The Seminar Series

The purpose of the seminars is to bring to the campus persons whose own responsible leadership enables them to help clarify issues of public policy and provide opportunities for students to network and interact with these external experts. Each seminar topic is researched by a group of four to five Garfield Scholars. The research is then shared with the larger group of scholars, compiled and will be presented along with a critique of the seminar to the Resource Council in May. All of the seminars have been well attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and greater community leaders. The Garfield Center has already been remarkably successful in exposing the local public to thoughtful discussion of public issues and in promoting the aspirations of the Center's own students toward careers in public leadership and service.

2015-2016 Seminars

The Middle East is awash in conflicts, crises and transitions. ISIS, a radical Islamist group, has carved out a territory for itself; Iran is supporting anti-ISIS forces in the midst of nuclear negotiations with the West; and Israel is concerned about the negotiations while confronting the collapse of Syria.

To help us understand the nuances and interconnections of all these topics, the Center is bringing two experts on Middle East politics to Hiram College.

Panel Discussion 

4:15-6:15 p.m.

Hiram College, Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center 

Reception & Dinner (immediately following)

Hiram College, Koritansky Hall 

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are necessary for the reception and dinner. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. 

Please RSVP to Kathy Luschek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 330.569.6118.  

Panel Speakers

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Ph.D., director, Center for Middle East Public Policy; senior political scientist, RAND Corporation

Andrew Liepman, senior policy analyst, RAND Corporation


The Center gratefully recognizes Trustee Willliam J. Recker, Alloy Bellows President and CEO, Michael Canty; and Mark Logan ‘60 for their ongoing and generous support of this event.

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