Lecture Series and World Affairs

The series is in its 71st year as the leading local forum for international and national political discourse. This year, the lecture topics range from the 2016 presidential election to the growing crisis in the Middle East and changes in Cuba. The speakers included academic experts, authors, foreign correspondents and U.S. government officials or former ambassadors.

The following video captures a snippet of a few of the lectures featured at Hamilton Hall during the series.

The first video is Ambassador Dr. Paul Webster Hare, a British deployment for 30 years and the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001 – 20014.

The second speaker is Dr. Gerard Bertrand, Global Vice President, BirdLife International on the topic: The Great Migration Wildlife and Climate change.

2016 – 2017 Hamilton Hall Lecture Series

Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard University
“The Election Is (Finally) Over:  What Should We Do Now?”


Paul Webster Hare, Former British Ambassador to Cuba; Senior Lecturer of International Relations, Boston University; Former Fellow, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University
“How Much Is Cuba Changing?”


Stephen Kinzer, Author; Veteran Foreign Correspondent; Senior Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University
“Intervening in Foreign Wars:  The Greatest Question That Has Ever Been Presented to the American People”


Taiyi Sun, Lecturer and Presidential Fellow, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
“The Rise of China and Its Implications in the U.S.”


Richard Eichenberg, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tufts University
“The European Union’s Internal and External Challenges”


Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
“War Without End: The U.S. Military in the Greater Middle East”


Gerard Bertrand, Global Vice-President, BirdLife International; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Audubon Society
“The Great Migration: Wildlife and Climate Change”


Geoffrey Kemp, Director, Regional Security Programs, Center for the National Interest, Washington, D.C.
“Topsy-Turvy: Growing Crises in the Middle East”


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