Speaker Series

Race, Gender & Power in Global Affairs

The Hamilton Lugar School's speaker series on Race, Gender & Power in Global Affairs addresses issues of systemic exclusion that have an outsized and pervasive impact on the development of U.S. foreign policy and the fields of international and area studies.

Roughly 80 percent of the State Department's Foreign Service officers and 60 percent of its Civil Service staff are white, according to a recent report by The New York Times. Further, the American Academy of Diplomacy reports that of 189 ambassadors serving abroad today, only three are African-American career diplomats.

This series goes beyond focusing on those who should have a seat at the table to spotlighting the people, knowledge and perspectives needed to build a new table.

Coming up next: Histories of Race, Blackness, and Otherness in Russia

Do Black Lives Matter in Russia? Historical Perspectives & Contemporary Realities is a two-part series exploring the current media and public response in Russia to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. This panel will include conversations about the history of racial discourse and policy in Russia (including constructions of blackness), and the experiences of people of color in the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia. This panel is sponsored by the Byrnes Russian & East European Institute.

Friday, Sept. 18 at noon

Broadcast on Facebook Live

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On the docket

  • Late September: Rima Shahid, Women4Change
  • September 25: Do Black Lives Matter in Russia? Russian Media and Public Response to Black Lives Matter
  • October 5: Meredith Loken, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • October 19: Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root

Recap: Decolonizing Global Politics with Robbie Shilliam

Johns Hopkins scholar Robbie Shilliam discusses the decolonization of global politics with Hamilton Lugar School Assistant Dean and Professor Shruti Rana. Shilliam researches the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. He is co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield book series, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Question. He is also a co-founder of the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial working group of the British International Studies Association.

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The Hamilton Lugar School timed the discussions to maximize student participation and enrichment. The early August events align with scheduled activities for the Hamilton Lugar School’s Living-Learning Center and its fall intersession course on Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement.

Recap: Diversity & Diplomacy with Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins

Ambassador Jenkins spoke with HLS Dean Lee Feinstein about the fundamental importance of diversity in the field of peace and security and the present and future of nuclear nonproliferation. Jenkins is Founder and Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation and the former Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs at the State Department.

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