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Military-themed 'U.S. and Them' lecture to be simulcastTell North Platte what you think

Humanities Nebraska will collaborate on Feb. 11 with six colleges and universities across the state to simulcast a lecture entitled, “The American Military: War and Peace, Spending and Politics.”

This free lecture is the fourth in a series of five lectures titled, “U.S. and Them,” in 2013-2014, part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

In a moderated discussion, Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich and Derek Chollet, the president’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, will discuss a variety of issues related to the U.S. military.

(This lecture was previously scheduled for Feb. 25).

Simulcast will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at North Platte Community College and the other sites around the state.

Bacevich and Chollet will share their views on the size and role of the U.S. military; the use of drones, surveillance and other technology; how a military draft might influence America’s willingness to intervene globally; and other relevant topics.

Bacevich is a professor of international relations and history and a Vietnam War veteran. A graduate of the West Point Academy, he holds a doctorate in American diplomatic history from Princeton University.

Lincoln native Derek Chollet is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before Chollet was confirmed in 2012, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff.

Both students and community members are invited to watch the lecture and discuss its implications, joining Nebraskans to benefit from outstanding speakers on important topics.

This year’s E.N. Thompson “U.S. and Them” lecture series focuses on the question of America’s role in the world today.

A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the lectures examine this question by exploring America’s economy, foreign relations, educational system, military reach, and the viability of the “American Dream.”

The 2013-2014 E.N. Thompson lecture series will end on March 18. Yong Zhao will give the final lecture in this year’s series, “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization.”

More information about the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues is available at http://enthompson.unl.edu.

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