NMSU lecture series about challenges facing democracy adds new speakers

New Mexico State University’s Department of Government added two events to its colloquium series titled “Democracy in Question?” The series that reflects on local, national and global implications of recent political events, began in February and will continue with four more presentations on Tuesdays through May 2, adding two new speakers on April 11 and 18.

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Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze, who has held a number of high-ranking positions in Georgia including Minister of Defense of Georgia has been added as a speaker on April 11 as part of the NMSU colloquium series “Democracy in Question?” Sikharulidze’s talk at NMSU is part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. Head and shoulders of a woman
Nancy Baker, NMSU government professor emerita, has been added as a speaker on April 18 as part of the NMSU colloquium series to discuss the Trump presidency.

“We had such a great response to the first lectures in the colloquium on this topic, we have organized additional speakers,” said Neil Harvey, NMSU government professor and department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are fortunate to have Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze from Georgia on campus thanks to a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and we have added a presentation by Nancy Baker, government professor emerita, who has published extensively on the U.S. Attorney General, the Presidency and American politics. She will talk about the checks and balances at work in the Trump presidency.”

On April 11, Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze, who has held a number of high ranking positions in Georgia, a country bordered by Russia, Turkey and Armenia. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar with the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Sikharulidze will give a presentation titled “Modern Times, Old Transatlantic Statecraft Quests: Security, Democracy and Economic Development.”

On April 18, Nancy Baker, government professor emerita, whose research has focused on law and politics in the executive branch, will present “Checks Unbalanced: Law, Power and the Trump Presidency.”

The series continues on April 4 with a presentation by Christa Slaton and Greg Butler, both NMSU professor of government, will present “Democracy in America: Myths, Realities and Possibilities.” Slaton’s research has focused on advancing democratic governance to create more transparency and trust in government. Butler’s research has focused on the history of American political thought and culture.

On May 2, Neal Rosendorf, NMSU associate professor in government and Yosef Lapid, NMSU Regents Professor emeritus in government, will present “Rethinking Global Politics and U.S. Foreign Relations.” Rosendorf’s research interests include modern U.S. foreign relations and international relations history and policy, public diplomacy, national reputation management, international public relations and “soft power.” Lapid’s research interests include theories of international relations, identity borders and security studies in the Middle East.

All lectures will be presented from 4-5 p.m. in Breland Hall, Room 179. They are free and open to the public. For directions and parking visit: https://park.nmsu.edu/

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