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Professor prepares for current events lunch

Matt Bramanti | Friday, November 21, 2003

In an effort to promote intellectual discussion on campus, assistant professor of political science Dan Lindley will have lunch with students today to discuss current events in international relations.The Current Events Table in South Dining Hall will be sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in either the northwest corner (right-right) or northeast corner (left-left) of South Dining Hall, depending on the availability of space.Lindley said that while his immediate goal is to encourage debate of international issues, he has a broader cause in mind.”My mission is to break down the bubble and to foster intellectual life on campus,” Lindley said.Lindley said he hopes a broad range of students will attend and participate in the discussion. “You might have a ROTC person sitting next to a Pax Christi person,” he said. “I think that’d be great.”Senior Lauren Fowler was excited about the prospects for discussion.”Professor Lindley is quite possibly one of the most intelligent professors on campus,” she said. “[The lunch] will be quite beneficial to the university.”Topics will include the gamut of international relations, though some domestic issues with an international tint – like the current Miami negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas – will likely be included.Lindley said he aims to make the lunchtime forums a monthly event, or possibly more frequently. “We’ll have them more often if other faculty members jump on.”He joked that the event was a cost-effective one for the Kroc Institute, which recently received a $50 million bequest from philanthropist Joan Kroc. “They spent $30 on the sign and any faculty member can get free meal tickets from the dean,” Lindley quipped.