The Jacobson Global Lecture Series

The Jacobson Global Lecture Series honors the late Dr. David C. Jacobson, former Provost and Professor of Philosophy at Concordia College, who passed away in December 2004.  Dr. Jacobson had a keen interest in world ideologies, religions, history, and politics, which led him around the world to Russia, China, Korea, and throughout Europe.  In 1989, he convened an advisory committee to coordinate the Global Speakers Series as a key component of the College’s Global Studies initiative,  Concordia is proud continue the series in Dr. Jacobson's name, paying tribute to his profound legacy as a teacher, scholar, minister, and community activist.

This program complements the College’s ongoing effort to integrate global perspectives into its curricular and co-curricular programs.  Since its inception, this program has featured a number of distinguished speakers from diverse international fields who have enlightened the community on timely global topics.

Open to all students and the public, the evening lectures are held once or twice a year in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.  For more information, please contact us.

Previous GlobaL Lecturers

Year Lectures
2014

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
"Soul-Head-Heart; The Three Popes"

2013

Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner
"Threats to New York City and the Modern World"

2012 

Dr. John Entelis, Professor of Political Science and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Fordham University
"The Arab Spring and the Rise of Political Islam: Causes, Catalysts, Consequences"

2011

Dr. Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 
"Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East"

2010

Bobby Ghosh
Senior Editor and Columnist
TIME Magazine
"Lessons of Two Wars: What America has Learned from Iraq and Afganistan"

2009

Martin Wolf
Chief Economics Commentator & Associate Editor
Financial Times
"The Global Economic Crisis"

2008

Mr. Michael Elliott, OBE
Editor, Time International
"On American Leadership"

2007

Dr. Susan Berger
Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
"The Rise of the Left in Latin America"

2006

Dr. Zehra F. Arat
Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, SUNY-Purchase
"Globalization, Human Rights, and the United States"

Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto
International Columnist and Scholar-in-Residence, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO
"The Responsibility of Journalists in Our Time of War"

2005

Dr. Jonathan Becker
Dean of International Studies and Associate Professor of Politics, Bard College
"Russia Under Putin and Beyond"

Dr. Shaohua Hu
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the International Affairs Program, Wagner College
"China's Place in the World"

2004

Dr. Martin Fergus
Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University 
"Globalization, Wealth, and Poverty"

Dr. Ervand Abrahamian
Professor of History, Baruch College
"The Clash of Civilizations Meets Reality"

2003

Dr. Trkkaya Ataöv
Ankara University, Turkey
"The War in Iraq: The International Repercussions"

Dr. Kwan Ha Yim
Professor of Political Science, Manhattanville College
"The United States, The Two Koreas, and The Bomb"

2002

Dr. Gary Sick
Middle East Institute, Columbia University
"The New Constellation of Forces in the Middle East After September 11"

Dr. Fawaz A. Gerges
Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
"The War in Iraq: Implications for American Security"

2001

Mr. Wayne Fredericks
The Ford Foundation Study Group on South Africa
"Contemporary South Africa: Challenges and Opportunities"

2000

Dr. Zehra F. Arat
Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, SUNY-Purchase
"Defining Women's Rights in Islam"

1999

Dr. Joshua R. Ginsberg
Wildlife Conservation Society; Columbia University
"Why Big Fierce Things Are Rare: Global Challenges in Wildlife Conservation"

Mr. Wouter L. Wilton
European Commission in New York
"The European Union: Recent Developments"

1997

Mr. Karl Theodor Paschke
Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Internal Oversight Services
"Does the United Nations Have a Future?"

Dr. Bonnie G. Smith
Rutgers University
"Women in the Global Age: The New Atlantic Community"

1996

Dr. Benjamin Barber
Rutgers University
"Globalism, Tribalism, and the Future of Democracy"

Dr. Jerry F. Hough
Duke University and the Brookings Institution
"Russia Today"

1995

Mr. Daniel Chao
Advisor to the Government of Taiwan
"China and Taiwan: The Next Decade"

Dr. Robert Reischauer
The Brookings Institution
(Former Director, Congressional Budget Office)
"The Budget of the United States: Domestic and International Implications"

1994

Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa
Deputy Consul General of Japan in New York
"The United States and Japan"

Dr. Richard W. Bulliet
Director of the Middle East Institute, Columbia University
"International Terrorism: Media Monster or Iceberg's Tip?"

1993

Mr. Felix G. N. Mosha
Africa Leadership Forum
"A New American Vision for Africa"

Dr. William B. Quandt
The Brookings Institution
"Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking: The Next Steps"

1992

Dr. Gary Sick
Middle East Institute, Columbia University
"October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan"

Dr. Albert A. Kipa
Muhlenberg College
"Societies in Transition: Russia and Ukraine Revisted"

1991

Dr. Abbas Amanat
Yale University
"Nationalism and Resurgent Islam in the Modern Middle East"

Dr. Glenda Rosenthal
Columbia University
"European Community: A New World Power"

1990

Mr. Robert G. Morrison
Foreign Policy Consultant, Washington D.C.
"The Foreign Policy of the Bush Administration"

Dr. Kwan Ha Yim
Manhattanville College
"Socialism's Last Frontier: North Korea"