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College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series
Focuses on the Post-Cold War Era

September 4, 2009

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Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — Mercer University will begin its 11th Annual College of Liberal Arts Lecture Series this month, focusing on the theme “Leftovers: 20 Years After the Wall Came Down, Reflections on a Post-Cold War World.” The six-lecture series features professors from across the University delivering lectures focused on the aftermath of the Cold War. The first speaker in the series, Dr. Chris Grant, associate professor of political science, will lecture on “Frozen Conflicts in Moldova and Georgia” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Choir Rehearsal Room of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus.

“On the 20th anniversary of that watershed moment when the Berlin Wall fell, symbolizing the beginning of the end of the Cold War, it is important to reflect on the changes that have occurred since, and the conditions they have helped create,” said Dr. Eimad Houry, professor and chair of the political science department.  “This year’s theme highlights the challenges and risks that confront nations in the post-Cold War environment. The speakers will explore regional and national issues that affect pivotal actors such as Russia, Germany and the United States. Our goal is to present the Mercer and the community with important information in order to better appreciate what is happening and how these developments might help shape our common future across the globe.”

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Fall 2009
All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building (MUB 110).
Sept. 9
Dr. Chris Grant, associate professor of political science
“Leftovers: Frozen Conflicts in Moldova and Georgia”
Oct. 7
Dr. Jim Hunt, professor in the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and the Walter F. George School of Law
“Preparing: Universities and Business Education in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia after Communism”
Nov. 11
Dr. Edward Weintraut, professor of German and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts
“20 Years of Life in Germany Since Reunification”
Spring 2010
All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Choir Rehearsal Room, McCorkle Music Building (MUB 110).
Jan. 27
Dr. Sarah Gardner, associate professor and chair of the history department
“I was a Communist for the FBI: America and the Cold War, 1945-89”  

Feb. 24
Dr. Wallace Daniel, provost
“Dueling Images of Russia”  

March 31
Dr. Bryan Williams, assistant professor of political science
“Looking for Another ‘Other’ U.S. Foreign Policy After the Fall”

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

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