December 4, 2020

UMW Hosts National Security Lectures

The University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus Center for Education and Research will host its third series of lectures this spring on global events and their impact on U.S. national security. The lecture series is a joint effort of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council (MAC), the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) and UMW. The lectures provide the Department of Defense and industry representatives with current data on global events that challenge national security. The sessions also will be broadcast to the Stafford Technology and Research (STAR) Center at Quantico as well as the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the lecture series began with a discussion on “The Global Economics of Water” by Jacqueline Gallagher, associate professor of geography. On Tuesday, March 19, John Kramer, distinguished professor of political science, will discuss “Superpower Competition in Post-Soviet Central Asia: The ‘Great Game’ Redux.” Other lectures will include Cynthia Watson, professor of strategy at the National Defense University, who will present “China’s Growing Shadow in the Global Arena” on Tuesday, April 16, and Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science, who will present “Political Islam and the Arab Spring” on Thursday, May 30. All lectures in the series will be held at University Hall from 8 to 10 a.m., except Cynthia Watson’s lecture that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., are free and open to the public. Registration for the lectures is requested as space is limited. For more information or to register, visit http://dahlgren.umw.edu/.

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News release prepared by: Sarah Tagg

Rep. Rob Wittman to Speak at Dahlgren Campus, 10/10

Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District will speak at UMW’s Dahlgren campus as part of the National Security Lecture Series. Wittman will present his lecture, “Sequestration and the Federal Budget – Implications for the Department of Defense and National Security,” on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

First elected in 2007, Wittman is running for reelection this November against Democrat Adam Cook. Wittman will return to UMW on Monday, Oct. 29 for a debate at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.

The National Security Lecture Series, first held in April 2012, is a collaborative effort that includes UMW’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council. All lectures in the four-part series will begin at 8 a.m. with refreshments and networking and end at 10:30 a.m. at UMW’s Dahlgren campus in University Hall, Room 110.

The lecture series began on Wednesday, Oct. 3 with Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Affairs John M. Kramer’s lecture “Russian Foreign Policy: Strategic Challenges for the United States.”

Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science and international affairs, will present his lecture, “The Syria Crisis: Personal, National and Regional Insecurity,” on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The lecture series will conclude with Professor of Political Science Stephen J. Farnsworth’s lecture “The 2012 Presidential Election: The Media, Public Opinion and International Issues.”  Farnsworth also is the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at UMW.

While there is no cost to attend the lectures, registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit http://dahlgren.umw.edu/upcoming-events/national-security-lecture-series/.

National Security Lecture Series at Dahlgren

The University of Mary Washington Department of Political Science and International Affairs, in collaboration with the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, is pleased to announce the continuation of the National Security Lecture Series held at the university’s Dahlgren campus.

Jack Kramer, who lectured last spring, will kick off the series and focus on Russian foreign policy.  Ranjit Singh, who also lectured last spring, will follow up his Arab Spring presentation by providing participants with additional insights into the Syria crisis.  Congressman Rob Wittman will overview the ways in which sequestration will impact the federal budget, the resulting impact on our nation’s defense and national security implications.  Finally, Stephen Farnsworth, who directs the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will focus on the 2012 campaign and election, paying special attention to national security issues.

The programs start at 8 a.m. with registration, refreshments and networking followed by the lecture starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m.  The lectures will include time for each speaker’s presentation along with opportunities for questions and answers.  While there is no cost to attend, we ask that you register for each lecture at http://dahlgren.umw.edu/.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: “Russian Foreign Policy: Strategic Challenges for the United States” by Jack Kramer, distinguished professor of political science and international affairs

Wednesday, Oct. 10: “Sequestration and the Federal Budget – Implications for the Department of Defense and National Security” by Rep. Rob Wittman

Tuesday, Oct. 30: “The Syria Crisis: Personal, National and Regional Insecurity” by Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science

Wednesday, Nov. 14: “The 2012 Presidential Election: The Media, Public Opinion and International Issues” by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies