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On February 25 and 27 Reed College will host two eminent political scientists speaking on global trends in the aftermath of 9/11, as part of Reed’s special public policy lecture series America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era (see details below). The lectures, sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund, are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
TED GURR ’57: "Attaining Peace in Divided Societies: Five Principles of Emerging International Doctrine"

Ted Gurr ’57 is senior faculty member at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, director of the Minorities at Risk Project, and professor of political science at the University of Maryland. His talk will focus on the emergent international regime of managed ethnic heterogeneity and consider whether the U.S. response to 9/11 has sent a permissive signal to regimes elsewhere about repression of domestic ethnopolitical challenges.

Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
PETER FEAVER: "The American Military and the War on Terrorism"

Peter Feaver is director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and associate professor of political science at Duke University. He will review the theory and practice of civil-military relations in three areas–the day-to-day working of civilian control, the nature of civil-military disputes over the use of force, and casualty sensitivity–and apply those insights to the ongoing war on terrorism and debate over Iraq.

Ted Robert Gurr ’57 is author of the award-winning books Why Men Rebel (Princeton, 1970) and Violence In America (U.S. Government Printing Office, Bantam Books, and Praeger, 1969). He was on the faculties of Princeton, Northwestern, and the University of Colorado before joining the Maryland faculty in 1989. Gurr is internationally recognized for his theoretical, comparative, and historical studies of societal conflict, especially the Polity Project, which he began in the late 1960s to provide coded information on political institutions for all independent states from 1800 to the present. The Polity data provide the basis for many scholarly and policy studies of the effect of democracy and autocracy on civil and international conflict.

Peter Feaver, former adviser to the National Security Council and other agencies on nuclear arms, is the author of Guarding the Guardian: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons (Cornell, 1992) and the soon-to-be-released Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard, 2003). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. His other writings include a book chapter on American nuclear doctrine in A Primer for the Nuclear Age, and chapters on the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy in Target Earth. Feaver earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations at Lehigh University. While pursuing his master’s and Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University from 1985 to 1990 he was a fellow in the Avoiding Nuclear War Project at the Kennedy School of Government, a Harvard MacArthur fellow, and a John A. Olin pre- and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Affairs.

Special public policy lecture series
The attacks of September 11, 2001, have been described as fundamentally changing the world. One year later, however, the lasting effect of 9/11 on America’s sense of self, the country’s role on the international stage, and the desire and ability of America to single-handedly lead a "war on terrorism" remains unclear. America and the World in the Post 9/11 Era is an attempt to encourage a dialogue about these topics, as Reed College hosts a series of public lectures featuring international experts on foreign policy, military affairs, the Near and Middle East, and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

Elizabeth Ducey, once a Washington, D.C., staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a longtime interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed's art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1972 Ducey established the Ducey Fund at Reed College, beginning a tradition of enriching the college through the promotion of lectures and internships on national, local, and regional affairs.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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