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20th Annual Summer Lecture Series

Summer Lecture Series 2017

Thursdays, July 13 - August 24
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College
12 Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Non-member Series Ticket: $120
Osher Member Series Ticket: $95
Single Lecture: $25
Dartmouth College faculty, staff, students: Present your Dartmouth College ID on the day of a lecture for free admission.




  • Campion Ice Rink - We are providing FREE shuttle service to and from this lot! North Country Shuttle will take SLS attendees from Campion lots to the Lebanon Street entrance of the Hopkins Center (across the street from Talbot’s and the Osher at Dartmouth office). Shuttle service begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 1:30 PM. The early start gives you a chance to have breakfast before the lecture! If you are staying in town for lunch after the lecture, please exchange cell phone numbers with the driver so they know you will need a ride back to the lot after the lecture has ended. Shuttle service still ends at 1:30 PM, so please plan accordingly.
  • Hanover High School lot in front of the soccer field. There are 40 spaces available, and this lot usually fills by 8:15/8:20 AM.
  • The 10-hour Marshall lot in town, behind Ledyard Financial and CVS. This is a metered lot.
  • Dewey Lot is available to SLS attendees, but you MUST visit the Osher at Dartmouth office to obtain a permit prior to using the lot.


  • No parking on Hovey Lane (road next to the Hanover High School soccer field)
  • No parking on Lebanon Street (from the Crosby Road Extension all the way to the Hanover Senior Center and across from Hanover High School)
  • No parking in the Howe Library parking lot
  • No parking for at least two weeks in the Hanover Parking Garage (while construction takes place)
  • Most parking meters in the town of Hanover are only 2 hours, so this is NOT a reasonable option for SLS attendees

Parking Information

Letter to attendees

The World Order that has been in place for decades is suddenly facing important challenges from all sides. Russia is flexing its muscles again, worrying NATO and the countries on its border. China is becoming militarily assertive, especially in the South China Sea. Britain is exiting the European Union, leaving it potentially weakened. Terrorism has become a de-stabilizing force globally – are nuclear weapons within their reach? Cyber attacks are proliferating from many sources, threatening the security of nations. And the planet is warming, with many potential negative long-term effects on the way we live.

When you put 7 billion people on earth, there will always be critical challenges somewhere. But this time they are happening simultaneously and there is considerable uncertainty about how these challenges will work out and how the U.S. (and the world) should respond to create the most positive outcomes possible.

This lecture series probes the most important challenges in depth. There will be seven sessions. In the first six sessions a different, prominent speaker will provide his/her insights into one of the challenges, framing the key issues and explaining U.S. policy options to deal most constructively with them. In the seventh and culminating session, our speaker will tie the six sessions together into a coherent "big picture" world view.

This promises to be the most ambitious and powerful summer lecture series we have done to date, and one you surely won't want to miss. The expertise and dynamism of our speakers is exceptional.

Our distinguished speakers for this series are listed below.

Reading Packet

Several of this year's speakers have provided suggested readings to enhance the topics they will discuss during this year's series. To read this packet online, click on the link below.

Reading Packet - SLS 2017

If you wish to print the online version of this file, you must first click on the link, then download the PDF using the cloud icon at the bottom of the screen.

We offer this packet digitally in order to conserve paper and other materials, but we can provide printed copies by pre-order. Printed copies can be ordered from the Osher at Dartmouth office at least 24 hours in advance of your desired pick-up time. (Pick-up available during regular office hours.) There is a $5 charge per printed copy. Please be aware that printed packets are produced in black and white - color content is only available in the online version. Contact the office at (603) 646-0154 to order. Packets must be collected in person at the Osher office; they will not be mailed or distributed at Spaulding Auditorium.

New This Year: Related Hop Film Series

Osher has teamed up with Hopkins Center Film to present three new documentaries that highlight some of the global challenges covered in the summer lectures. Tickets: $8, $5 (with a Dartmouth College ID). Admission to all three films is FREE for lecture series ticket holders. Ticket holders must present their pass at the Hopkins Center Box Office before show time to receive their free movie ticket. Limit one admission per ticket holder. All shows are in Spaulding Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM
The Last Men in Aleppo
This harrowingly immediate documentary follows the White Helmets, a civilian team of life savers in Syria. D: Feras Fayyad & Steen Johannessen, Syria, subtitled, 2017, 110m

Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM
This uplifting documentary shows how everyday citizens are trying to make the world a better, greener place. D: Cyril Dion & Mélanie Laurent, US, 2017, 1h58m

July 13: U.S. Policy Toward A Rising China

James Steinberg
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

July 20: Cyber Warfare & Cyber Defense

Chris Inglis
Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency

July 27: Nuclear Proliferation

The relations between the United States and Russia are as hostile as they were during the Cold War. This chilling return to Cold War nuclear dangers, in addition to the more recent prospect of nuclear terrorism (extremist groups like ISIL and al Qaeda) and regional nuclear conflicts (North Korea, India, and Pakistan) leads me to conclude that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. One thing is very clear: U.S. policies are totally inadequate for addressing these existential dangers. It should be the highest priority for this administration to develop policies that recognize this new reality, and then to devise new, robust programs that can mitigate them. What is at stake is nothing short of saving our civilization.

William Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
William J. Perry's career has spanned academia, industry, entrepreneurship, government, and diplomacy. Perry served as the 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States from February 1994 to January 1997. In 2007, Perry, George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger together formed the Nuclear Security Project, articulating practical steps to reduce nuclear dangers. Perry founded the William J. Perry Project in 2013, to engage and educate the public on the dangers of nuclear weapons. In 2015 he published My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, a personal account of his lifelong effort to reduce nuclear danger. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

August 3: Brexit/European Union

Over the last decade, the West has experienced an array of both internal and external pressures that threaten the strength of transatlantic unity. Europe has felt these forces most acutely, and the continent has had difficulty presenting a united front in the face of numerous threats. From a revanchist Russia to a historic wave of mass migration alongside a financial crisis that brought the Eurozone to the brink of collapse, the past five years have not been easy ones for Europe. Simultaneously, a toxic brand of populism is on the rise throughout the continent, and has created a climate ripe for the support of far-right parties. The rise of European populism was also one of the driving forces behind last year's shocking vote by the United Kingdom to leave the 28-nation European Union. Although Brexit negotiations are now underway, it is much more than just the relationship between the U.K. and E.U. at stake; Rather, the future of the liberal world order may hang in the balance.

Julie Smith
Former Acting National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, currently Director at the Center for New American Security
Julianne "Julie" Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Ms. Smith comes to CNAS while serving as a Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC. Prior to joining Beacon, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden from April 2012 to June 2013. During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden. Prior to her posting at the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.

August 10: Why Russia Matters

Although remote, the prospect of a nuclear exchange between Russia and the United States is still all too real. Both countries maintain arsenals of thousands of weapons, some deployed on hair trigger alert, any one of which, if detonated, would surely change (and possibly destroy) the world as we know it. That is reason enough to take Russia seriously—and to maintain a strong working dialogue on strategic stability and security regardless of other disagreements. Yet Russia matters for so many more vital U.S. interests, ranging from its unique ambitions and capabilities to combat 21st Century threats such as terrorism, piracy, and pandemic disease, to its pivotal role in the institutions that shape our global political and economic order, as well as its indispensable role in managing regional conflicts in the Middle East, East Asia, and the post-Soviet space.

Matthew Rojansky
Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center
Matthew Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. An expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, he has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. Rojansky previously served as Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and serves as U.S. Executive Secretary for the Dartmouth Conference, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960.

August 17: Global Warming

The talk will begin with a broad overview of climate science, including the history of the science itself and what we have learned about the Earth's climate system. Projections of future climates will be discussed, including the greenhouse effect, with an emphasis on sources of uncertainty together with an assessment of whether and to what extent the level of uncertainty can be reduced. He will frame the problem of global warming as a problem of risk-assessment and management, including the difficulties of dealing with low probability but very high impact events. He will describe various technical and policy options for dealing with climate change, including important and exciting opportunities in carbon-free energy sources.

Kerry Emanuel
MIT professor and Director of the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at MIT
Named in 2006 by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Dr. Kerry Emanuel is professor of atmospheric science at MIT and co-director of MIT's Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic climate research. His research focus is on tropical meteorology and climate. He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and three books, including What We Know About Climate Change. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and, in 2006, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He will be available to sign books after the lecture.

August 24: Beyond The Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk

Effectively addressing the global challenges confronting the United States not only depends upon a clear understanding of each of them, but must also lead to the development of strategies that recognize the interplay of these issues individually and collectively. This, the culminating lecture in our series, will provide a global overview of the risks, opportunities, and strategies required to successfully address challenges and create a secure nation, government, and business community.

Admiral James Stavridis
NATO's 16 Supreme Allied Commander Europe and 15 Commander of the U.S. European Command (2009-2013)
Head of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009)
Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations, and was the longest-serving Combatant Commander in recent U.S. history. Known as a "renaissance admiral," Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world.

Video and Clips

All clips provided courtesy of CATV. Visit our YouTube channel for a look at our past Summer Lecture Series.


7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107, Hanover, NH 03755-2112
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Fridays: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM • (603) 646-0154


Last Updated: 7/24/17