Lecturer to Examine Global Competition in the 21st Century
March 5, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Parag Khanna, director of the Global Governance Initiative and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, will deliver the Sigmund Weis memorial lecture March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Stretansky Concert Hall. Khanna will discuss his book, “The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the 21st Century.”
Khanna, who was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People for the 21st Century, is one of the world’s most respected experts on global economic and political trends. He advised the Barack Obama for President campaign on Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and during 2007 was a senior geopolitical adviser to U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Khanna also was a fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2002-06 and, for several years, conducted risk analysis, scenario planning and corporate citizenship projects at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
In addition to “The Second World,” Khanna also authored the forthcoming “How to Run the World,” a comprehensive roadmap to restoring global economic and geopolitical stability. Having traveled in more than 100 countries, Khanna has had his observations published in The New York Times, Financial Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Business Week and Foreign Policy, among others.
Khanna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international affairs with a minor in philosophy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Georgetown’s security studies program. He is completing a doctorate degree in international relations at the London School of Economics.
The Sigmund Weis Memorial Lectureship in Business brings prominent individuals from business and public life to speak on matters of interest to Susquehanna University and the community. The lectureship was established in 1979 to honor the late Sigmund Weis, an honors graduate in Susquehanna’s class of 1903 who, with brother Harry Weis, class of 1900, founded Weis Pure Food Stores Inc. in 1912. The firm now operates 158 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Sigmund Weis School of Business (SWSB) was founded in 1983 and endowed with a major gift from Weis’ son-in-law, Charles Degenstein. Ten years later, the school achieved accreditation from AACSB International. The accreditation was reaffirmed in 2000, and Susquehanna University remains one of only a few private, undergraduate-only institutions that have AACSB-accredited business schools. The Sigmund Weis School offers majors in accounting, economics, information systems and business administration, supplemented by a curricular focus on information technology and international experiences, including the popular junior-year “Semester in London” program.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones