A former FBI hostage negotiator, an Africa land tenure specialist and a Civil War historian are among the speakers for the 2011-12 Marshall Center Lecture Series at the University of Richmond.

The series is hosted by the John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

Themes for the series include the Civil War, crisis communication and African economic development. The series opens Sept. 16 with African land tenure specialist Karol Boudreaux. Call 804-287-6522 or email sbest@richmond.edu for more information.

Speakers for the series are:

Karol Boudreaux, African land tenure specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m., Jepson Hall. An affiliated senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, she was the lead researcher for Enterprise Africa, a project that reported on enterprise-based solutions to poverty in Africa. She will discuss what is and is not working with African economic development.

Gary Noesner, former FBI hostage negotiator and chief of the agency’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Critical Incident Response Group, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., Jepson Hall. He is the author of Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator. He will speak on crisis communication.

Gary Gallagher, Civil War expert and professor of history at the University of Virginia, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., Jepson Hall. Considered one of the leading historians of the Civil War, his books include The Union War; The Confederate War; and Lee and His Generals in War and Memory. He will speak on command relationships during the Civil War.

Pauline Maier, professor of American history at MIT, spring 2012. A leading scholar of the American Revolution, Maier has won numerous accolades for her scholarship. The Wall Street Journal listed her 2010 book, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788, among the top ten books of the year, and The New York Times Book Review included it among 100 “notable” books of the year.  

Peter McNamara, professor of political science at Utah State University, spring 2012. A political theorist, he specializes in early modern and American political thought. He is the author of Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic and editor of The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor and the American Founding.

The John Marshall Center examines the business of government and the shaping of public policy by hosting fellows and speakers, and developing curriculum and programs primarily focused on the constitution, political economy, politics and ethical reasoning. The Marshall Center is advised by an international board of distinguished scholars and leaders, including honorary chair and former prime minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher.