Upcoming Speakers

John Shattuck

Monday, July 8, 2019

Topic: Viktor Orban and Donald Trump: The Rise of "Illiberal Democracies" in Europe and the US

John Shattuck is Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.  He is an international legal scholar, diplomat, human rights leader, and former university president.  Early in his career he held positions that include:  Director of the ACLU Washington office; Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs at Harvard University; Lecturer at the Harvard Law School; and Senior Associate in the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

From 1993-1997 Mr. Shattuck was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  He then served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1998-2000.  Mr. Shattuck returned to the U.S. as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation from 2001-2009.  During this time, he was also Lecturer and Senior Fellow at Tufts University (2007-2009) and served on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Global Leadership.

From 2009 to 2016 he was President and Rector of Central European University, an international graduate institution in Budapest, Hungary. Upon his retirement as President, in his honor Central European University renamed the research center he had established as the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.

Professor Shattuck received a BA from Yale College in 1965, an MA in 1967 from Clare College, Cambridge University, and a JD degree in 1970 from Yale Law School.

Susan Purcell

Monday, July 29, 2019

Topic: Regime Change in Venezuela?

Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell is an independent consultant on Latin America based in Miami, Florida.  Prior to that, she was Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami and Vice President of the Council of the Americas, a not-for-profit U.S. business organization of mainly Fortune 500 companies with investments in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.  She was also a Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Project at the Council on Foreign Relations and was a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff during the Carter and Reagan administrations.  Before joining the U.S. government, Dr. Purcell was a tenured professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She holds MA and PhD degrees in political science from Columbia University and a BA degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from Barnard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Dr. Purcell was a director of Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, from 1994-2018.  She also served on a number of non-profit boards including the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the International Women’s Forum (Miami/Dade and Broward chapter).  She has done extensive consulting on Latin American economic, trade, investment and political issues for U.S. and foreign corporations.  A recognized authority on Latin America, she has written, co-authored or co-edited eleven books and has published over 200 articles on Latin American economic, financial, political and foreign policy issues and has commented regularly on developments in Latin America on television programs in the United States and Latin America.

William Reinsch

Monday, August 12, 2019

Topic: Globalization, Inequality and Trade Policy

William Alan Reinsch holds the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior adviser at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP. Previously, he served for 15 years as president of the National Foreign Trade Council, where he led efforts in favor of open markets, in support of the Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, against unilateral sanctions, and in support of sound international tax policy, among many issues. From 2001 to 2016, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, teaching courses in globalization, trade policy, and politics.

Reinsch also served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration during the Clinton administration. Prior to that, he spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, most of them as senior legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz (R-PA) and subsequently to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV). He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies respectively.

Andrew C. Weber

Monday, September 9, 2019

Topic: Pandemics and Biosecurity

Andy Weber currently holds the post of Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also holds the position of Head of Global Partnerships at epidemic forecasting pioneer Metabiota.

He is the former Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, Andy led diplomatic outreach efforts to ensure a speedy, effective and truly global response to this crisis. He has also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, and an Adviser for Threat Reduction Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He played a key role in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, and as a Foreign Service Officer he undertook diplomatic assignments in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong. Weber also oversaw and developed the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  He was twice awarded the Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.

From 2002 through 2008, Weber taught a course on Force and Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown and is a graduate of Cornell University. He speaks Russian and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

David Stoll

Monday, September 23, 2019

Topic: Migration from Guatemala to the US

David Stoll has worked with indigenous communities in Guatemala since the 1980s.  In his most recent book, El Norte or Bust! How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Latin American Town (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), he describes how migration actually impoverishes many rural Guatemalans because they take on unmanageable debt to finance the trip north.  He has written about Central American migration for The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald and The American Interest.  His earlier books include Is Latin America Turning Protestant? (University of California Press, 1991), Between Two Armies in the Ixil Towns of Guatemala (Columbia University Press, 1993), and Rigoberta Menchú and the Story of All Poor Guatemalans (Westview Press, 2007).  Stoll received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan and his PhD from Stanford University. For the past 22 years, he has taught at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Courtney C. Radsch

Monday, October 14, 2019

Topic: Enemies of the People: the Shifting Frontlines of Journalism

Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).  She serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the organization and oversees CPJ’s engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ’s campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work.  As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights.  Her book Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change was published in 2016.

Prior to joining CPJ, Radsch worked for UNESCO, edited the flagship publication “World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development,” and managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House.  She has worked as a journalist in the United States and Middle East with Al-Arabiya, the Daily Star, and The New York Times.  Radsch holds a PhD in international relations from American University.  She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, July 8, 2019
    John Shattuck
    Topic: Viktor Orban and Donald Trump: The Rise of "Illiberal Democracies" in Europe and the US
  • Monday, July 29, 2019
    Susan Purcell
    Topic: Regime Change in Venezuela?
  • Monday, August 12, 2019
    William Reinsch
    Topic: Globalization, Inequality and Trade Policy
  • Monday, September 9, 2019
    Andrew C. Weber
    Topic: Pandemics and Biosecurity
  • Monday, September 23, 2019
    David Stoll
    Topic: Migration from Guatemala to the US
  • Monday, October 14, 2019
    Courtney C. Radsch
    Topic: Enemies of the People: the Shifting Frontlines of Journalism

Past Speakers