In the past five years, the Center has hosted or sponsored over 100 events on campus, almost 25 events per year. The Center’s events are well known because of the relationships we have to the campus community and our external ties to experts and policymakers. We regularly co-sponsor events with student organizations on campus, academic departments and community groups. Center events include lectures and policy discussions; film screenings with professors and filmmakers; dynamic international film series and academic conferences on controversial topics. Almost every major on campus has co-sponsored events with the Center, ranging from art and art history to biology and physics.
- The Center regularly combines cross disciplinary work with professional artists and student artists to address issues in democracy.
- We have assembled experts throughout the world to participate in conferences on politics, on technology and U.S. defense policy.
- The Annual Maryland Legislative Wrap Up is a popular campus event each spring, to discuss how the legislative session in Annapolis influences students and our community.
- In 2012-2013 the Center hosted several ambassadors to speak on key policy issues and provide students with an inside view of policymaking in Washington. Speakers included Ambassador James F. Collins, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and Clifford A. Hart Jr., special envoy for the Six-Party Talks.
- The Future of Fracking event brought panelists from opposing backgrounds to discuss the future of hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, and what it means to our community. This event was immensely popular because of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland mission for promoting environmental stewardship.
The Center has also established hallmark programs which benefit the College and the community:
- The Benjamin Bradlee Distinguished Lecture in Journalism has featured Tom Brokaw and Gwen Ifiill (TV news journalists) as guest lecturers.
- The Sterling Lecture in Law and Politics has brought to campus U.S. District Judges John E. Jones III and James Robertson to speak about controversial issues in American courts.
- The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program brings in scholars to join our students in discussion in the classroom.
- Our annual Patuxent Defense Forum, co-sponsored by The Patuxent Partnership and underwritten by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), is held each year at St. Mary’s College to discuss defense concerns and their impact on our country and our world.