Background on Corinne Lyman and the Lyman Lecture Series

Corinne Lyman was a faculty member in the Politics and Government Department at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1968 to 1999. Here she taught International Relations and Organization, and Comparative Government. In 1978 Corinne won the Sherwood Dodge Shankland teaching award.

From the early seventies until the present she participated off campus in at least fifteen seminars or Conferences on International Relations by presenting papers or lectures. She is a member of six professional organizations and has traveled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Dr. Lyman has published at least fifteen book reviews, and has presented papers, or served as panelist, or lectured or served as chairperson on a like number of other occasions.

As a faculty member she served on a least 20 committees, boards, or councils, including Faculty Personnel and Academic Policy, on each of which she served twice. A special task was encouragement and management of a program for faculty scholarships for Black students.

Upon the initiative of Dean Janet Ragatz and with the cooperation of her colleague in Economics, Dr. Norman Gharrity, she was instrumental in establishing the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1979. She remained the Chair of the International Studies Program Committee for the succeeding twenty years, until her retirement in 1999, at which time she was the recipient of the Daniel E. "Andy" Anderson Campus and Community Conscience Award.

The inaugural lecture was held April 8, 2004 as Dr. Stephen Walt of Harvard University spoke on "The Global Response to American Primacy."

Past Speakers

September 2019 - America, Pakistan, and the War on Terrorism
Sahar Khan '06, adjunct scholar in Defense and Foreign Policy Department of the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute

September 2018 - U.S. National Security and the Trump Administration
Nancy A. Youssef, national security correspondent for The Wall Street Journal

October 2017 - The Rise of China and the New Balance of Power in East Asia
Robert S. Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

October 2016 - The New Financial Nationalism in Europe
Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science, McGill University

February 2016 - How a Minority Won a Majority - The Irish Marriage Referendum
Tiernan Brady, Political Director YES; Equality and Policy Director, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network

October 2014 - Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millenium

Randall Schweller, Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

October 2013 - Fault Lines of Faith: Reporting from New Burma and Beyond
Kira Kay, Executive Director, Bureau for International Reporting

October 2012 - Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis
Michael P. Sharf, Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Law Professor, Case Western Reserve University

October 2011 - The Dignity Revolutions of 2011: Implications for US Africa Policies
Karin D. Ryan, Carter Center Human Rights Director

March 2011 - Economic Crisis in Europe: How Corruption Led to the Rise, and Fall, of Ireland
Elaine Byrne,  journalist, Irish Independent

September 2009 - America's Relative Decline and Its Consequences
Robert A. Pape, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago - specializing in international security affairs 

April 2009 - An International Organization for Democracies
James D. Fearon, The Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences; Professor of Political Science and CISAC affiliated faculty member at Stanford University

April 2008 - The Future of Islamist Militancy: A Theoretical and Historical Footnote
Fawaz Gerges, Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Arab and Muslim Politics, Sarah Lawrence College 

March 2007 - China in World Politics
Charles Lipson, Department of Political Science Founder & Co-Director, PIPES: Program on International Politics, Economics and Security, University of Chicago

March 2006 - Sovereignty and the UFO
Alexander Wendt, Ralph D. Mershon Professor of International Security, The Ohio State University

 April 2005 - China Reassures Asia: Rising Power and U.S. Foreign Policy
David C. Kang, Dartmouth College

Inaugural Lecture, April 2004 - Global Response to American Primacy
Stephen Walt, Harvard University Academic Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs