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   from the issue of March 31, 2005

Ruggie offers global view in forum finale

John Gerard Ruggie, Kirkpatrick professor of international affairs and Weil director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will deliver the lecture "American Exceptionalism, Exemptionalism and Global Governance" at 3:30 p.m. April 7 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

The lecture is the last in the 2004-05 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on the UNL Web site , UNL radio station KRNU (90.3 FM) and Channel 21 on Time Warner Cable television in Lincoln. Lloyd Ambrosius, professor of history, will give a pre-lecture talk beginning at 3 p.m. in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room.

The talk is also this year's Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy and the keynote speech of the April 7-8 Hendricks Conference, which will address the topic "U.S. Foreign Policy in a Divided World." The conference will be at the Nebraska Union. Its sessions are free and open to public.

From 1997-2001 Ruggie was United Nations assistant secretary-general and chief adviser for strategic planning to Secretary General Kofi Annan. He was dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he taught for many years. Ruggie has taught at the University of California's Berkeley and San Diego campuses and directed the University of California systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ruggie is a recipient of the International Studies Association's Distinguished Scholar Award and the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey Award for outstanding public service by a political scientist.

Ruggie has published six books, including Winning the Peace: America and the World Order in the New Era and Constructing World Polity.

The Hendricks Conference is sponsored every 18 to 24 months by the University of Nebraska's Hendricks Fund, which was established by Nebraska alumnus G.E. Hendricks to support the exploration of "current controversial political a non-partisan, unbiased manner."

The UNL Political Science Department is the sponsoring unit which administers the Hendricks Fund.

The conference will kick off with Ruggie's Lied Center lecture. On April 8, there will be a discussion between conference panelists and Ruggie from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., to follow up with questions in the light of his lecture.

The discussion will be followed by four sessions of lectures and panel discussions.



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