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Ivan and Janice Stone Lecture

2018: U.S.-Turkey Relations. Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle EastThe Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey

Cook is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine and comments on developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington, D.C. at From the Potomac to the Euphrates. His PhD in political science is from the University of Pennsylvania.


This annual lecture, held during International Education week, honors the memory of Ivan and Janice Stone and is made possible by a gift from their estate. That gift also makes study abroad possible for students with financial need.

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 and was the first director of the College’s World Outlook Program, which signaled the College’s decision to become international by innovating in the curriculum and significantly increasing study abroad enrollments.. 

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 and for engagement at the local level. Both she and her husband were active in campus and community affairs, and together they led some of Beloit College's first seminars abroad.   Before her marriage, Janice Stone had worked at the International YMCA in Geneva, and following World War II, she spent a year in Germany working on a democratization project. 

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.


2017 -Steven Lee Myers, New York Times Correspondent. Lecture: "Vladimir Putin and the Russian Resurrection"

2016 - Hasan Hasanovic, Translator and Curator, Srebenica Genocide Memorial.  Lecture:  "Surviving Genocide: Srebrenica, July 1995."

2015 - Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  Lecture:  "The Syrian Refugee Crisis:  Changing the Narrative."

2014 - Frederic Wehrey, Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Research focus: Gulf political and security affairs, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East.   Lecture: "Sunni-Shia Identity Politics in the Gulf Region."  

2013 - Elizabeth Ransom, Associate Professor, the University of Richmond. Dr. Ransom's research interests are in the areas of international development and globalization, the sociology of agriculture and food, and social studies of science and technology. Lecture: “Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System."

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"