Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies
The Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies is an annual endowed lecture established at Westminster College in 2001 to bring major figures in international studies, military history, and related fields to campus to deliver relevant public lectures and conduct seminars. As the world becomes increasingly globalized, complicated issues face us every day. The lectures attempt to help people consider and navigate some of these challenging questions.The lecturers are drawn from a pool of scholars, writers, and thinkers without regard to ethnic, religious, or ideological considerations. The annual lecture is open to the public without charge. The Lecture Series is funded through the proceeds of the Kim T. Adamson Endowment, a gift from Kim T. Adamson, alumna and long-time friend and supporter of Westminster College.
2015-16 Adamson lecturer elmira bayrasli
Elmira Bayrasli gave a talk entitled "Steve Jobs Lives in Pakistan: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places or The Next Silicon Valley." This talk coincided with the release of her new book entitled From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places. Ms. Bayrasli is the founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, a media platform designed to give female voices more visbility in discussions about foreign policy. From 1994-2000 she was a presidential appointee in the State Dept., where she worked with Madeleine Albright and Richard Holbrooke.
2014-15 Adamson lecturer Adam Segal
The Maurice Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he leads the Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative, Dr. Segal gave a chilling account of the current state of cyberconflict in his lecture "The Digital Cold War between the U.S. and China: Is Copperation in Cyberspace Possible?"
2013-14 Adamson lecturer charlayne hunter-gault
Award-winning journalist and activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault gave a stirring yet sobering lecture on "The NewFace of AIDS: Africa's Women and Children." Earlier in the day, Hunter-Gault met with students studying African history and Public Health to discuss the role of AIDS in Africa. Finally, she inspired students during lunch by recounting her trailingblazing role as the first female African-American student at the University of Georgia.
2012-13 Adamson Lecturer Eric Greitens
Eric Greitens, the founder and CEO of The Mission Continues, discussed the work of his national nonprofit organization that encourges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. During the day, he met with students, faculty, and staff to talk about his book The Heart and the Fist, which was also a common read for the incoming Honors class. Greitens served as a US Navy SEAL in four deployments, was a Rhodes Scholar, and the author of three books. He recently talked about his work with John Stewart on The Daily Show.
2011-12 Adamson Lecturer John F. Harris
John Harris, editor-in-chief and co-founder of POLITICO, the must-read publication for anyone involved in politics, talked about America's place in the world and handicapped the 2012 presidential election in his talk, "The Whole World is Watching: Global Leadership and the 2012 Elections." During the day, he met with Honors students to talk about the founding of POLITICO, new media, and the future of journalism. Harris is the author of two books on presidential politics and worked at the Washington Post for two decades.
2010-11 Adamson Lecturer Nancy Sherman
Georgetown University Professor of Philosophy Nancy Sherman laid out the central arguments of her important book, The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds, and Souls of our Soldiers, a study dedicated to “the men and women who have served in the military and have carried the weight of war and its moral uncertainties." A specialist in ancient ethics and the history of moral philosophy, Sherman has authored four books and edited a fifth on Aristotle’s ethics. She has taught at Yale, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland, and served as the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the US Naval Academy, designing the brigade-wide required military ethics course and laying the groundwork for the new Stockdale Ethics Center.
2009-2010 Adamson Lecturer Thomas E. Ricks
In a packed concert hall, Pulitizer Prize winning reporter Thomas Ricks discussed three critical things that we don’t understand about the Iraq War. Ricks has studied and reported on US military activities for nearly 30 years, covering American combat in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Ricks served as a special military correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, followed by a similar position at the Washington Post. He is the author of two best-selling books on the war, Fiasco and The Gamble.