Monday, Feb. 20; Tuesday, Feb. 28; Wednesday, March 8
St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Democracy announces three February and March events that are free of charge and open to the public.
Migration Crisis in Europe: Is America a Bystander? Takes place on Monday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., in Cole Cinema, Campus Center at St. Mary’s College. This international forum will discuss the greatest migration upheaval taking place in Europe since the end of World War II. In 2016 alone, Europe received close to a million asylum applications. Panelists Dr. Martin Geiger from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis and Esra Dilek, both from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey; and Dr. Polly Pallister-Wilkins from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will discuss how Europeans are handling the migration crisis and what European officials have learned in the past three years, along with how this crisis might impact Americans and how to prevent similar crises in the future.
U.S.-Russian Relations under Trump Administration: What Does Russia Expect? Takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, 47458 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City. Co-hosted by The Patuxent Partnership, Professor Tatiana Shakleina, head of the Department of Applied International Political Analysis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia’s most prestigious educational entity focusing on international relations. Professor Shakleina is an expert on Russian foreign policy and international relations.
Cokie Roberts delivers the Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center at St. Mary’s College. Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and ABC News. She has been in broadcasting for over forty years and has won three Emmy Awards. Roberts is included in the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and considered by the American Women in Radio and Television to be one of the fifty greatest women in broadcasting history.
The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) explores contemporary and historical issues associated with the ideas of democracy, liberty and justice in national and international contexts. It supports research that enhances our understanding of liberal democracy and its critics. CSD facilitates activities that strengthen democracy and the rule of law; enhance security and individual freedoms; invigorate the civil society; encourage free enterprise; and increase economic, environmental, educational and cultural equity.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,700 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.