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UToledo Launches American Foreign Policy Speaker Series at Downtown Library

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration is hosting a series of community events featuring UToledo experts about American foreign policy during the next two months at the main branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St.

Topics range from political science and climate change to trade policy and space exploration.

“We’re thrilled to bring our UToledo experts out of the classroom and into the community to discuss important foreign policy topics and interact with people who live and work in our region,” Dr. Joel Voss, associate professor of political science, said. “As faculty, we engage with students every day about critical issues in our world, and we look forward to answering questions and leading discussions in our community.”

The Great Decisions 2022 speaker series, which is free and open to the public, begins 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, with Voss discussing changing demographics.

“The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political and environmental consequences all over the globe,” Voss said. “These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations.”

Weekly events also include:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Jeffrey Broxmeyer, associate professor of political science, will discuss President Joe Biden’s foreign policy and the administration’s treatment of issues such as the climate, the pandemic and alliances.
  • Monday, Sept. 12 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Paul Hong, Distinguished University Professor of operations management, will talk about industrial policy, trade issues, China and whether a more involved U.S. government will help revive the economy.
  • Monday, Sept. 19 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Tom Megeath, Distinguished University Professor of astronomy, will discuss how the U.S. will fare in an outer space crowded with countries such as India and China and commercial companies such as SpaceX.
  • Monday, Sept. 26 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Barry Jackisch, visiting associate professor of history, and Owen Lee, a graduate student, will address U.S. foreign policy toward Russia on issues such as arms control, cyberattacks, election interference and Ukraine.
  • Monday, Oct. 3 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Jetsabe Caceres, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will discuss drug control policies in Latin America, including the roots and bureaucratic logic behind them and whether it’s time to reconsider ones that disrupt supply chains and punish drug possession.
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 — From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Dr. Andy Jorgensen, associate professor emeritus of chemistry, will talk about the international dimensions of climate change and the role the U.S. will play in future negotiations in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.


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