Each Semester a seasoned international relations expert is chosen by the IRC to give an address to the College community. The lectures discuss current events using the wisdom gained from past experience. In a field in which there are few clear career paths, the speaker series is also intended to introduce students to examples of successful progression within the vocation. An open reception is usually held immediately after the talk. The speaker series was begun in 2010-2011 and increased to two fellows per year in 2011-2012.
Spring 2013 – Robert Keohane
Fall 2012 – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, considered one of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at William & Mary on October 10, 2012. The Dalai Lama delivered a lecture focused on the virtues of human compassion.
The event, which was co-sponsored by the William & Mary Student Assembly and the Student Programming Committee of Alma Mater Productions (AMP). Additional support was made possible through the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment.
The Dalai Lama has received many awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. The author of more than 72 books, he has traveled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents.
Spring 2012 – Chic Dambach, former President and CEO of the Peace Corps Assoc.
A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Chic Dambach led an informal peace delegation to settle a border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea before becoming the President and CEO of the Peace Corps Association. He now serves as the Chief of Staff for a Congressman and as the President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Chic recently published his memoirs, Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder. He will be giving his address, entitled “From Peace Corps to Peacebuilding,” on March 13th at 7:00pm in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium.
Fall 2011 – Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, former US Ambassador to China
Admiral Prueher, of Nashville, Tennessee, is a retired Navy admiral and former Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command, from which he stepped down in February 1999. He served as the US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1999 – 2001. Admiral Prueher received a M.S. in International Relations from the George Washington University and a B.S. in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is widely published on topics related to leadership, military readiness, and Pacific region security issues. He spoke on the developing relations between the US and China.
Fall 2010 – W. Taylor Reveley III, President of the College
The 27th President of the College of William & Mary, W. Taylor Reveley III recieved his A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is an expert on the war powers of the President, having written the much acclaimed book War Powers of the President and Congress: Who holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? He spoke on the topic of Presidential War Powers in the context of the War on Terror.
The IRC Fellow speaker series is free and open to the public. Please address any questions to the Vice President for Campus Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.