Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 14, 2009

Asia-Pacific Policy Expert to Present Lecture at Whitworth April 23

Richard Ellings, president of the National Bureau of Asian Research, will present the third lecture in the 52nd annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth University. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge.

Ellings will present "What the New Balance of Power Means for the United States" on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Ellings is president and co-founder of Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research, a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution that focuses on informing and strengthening Asia-Pacific policy. He also is an affiliate professor of international studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Ellings has written several books and articles about American foreign policy, national security and Asia, and he has served as a consultant to various departments and agencies of the federal government. He established both the Strategic Asia Program, an initiative that tracks strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and AccessAsia, the national clearinghouse that tracks specialists and their research on Asia. In the 1980s, he served as legislative assistant in the office of former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, with senior responsibility for legislation on foreign and defense policy issues. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington.

In addition to the April 23 lecture, Great Decisions lectures will take place on April 30 and May 7. The lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on upcoming lectures, please call (509) 777-3270. Great Decisions 2009 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, political science department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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