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Symposium Videos

Even if you were not able to join us on campus for the 5th Annual Symposium on Democracy, you can still enjoy the fascinating presentations about Global Conflict. Click the links below to view the video of the Green Lecture by Former Secretary of State James A. Baker as well as videos of the Symposium's Plenary Sessions.

Symposium Videos

James A. Baker, IIIThe Honorable James A. Baker, III, America's 61st Secretary of State and 67th Secretary of the Treasury delivered the 2010 Green Lecture as the centerpiece of the Symposium on Democracy.
He lectured on "The Case for Pragmatic Idealism"

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of Secretary Baker's Green Lecture.

Brigadier General MacFarlandBrigadier General Sean MacFarland presented the Opening Keynote Lecture during the Plenary I Session. His lecture centered on the theme of "War: An Inevitable Evil."

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of Brigadier General MacFarland's lecture.

Sean GourleyPhysicist Sean Gourley presented the Plenary II Session on the "14 Key Features that Define a Successful Insurgency." His lecture exposed the fascinating side of the mathematical components of war.

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of Sean Gourley's lecture.

Antoine RutayisireAntoine Rutayisire delivered a moving address as the Plenary III Presenter, speaking about the road to reconciliation after mass tragedy with "The Rwanda 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsis: A Study on Conflict Genesis and Resolution."

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of Antoine Rutayisire's lecture.

Carolyn ForcheCarolyn Forche, Award-winning Poet of Witness and Human Rights Advocate compelled the audience as the final Plenary Speaker during the Symposium. She spoke on the "Literature of Witness to War and Conflict."

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of Carolyn Forche's lecture.

" The Symposium on Democracy provided a superb forum for information sharing, discussion and understanding of the world we live in. Mr. Baker's address was a cornerstone of the Symposium and was very well done. His comments were timely, thought provoking and meaningful. I believe his message will resonate in a positive and balanced way for years to come with both our campus community as well as world leaders."
- Bruce K. Brookby '68
Chair of Westminster's Board of Trustees

"Not often is one blessed with spending a significant amount of time with a global leader in your field…but this happened for me during the Symposium as I hosted Antoine Rutayisire, an internationally known peacemaker who has been leading the reconciliation process following the 1994 genocide."
- Dr. Bob Hansen
Executive Director for the Emerson Center for Leadership and Service

"I think this was the best Symposium to date. The range of speakers was as impressive as ever but the addition of a Green Lecture helped elevate the proceedings to a new level. We have a tough act to follow with next year's program!"
- Dr. Rob Havers
Vice President of The Churchill Institute at Westminster College

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