The Department of Political Science hosts an annual speaker series in honor of the late Admiral Alban ‘Stormy’ Weber. The gift by Admiral Weber brings to campus a speaker of note from public service and academia, to address comparative government and the United States’ role in the world. The evening is a notable event on the Department’s calendar of extracurricular activities, and draws a large audience of students (both undergraduate and graduate) faculty, staff, and the general public. The speakers are consistently people of great accomplishment, experience, and passion, and they come to campus with the objective of passing on their insight to students and others in Political Science.
Previous Weber Lectures:
2017-18: Kathryn Sikkink, academic and human rights activist, “Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century."
2016-17: Honorable Norman Mineta, former US Secretary of Commerce (Clinton) and US Secretary of Transportation (Bush), "National Security and Civil Rights."
2015-16: Cody Keenan, White House Director of Speech Writing for President Barack Obama & WCAS Political Science, Class of 2002
2014-15: Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law - "ISIL: Terrorists, Rebel Army, or De Facto State? The Challenge of Violent Non-State Actors."
2013-14: Carne Ross, diplomat and activist, Independent Diplomat – “Independent Diplomat and the Future of Diplomacy.”
2012-13: Scout Tufankjian, photojournalist and author
2011-12: Michael Ignatieff, scholar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2010-11: G. John Ikenberry, scholar, Princeton University
2009-10: Stephen Stedman, scholar, Stanford University - “American Foreign Policy and the Challenges of the 21st Century.”