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Analyst Ben West to speak at St. Norbert College as part of the Great Decisions lecture series

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From St. Norbert College, February 9, 2011
by Stephen Schumacher,, (920) 403-3089

Ben West, analyst from national analytical service STRATFOR.COM, will give a
lecture, "The Horn of Africa," as a part of the Great Decisions Lecture Series on
Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Fort Howard Theater at the F. K. Bemis
International Center on the St. Norbert campus.

An up-and-coming national voice and an expert in this part of the world, Ben
West will give a broad brush on the instability, piracy, and poverty of this region
that is so critical to world sea transport lanes.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program meant to bring together local, regional
and national experts in an eight-week lecture series discussing international
issues of interest to the community. St. Norbert College is hosting the public
event for its 29th year in northeastern Wisconsin.

Topics for the series are selected by the Foreign Policy Association of America
and are intended to provide a local forum for discussion on current political and
economic issues of the day. The speakers themselves are selected by
participating colleges and universities. St. Norbert College is one of only two
schools in Wisconsin that present the entire series. (UW-Milwaukee is the other.)

An advance subscription for the entire series is available for $40 per person.
Subscription includes admission to all eight lectures and a copy of the Great
Decisions briefing book. The briefing book includes background information on
the lecture topics and access to the association's website,, for
resources, guides to topics and online discussion forums. Admission to individual
sessions is also available for $5 at the door, and briefing books are available for

For more information, contact the St. Norbert College Center for International
Education at 920-403-4075.

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