A former FBI hostage negotiator, an Africa property rights 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 and is free and open to the public.

Speakers will discuss the American Revolutionary and Civil wars, crisis communications and African economic development. The series opens Sept. 16 with African property rights specialist Karol Boudreaux, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 4:30 p.m., Jepson Hall. An affiliated senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, Boudreaux 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.

Other speakers include:

  • 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. The author of “Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator,” Noesner will speak about crisis communication.
  • Gary Gallagher, Civil War scholar 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 American Civil War, Gallagher is author of “The Union War,” “The Confederate War,” and “Lee and His Generals in War and Memory.” He will speak about 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 named her 2010 book, “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788,” among the top 10 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, McNamara 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 curricula and programs primarily focused on the constitution, political economy, politics and ethical reasoning. A board of international scholars and leaders, including honorary chair and former prime minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, advises the center. 

Call 804-287-6522 or email sbest@richmond.edu for more information.