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Sept. 24, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mark Rupert, professor of political science at Syracuse University, will give the lecture, "America in the World: Capitalism, Globalization and Empire," Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is the first in the International Focus Year lecture series, "Empire, Immigration and the War on Terrorism," sponsored by the international relations department.

Rupert is the author of numerous publications including Historical Materialism and Globalization, Ideologies of Globalization: Contending Visions of a New World Order and Producing Hegemony: The Politics of Mass Production and American Power. His current research projects are the new anarchism and the global justice movement.

"This lecture series will examine the appropriate role of the United States in the world system today," according to Steve Stamos, professor of international relations at Bucknell.

"Many analysts argue that the United States has new imperial ambitions that may prove costly in terms of international relations. Others argue that the risk is unavoidable because of the global war on terrorism.

"Yet the question remains: has the War in Iraq and the war on terrorism diverted our attention away from more pressing matters such as global poverty, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, social justice and human rights?" he said

According to Stamos, speakers in this series will explore issues such as international migration and homeland security (Rey Koslowksi, Nov. 11); U.S.-Mexican immigration policy and the Patriot Act (Samuel Schmidt, March 31); and the future of the U.S. economy (James Crotty, April 21).


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