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Preeminent International Affairs Expert Honored by SIS

WHAT:  “Turbulence in International Studies: The Contributions of James Rosenau,” an event and panel discussion to honor scholar James Rosenau

WHO: James Rosenau, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University   

- James Mittelman, University Professor, American University

- Randolph Persaud, associate professor of international studies; director, Comparative and Regional Studies, American University

- Martha Finnemore, professor of political science and international affairs, George Washington University

- J.P. Singh, associate professor of communication, culture, and technology, Georgetown University

- Miles Townes, doctoral student, George Washington University

- Paul Wapner, associate professor and field director, Global Environment Politics Program, American University

WHEN:  4–6 p.m. Thursday, October 30

  Room 4, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
MEDIA:  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 29, 2008)—American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and the SIS Comparative and Religious Studies department will honor George Washington University professor James Rosenau on Thursday, October 30, at 4 p.m. for his contributions to the academic community.  A panel discussion titled “Turbulence in International Studies: The Contributions of James Rosenau,” will follow the presentation, which will take place in AU’s Mary Graydon Center.

SIS professor Randolph Persaud will present Rosenau with the honor and will lead the panel discussion.  Participants in the panel discussion include leading experts in international studies from American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University.

Rosenau is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University.  He received his PhD from Princeton University, and his areas of expertise include theories of world politics, international relations, and globalization. The former president of the International Studies Association, Rosenau has authored and edited 41 books, including his most recent, 2007’s People Count!: The Networked Individual in World Politics, and more than 100 articles throughout his scholarly career.

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