought by gangs and warlords using unconventional weapons. It also shows how women are becoming necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
The 7 p.m. screening and discussion of one full episode will be preceded by a 4:30 p.m. Student Forum featuring highlights and conversation with Disney. Free and open to the public.