A Career Chasing Peace and Stability by the Numbers

11:00am - 12:30am

6137 McKeldin Library

The University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Government and Politics (GVPT) and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) are proud to announce the Inaugural Jonathan Wilkenfeld Distinguished Lecture Series, which will take place on January 25, 2023 in 6137 McKeldin Library (special events room) from 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. ET.

The guest speaker for this event will be Dr. Patrick James, who is the Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. alum from GVPT. Dr. James is the author or editor of over 30 books and more than 170 articles and book chapters. Among his honors and awards are the Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship from the Hoover Institution, Eccles Professor of the British Library, and the Governor-General’s International Award in Canadian Studies. In the ISA, Dr. James has been named Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis, Distinguished Scholar in Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration, and Distinguished Scholar in Active Learning and International Studies. He has served as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, President of the International Council for Canadian Studies, President of the Peace Science Society, and President of the ISA, and served a five-year term as Editor of ISQ.

Dr. Jonathan Wilkenfeld is one of the all-time great figures in the study of conflict processes. He is a founding director of the International Crisis Behavior Project and an institution in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. The work of Dr. Wilkenfeld will be reviewed in order to recognize many major scholarly contributions over the course of decades while also gleaning insights about possible future directions for research. The method implemented in this lecture will be graphic in nature. Visualizations based on the systemist approach will be used to convey and assess the accomplishments of Dr. Wilkenfeld in a wide range of areas. These easily accessible graphics convey arguments from respective publications and facilitate efforts to grasp their most essential character. Systemist diagrams also are designed to enable comparative analysis and identify opportunities for further research. Among the subjects covered in the review are linkage politics, international crises, and processes of negotiation. The relevance of the contributions from Dr. Wilkenfeld to matters of policy, notably pertaining to current events, will be assessed as well.

Light refreshments will be available. This is not a START event.