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Portland, OR (October 15, 2003)—Reed College’s fall 2003 Public Policy Lecture Series will examine the last decade of the twentieth century for clues to the future of domestic and foreign policy. The series begins with three highly prominent speakers, Dennis Ross, Joseph Stiglitz, and Theodore Marmor, who will explore the years from 1990 to the new millennium from many different perspectives—domestic and foreign, politics and public policy, historical and contemporary.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

From Oslo to the Road Map: Is Peace Still Possible in the Middle East?
Thursday, November 6, 2003
7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Ambassador Ross, director and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the engineer of the Oslo Peace Accord. At Reed he will present an insider’s view of the complexity of the peace process and what the future may hold.

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ross served as director of the State Department's policy planning office in the first Bush administration. There he played a prominent role in developing U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the development of the Gulf War coalition. He served as director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff during the Reagan administration, and as deputy director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment.

Sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights and the Jewish Federation of Portland.

The Roaring 90s: A New History of the World’s Most Prosperous Decade
Wednesday November 12, 2003
6:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Professor of economics and finance at Columbia University, Joseph Stiglitz was formerly chief economist at the World Bank. He was the winner of the 2001 Nobel prize in economics and the 1979 John Bates Clark medal. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance. Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, Stiglitz has written textbooks that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He founded one of the leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives. His book Globalization and Its Discontents has been translated into 20 languages and is an international bestseller.

Stiglitz’s address will challenge the prevailing views on the prosperity and economic expansion of the 1990s.

Sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations and the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

America’s Misunderstood Welfare State: Legacies and Lessons
Thursday, November 20, 2003
7 p.m., Vollum Lecture Hall

Theodore Marmor is professor of political science at Yale and professor of public policy and management at the Yale School of Management. He is a scholar of the contemporary welfare state, one who emphasizes the comparative politics of the subject. His lecture will examine the welfare state seven years after we were told we had witnessed "the end of welfare as we knew it."

Marmor has authored and co-authored 11 books, has published over 100 articles in a wide range of scholarly journals, and is a frequent op-ed contributor to major U.S. newspapers. He regularly testifies before Congress on medical care reform, social security, and welfare, as well as consulting frequently with government and nonprofit agencies. He lectures widely on policy and management and often appears as a commentator in the broadcast media.

Lecture sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

About Reed’s Public Policy Workshop
Designed to engage students in the research process, the Public Policy Workshop is a focal point for the study of political, economic, and social issues, both domestically and internationally. In addition to a fall and spring lecture series, the workshop offers internship opportunities and serves as a research laboratory for undergraduates working on independent research projects, on senior theses, and as research assistants for the Reed faculty.

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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