Published March 15, 2017

Two talks

National security, Senegal trip are topics of March 22-23 events
  • At noon on March 23, students Johnny Williams III ’17 of Kewanee, Ill., and Rowan Williamson ’17 of Gays Mills, Wis., (among those pictured) will present the International Luncheon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center.
Two ongoing series at Monmouth College will host events March 22-23.

The eighth and final meeting of the Great Decisions discussion series will be held on March 22, and an International Luncheon is scheduled for March 23.

Political science professor Farhat Haq will introduce the topic “Nuclear Security” at Great Decisions. Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 22 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College’s Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following Haq’s remarks.

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, Haq will ask, which is the best way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.

At noon on March 23, students Johnny Williams III ’17 of Kewanee, Ill., and Rowan Williamson ’17 of Gays Mills, Wis., will present the International Luncheon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center. They will discuss their 17-day trip last year to the western African nation of Senegal, where they were part of a Monmouth group studying food security.

The interdisciplinary trip included several days in the peninsula city of Dakar, as well as travels to Thies, Ngaparou, Rufisque, Joal Fadiout, Cayor and the island city of Goree.

The presentation portion of the program is free; a meal featuring international cuisine is $8.50 for faculty, staff and the general public. Reservations for the meal must be made by March 21 by calling 309-457-2253 or e-mailing organizers.
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