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Kent State Presents Lecture on Ireland on March 8

Posted Mar, 3, 2011

Kent State University will present a lecture on “Ireland’s Crisis and its Lessons for the EU and America” by Dr. Sean Kay, chair of the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University and Kent State alumnus.  The talk, sponsored by Kent State’s Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 313 of the Kent Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In his presentation, Kay will reflect on his two years of research into Ireland’s economic collapse and social transformation. He will trace Ireland’s economic, political and church crisis in the context of broader transformations in Irish society to frame lessons and implications at a more global level. 

Drawing on his forthcoming book “Celtic Revival? The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland” and his work as a member of the team that advised President Obama’s campaign on foreign policy issues, Kay’s talk will aim to stimulate thinking about what is happening in Ireland and what it portends for the future of the European Union and the United States.

Kay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State and is currently a professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University, a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University and a Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C.  He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.  Author of numerous articles, opinion pieces and a regular commentator in national media, Kay is also the author of “NATO and the Future of European Security” and “Global Security in the Twenty-first Century:  The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace.”

Kent State’s Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies was established in 1979 to provide an institutional setting for the academic examination of the historical, political, economic and military experiences of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

For more information, contact Victor Papacosma at spapacos@kent.edu or 330-672-0910.

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Media Contacts:
S. Victor Papacosma, spapacos@kent.edu, 330-672-0910
Bob Burford, rburford@kent.edu, 330-672-8516