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Edwards to Deliver “Great Decisions” Lecture

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From St. Norbert College, February 16, 2016
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

Brian T. Edwards, Crown professor in Middle East studies at Northwestern University in Illinois, will present a lecture titled "After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East" on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as part of the Great Decisions lecture series. In his lecture, Edwards, drawing on a decade of on-the-ground research, will examine the unpredictable and fragile nature of American culture and "soft" power in the Middle East and North Africa. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater of the F. K. Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus.

Edwards' lecture is the second installment in the 2016 Great Decisions series, an annual nationwide program meant to bring together local, regional and national experts to discuss various issues of international interest. The eight-part lecture series is presented on Wednesdays starting in February and running through April. St. Norbert College is one of only two institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin that offers the entire series. Great Decisions is sponsored by the St. Norbert College Center for International Education.

Admission to the lecture is $5 for community members; cash and checks are accepted at the door. Alternatively, those interested in attending the entire lecture series can purchase a $60 subscription, which includes tickets to all of the lectures as well as the Great Decisions 2016 Briefing Book. There is no charge to attend the lectures for students, faculty and staff from any educational institution who present an ID upon entry.

For information on the Great Decisions lectures, or to purchase a subscription to the series, email, call 920-403-4068 or visit

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