Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

Levitt Center Speakers for 2005-2006:

"The Responsibilities of a Superpower"

 Fall 2005

Jeswald Salacuse '60, Henry J. Braker Professor of Law at the Fletcher School of Tufts University  presented a lecture about "The Responsibilities of a Superpower to Negotiate with Other Nations:  When You Carry the Biggest Stick of All, Why Bother?" on September 27.  In addition to serving on many boards and committees, Dr. Salacuse is Founding President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.  He has taught at a dozen universities around the world, and is the author of several chapters and books, including The Global Negotiator: Making, Managing, and Mending Deals Around the World in the Twenty-First Century (2003) and Leading Leaders:  How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich and Powerful PeopleBio 

Andrew Bacevich, Director of the Center for International Relations and Professor of International Relations at Boston University spoke about Reflections on American Militarism" on October 20. Prior to his position at Boston University, Bacevich taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University.  In addition, he was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2004.  Professor Bacevich is the author of The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005) and many other books and essays on U.S. foreign policy, American diplomatic and military history, and security studies.  Bio

John Berry, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, visited Hamilton on October 24th to discuss "Acculturation: Living Successfully in Two Cultures."  Dr. Berry's primary research is in the area of cross-cultural psychology.  His current projects deal with acculturation and ecological factors in human behavior, especially in the areas of family and cognition.  He has been the principal investigator for several large-scale studies of refugee and immigrant adaptation in Canada, and is concerned for the application of knowlege to social policy in both cross-cultural and social psychology research.  Dr. Berry is the author of many articles, books and chapters, including the three-volume Handbook of Cross-Cultural PsychologyBio

David Lampton, Dean of Faculty, Hyman Professor and director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and director of Chinese studies at the Nixon Center, joined Professor Jisi Wang as part of a special 2 speaker panel "Same Bed, Different Dreams: Chinese and American Perceptions of Superpower Responsibilities" on October 26.  Professor Lampton is the author of Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 (2001)and other books and articles on Chinese domestic and foreign affairs. Bio 

Jisi Wang, Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University and Director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, joined Professor David Lampton as part of a special 2 speaker panel on October 26.  Professor Wang serves as one of China's president Hu Jintao's pricipal advisors, and has published numerous books and articles on international relations theory and Chinese and U.S. foreign policy.  Bio

Constantine "Dean" Kokkoris, Attorney at Law, spoke on November 1st about the class action lawsuit he is bringing against the U.S. government on behalf of the Viet Namese people for the use of Agent Orange.  Mr Kokkoris practices civil rights, international law and unemployment law in New York City.  He is one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Vietnam Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) in a lawsuit against U.S. chemical companies.  In addition to his work on the Agent Orange litigation, a substantial part of his practice has been devoted to representation of low wage and immigrant workers in claims for unpaid wages.

Jan Mazurek, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute's Environmental Policy Program spoke about public policy and climate change on November 2.  Prior to joining PPI, Ms. Mazurek worked with the EPA as an advisor on domestic programs to combat climate change, with Resources for the Future to analyze federal laws and programs to control pollution, and served as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  She is the author of many articles and papers about environment and energy policy, most recently Making Microchips: Policy, Restructuring and Globalization in the Semiconductor IndustryBio

William W. Taylor III, the major attorney for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York,  discussed "Legal Issues in the Native-American Land Claim Cases" on November 15.  Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years experience in private practice as a civil and criminal litigator, and is currently a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on white collar crime and regulatory matters, commercial litigation, and Native America rights.  In addition to membership on the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules and Evidence, Mr. Taylor is an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow.  Bio

Frances Dunwell is the Hudson River Estuary Coordinator at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where she oversees the implementation of Governor Pataki's Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, a program to conserve the fish, wildlife, landscape, scenery, habitats, parks, and water resources of the Hudson River watershed from Troy to New York Harbor in ways that support human needs.  Her lecture on November 29th, which was co-sponsored by the Kirkland Endowment, focused on "The State of the Hudson River."  Prior to working for DEC, Ms. Dunwell was a Richard King Mellon Fellow at Yale University, where she received her Masters degree and conducted research for her award-winning book, The Hudson River Highlands (1991).  She received her Bachelor's degree in anthropology from Kirkland College in 1974. 

Spring 2006

Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, will speak about "The Economics of Terrorism" on February 13.  Professor Krueger has received many distinctions, including the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management (1997) and the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society (2001).  He is the author of Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, coauthor of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and the editor of the Journal of the European Economic AssociationBio

Jagdish Bhagwati, Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and Professor of International Economics at Columbia University, will address the Hamilton community on March 1, 2006.  His topic will be "In Defense of Globalization."  Dr. Bhagwati is currently a member of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's high-level advisory group of the NEPAD process in Africa.  He also served as external advisor to the director general of the WTO (2001) and special policy advisor to the U.N. on globalization (2000).  Dr. Bhagwati is the author of several books and articles on international trade and immigration, including In Defense of Globalization (2004), and is founder-editor of Economics & Politics and The Journal of International Economics.  He is the recipient many honors and awards, including the Seidman Distinguished Award in International Political Economy (1998), Switzerland's Freedom Prize, the Kenan Enterprise Award.  Bio

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and political science and sociology professor at Stanford University, will speak to the Hamilton community about "Democracy Development" on April 10.  Professor Diamond has lectured and written extensively on democratic development and regime change and on U.S. foreign policy affecting democracy abroad.  During 2001-2002, he served as a consultant to the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID).  In addition, Diamond is co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also co-director of the National Endowment for Democracy's International Forum for Democratic Studies.  Bio