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Harvard University professor to speak at NIU

February 17, 2011
Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Joseph S. Nye Jr.

Joseph S. Nye Jr. of Harvard University will present a public lecture at NIU on “The Future of American Power.”

A University Distinguished Service Professor and former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Nye will speak from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the auditorium of Altgeld Hall. A reception will follow.

Nye’s lecture will be based on his latest book, “The Future of Power” (2011).

“He will speak on how the United States will need a smart strategy to contend with the many actors and challenges of a global information age,” said Christopher Jones, chair of NIU’s Department of Political Science. “To sustain American power in the world, Nye believes we will have to work skillfully and multilaterally with other countries and organizations.”

After Nye’s 45-minute lecture, he will answer questions from audience members for about 30 minutes. No doubt some will include the latest developments in Middle Eastern countries, such as Egypt, Jones said.

Nye has served as assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs, chair of the National Intelligence Council and a deputy under secretary of state. The author of many books, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

His visit to NIU is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Division of International Programs, the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, the Political Science Student Advisory Committee and the Office of the President.

For further information, contact the Department of Political Science at (815) 753-1011.