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The Last King of Scotland author, Nobel Prize winner among highlights of fall lecture series

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849 

In addition to a full range of musical, theatrical and arts events, Beloit College will be welcoming a number of distinguished lecturers to campus in the fall, among them:

Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium

Mark Drumbl, author of Not So Simple: Child Soldiers, Justice and International Legal Imagination, Weissberg Lecturer in International Human Rights. The 4th annual Weissberg Lecture on International Human Rights will be delivered by Mark Drumbl on Sept. 12 on the topic of his new book, Not So Simple: Child Soldiers, Justice, and the International Legal Imagination.  Drumbl is the director of the Transitional Law Institute at Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Friday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. in Pearsons Hall

Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland, Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing British novelist Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967 to English and Irish parents, and he grew up mostly in Africa. For three years he served as an assistant editor of The Times Literary Supplement, and between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian newspaper. His best-known novel The Last King of Scotland, published in 1998, won a Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. Set in the 1970s, the novel depicts the fictional relationship between Ugandan President Idi Amin and a young Scottish physician who is witness to Amin’s atrocities.  The Last King of Scotland was made into an Oscar-winning feature film in 2007. Foden is also author of Ladysmith and Zanzibar, and Turbulence, and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth.

Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Atrium of the Center for the Sciences

Elinor Ostrom, recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, serving as Beloit’s Upton Scholar. She’ll be introduced by past Upton Scholar Douglass C. North, co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research grapples with the classic economic challenges surrounding the provision of public goods, such as police protection and other community services, and the management of “common pool” resources, such as more water, fisheries and forests. Ostrom’s research demonstrates that many communities (in both the developed and developing worlds) have evolved varied and creative solutions to these challenges through self-governance within civil society.  Her work has been described as “community-minded, but hard-nosed” for its balanced recognition that solutions can be found within communities, but success will not be based on community sentiment alone.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, China Adviser and North East Asia Project Director for the International Crisis Group, Ivan M. and Janice S. Stone Memorial Lecture

The annual Ivan and Janice Stone lecture will be given by Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt. 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 will focus on China's North Korea policy.

Posted: September 6, 2011

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