Center for Civic Engagement / Department of Political Science

Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs highlights U.S.-China relations

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Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs highlights U.S.-China relations
Mary Gallagher

For its 2022 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs, Oakland University will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Mary Gallagher to campus on Wednesday, March 16. Dr. Gallagher will present her talk, “U.S.-China Relations: Now What?”, with a Q&A session to follow, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Meadow Brook Hall.   

Mary Gallagher

Dr. Mary Gallagher will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs.

“The Meadow Brook lecture provides an opportunity to bring to OU's campus a renowned scholar whose expertise extends beyond academic work and helps shed light on some of the most critical and timely global issues,” said Dr. Matthew Fails, associate professor of political science and coordinator of OU’s International Relations program. “There are few issues more timely than how the United States will exist and engage with a world where China's economic and political power is ascendant.” 

Dr. Gallagher is the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights at the University of Michigan. She is also the Director of the International Institute at UM. Her main scholarly expertise focuses on Chinese domestic politics and US-China Relations.

Dr. Gallagher was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China and a Visiting Scholar at the Koguan Law School of Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2012-2013. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations. 

Dr. Fails added, “We've even seen a major uptick in U.S. foreign policy rhetoric about the need to 'pivot toward Asia' following decades of attention toward the broader Middle East, and there is widespread agreement that the relationship between the US and China will be the most important moving forward, even if there is disagreement about the specifics. Professor Gallagher will bring a unique perspective on this critical global issue, and we're very excited to be returning to an in-person format this year.”

Presented by OU’s Department of Political Science and Center for Civic Engagement, the event is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at this link. Attendees will be required to follow OU's safety protocols, including wearing a face covering and completing the OU health screening; a direct link to the screening will be sent out to attendees who RSVP prior to the event.

Established in 2012, the Meadow Brook lecture series was designed to foster broad community engagement and discussion of pressing issues in international affairs.

For more information, contact Dr. Fails at fails@oakland.edu.

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