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Ivan and Janice Stone Lectures

Ivan StoneThe annual lecture during International Education week honors the memory of Ivan and Janice Stone. 

Ivan Stone taught for many years at the College, chairing the government department and the College’s international relations concentration. He also served as Dean for a time.  Particularly relevant to this week’s celebration of international education, Prof. Stone was the first director of the College’s World Outlook Program, which signaled the College’s decision to become international by engaging students with the larger world and sending significant numbers of them overseas for part of their degree studies. 

To quote from a 1987 article in the Beloit Daily News, “Ivan Stone was the kind of teacher who opened the eyes of his students.  He expanded their vision, and widened their horizons.  He made them see the world; look beyond boundaries.” 

Like her husband, Janice Shrimpton Stone was an advocate for international education and experience.  At the same time, both she and her husband strongly believed in engagement at the local level. Thus both were active in campus and community affairs. 

Janice Stone’s overseas experience included working at the International YMCA in Geneva. Following World War II, she spent a year in Germany working on a democratization project.  With her husband, she co-led some of the College’s first seminars abroad.

A gift from the Ivan and Janice S. Stone estate makes this annual lecture possible and also helps make study abroad possible for students with financial need.


Stone Lecturers:

Elizabeth Ransom2013 - This year's Stone lecture will be given by Elizabeth Ransom, Associate Professor, the University of Richmond, and will take place on November 20, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium Speaking on “Feast and Famine:  Inequalities in the Global Food System," her talk will focus on the dramatic changes that have occurred in the agriculture and food system in recent decades with particular emphasis on changes within the global beef trade and its impacts on the people and environments of Southern Africa.


2012 - A lecture by Paul Fishstein'76 on the dilemmas of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan was rescheduled to take place in September 2013 as part of the Weissberg Fall Forum on Human Rights.

2011 - Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, China Adviser and North East Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group.  Based in Beijing, her areas of expertise include the international politics of East Asia, China's foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Her lecture focused on China's North Korea policy.

2010 - Alicia Ely Yamin, Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights, Harvard Law School. She also has served as Special Advisor to Amnesty International’s global campaign on poverty: Demand Dignity (in particular, in relation to the right to health) and as Executive Editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal, Health and Human Rights. Lecture: "A Rights-Based Approach to Health"

2009 - Neil DeVotta, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University. His research interests include South Asian security and politics, ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict resolution, and democratic transition and consolidation. Lecture: "From Civil War to 'Soft Authoritarianism': Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective"

2008 - Lincoln Mitchell, Columbia University Harriman Institute faculty member and a Professor of International Politics at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Lecture: “The Russia/Georgia Conflict: Foreign Policy Implications”

2007 - Carol Bellamy, President and CEO, World Learning and School for International Training. Lecture: "Shaping the Future: The Need for Global Citizens"

2006 - Alfred W. McCoy, University of Wisconsin Madison historian and author of A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror. Lecture: "A President's Legacy of Legalized Torture"

2005 - R. K. Ramazani, chaired professor emeritus in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, author and winner of numerous awards for his work about the Middle East. Lecture: "Jeffersonian Ideals and Middle East Realities"

2004 - James Winkates '65, Professor of International Affairs at the Air War College, Montgomery Alabama. His area of expertise is terrorism. Lecture: "Globalization"

2003 - Robert Houdek ’61, Former Ambassador to several African countries and the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the U.S. Department of State. Lecture: "Africa: Challenges and Prospects"