Background on Eddy Lecture

The John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics is a living memorial to a former student.  Along with two of his classmates and friends, John Kennard “Jeff” Eddy was killed by a reckless driver while attending a Russian Studies Seminar at Oberlin College on September 23, 1988.  At the time of their very premature deaths, Jeff and his colleagues (Bill Kroener and Jay Riesz) were juniors majoring in politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan.  The Eddy family has chosen this very valuable and important method of keeping Jeff's flame alive across the generations of Ohio Wesleyan students.  Co-sponsored by International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government.

Recent Speakers


Joshua Rovner

Associate Professor at the School of International Service at American University

Democracy in the Shadow of Foreign Meddling

Rovner spoke at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 via an online Zoom lecture. Watch his presentation here.


John Overpeck 

Dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Global Climate Change, Water Security and Ecosystem Disruption: Higher Scientific Confidence Than You Might Think


Julianne Smith 

George Marshall Fund, former National Security Adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden 

Defining Moment of Déjà Vu? The Future of the Transatlantic Relationship


Beth Simmons 

Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania 

The Future of Human Rights


Sumit Ganguly 

Rabindranath Tagore Chair of Indian Cultures and Civilizations; Director, Center on American and Global Security, Indiana University 

The Significance of South Asia for World Politics


Mark R. Beissinger 

Henry W. Putnam Professor, Politics, Princeton;  Director, Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies 

Ukraine, Russia and the End of the Post-Cold War Political Order


Douglas Brinkley 

Professor of History, Rice University; Bestselling Author and Presidential Historian for CBS News

Vietnam, Walter Cronkite and Today’s Foreign Policy Lessons

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