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Election Series Shifts to Foreign Policy

A Rhode Island College history professor will address American foreign policy in the fourth installment of the election series, 'Take Six: The Big Issues of 2012,' in the Barrington library.

How has American foreign policy shifted over time? What do different forms of foreign policy look like? And how do they take form?

These questions and others will be addressed tonight in the Barrington library at 7 by a Rhode Island College history professor. It’s the fourth installment of the election series: “Take Six: The Big Issues of 2012,” which runs through Oct. 11.

History professor Karl Benziger will take the stage this week. Here is a profile from a RIC website:

“Karl Benziger is a professor of history at Rhode Island College. Previously, as a jointly appointed faculty member he led the effort to redesign the History Secondary Education major at the College to rigorously conform to the Guild Standards of the historical profession at the national and international level. The program is nationally recognized by NCATE/ NCSS.

“Before coming to Rhode Island, he co-founded an interdisciplinary mini-school at South Shore High School in Brooklyn through an American Forum project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. His association with Hungary was fostered through several Fulbright Teaching scholarships and a Civic Education Project grant funded though the Soros Foundation.

In addition to his book, “Imre Nagy Martyr of the Nation: Contested History, Legitimacy, and Popular Memory in Hungary,” and various articles on political memory, theory, Cold War, and Hungary, he has written articles and created curriculum about the convergence of domestic and foreign policy centered on Civil Rights and Vietnam.

“He is currently engaged in projects related to assessment governance and contemporary politics with the political scientist Richard Weiner, and a project in combination with fellow historian Robert Cvornyek entitled, “Before 1968: Vietnam, Black Power, Sports, and the Ending of the Liberal Cold War Consensus.”

Bensiger holds a Ph.D. in International Education and a master's in social studies from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in music performance from SUNY, Fredonia in New York.

The final two sessions of the "Take Six" series:

 Registration is not required. The series is free and open to everyone.

Manifold Witness September 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM
US Dept of State Department Mission Statement “Shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.” --From the FY 2011 Agency Financial Report, released November 2011 Foreign Policy Concern #1 1. Visit the Newport Mansions. 2. Listen to how the rich made their fortunes. 3. Unregulated industry & underpaid labor. 4. Then, USA regulated industry & contracted with labor. 5. Instead of leveling the playing fields through leadership in the world economy, Mrs. Clinton & Mr. Obama apologize for US values. 6. Now, US industry & undercompensated labor still happens–contracted out to other countries & US entrepreneurs still make their fortunes the way the old-time guys did, just different scenery. 7. Wrong is any Democrat who thinks the solution is to simply tax the wealth created by #6 to compensate non-rich in the USA for losses due to the transitioning to #6 to get away from #4. 8. As wrong is any Republican who wants to go back to step 3. What is the US foreign policy regarding trade, subsidies, etc. and how does the US foreign policy encourage a level playing field so that there is “progress and benefit” in world markets and industry?
Manifold Witness September 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Foreign Policy Concern #2 Mrs. Clinton says she won’t do another term as Secretary of State. Thereby distancing herself from helping Mr. Obama. Which also looks like a vote of “no confidence”. Both Clintons say they don’t know what Mrs. Clinton will do next. Mr. Clinton “campaigns” for Mr. Obama, but Mr. Clinton seems more philosopher than advocate. If Mr. Romney wins, the voters may want Mrs. Clinton as president next. If Mr. Obama wins, the voters may want a Republican. Are the Clintons playing political chess with the US voters? If this appears obvious to us is it obvious to the rest of the world? What are the foreign policy implications right now?
Manifold Witness September 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Foreign Policy Concern #3 Mr. Obama weighed in on the NFL ref strike. http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/258591-obama-weighs-in-on-nfl-referee-lockout Within 24 hours of the premeditated killing of 4 Americans in Libya (“bumps in the road” according to Mr. Obama), Mr. Obama went to his own “battleground” - Las Vegas- for his campaign finance trip. The Obama administration blamed a video for the violence. “Obama, who opted to push ahead with his battleground-state swing less than 24 hours after the deadly attack, used a somber tone to address his boisterous supporters, waving off cheers from members of the crowd at the top of his remarks.” http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/president-obama-says-libya-attack-a-reminder-of-us-as-indispensable-power/ Then, after it started leaking out from other sources about how the violence in Libya was planned, Mrs. Clinton said there will be an investigation because she is required to do so. What messages is the Obama administration sending to the rest of the world about US values?

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