Each year, the institute supports a speaker series that invites a wide array of practitioners, experts, and scholars to share their experiences and knowledge with the Colgate community. Centered on topics related to the institute’s areas of inquiries, the series allows students and faculty to engage with speakers in formal and informal discussion.

Upcoming Events



Fall 2023

October 17, 2023

Tyranny of the Minority
A lecture and discussion with Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University.

September 19, 2023

Economic Security IS National Security: How the Deficit and Debt Affect American Power
A lecture and discussion with Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Research, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institute, and non-resident scholar at the Lampert Institute, and Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Spring 2023

April 11, 2023

Destined for War? The U.S. and China
Lecture and discussion with Michael O'Hanlon, director of research and foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and non-resident scholar at the Lampert Institute.

March 31, 2023

Is Authoritarian Populism Still Defeating Democracy?
Lecture and discussion with Jan-Werner Müller, Roger Williams Straus Professor of social sciences and professor of politics at Princeton University.

March 22, 2023

The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence
Lecture and discussion with Avi Goldfarb, Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

February 21, 2023

The Global Reach of China's Tech-Enhanced Authoritarianism
Samantha Hoffman, Senior Analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Director at ANS Analytics LLC.

Past Lampert Institute Events

“From Afghanistan to Taiwan to Ukraine and Beyond: Global Hotspots and Their Interconnections”

Michael E. O’Hanlon, Non-Resident Scholar, Lampert Institute; Director of Research - Foreign Policy; Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Brookings Institution

Sept. 27, 5 p.m.


“Japan's New Strategy in a Contested Asia”

Sheila Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m.


“Can North Korea Protect Human Rights?”

Sandra Fahy, Associate Professor Carleton University, Canada.

Oct. 25, 4:30 p.m.


Panel Discussion: Reviewing "Military History for the Modern Strategist"

Michael E. O’Hanlon, Non-Resident Scholar, Lampert Institute, and Stephen D. Biddle, Professor, Columbia University

Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m.

"Can Antitrust Rein in Big Tech?"
Hal Singer, Managing Director, EconOne, George Washington Institute for Public Policy

February 17, 4:15 p.m.

"The Ties that Bind: Technology, Geopolitics, and Why Reshoring Supply Chains May Be Harder Than Joe Biden Thinks”
Eric Thun, Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Business Studies at the Said Business School at Oxford University and Fellow at Brasenose College

March 22, 4:15 p.m.

"A New India, a New China? The Politics of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping”
Sanjay Ruparelia, Associate Professor of Politics, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, Ryerson University

April 6, 4:15 p.m.

"Restarting the Future: Prosperity in the Intangible Economy”
Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College London

April 21, 11:30 a.m.

"Sharp Power: Attack and Defense."
Edward Lucas, Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis, author of The New Cold War and Cyberphobia

October 7, 11:45 a.m.

"Gangs of Medellin: How Organized Crime is Organized."
Chris Blattman, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, author of Why We Fight

October 28

"This is Not Propaganda: the Structural Disintegration of the Public Sphere - and How to Fix It."
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, author of This is Not Propaganda

November 4, 4:15 p.m.

"The New Totalitarianism: How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World."
Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University
March 11, 5:15 p.m.

"Israel and the Middle East 2021: The New Geopolitical Equation."
Uzi Rabi, Director, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies
March 29, 11:45 a.m.

Can You Innovate Out of a Global Pandemic? A Look at the U.S. Biopharma Industry
Bill Sibold, president of Sanofi North America and executive vice president of Sanofi Genzyme, will discuss the state of the biopharmaceutical industry in the U.S. and the challenges and opportunities for innovation and global competition.
Feb 24 5:15 p.m.

COVID-19 in New York State and the Policy Response
Sep 10, 2020 11:30 a.m.

The Lampert Institute for Global and Civic Affairs Presents Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health.

The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve
Oct 1, 2020 11:30am

Sarah Binder, Senior Fellow of Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, author of The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve.

"Can We Solve Our Big Problems?" with Andrew McAfee
Oct 22, 2020 12pm

A discussion with Andrew McAfee, Co-founder of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy, author of several books including More From Less: How We Finally Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources - and What Happens Next and The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

"The United States, China, and the Battle for Cyberspace" with Adam Segal
Nov 10, 2020 4:30pm

Adam Segal, Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council of Foreign Relations, author of The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver and Manipulate in the Digital Age.