Ron Suskind Is First Speaker in Osher@Dartmouth Series


Is America’s role as the dominant world power beginning to erode?

Best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind will be the first speaker addressing this and other questions during this year’s Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute at Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series.


Suskind will speak July 15 on the topic “American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

The six-session series continues on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 through Aug. 19 in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The series will focus on the question of whether recent internal and external challenges are diminishing American power and the perception of America’s influence and resolve. The sessions will also explore ways the challenges might be addressed.

Suskind and the other speakers will discuss the question from different perspectives, including military, economic, and media influence. 

The other six speakers:

  • Matthew Slaughter, the Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School of Business and the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, will speak July 22. His topic: “Will the United States Maintain Its Economic Power in the 21st Century?”
  • Michael Kofman, a national security expert and a public policy scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak July 29. His topic: “American Military Power: What Is It For?”
  •  Elisabeth Bumiller, deputy Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, and Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will both speak Aug. 5. Their topic: “America’s Power and Influence as Perceived by the Media.”
  • Scott Sandell, a general partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, will speak Aug. 12. His topic: “America’s Innovation Power in the World.”
  • Robert Rae, a senior partner at a law firm in Toronto and a Canadian political leader, will speak Aug. 19. His topic: “America’s Future Power and Influence: An International Perspective.”

For more information and to register, visit the OSHER@Dartmouth website.

There will be complimentary tickets at the door for students, faculty, and staff who bring their Dartmouth IDs with them. Those with a Dartmouth ID do not need to register.

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