Academic Lecture Series

The DCA Academic Lecture Series has a long history of bringing topical, global issues in focus, offering attendees first-hand knowledge of the issues. Past topics include:

  • “God’s On Our Side: Religion, Power and Politics”
  • “Communism’s New Clothes: Intimations for the 21st Century”
  • “Rising China”
  • “After the Arab Spring… What Next?”
  • “Making the World Go Round… Global Economics”


Upcoming 2015 lectures

Russian Roulette
Thursday mornings at 10:00am: January 8th, 15th, 22th and 29th
Tuesday evening lecture: February 3rd
Details to be announced…

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Past Academic Lectures

2014 Academic Lecture Series: China Changes the Guard
Our 2014 lectures focused on the recent regime change in China, its impact on the world and implications for future foreign policy decisions.

Thursday Mornings at 10:00am

January 9th Evan Osnos presents for the DCA's 2014 Academic Lecture Series on Thursday, January 9, 2014. China in the Age of Ambition: New Leaders, New Challenges
Presenter: Evan Osnos, Journalist, The New Yorker magazineEvan Osnos is the China Correspondent at The New Yorker magazine, and writes the “Letter from China” blog at His forthcoming book about China’s rise is based on his life in China over the past eight years. During this time he also served as Beijing Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
January 16th The DCA's 2014 Academic Lectures Series - David Shambaugh presents on "China Goes Global." China Goes Global
Presenter: David Shambaugh, George Washington UniversityDavid Shambaugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations, and is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has written or edited thirty books, including China Goes Global: The Partial Power (2013).
January 30thThe DCA's 2014 Academic Lecture Series - Sheila Smith presents "China's Maritime Neighbors." China’s Maritime Neighbors
Presenter: Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign RelationsSheila Smith is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and currently directs the project on Japan’s Political Transition and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Recently affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo, she has researched and written on Japan’s foreign policy toward China and the Northeast Asian region on an Abe Fellowship.

Monday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm

January 27thThe DCA's 2014 Academic Lecture Series - Kenneth Lieberthal presents "The New Guard’s Agenda: U.S. – China Relations." The New Guard’s Agenda: U.S. – China Relations
Presenter: Ken Lieberthal, The Brookings InstitutionKen Lieberthal is senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at Brookings. He has authored 24 books and monographs and over 70 articles, mostly dealing with China, including Managing the China Challenge: How to Achieve Corporate Success in the People’s Republic. He also served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council from 1998-2000.

Friday Morning at 11:15am    **New time**

February 7thThe DCA's 2014 Academic Lectures Series - Charles Freeman III presents on "The Digital Dragon: China's Rose in Cyberspace." **New Friday Date**
(Change from the 1/21 snow storm)
The Digital Dragon: China’s Role in Cyberspace
Presenter: Charles Freeman III, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLCCharles Freeman III is a Vice President at Rock Creek Global Advisors, where he focuses on international regulatory and policy matters, particularly in Asian markets. He was previously Assistant US Trade Representative for China Affairs, where he helped shape US trade policy toward China, and oversaw US efforts to integrate China into the World Trade Organization.

All lectures are designed and organized by the Academic Lectures Committee:

Series Coordinator Susan Bhirud
Speakers Committee Ann Mandel, Janet Sargent, Alison von Klemperer, Kate Larson, Mary Genco and Susan Bhirud
Registrar Amy Squyres
Treasurer/Mailing List Martha Banks
Hospitality Sally Schlachtenhaufen, Margie Anderson and Robin Woods
Publicity Sallie Raleigh, Margie Anderson, Lois Baylis, Adria Bates, Noel Bradley, Ann Lang and Christy Munro
Book List Ann Lang, Amy Squyres and Robin Harvey

2014 Academic Lecture Series Committee members

Left to right: Margie Anderson, Susan Bhirud, Robin Harvey, Sallie Raleigh, Lois Baylis, Ginny Mordy, Alison von Klemperer, Christy Munro and Sally Schlachtenhaufen.

Not pictured: Adria Bates, Noel Bradley, Maureen Finnegan, Ann Lang, Kate Larson, Ann Mandel, Janet Sargent and Amy Squyres.