Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil

Presents First Wed­nes­days Pro­gram

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - New­port, VT

UVM po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor Greg Gause will eval­u­ate Amer­ica’s cur­rent ca­pac­ity to in­flu­ence the Mid­dle East in a talk at New­port’s Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary on April 3. His talk, “The De­cline of Amer­i­can Power in the Mid­dle East,” is part of the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days lec­ture se­ries and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

The war in Iraq, the col­lapse of the Arab-Is­raeli peace process, the rise of Ira­nian power, and the up­heavals of the Arab Spring have led to the wide­spread sense that Amer­i­can in­flu­ence in the re­gion is in de­cline. Gause, a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor at UVM, will ex­am­ine that per­cep­tion.

Gause’s teach­ing and re­search in­ter­ests com­prise in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and Mid­dle East­ern pol­i­tics. He is the au­thor of a num­ber of ar­ti­cles ap­pear­ing in For­eign Af­fairs, Mid­dle East Jour­nal, Washington Quar­terly, and other pub­li­ca­tions. His three books in­clude The In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions of the Per­sian Gulf; Oil Monar­chies: Domestic and Se­cu­rity Chal­lenges in the Arab Gulf States; and Saudi-Yem­ini Re­la­tions: Domestic Struc­tures and For­eign In­flu­ence. Be­fore join­ing the Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence de­part­ment at UVM, he was a mem­ber of the fac­ulty of Columbia Univer­sity. He holds a PhD de­gree from Har­vard Univer­sity.

The Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days se­ries is held on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month from Oc­to­ber through May, fea­tur­ing speak­ers of na­tional and re­gional renown. Talks in New­port are held at Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary. All First Wed­nes­days talks are free and open to the pub­lic.

The 2012-2013 First Wed­nes­days se­ries in New­port con­cludes with “The Great Camps of the Adiron­dacks” with Ver­mont State Cu­ra­tor David Schütz on May 1.

The Ver­mont De­part­ment of Li­braries is the statewide un­der­writer of First Wed­nes­days. Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary is spon­sored by Com­mu­nity Na­tional Bank, Bill and Nancy Cook, and New­port City Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary at 802.334.7902, or con­tact the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil at 802.262.2626 or info@ver­mon­thu­man­i­, or visit www.ver­mon­thu­man­i­

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