A leading American voice on foreign policy and war reporting will share her experiences with filing stories from war zones and frame a perspective on America’s relationship with the international community during the second lecture of UNL’s 2013-14 E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.
Journalist Susan Glasser, editor of Politico magazine, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Her talk, “Washington and the World in the Age of Obama,” is the second in the series that is themed “U.S. & Them” and examines America’s role in today’s globalized society.
Glasser’s lecture will touch on topics such as how America is perceived in the international community; whether the term “superpower” is still relevant for the United States; and what America’s role should be in global conflicts after a decade spent at war.
Glasser gained her foreign policy expertise as a long-time reporter and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. In 2008, she became editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy and is the newest editor of Politico magazine. Under her tutelage, Foreign Policy found success in its ambitious expansion in print and online, and has won numerous awards, including three National Magazine Awards.
Lloyd Ambrosius, chair of the Thompson Forum Program Committee and UNL professor of history, said Glasser’s experience as a journalist who has reported from around the world is invaluable.
“We’re looking to her to clarify issues surrounding foreign policy,” he said. “What is the foreign policy of the Obama administration and what do critics have to say about that policy? What are the key issues of that policy that Americans, including Nebraskans, need to think about when we consider the American relationship with the rest of the world? We’re looking to her to explain a whole range of key issues in contemporary international relations.”
A Harvard graduate, Glasser was on the ground as a reporter in both Afghanistan and Iraq covering America’s War on Terror immediately following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and co-authored the book, “Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.”
Glasser’s lecture is the second of five presentations in the Thompson Forum series. This year’s forum looks at America’s role in the world today and delves into a wide range of global and domestic topics including foreign relations, military reach, educational status, and the viability — and relevance — of the American Dream.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
Sign language interpreters will be present for the deaf and hard of hearing. Forum lectures will be streamed live at http://go.unl.edu/k79r and are available on Lincoln digital cable channel 80 or channel 99 on analog cable, UNL campus Channel 8 and UNL’s KRNU radio (90.3 FM).
The Thompson Forum is a cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation, the Lied Center and UNL. It was established in 1988 with the purpose of bringing a diversity of viewpoints on international and public policy issues to the University of Nebraska and the residents of the state to promote understanding and encourage debate.