Bozeman Lectures: 10 years of "healthy debate"
“The series has attempted to explore some of Adda’s multifaceted interests in the realm of international affairs,” says Jefferson Adams, a longtime member of the history faculty who holds the Adda Bozeman Chair in International Relations. “We began with the vanishing Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas and ended up last fall examining the aftermath of the Iraq War.”
A renowned scholar, Bozeman was avidly engaged in the study of the Middle East, Russia and Southeast Asia, among other critical areas, and wrote extensively about the interactions of cultures from her earliest book (Regional Conflicts Around Geneva, published in 1949) to her last (Strategic Intelligence in Statecraft, 1992). Guest lecturers have been drawn from both the academic and nonacademic worlds-reflecting Adda’s dual commitment to scholarship and public policy-and have included two of her former donnees.
“Since my mother’s death more than twelve years ago, the lectures in her honor have given me and my family great pride,” says Anya Bozeman Taylor ’63. “She would have had much to say about them and would have linked their pursuits in an arcing theory. I wish she could have been present at all of them-especially, perhaps, the wonderful lecture [by Sir John Compton; see sidebar] on Haiti: in addition to studying the country, she spent her honeymoon there in 1952.”
Adams sees the Bozeman series as a key component of campus life. “The lectures, I think, help to underscore an important part of the College’s tradition less well known to the general public, and also present some viewpoints that make for a healthier debate on campus. It is perhaps a mark of the series’ success that I’m frequently asked who next year’s speaker will be.”