Students studying outside the library

Past Events

Africa and Global Health Governance 
Dr. Amy S. Patterson
March 5, 2018

Dr. Amy S. Patterson, a political sciences professor from Suwannee, University of the South, discussed global health policy in Africa and the effects of this policy on HIV/AIDS and non-communicable diseases. She describes the effectiveness of anti-HIV/AIDS campaigns across sub-Saharan Africa and how these policies have been influenced by international actors, domestic politics and civil society. This success in fighting communicable diseases must be used for African states to become more active in fighting non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, which are soon to become the biggest killers in the region, following the trend found in the rest of the world.

Women in Law and Politics

Mrs. Prema Samhat, Ms. Joyce Yette, Mrs. Lee Dunn, Mrs. Brooke Mueller, Mrs. Ann Clark
February 27, 2018

Prema Samhat, wife of President Samhat, led a panel discussion with four successful women in the fields of law and politics. Joyce Yette (’80), Lee Dunn, Brooke Mueller and Ann Clark presented the paths they took to their current positions and explained some of the high points and struggles they experienced along the way, focusing on some of the specific challenges and benefits of being a woman in their fields. They discussed the importance of influential mentors and strong relationships with colleagues and made recommendations on how to have a successful career.

Legacy of Hamilton: Constitution Day Lecture 
Dr. Stephen F. Knott
September 21, 2017

Dr. Stephen F. Knott, Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College, gave this year’s Constitution Day lecture on the “Legacy of Alexander Hamilton.” As an expert on Alexander Hamilton, Dr. Knott addressed issues such as Hamilton’s view on foreign wars, what Hamilton would say about current politics, the tense relationship between Jefferson and Hamilton, Hamilton’s view on slavery, and many other topics.  Dr. Knott gave a strong defense of Hamilton and argued that he made multiple important contributions to the development of the United States.

100 Years of Communism
Mr. Marion Smith
October 25, 2016

Marion Smith (’07), the executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, spoke about which forms of government are best for people and why he believes capitalism and democracy, though not perfect, are the most beneficial to citizens. Smith argued that the events and consequences of the Soviet Union and Cold War have been forgotten, but urged the audience to not forget the perils caused by communism.

The Politics of International Business
Mr. Paul Atkins
October 13, 2016

Paul S. Atkins (’80) spoke about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), financial markets, and government regulation. A former SEC commissioner, Mr. Atkins provided some overview of the work of the SEC, including how it is an independent federal agency that bridges the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) and discussed the origins and consequences of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Protection Act.