Second Tuesday Social Sciences Cafe

All faculty and staff are invited to come together for a light lunch and some learning at the Second Tuesday Social Sciences Cafe. These events are geared for individuals with no formal background in the social sciences. The only requirement is curiosity. Talks will last about 35 minutes, allowing plenty of time for Q&A. 

Dominic TierneyThe first event of the semester is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and features Dominic Tierney who will present "A World on Fire: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Global Order." 

This year, a wave of violence has struck Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, critics on the right have assailed Barack Obama for an overly passive and cautious response. Recently, Hillary Clinton argued that the president's failure to arm Syrian rebels had contributed to the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Is global order collapsing? What is the Obama Doctrine? How effectively is the president handling these multiple (and interconnected) international crises? 

Dominic Tierney is Associate Professor of Political Science, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an official correspondent at The Atlantic. He is an expert in international politics with particular interest in U.S. foreign policy, public opinion and war, and broader international security issues. 

Remaining Cafes for the semester include: 

Oct 7: Barry Schwartz (Psychology): "Why?" Some Puzzles of Motivation 
Nov 11: Mark Kuperberg (Economics): Economics and the Future of Elite Colleges
Dec 9: Cheryl Jones-Walker (Educational Studies): Putting the Public Back into Public Education 

For more information, contact pshrops1@swarthmore.edu.