Farrell Lecture

Each spring quarter the Department of Political Science welcomes a distinguished visitor to deliver a lecture supported by funding from R. Barry Farrell's gift to the department.  Professor Farrell taught in the political science department from 1966 until his death in 1991. In both his research and teaching, Professor Farrell sought to forge closer links between theories of politics and the experience of making foreign policy. The Farrell Lecture gives students and faculty the opportunity to learn from and interact with scholars and practitioners who bridge the worlds of political science and foreign policy practice.

2017 Farrell Speaker: Tina Tchen, Former Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama


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2017 Farrell Alumni Lecture: Stephen Krupin, WCAS Political Science
and Medill Class of 2004


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Recent past speakers

2015-16: Carol Moseley Braun, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and U.S. Senator from Illinois, "A Conversation with Carol Moseley Braun"

2014-15: John Kirshner, Cornell University, "American Power after the Financial Crisis"

2013-14: Charli Carpenter, University of Massachusetts – Amherst – "Gender, the Laws of War and the Civilian Protection Paradox"

2012-13: Carne Ross, activist and diplomat, Independent Diplomat

2011-12: Roland Paris, scholar, University of Ottawa – “What can we do?  Libya, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect”

2010-11: Lea Brilmayer, scholar, Yale University, Law School

2009-2010: Alexandre Trudeau  Refuge – “A Film About Darfur By Alexandre Trudeau And Jonathan Pedneault”