The Speaker Series is an adult education program held on select Sundays. We hear from scholars, poets, and leaders in our world, and in the world of faith.
Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe within the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the National Security Council, will speak about Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Thomas B.F. Cummins, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and Director of Dumbarton Oaks, will speak about Dumbarton Oaks, the historic Harvard research institute, library, museum, and gardens located in the heart of Georgetown.
Stewart D. McLaurin, President of the White House Historical Association, converses with John H. Dalton about his inspirational American success story traveling the world and working across private and public sectors, including four presidential appointments. After graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964, Dalton served on two submarines. In 1977, President Carter nominated him as President of the Government National Mortgage Association and later a member and then Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. In July 1993, President Clinton nominated him as the 70th Secretary of the Navy where he served for five and a half years.
The Rev. Sharron Dinnie, head of Kwasa College in Springs, South Africa, will speak about the work of the college. Kwasa, St. John’s partner in South Africa for 19 years, supports education and other services to 600 children living in an informal settlement near Johannesburg.
Shibley Telhami, a noted Mideast expert, will speak about recent developments in the region. Telhami is a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. He has also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of State, advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, advisor to Congressman Lee Hamilton, and member of the Iraq Study Group.