Pizza and Politics Night – ECSU Professor of Communication and former U.S. diplomat César Beltrán talks on the legacy of Madeleine Albright

 By César Beltrán

During the course of our separate careers Madeleine Albright and I have often crossed paths. My first encounter with her was in the mid-1980s, when I was serving as the U.S. Information Agency Desk Officer for Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. I had just completed a tumultuous three-year tour in Krakow, Poland, witnessed the rise and fall of the Solidarnosc trade union movement, and received an unprecedented two promotions in the Foreign Service, thanks to what I had just experienced and reported on in Central Europe. At this time, Professor Albright was carrying out research on Solidarnosc, pestering me for a speaker’s grant (AmPart Program) to get into Central Europe, and tutoring two political aspirants, Bill and Hillary Clinton, in matters of international relations at her Georgetown home. For her efforts, Madeleine Albright subsequently would be named by President Clinton as Ambassador to the United Nations and then as Secretary of State, a position she held from 1997 to 2001. Overall, Madeleine Albright’s approach to foreign policy—while not perfect—was well-informed, clearly intelligent, and based on a deep and wide understanding of politics and history, particularly in Europe.

Cesar D. Beltran
Career Counselor (Retired)
Senior Foreign Service
U.S. State Department

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Professor Hope Fitz heads to Romania for a philosophical discussion on Human Knowledge

Hope Fitz will  deliver a paper at the 10th Congress of the International Society of Universal Dialogue, ISUD, in Craiova, Romania, July 4-9, 2014.  The theme of the Congress is “The Human Being: Its Nature and Functions”.  This is a theme that focuses on the human as a species. Hope wrote the theme.  The paper which she will present is entitled: “Human Knowledge from a Human Perspective”.  This paper focuses on the fact that the philosophical belief that humans could have certain knowledge of reality has lost its credence over the centuries.  Also she will argue that what one must consider in seeking understanding, which is necessary for knowledge, are the means to knowledge and the methods of knowing. She will trace the line of means and methods from the Greeks through Kant, and then consider Martin Heidegger’s objection to all mind-dependent theories which he said started with Aristotle and culminated in the philosophy of Kant. Finally, Hope will adumbrate the post deconstructionist thought of Michele Foucault, and introduce the epistemology of discourse.

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Visit of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to ECSU

Madeleine Albright

At the end of March, Eastern will receive former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a talk on the challenges the U.S. and world face in the XXI Century (click here for additional information). This is a challenging topic to be addressed by one of the most prominent high-level officials of the U.S. Government in the past decades. Her tenure in office was full of extraordinary events, and her actions influenced some of the important political outcomes of the last century, not only in terms of the overall diplomatic and objectives of the U.S. but also in terms of a larger international agenda, where the issue of international security remains a priority.

There are several biographic books about Secretary Albright, including her autobiography, that provide useful insights of this prominent figure. Including:

 

Madame Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2013) by Madeleine Albright.

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright.

Madeleine Albright: Against All Odds (2000) by Michael Dobbs.

Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright  (1999) by Ann Blackman.

But there are many other sources devoted to her work (click here).

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Debate on the Merits of ObamaCare – Pizza and Politics Night

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Gender in Public Policies – Pizza and Politics Night

An Evening on Politics – Gender in Public Policies

A comparison of approaches from Latin America and the U.S.

On Thursday October 24 Dr. Nora Nagels of the Université de Montréal and Professor Nicole Krassas of Eastern and students discussed different perspectives on social policies and gender. Part of the discussion addressed how public policies aimed at supporting vulnerable groups, such as Food Stamps in the U.S. and Cash Transfers in Latin America do not necessarily take into account a gender perspective in their design and implementation. This event was moderated by Professor Martin Mendoza-Botelho.

 

This event was co-Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Geography and Philosophy, the Program of Latin American Studies and the Program on Gender Studies.

 

 

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Gender and Social Policies in Latin America

Dr. Nora Nagels – Université de Montréal

On October 23 Dr Nagels of the Université de Montréal presented some of her work in Latin America related to the implementation of social policies aimed at improving the livelihood of citizens in this region and related feminist theory.

This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Geography and Philosophy, the Program of Latin American Studies and the Program on Gender Studies.

For Additional information contact Prof. Martín Mendoza-Botelho  mendozabotelhom@easternct.edu

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Should the World and the U.S. intervene in Syria? – Pizza and Politics Night

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