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Spring 2018 Robert C. Wood Lecture in Public and Urban Affairs


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Dean David W. Cash is pleased to announce the appointment of
Dean Reuben Brigety, II as the

Spring 2018 Robert C. Wood Professor of Public and Urban Affairs

Dean Reuben Brigety, II will engage students and faculty to discuss "America, Heal Thyself: Political Polarization the rebuilding of American Soft Power"

Abstract: "Soft power - or the ability to attract other nations to emulate our example in supportof our interests - is an intangible yet vital component of American diplomatic capacity. The increasing political polarization in the United States over the last two decades, and its impact the functioning of American political institutions, harms American soft power. It undermines the attractiveness of the U.S. democratic model and hinders the willingness of interlocutors around the world to support American objectives."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Campus Center at UMass Boston, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A

5:30 p.m. Reception with hors d'oeuvres
6 p.m. Lecture and panel response