Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 26, 2017
In This Issue
Joan E. Cashin
Professor of History

The Organization of American Historians appointed 31 new speakers to the Distinguished Lectureship Program this month, including Joan E. Cashin. She will join more than 500 other OAH Distinguished Lecturers who speak to audiences across the country each year at museums, libraries, universities, community centers, churches, synagogues and other venues. OAH Distinguished Lecturers promote understanding and appreciation of all facets of United States history, from the 1600s through the present.
In the Media
Christopher Gelpi
Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

"Mershon Center hosts conference on media's coverage of war, public's perception"
The Lantern
April 21, 2017
Mitch Lerner
Director, Institute for Korean Studies

"North Korea"
WOS-FM All Sides
April 26, 2017
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication

"Misleading political ad in Georgia makes 'boogeyman' of a surprising media target"

"Science and Politics"
WOSU-FM All Sides
April 20, 2017
Randy Schweller
Professor of Political Science
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History 

"Foreign-policy discussion dissects US-Russian foreign policy"
The Lantern
April 21, 2017
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Mershon Events
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Military Frontiers: A Graduate Student Symposium
Organized by Mason Watson and Max von Bargen
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Gary Sheffield This year's Military Frontiers conference showcases the scholarship of 12 graduate students who study topics relating to the management of force and power in international affairs. The conference is interdisciplinary; the presenters represent a range of academic fields, and their research is based in a variety of methodologies. By bringing together up-and-coming scholars working on similar topics, the conference aims to promote communication and cooperation across academic disciplines. Gary Sheffield, professor of war studies at University of Wolverhamption, will give the keynote address on "How The West Won World War I." Read more and register at
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Friday, May 12, 2017

Democracy, the State and Protest
Organized by J. Craig Jenkins, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

J. Craig JenkinsThe conference and workshop brings together scholars representing different approaches to the studies of protest behavior and democracy. Invited speakers will present their work on issues related to various aspects of the relationship between protest and democracy, with an emphasis on measurement and methodology. The one-day conference will be followed by a workshop-style panel discussion with the presenters, focused on the different methods, their opportunities and limitations, aimed at providing graduate students and junior scholars with an overview of the methodological repertoire in this research area. This event is organized with the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Can folklore and security studies mix? Mershon's Noyes says yes

Mershon affiliate Dorothy Noyes, professor of English and comparative studies, has published a new book: Sustaining Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Guide for the Academy (University of Illinois Press, 2017), co-authored with Regina Bendix and Kilian Bizer.

Dorothy Noyes
Dorothy Noyes
Because much of Noyes's contribution to the book draws heavily from her work at the Mershon Center, we asked her about her long experience as a folklorist collaborating with scholars in international relations and security studies.

Q. How is your work in folklore studies informed by activities and events at the Mershon Center?

I've been at Mershon for almost as long as I've been at Ohio State because it offers such stimulating counterpoint to my own thinking. As a folklorist, I start with the ethnographic detail and work up to interpretation, comparison, and theory. The social scientists at Mershon often work in the other direction: That inspires me to join rigor to openness.

Learning from Mershon's historians and political scientists has helped me to carry my interest in political performance into new arenas, such as cultural diplomacy. And I've learned how I and my students can explain our work better to others: This has made it easy for me to enter into interdisciplinary collaborations in Germany and elsewhere.

There isn't a straight line of influence, but conversations at Mershon have been important for the framing of my current book project on the idea of exemplarity in liberal politics.

Read more of this interview at
Other Events
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bernadette Gray-Little
14th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture
11:30 a.m., Archie Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union, 
1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by Outreach and Engagement

Bernadette Gray-LittleBernadette Gray-Little is chancellor at University of Kansas, focusing on advancing its mission of lifting students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world. In fall 2013, Gray-Little was named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and served as chair for 2015-16. She is an invited member of the Council of Foreign Relations. As part of a Fulbright Foundation fellowship, she conducted postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology in Denmark. She has also been a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a recipient of a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council.  Read more and register, then attend the 2017 Engagement Forum immediately following the event.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hon. Lori Esposito Murray
"Russia, Putin and the World Order"
11:30 a.m., Columbus Museum of Art (Derby Court), 480 E. Broad St.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Lori Esposito MurrayThe Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join a dialogue about the current state of play in Russia, what we can expect from Russian President Vladimir Putin in his dealings with the United States and its allies, as well as possible scenarios for a changed world order. Lori Esposito Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was special advisor to the president on the Chemical Weapons Convention during the Clinton Administration. She is also the former assistant director for multilateral affairs of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. State Department. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Murray coordinated the democracy programs for Russia and the newly independent states at the International Republican Institute in Washington, DC. She also participated as an election observer in Russia during the election of Boris Yeltsin as president. Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' looks at changing ideas about elites in America

Origins has published its new article: "From Fat Cats to Egg Heads: The Changing American 'Elite'" by Steven Conn.

There is no greater insult today in American politics than to call someone an "elite." No one has hurled that insult more than Donald Trump. Americans have long been suspicious of "elites" but, as historian Steven Conn describes this month, just who they are has changed a lot over the last 200 years. Read the article at

About Origins: Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective is a monthly ad-free magazine that features top scholars on today's most pressing topics. Published by The Ohio State History Department, its authors include National Book Award winners and world-renowned scholars. You can also explore reviews of popular history books on the Origins website as well as the new monthly feature Milestones.
Innovate conference to take place May 16

Ohio State's Office of Distance Education and eLearning invites you to  Innovate, an annual conference bringing together educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals to explore recent advancements, best practices, and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology. With Impact as our theme for 2017, we're sharing innovations that let educators re-imagine their instruction without sacrificing pedagogical quality and rigor. The conference is built with the educator in mind: You don't have to be tech savvy to participate. The event is Tuesday, May 16, at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Read more and register
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