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Duluth to be foreign policy hotbed in October

Tucked quietly away in the Upper Midwest, Duluth will still play host to four divergent foreign policy experts, all national figures, speaking on foreign policy issues this month -- three of them appearing in a two-day span next week.

Tucked quietly away in the Upper Midwest, Duluth will still play host to four divergent foreign policy experts, all national figures, speaking on foreign policy issues this month -- three of them appearing in a two-day span next week.
Mary Van Evera, who with the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation and the Alworth Institute of the University of Minnesota-Duluth is working to bring two of them to town, says it's because the Midwest exerts strong influence on policymakers in Washington.
"I think it's because people around here care about it," she said. "The Alworth Institute cares about it."
"There are a lot of forward-thinking people in Duluth," she added, "and we got over our inferiority complex years ago."
The speakers:
* Walter Russell Mead, now working with the World Policy Institute, an East Coast think tank, and also as a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a political economist with expertise on the global economy and its effects on society. He is a contributing editor to both Worth magazine and the Los Angeles Times opinion section, and he has written for many major American newspapers, magazines and journals.
* Sherle Schwenninger, also with the World Policy Institute, served as director of the organization and was founding editor of its World Policy Journal and directed its policy studies program. Schwenninger has also worked at the Council on Foreign Relations.
* Father Roy Bourgeois is a Catholic priest and founder of the protest organization School of the Americas Watch, a group which has been attempting to close down the controversial U.S. government facility in Georgia since 1990. Bourgeois engaged in this mission even earlier, starting in 1983 after spending "considerable time" in Central and South America.
* Richard Falk, whose list of publications fills pages, is a professor of international law and practice at the Center of International Studies, Princeton University, and an expert on peace and justice issues. A former senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, Falk sits on advisory boards too numerous to detail and has argued cases before the International Court of Justice.
Bourgeois, presenting "New Name -- Same Shame: School of the Americas," and Falk, presenting "Predatory Globalization," are both coming to St. Scholastica's Center for the Study of Peace & Justice, said center director Tom Morgan.
Morgan said Bourgeois's visit could be indirectly attributed, in part, to the strong local interest in the anti-SOA movement, but he hoped to draw people outside that movement.
"If he's just speaking to the converted ... that won't be very interesting," Morgan said. "... If we can attract some people who don't have an opinion or are still trying to learn more, that's the goal."
Morgan said many Americans are shocked when they learn what is being done in their name. Bourgeois will also speak at UMD.
Falk's presentation will likely deal with promoting justice in the new global economy, and Morgan said the tone of the presentation perhaps was suggested by the title of Falk's newest book, "Human Rights Horizons: The pursuit of justice in a globalizing world."
Mead and Schwenninger are coming as part of the Alworth Institute's lecture series at UMD. The World Policy Institute specializes in foreign policy proposals, and Van Evera said some of the information they discuss in Duluth could turn up on the political front in a few years.
Both will speak, in "dog and pony show" fashion, at a presentation called "The Promises and Pitfalls of Globalization: Making the world economy work for ordinary people" at UMD.
The two will also present information on American foreign policy challenges for the next administration in invitation-only meetings for Duluth bankers and business leaders.
Each of these speakers will present lectures open to the public.
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Following are the presentation schedules for the four foreign policy experts appearing at Duluth colleges this month:
Father Roy Bourgeois -- "New Name -- Same Shame: School of the Americas" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium and at UMD Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Kirby 323. Both events are free and open to the public.
Richard Falk -- "Predatory Globalization" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Mitchell Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Bourgeois's and Falk's lectures, call 723-6605.
Sherle Schwenninger and Walter Mead -- "Priorities and Pitfalls of Globalization: Making the world economy work for ordinary people" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at UMD's Tweed Museum Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 726-8229.

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