World Affairs Lectures

Liebert Family Legacy

Bernice Liebert Bongiorno died in March 2008 at age 92. Her first husband, noted neuropsychiatrist Erich Liebert, died in 1960. She left a bequest that established the Dr. Edward Liebert Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Erich Liebert World Affairs Program Endowment Fund.

The couples' daughter, Pamela Liebert, a Southwest Florida resident, says of her parents, "He was the love of her life and she wanted to make a gift that would honor him. She knew he loved teaching and thought this was a good way to accomplish that."Dr. Liebert held a professorship at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, ran a medical practice in Chicago and conducted a great deal of research in the area of psychiatric illness. He was also the clinical director of Elgin State Hospital and was a fellow in the American Academy of Neurology.The couple lived in Elgin, Illinois for many years, spending part of each winter on Fort Myers Beach as far back as the 1950s. 

 

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Past Lectures

Bernice Liebert Bongiorno died in March 2008 at age 92. Her first husband, noted neuropsychiatrist Erich Liebert, died in 1960. She left a bequest that established the Dr. Edward Liebert Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Erich Liebert World Affairs Program Endowment Fund.

“Migrants and Refugees – A Middle East Perspective”

By Professor Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Dr. Erich Liebert World Affairs Lectures hosted by the Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration

Why do some people uproot themselves, while their neighbors stay put? How does the experience of migration affect the migrants, their societies and relations between sending and receiving states? Are there differences between refugees and migrants? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

 

Professor Karen Jacobsen
  •  Professor Jacobsen's Bio

“The Two Americas: Can Americans See America the Way the Rest of the World Does?"

By Suzy Hansen, journalist and author

Why do some people uproot themselves, while their neighbors stay put? How does the experience of migration affect the migrants, their societies and relations between sending and receiving states? Are there differences between refugees and migrants? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

 

Suzy Hansen

“Is Democracy in Danger – and should you care?"

Professor Jack A. Goldstone 2018 World Affairs Lecture

Many have expressed concerns about President Trump’s impact on our democratic processes.  At the same time, democracy scores around the world in 2017 reached their lowest level in the last 13 years.  Are these trends related?  Should Americans be concerned about the decline in democracy in other countries?  Is democracy in the U.S. really under threat?   Professor Goldstone will discuss why we need to care about democracy abroad to preserve it at home, and what lessons we can learn from other times in history when democracy was under threat. 

 

Dr. Goldstone
  • Dr. Goldstone Bio

"Systemic Corruption and Its Dangers – At Home and Abroad" 

Presented by Sarah Hayes - Senior Associate - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

 Sarah Chayes is an international authority on corruption and its implications.  Her work explores how it exacerbates international crises such as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation.

Along with Thieves of State, which won the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize, Chayes is the author of the Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

 

Sarah Chayes
  • Sarah Chayes Bio

"Why does U.S. Foreign Policy Keep Failing" 

Presented by Stephan Walt - The Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

What We Learned:

  • Why have relations with Russia deteriorated so badly?
  • Why have repeated US efforts—by both Republicans and Democrats—to mediate peace in the Middle East failed?
  • Why did Republicans and Democrats embrace President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, despite clear warnings that the war was unnecessary and that the US had no “exit strategy?"
  • Why has President Obama followed many of the same national security policies as his predecessor, even though he was elected in part to change them?
  • How are we to understand the failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere, along with the deterioration of relations with Russia and China and the crises that have buffeted Europe?
Stephan Walt
  • Stephen M. Walt Bio

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