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Reed College's Spring Public Policy Lecture Series begins January 31 with political scientist Margaret Levi exploring the question of trust in times of political transition

Portland, OR (January 21, 2004) - "Transitions: Managing Political Change in an Uncertain World," the 2004-2005 Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series, begins its spring segment with political scientist Margaret Levi, exploring the question of how trust is maintained or rebuil t during a political transition in "Trust in Transition," at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 31 in Vollum Lecture Hall at Reed College.

Levi, professor of political science at the University of Washington, is the president elect of the American Political Science Association. She is currently engaged in a multi-year study of trust and trustworthiness, sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Levi is a well-known social activist, serving on the boards of Jobs for Justice workers rights, and the Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice. Levi has served as a Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and Guggenheim Fellow. This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

The public policy lectures are free and open to the public.

All lectures are held in Vollum Lecture Hall on the Reed College campus . For more information, the public is invited to visit   or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

2004-2005 Public Policy Lecture Series
The 2004-2005 series, " Transitions: Managing Political Change in an Uncertain World," features six lectures focusing on the difficult process of managing political transitions: from a bipolar to a unipolar world, from the Clinton administration to the 2004 election, from nationalized to globalized economies, and from apartheid to reconciliation. We hope to challenge prevailing liberal and conservative rhetoric, and bring political curiosity at Reed to a new level of information and discussion.

The series is sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights, the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations, the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund, the Bernard Goldhammer Lecture Fund, and the Reed College political science and economics departments.

Spring 2005 Lectures

Margaret Levi
"Trust in Transition"
7 p.m., Monday, January 31, Vollum Lecture Hall

James Gibson
"Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?"
7 p.m., Monday, February 21, Vollum Lecture Hall

James Gibson is the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis, having previously taught at the Universities of Houston and Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Gibson is a well-known scholar of constitutional law, civil liberties, judicial behavior, and research methodology. His forthcoming book investigates the transformation of South African society in the context of its much heralded Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and finds that South Africans of all races--even whites--condemn apartheid. This lecture is co-sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights and Reed's Black History Month Fund.

Alexandra Hrycak
"Ukraine's Orange Revolution"
7 p.m., Monday, March 28, Vollum Lecture Hall

Alexandra Hrycak, associate professor of sociology at Reed College, investigates social movements in Ukraine. Since 1992, she has conducted research on students, performance groups, and national identity. In recent years, her work has focused on the Ukrainian women's movement. Most recently, she served as an independent election monitor in Ukraine during the December 26, 2004 repeat presidential runoff. This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Robert Dahl
"Political Equality and Human Nature"
7 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, Vollum Lecture Hall

Robert A. Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science and senior research scientist in sociology at Yale University, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a corresponding member of the British Academy; and past president of the American Political Science Association. His publications include Congress and Foreign Policy ; Politics, Economics and Welfare (with C. E. Lindblom); Size and Democracy (with E. R. Tufte); and Controlling Nuclear Weapons: Democracy Versus Guardianship. This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

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