The Park University Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series was established through the generosity of alumni, colleagues and friends of Hauptmann upon his 40th anniversary at Park. The lecture series brings outstanding scholars to the Kansas City area to address topics related to Hauptmann's three areas of study: international politics, public administration and democracy.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. program; book signing to follow
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch
4801 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Registration: The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested for those planning to attend.
Lecture Description: Based in part on Fukuyama's book of the same name, the lecture will provide a sweeping account of how today's basic political institutions developed. It begins with politics among our primate ancestors and follows the story through the emergence of tribal societies, the growth of the first modern state in China, the beginning of the rule of law in India and the Middle East, and the development of political accountability in Europe through the eve of the French Revolution.
About The Lecturer: Francis Fukuyama, Ph.D., is a professor at Stanford University, the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford. A longstanding observer of global political and economic issues, with a special emphasis on the development of democratic political systems around the world, Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to democratization and international political economy. He has previously taught at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of the School’s International Development program. From 1996-2000, Fukuyama was the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
Fukuyama’s book The End of History and the Last Man has appeared in more than 20 foreign editions, and his most recent book, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, is a 2011 New York Times Notable Book and a Kirkus Reviews and Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. In 2014, the heavily anticipated follow-up, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to Globalization, was released. His other books include America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, and Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States.
Fukuyama served as a member of the political science department at RAND Corp. from 1979-80, 983-89 and 1995-96. From 1981-82 and in 1989, he was a member of the policy planning staff of the U.S. Department of State, first specializing in Middle East affairs, then as deputy director for European political-military affairs. Also during 1981-82, Fukuyama was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. From 2001-04, he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, established by President George W. Bush.
Fukuyama is chair of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped create in 2005. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corp. and the National Endowment for Democracy, and serves on advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy, the Inter-American Dialogue and The New America Foundation. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Fukuyama earned his doctorate in political science from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Cornell University. He also holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University, Kansai University in Japan and Aarhus University in Denmark. He lives with his wife, Laura Holmgren, in California, and has three children.