Andrew Bacevich, Boston University and Derek Chollet, U.S. Department of Defense
-In moderated debate style, Bacevich and Chollet will discuss the following topics and take questions from the audience.
-What is the right size and role of the U.S. military today?
-Drones, surveillance and technology – how and when should they be used?
-Does the all-volunteer military influence America’s willingness to intervene globally? Would a draft reduce U.S. military involvement?
-Is the permanent commitment of U.S. troops abroad in peaceful nations necessary and sustainable?
Andrew Bacevich is a professor of international relations and history at Boston University. Time magazine calls him “one of the most provocative—as in thought-provoking—national security writers out there today.” His book, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed their Soldiers and their Country” critiques the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. A graduate of the West Point Academy, Bacevich received his doctorate in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. In the U.S. Army, he served in the Vietnam War, as well as stints in Germany and the Persian Gulf. In addition to several books on American militarism and diplomacy, his articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times.
Lincoln native Derek Chollet is the Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy issues related to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to being confirmed in 2012, Chollet served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff. He has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. He is the author or co-author of six books, including “The Road to the Dayton Accords: A Study of American Statecraft” and “America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11.”
-Zhao’s book of the same title, “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization,” addresses these and other questions.
-At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States headed down the right path?
-Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society? Or, are they undermining students’ strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization?
-American education is at a crossroads. We need to change course to maintain leadership in a rapidly changing world. How should we redesign our educational system?
Yong Zhao is an internationally recognized scholar on the impacts of globalization and technology on education. He currently serves as Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education at the University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman Professor of Technology and a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy and Leadership. Over the course of his career, he has designed schools that cultivate global competence and developed computer games for language learning. Zhao is the author of more than 20 books, including “Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization” and “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.” A winner of the early career award from the American Educational Research Association, Zhao is a graduate of Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.