Friday Lecture - US Global Engagement and the Military

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Event Details

The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the United States at a turning point with respect to its level of engagement and the role of its military. Some argue for an “America First” paradigm, with a large military to ensure security, while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. Some advocate for a restoration of American multilateral leadership and a strengthened role for diplomacy. Still others envision a restrained U.S. role, involving a more limited military. How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities? 

Keith West has been involved with speech and debate for nearly two decades. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from Lewis and Clark College, and an MA in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University. He has taught a number of college courses on Public Speaking and Communication for undergraduate students, an experience he very much enjoyed.

Before leaving graduate school Keith was one of four Americans selected to represent the United States as a member of the US National Debate Team. He was also a featured presenter at the International Debate Education Association's World Conference in Talin, Estonia and authored Parliamentary Debate, a textbook commissioned by the National Speech and Debate Association. In 2011, he traveled to China to judge the nation's English-Language Parliamentary Debate Championship and assist in collaboration on intercultural communication and debate.

Today, Keith juggles a variety of esoteric occupations. He works with Boston Latin, does research, instruction and tournament logistics for the National Speech and Debate Association, he moderates regular discussion groups on foreign and domestic policy at four public libraries, occasionally consults for major venture capital firms, and teaches sword-fighting and story-crafting to kids.


Program brought to the library in partnership with UMASS Lowell's Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA). 

Event Type(s): Lecture Series, Library Programs
Age Group(s): Adult
Danny Lykansion