The purpose of the seminars is to bring to the campus persons whose own responsible leadership enables them to help clarify issues of public policy and provide opportunities for students to network and interact with these external experts. Each seminar topic is researched by a group of four to five Garfield Scholars. The research is then shared with the larger group of scholars, compiled and will be presented along with a critique of the seminar to the Advisory Council in May. All of the seminars have been well attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and greater community leaders. The Garfield Center has already been remarkably successful in exposing the local public to thoughtful discussion of public issues and in promoting the aspirations of the Center's own students toward careers in public leadership and service.


Past Seminars

2013-2014

"The World State Debate," February 28, 2014.

Participants: Alexander Wendt, Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University; Timothy Burns, Professor of Political Science, Baylor University


2012-2013

"American Policy in the Middle East: Options and Limitations," October 28, 2013.

Participants: Paul Wolfowitz, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Deputy Secretary of Defense (2001–2005) and former Ambassador to Indonesia; L. Paul Bremer III, member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a member of the Board of RAND Corporation's Center for Middle East Public Policy, and former presidential envoy to Iraq. Moderation by David Aaron, Ambassador, Senior Fellow, and former Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at RAND.

"Nuclear Iran: The Options for American Policy," February 25, 2013.

Participants: Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Counter-Terrorism; Deputy Dean, Lauder School of Government, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel; Dalia Dassa Kaye, Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

"Partisanship and the Future of American Democracy," October 9, 2012.

A seminar focusing on the partisanship of our political system and it's impact on our future.

Participants: William A. Galston, Ezra Zilkha Chair and Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program of The Brookings Institution; former policy advisor to President Clinton and expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections; Thomas E.Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, former Director of Governmental Studies at Brookings and former Director of the American Political Science Association.


2011-2012

The Garfield Student Scholars take on a two-part seminar on the relationship between the United States and China.

"The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? China, the U.S. and the Future of the World's Most Important Bilateral Economic Relationship," February 6, 2012.

Featuring: Zachary Karabell, President of River Twice Research, award winning Portfolio Manager of the China-US Growth Fund, author of Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It. 

"Why China Cannot Rise Peacefully," March 12, 2012.

Featuring: John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science & Co-Director of the Program for International Security Policy, University of Chicago, author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

"Debt, the Disconnect between Rational Behavior and Political Systems," December 5, 2011.

The Garfield Center hosted a seminar on Monday, December 5, 2011; the event focused on the issues surrounding the debt issue and how politics has affected the situation.

Featuring: Paul H. O'Neill, the 72nd Secretary of the United States Treasury and former Chairman and CEO of Alcoa Inc.

"Annual Scholar's Trip to DC," October 4, 2011

The Garfield Center's yearly scholar trip to DC was held on October 14-16, 2011. The scholars visited and hosted a Hiram College event at the National City Christian Church. The scholars heard from Professor Allen Peskin about the life of James A. Garfield and what the possibilities would have been for his presidency if he had not been assassinated. The talk is below:


2010-2011

"Civility: Thriving or Dying in American Discourse?," February 28, 2011.

The Garfield Center hosted a lively discussion on civility in American politics. The videos below are from the event.

Participants: Clifford Orwin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Fellow of St. Michael's College and Director of the Program for Political Philosophy and International Affairs, University of Toronto; Fred Baumann, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College.

"Election Day 2010 Re-Cap," November 22, 2010

Scholar in residence Jason Johnson and the panelists discuss the long term implications of the 2010 election cycle. The panelists and audience debate the future for politics in Ohio from many different viewpoints.

"Nuclear Power, Nuclear Proliferation, and Nuclear Disarmament," October 27, 2010.

Dr. Scott Sagan discusses the current issues surrounding nuclear power and the proliferation of new weapons, while outlining the potential for disarmament through extranational efforts. Below are the videos from the event.

Participants: Scott D. Sagan, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; James Thompson, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Hiram College.

"A New Source of Energy? Environmental and Economic Prospects," August 5, 2010

Leaders in the discussion of America's energy future share their insights and concerns with Hiram College, with a main presentation on the potential of coal gasification.

Participants in the seminar are as follows: Mark Shanahan, Director, The Ohio Quality Development Authority, James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation Environment, Energy & Economic Development Program, Louis Circeo, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Thomas Hoffman, Senior V.P., External Affairs, CONSOL Energy, Inc. Below are the videos from the event.

"Latin America: Economic & Political Integration," August 5, 2010

This conference focused on the issues of Latin America through the eyes of diplomats from both North and South America. The topics centered on economic integration and broadened to discussions of western hemisphere relations.

The speakers from this conference were: Jorge Castañeda, Ph.D., Foreign Minister of Mexico, 2000-2003, Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Ambassador of Honduras to the U.S. from May 2006-2009, Ambassador Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, James Creagan, Director of the Center for International Studies, University of the Incarnate Word. Below are the videos of the event.


2009-2010

"Examining the Financial Crisis," March 22, 2010.

Participants: Phil Gramm, Vice Chairman, UBS Investment Bank & former U.S. Senator from Texas; Mark Sniderman, Executive V.P. & Chief Policy Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

"Presidential Leadership," February 1, 2010.

Participants: Waller Newell, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science & Philosophy, Carleton University; Thomas Cronin, Ph.D., Political Scientist & McHugh Professor of American Institutions & Leadership, Colorado College.

"A New Source of Energy? Environmental and Economic Prospects," October 26, 2009.

Participants: Mark Shanahan, Director, The Ohio Quality Development Authority; James Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation Environment, Energy & Economic Development Program; Louis Circeo, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology; Thomas Hoffman, Senior V.P., External Affairs, CONSOL Energy, Inc.


2008-2009

"Nation States & World State: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy," April 6, 2009.

Participants: Philip Bobbitt, Chair & Professor at Columbia Law School & Senior Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law, University of Texas; Paula DeSutter, past Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, & Implementation, U.S. Department of State.

"Latin America: Economic & Political Integration," February 9, 2009.

Participants: Jorge Castañeda, Ph.D., Foreign Minister of Mexico, 2000-2003; Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Ambassador of Honduras to the U.S. from May 2006-2009; Ambassador Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; James Creagan, Director of the Center for International Studies, University of the Incarnate Word.

"Prospects & Implications: EU Political Consolidation," November 10, 2008.

Participants: Andrew Moravcsik, Ph.D.,Professor of Politics & International Affairs & Director of the European Union Program, Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School; Mattias Sundholm, Second Secretary, Deputy Head of Press & Public Diplomacy, European Union, Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.

"Why A World State is Inevitable,"October 6, 2008.

Featuring: Alexander Wendt, Ralph D. Mershon Professor of International Security Studies, Mershon Center, The Ohio State University.


2007-2008

"Focus on the Media," April 22, 2008.

Participants: Geneva Overholser, Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication; Gerald Austin, President of Gerald J. Austin & Associates, Inc.; Elizabeth Sullivan, Associate Editor & Columnist, The Cleveland Plain Dealer; Dr. Stephen Brooks, Associate Director, The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, & Professor of Political Science, University of Akron.

"Immigration: Contemporary Politics and Future Prospects," March 3, 2008.

Participants: Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute & former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service; Allert Brown-Gort, Associate Director, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame.

"National Security and the Environment: Confrontation to Convergence," November 12, 2007.

Featuring: Leon Fuerth, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Al Gore.


2006-2007

"Why the War on Terrorism is Heading South," April 26, 2007.

Featuring: Robert A. Pape, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago.

Inaugural Symposium – "From Scholarship to Leadership: Liberal Arts Education and the Challenges for Public Leaders in the 21st Century," January 30, 2007.

Participants: Thad Brown, Chairman & CEO, Institute for Physical Sciences; John Lauder, V.P., Intelligence & Threat Reduction Programs, Arete Associates; Randall Murch, Ph.D., Associate Director, Research Program Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Donald Wurzel, V.P. National Securities & Analysis Program, Areté Associates.

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