Lunchtime Lectures is a new series of events intended to give alumni a taste of their college days. Lectures are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers, and lunch is provided.




Dr. William Inboden

The shifting sands of policy and power in the middle east: where does the united states go from here?

September 19, 2018

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

William Inboden is the executive director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at The University of Texas-Austin. He is also an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas National Security Review. Inboden’s other current roles include non-resident fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, associate with the National Intelligence Council, member of the CIA Director’s Historical Review Panel, and associate scholar with Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project.

Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House.

Dr. Thomas Garza 

russia and new Putin doctrine in global affairs

November 15, 2018

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Dr. Thomas Garza will discuss how Russia’s leader managed to survive 2014 and emerge more powerful and influential than ever, from involvement in global conflicts to participation in election interference.

Thomas Jesús Garza is University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Director of the Liberal Arts Texas Language Center. He has also Affiliated Faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Mexican-American Studies.

He teaches Russian language and literature at all levels, foreign language pedagogy, and courses in contemporary Russian culture.  He has been traveling to and researching in Russia since 1979 and has lived in Moscow for over five years.  A native Texan, Dr. Garza received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987.


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