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May Events at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding

Ambassador Hector Timerman
Ambassador Hector Timerman

Inaugural Rabbi Marshall Meyer Great Issues Lecture on Social Justice
"The Struggle of Being a Human Being in Difficult Times," by Ambassador Hector Timerman

  • Wednesday, May 3
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 105 Dartmouth Hall

Ambassador Timerman has served as the consul general of Argentina and director of the Promotion Center in New York since July of 2004. Previously he was a consultant for Public Affairs Analyst and editorial director of Latin American Finance. He has written articles in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the Los Angeles Times. Ambassador Timerman was cofounder and board member of Human Rights Watch. He will discuss social justice in the context of his own and his father's struggles against state repression in Argentina and elsewhere. Jacobo Timerman, an outspoken journalist, spent 30 months under house arrest in Argentina in the 1970s. This period, when the military junta killed thousands of people, is detailed in the 1981 book, Prisoner without a name, Cell without a Number. Jacobo died in 1999, but his son has continued their campaign for human rights.

The Rabbi Marshall Meyer Great Issues Lecture on Social Justice will be an annual Dickey Center event, made possible by a generous gift from Marina and Andrew Lewin '81. Rabbi Meyer graduated from Dartmouth in 1952. He founded the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, a rabbinical school that became a center of Conservative Judaism in Latin America. During the years of the Argentinean military regime of 1976 to 1982, Rabbi Meyer became a strong critic of the military government and its violations of human rights. He worked to save the lives of hundreds of people that were being persecuted by the regime and he visited prisoners, among them Jacobo Timerman. Timerman dedicated his book to the Rabbi, who "brought solace to Jewish, Christian, and atheist prisoners." The annual lecture, drawing on the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repairing the world through social action, features a person who expresses the values that Rabbi Meyer saw as the core of Judaism.

The lecture is cosponsored by the Tucker Foundation and the Jewish Studies Program.

War and Peace Studies Program Discussion
"America's Oil Addiction and National Security: Driving US to the Brink?" with Michael Klare

  • Thursday, May 4
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Michael Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS). He served as director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., (1977-84) and has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. Klare is the author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum.

The Class of 1950 Senior Foreign Affairs Fellow Lecture
"Terrorists, Tycoons, Tyrants and Theocrats: American Policy Challenges in the Middle East," by Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He joined the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School in 2006 after retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Career-Minister. Between 2001 and 2005 he served as the United States ambassador to Israel and was previously the United States ambassador to Egypt. Kurtzer was a member of the American delegation to the Israel-Palestinian autonomy negotiations (1979-1982), and helped negotiate the creation of the Multinational Force and Observers (1981-1982). He crafted the 1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz and, in 1991, served as a member of the U.S. peace team that brought about the Madrid Peace Conference. He received several of the U.S. government's most prestigious awards, including the Presidents' Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State Distinguished Service Award, the National Intelligence Community's Award for Achievement, and the Director General of the Foreign Service Award for Political Reporting.

The Class of 1950 Fellows program began when, at their 50th reunion in spring 2000, the class presented a generous gift to the Dickey Center with the purpose "to bring distinguished foreign leaders, scholars, and specialists to the Dartmouth campus for short periods, to interface with the students on the important issues of the day." Class of 1950 Senior Foreign Affairs Fellows deliver a public lecture, are available for classroom talks, and hold informal discussions with students and faculty.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08