19th Annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann
Distinguished Guest Lecture
Wednesday, April 6, 2011,
Kansas City (Mo.)
Public Library Central Library
14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Registration: Early registration is available through Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs by contacting Kecia Holland at (816) 559-5616. Registration for the event after Wednesday, March 23 is available through the Kansas City Public Library.
Presented by: Park University
Co-Sponsors: The Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library, the International Relations Council – Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration
John J. Mearsheimer, Ph.D.
R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago
Topic: “Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics”
Mearsheimer will discuss his recently published book, Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics. The book examines strategic lies in international politics with an analysis that is built around four questions.
- What are the different kinds of international lies that leaders tell?
- Why do they lie?
- What are the circumstances that make each type of lying more or less likely?
- What are the potential costs of lying for a state’s domestic politics as well as its foreign policy?
Mearsheimer, who has taught at the University of Chicago since 1982, is a graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1970. After serving five years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, he started graduate school in political science at Cornell University in 1975, earning his master’s degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1980.
He spent the 1979-80 academic year as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs from 1980-82. During the 1998-99 academic year, he was the Whitney H. Shepardson Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics. He has published five books: Conventional Deterrence (1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss Jr. Book Award; Liddell Hart and the Weight of History (1988); The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (with Stephen M. Walt, 2007), which made The New York Times best-seller list and has been translated into 19 different languages; and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (2011).
He has also written many articles that have appeared in academic journals such as International Security, and popular magazines such as the London Review of Books. Furthermore, he has written a number of op-ed pieces for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, dealing with topics such as Bosnia, nuclear proliferation, American policy toward India, the failure of Arab-Israeli peace efforts and the folly of invading Iraq.
Mearsheimer has also won a number of teaching awards. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching as a graduate student at Cornell in 1977, and he won the Quantrell Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Chicago in 1985. In addition, he was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 1993-94 academic year. In that capacity, he gave a series of talks at eight colleges and universities. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About the Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series and a list of previous lecturers