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Discussion Day draws MC, neighbors to consider U.S. role from an international view

Community invited to join in week

of conversation, lectures, panels and films


Continuing a 30-year tradition, Manchester College will draw students, faculty, guest speakers and the community together for intense, invigorating discussion during the week of March 7. Discussion Day 2005 focuses on “America’s Role in the World: An International Perspective,” and spans several days this year, rather than the original one-day event.

The public is welcome throughout this week-long, campus-wide conversation – from the 10 a.m. Monday convocation, to panels, colloquies, mealtime discussion tables and the keynote address. Students, faculty and guests will have opportunity to hear many views and lend their own viewpoints.

Keynoting the event is Dr. G. John Ikenberry, co-director of the Princeton Project on National Security, a collaborative project to examine the changing character of America’s international security environment. The widely respected author, lecturer and advisor is a 1976 Manchester College graduate. Ikenberry will deliver his address, “American Power and the Future World Order,” at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9 in Cordier Auditorium. Of course, opportunity for discussion will follow.

“Discussion Day 2005 will explore the role the United States plays in world affairs and its impact on people around the world,” said James Brumbaugh-Smith, associate professor of mathematics and committee chair of Discussion Day 2005, a biennial event. The committee also includes Debra J. Lynn, associate professor of music; William E. Day, associate professor of accounting and business; Kenneth L. Brown, professor of religion and philosophy; and Ingrid N. Rogers, professor of modern languages.

Among questions the MC community and its guests will discuss include:

The Role of the United States in the International Scene, Convocation, 10 a.m., Monday, March 7, Cordier Auditorium – faculty panel of Timothy A. McElwee, associate professor of peace studies, Bradan D. Pyrah, associate professor of accounting and business, Kendall Rogers, professor of religion and philosophy, Thelma Rohrer, director of international studies

Immigration Policy and U.S. Leadership in Science and Technology, 4 p.m. Monday, March 7, Holl-Kintner Room 100 – faculty panel of Jeffrey Osborne, assistant professor of chemistry and Christer Watson, assistant professor of physics

Isolation to Intervention: A Brief History of the United States’ Role in the World, 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, Upper Union Lounge – Katherine Tinsley, associate professor of history and political science

Keynote Address: American Power and the Future of World Order by Dr. G. John Ikenberry of Princeton University, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, Cordier Auditorium

Following his address and a brief break for refreshments Wednesday morning, Ikenberry will discuss his opinions further and respond to questions in a half-hour “Talk On” at 11 a.m. in the Cordier lobby. During lunch, tables will be set up in the Upper Union for students, faculty and guests to continue the discussions about America’s Role in the World.

The U.S. Image Abroad, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Wine Recital Hall – student-faculty panel of Katharine Ings, assistant professor of English; Bradley Yoder, professor of social work; senior Rebecca Hollenberg of Osceola and senior Amy Fry-Miller of Fort Wayne

U.S. Engagement in the World, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Winger Room 111 – student-faculty panel of Sunday A. Isang, assistant professor of communication studies; senior Wendy Matheny of Peoria, Ill.; sophomore Nickolas Simons of Bristol; sophomore Ritodhi (Gorky) Chakraborty of India and first-year student Maggie Siddiqui of Fort Wayne

Views from Europe, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Winger Room 111 – student-faculty panel of Beate Gilliar, associate professor of English; sophomore Fabrice Navrez of France; sophomore Johannes Weinreich of Germany and senior Kris Kardaszewicz of Poland

U.S. Impact on Human Rights and Economic Development, 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Wine Recital Hall – student-faculty panel of Peter Gitau, director of multicultural affairs; junior Eman Jamal of West Bank; sophomore Hani Ghazi of Israel and junior Stephen Case of St. Joe, Ind.

On the Moral Duties of an Only Superpower, 5 p.m., Thursday, March 10, Upper Union Lounge – Religion & Philosophy Colloquy

Paying the Way: A Bipartisan Discussion on the Role of the United States in the Changing World Economy, 8 p.m., Thursday, March 10, Upper Union Lounge –a town hall format led by members of the MC Accounting & Business Club and Manchester Students Against Sweatshops

Two films will be shown during the week in Wampler Auditorium, each followed by discussion:

A Lover’s Quarrel with His Country, by William Sloane Coffin, a voice for progressive religion in America, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8

11’09’’01 – September 11, 11 short films by film directors in 11 countries, 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9

The week’s events will culminate with an International Buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, sponsored by the Manchester College International Association. Cost is $7 for adults; $5 children; $3 MC students with meal plan.

For more information about Discussion Day, visit the Manchester College home page at

Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college with 1,075 students from 23 states and 30 countries.


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