Humana Visiting Professor John Agresto discusses Iraq war
RELEASED: January 4, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—While leading the American effort to rebuild Iraq's university system, John Agresto spent nearly a year in Baghdad following the commencement of the war in Iraq.
Agresto, Humana Visiting Professor at Centre, will discuss his experience in Iraq and address larger questions about the war during a public lecture on Jan. 10. His presentation, "Iraq—How Did We Get Into This Mess and How Do We Get Out?" will take place in Weisiger Theatre on campus at 7:30 p.m.
Agresto will also teach a government course titled "Understanding Democracy" during CentreTerm this month. Students in the class will study contemporary speeches and writings, as well as examine writings by Aristotle, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, John Stuart Mill and America's founders.
A former president of St. John's College in New Mexico, Agresto served as the chief U.S. adviser to Iraqi higher education. He was a member of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the U.S. agency that was responsible for the civil administration of Iraq until the United States handed over power to the new Iraqi regime.
Agresto holds a bachelor's degree in political science/history from Boston College and a Ph.D. in government from Cornell. He has served on the faculty at Duke University, Kenyon College and Wabash College. He is also a former assistant, deputy and acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Widely published in the areas of politics, law and education, Agresto has lectured at numerous colleges and written three books and dozens of articles.
Agresto is currently president of John Agresto & Associates, an educational consulting company, and he lectures widely on the war in Iraq.The Centre College Humana Visiting Professor Program, funded by the Humana Foundation, allows Centre to invite leading scholars to campus each year to directly share in the lives of students and faculty. The College rotates the program among various academic areas, bringing outstanding persons from fields ranging from literature to science.
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