Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2004

Great Decisions to Feature April 15 Lecture, "Revisiting the U.S. War on Terrorism"

The 47th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth College features five speakers who will focus on political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. In the fifth and final lecture of the year, Michael Le Roy, professor of political science at Whitworth, will present a lecture, "Revisiting the U.S. War on Terrorism."

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 15, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., in the Eric Johnston Science Center Auditorium at Whitworth. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture series background book, Great Decisions 2004, is available for purchase at the Whitworth Bookstore. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

During his Great Decisions presentation Le Roy, who serves as the international affairs expert for Spokane's KXLY News 4, will explain the U.S. strategy for combating terrorism and evaluate its effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, in the Islamic world.

As a professor of political science at Whitworth, Le Roy teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, international political economy, and research methods in political science.

He graduated from Whitworth in 1989 and returned to Whitworth in fall 2002 from Wheaton College, in Illinois, where he was chair of the department of political science. He won Wheaton College's faculty achievement award for excellence in teaching in 1998 and a similar award from the American Political Science Association's honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, in 1999.

Le Roy was a Fulbright Scholar at Gothenburg University, in Sweden, between 1992 and 1994. His research on civil society, xenophobia, and the European Union has been published in the journal Comparative Politics. He is also the author of Comparative Politics: Using MicroCaseŽ ExplorIt (2004, third edition); Comparative Politics: An Introduction (3rd edition), and is the co-author of Research Methods in Political Science (5th edition), with the late Michael Corbett.

Le Roy is currently at work on a book that focuses on the issues of vocation and public life. Acts of Faith in Public Life: Christian Vocation and Calling in a Post-Christian World explores the disconnection between public life and religious faith for many young people. The book will also profile narratives of the career and vocation of a Christian in public life.


Barbara Brodrick, Politics & History Department academic program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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