World Affairs

Since 1966 the World Affairs Committee - originally known as the Institute on World Affairs - has offered an annual series on a topic of international interest. The Committee on Lectures coordinates, reviews, and approves speakers and events planned by this committee.

Membership on the World Affairs Committee is open to all interested members of the university community. The Committee on Lectures appoints up to four representatives to World Affairs. These appointments are for three-year, renewable terms. The Office of the Provost appoints a faculty chair. 

Students and faculty interested in joining should contact the Lectures Program director Amanda Knief for upcoming meeting dates and times.


2018-19 World Affairs Series: The U.S. Role Abroad

2017 The U.S. Role Abroad

2016 Redefining Global Security

2015 Redefining Global Security

2014 Redefining Global Security

2013 Development, Defense and Diplomacy

2012 The World in Transition

2011 The World in Transition

2010 In a World of Conflict: Finding a Way Out

2009 Can We Save the World?

2008 Why Should We Care?

2007 Global Justice and Human Rights

2006 Where Do We Go From Here?

2005 Global Justice and Human Rights

2004 Cultivating Democracy

2003 Outside Looking In: International Perspectives on Foreign Policy

2002 Religion and Conflict

2001 What Is Terrorism? Death and Globalization in the New Millennium

2000 Globalization: Trade, Debt, and Civil Disorder

1999 Globalization: Prospects for Democracy and Freedom

1998 Why Should America Care?

1997 Who Owns the World: Biodiversity, Bioethics, and World Trade

1996 Population Development and Human Rights

1995 Religions in the World

1994 Fifty Years after Hiroshima

1993 Africa: Old Myths, New Realities

1992 The New Economic Order

1991 The New World Order

1990 Eastern Europe an the World in Transition

1989 Global Tomorrow: Transforming the Ecological Crisis

1988 The Pacific Rim Nations in the Twenty-First Century: Challenge for America

1987 Revolution and Social Change

1986 Breaking the Barriers: The U.S.S.R. and the U.S.

1985 Tyranny or Freedom: Which Side Are We On?

1984 Central America and the Caribbean: Reform and Revolution

1983 International Communications

1982 North-South Dialogue: Cooperation and Confrontation

1981 Prospects for Peace

1980 What's Ahead: The Challenge of the Eighties

1978 Humankind in the 1980s

1977 Human Dignity, Survival or Disaster — South Asia

1976 Gulliver's Troubles: The United States Role Abroad

1975 A Better Life? Agrarian Change in Developing Areas

1974 The Human Prospect: Interrelationships of People and their Material World

1973 World Power in Flux

1972 World Power in Flux

1971 The Role of the Military in the World

1970 Latin America: Que Direccion?