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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:

Rochelle Davis2015 - Rochelle Davis is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and directs its MA program in Arab Studies. Since July 2013, she is also the Academic Director of the MA program in Arab Studies.

With a focus on refugees and conflict, Dr. Davis's most recent research has examined both Syrian refugees displaced by the violence in Syria and Iraqi refugees who fled to Jordan and Syria after 2005.  Her book, Palestinian Village Histories:  Geographies of the Displaced (2010, Stanford University Press), was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association's Albert Hourani Book Award.   The book addresses how Palestinian refugees today write histories of their villages that were destroyed in the 1948 war, and the stories and commemorations of village life that are circulated and enacted in the diaspora.  This work is based on over 120 village memorial books composed by refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel, and ethnographic research in these communities. She has also studied the role of culture in the U.S. military in the war in Iraq.

Dr. Davies lived in the Middle East for ten years, where she studied at Yarmouk University, the University of Jordan and the American University of Cairo and worked with several organizations as a volunteer and intern.  She earned a PhD at the University of Michigan in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies, a MA in Modern Arabic Literature at the same institution, and a BA in Art History at the University of California, Davis.

Her lecture on "The Syrian Refugee Crisis:  Changing the Narrative" will take place on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium following the International Symposium.

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"