French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, Authors Samuel Huntington and
Three Leading Thinkers Will Examine America’s Controversial
October 16, 2002--
Three of the world’s most provocative observers of
global issues will speak at a University of Virginia symposium on
“America in the World” Nov. 7-8.
public event, the inaugural Levinson Lectures on Religion, Culture
and Social Theory, will feature Lionel Jospin, former prime minister
of France; political scientist Samuel Huntington of Harvard, author
of “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order;”
and Robert D. Kaplan, award-winning journalist and best-selling
author of nine influential books on international affairs.
a leading scholar of world politics, will give the program’s
keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Alumni Hall.
Friday, Nov. 8, Jospin and Kaplan will speak in Old Cabell Hall
auditorium. Jospin will talk at 9 a.m. and Kaplan at 10:30 a.m.,
followed by a noon panel discussion with all three symposium participants.
the world today, “America is as likely to evoke exasperation
and anger as admiration,” said Steven L. Jones, associate
director of U.Va.’s Center on Religion and Democracy, sponsor
of the event. For some, America means equality and opportunity,
for others it is an empire eroding their own societies, while many
others are ambivalent. The three speakers will look at the nature,
meaning and future of American global primacy.
proponent of the controversial thesis that western democracy will
dangerously clash with other world views, is author or editor of
more than a dozen books. He is a founder of the influential journal
Foreign Policy and served in the Carter administration as coordinator
of security planning for the National Security Council. He will
speak on such questions as what America means to different civilizations
and what the current war on terrorism might mean for the future
of American leadership.
who served as Socialist prime minister of France from 1997 until
this year, was narrowly edged out of the French presidential race
last spring and retired from politics. His talk will be his first
public address since retiring. Author of a new book on globalization,
he will offer European perspectives about America’s place
in the world.
whose books and essays on the Muslim word and the Balkans have strongly
influenced U.S. foreign policy, is an international correspondent
for the Atlantic Monthly. In the 1980s, he was the first to warn
in print of a future war in the Balkans, and his articles “The
Coming Anarchy” and “Was Democracy Just a Moment?”
have been widely debated. His many highly praised books include
“Balkan Ghosts,” “The Ends of the Earth,”
“An Empire Wilderness,” “Eastward to Tartary”
and, most recently, “Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands
a Pagan Ethos.” He will explore attitudes toward America in
the less-developed regions of the world.
Levinson Lectures are endowed by Frank and Wynnette Levinson of
Palo Alto, Calif., who are among U.Va.’s most generous benefactors.
the Thursday and Friday programs will be webcast live at http://religionanddemocracy.lib.virginia.edu/
details, please contact the Center on Religion and Democracy at
contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856