Is this The Beginning of History?

The Department of History, Global Studies, and Leadership Studies is happy to sponsor a conversation with DC based and award-winning journalist John Walcott ´71 on Friday, April 5th at 4:15 pm in Schapiro 129.

The return of rightwing populism in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, the war in Ukraine, a Middle East that top intelligence officers call “more combustible” than they’ve ever seen, along with social media, artificial Intelligence, a new Gilded Age and evaporating public trust in the institutions of democratic governance are fueling anger, polarization, fear and danger. Paraphrasing Francis Fukuyama, is this the beginning of history? How should we make sense and write about our current times? What should we keep in mind as we analyze these regional and global trends? What can be done to restore sanity — and what role can Williams play in that effort?

John Walcott ´71, winner of the Bicenntenial Medal at Williams in 2018, is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Walcott was Foreign Policy and National Security Editor at Thomson Reuters, Team Leader for National Security and Foreign Affairs at Bloomberg News as well as a Contributing Editor at Time. He also serves on the Board of Advisors at the Global TechnoPolitics Forum. He has been McClatchy’s Washington Bureau Chief, foreign editor and national editor of U.S. News & World Report, national security correspondent at The Wall Street Journal and a correspondent at Newsweek. He is the inaugural winner of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. His work has won the Edward M. Hood Award and the Freedom of the Press Award from the National Press Club and three Overseas Press Club awards. In 2005, he was part of a team that won a National Headliners Award for “How the Bush Administration Went to War in Iraq.” He is co-author of the book “Best Laid Plans: The Inside Story of America’s War Against Terrorism.”