Renowned Expert in History of Global Politics to Speak at Park University’s Annual Hauptmann Lecture

Monday, March 7, 2016

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The landscape of politics in the United States hangs in the balance with the series of presidential primary elections and caucuses across the country leading to the general election in November. As candidates continue to debate and citizens of the country discuss their options for a leader, Park University will host its 24th annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Lecture Series event on Tuesday, April 12.

The event will be held at the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception, while the program starts at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested for those planning to attend at

Dr. Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama, Ph.D., a professor at Stanford University and 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, will present a lecture titled “The Origins of Political Order.”

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 will begin 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.

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. 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. The heavily anticipated follow-up, Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to Globalization, was released in 2014. Additional books include The End of History and the Last Man, 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, 1983-89 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. Read more about Fukuyama at

The lecture series is named in honor of the late Park University professor emeritus of political science and public administration, Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D. Hauptmann taught at Park for more than 50 years, and launched the University’s first graduate degree program in 1982. In 2001, Park’s School for Public Affairs was renamed the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs in honor of this remarkable educator.

The 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 University. 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.