2018-2019 Speaker Series: The United States in the World

The Meador Center Speaker Series hosts active voices in America's political landscape, representing views from both the left and the right. The Center's theme this year is The United States in the World. We will delve into this critical moment in American political history, where we as a nation are contemplating what America's role in the world is, will be and should be in the future. 

The series is free and open to the public. 


Can Foreign Policy Stop at the Water’s Edge in the 21st Century?

Dr. Meena Bose
Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30 p.m., Lay Hall Auditorium, Drury University Campus

Professor Meena Bose is the Executive Dean of public policy and public service programs at Hofstra University’s Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and Director of the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. She is the author of Shaping and Signaling Presidential Policy: The National Security Decision Making of Eisenhower and Kennedy (1998), and editor of the reference volume The New York Times on the Presidency (2009). She also has edited several volumes in presidency studies and a reader in American politics, and she is the third author for the American Government: Institutions and Policies textbook (15th edition, 2016), The Paradoxes of the American Presidency (5th edition, 2017), and is the author of numerous articles and essays.

A widely sought-after speaker and source for media outlets, Professor Bose is an expert on the American presidency, foreign policy, and national security. She has appeared numerous times on CNN, C-Span, NPR, and has routinely commented on presidential debates, one of which is often held at Hofstra. She serves on the editorial board of Political Science Quarterly and has been a guest editor for White House Studies. She is the Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President-Elect of the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Professor Bose taught for six years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she also served as Director of American Politics in 2006. She previously taught at Hofstra University from 1996-2000. Long Island Business News selected her as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” leaders on Long Island in 2009.

She received her undergraduate degree in International Politics from Penn State and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.

U.S.-Israel Relations in the Obama and Trump Years

Presentation by Ambassador Daniel Shapiro
Monday, February 4 
6 p.m., Lay Hall Auditorium

Drawing on his eight years serving in the Obama Administration, and his current vantage point from Israel on the Trump Administration, Ambassador Shapiro reviews highs and lows, busts some myths, and gives a behind-the-scenes account of Israeli-Palestinian talks, the fight over the Iran deal, and the many successes in U.S.-Israel relations. He analyzes prospects for future bilateral cooperation, regional peace and security initiatives, and some continued dissonance between these two close allies in the next few years.

Daniel Shapiro was named Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies in March 2017, following a diverse career of over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government.

He was appointed by President Barack Obama to be United States Ambassador to Israel, a position he held from July 2011 until the end of the Obama Administration. He won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Among his major contributions were negotiating the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding for U.S. military aid to Israel, unprecedented public outreach in fluent Hebrew to Israel’s diverse communities, and 40 percent growth in U.S.-Israel trade.

Shapiro previously served as Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council, in which he served as a member of Special Envoy George Mitchell’s team, led U.S. diplomatic efforts in Syria and Lebanon, and advised President Obama through the early months of the upheavals in Arab states in 2011. He previously served in numerous senior advisory positions in the U.S. Congress, including with Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.

Medicare for All Town Hall Presentation and panel discussion

Presentation by Wendell Potter 
Thursday, September 20
12:30 p.m., Lay Hall

President of the Business Initiative for Health Policy; investigative journalist, author, and former insurance company executive Potter first came to national attention when he testified in Congress about the damage caused by the misinformation campaigns he helped create as VP of Communication for Cigna before he left Cigna and became an advocate for Medicare for All.

Founder of the independent investigative journalism group and author of Deadly Spin and Nation on the Take, Potter will share his insider’s perspective on the state of American healthcare and how we can improve and expand Medicare for us all.

Introduction by Ed Weisbart MD, chair of the MO chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. Hosted by the Breech School of Business Administration, and the MO chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. 

The President's Book of Secrets: The Inside Story of Top Secret Intelligence and the Presidents Who Received It

Dr. David Priess
Thursday, September 20
5:30 p.m., Lay Hall

Dr. Priess served during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer and at the State Department as a desk officer. During the Bush administration, he was one of the few officers selected to personally deliver the President’s Daily Brief to some of the few senior policy officials allowed to see it.

Dr. Priess obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and has taught international relations classes at Duke, George Washington University and George Mason University. His writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Politico, The Cipher Brief, Houston Chronicle and Security Studies. He is sought-after speaker and media expert on the presidency and national security affairs. He has presented in venues ranging from briefing rooms at the White House, Pentagon, and State Department to packed auditoriums across the country to major broadcasters including  CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and the BBC.