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League of Women Voters Tyler Public Library Lecture Series Kicks Off This Week

Each year, the Tyler/Smith League of Women Voters, the AAUW (Tyler American Association of University Women), and the Tyler Public Library sponsor a lecture series on international topics of interest developed by the Foreign Policy Association.

Dr. Jeffrey Crean, professor of history at Tyler Junior College, is the coordinator of this 2023 series.

In January and February, speakers will provide information on the following topics:

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January 18, Energy Geopolitics with Professor Steven Stein of Tyler Junior College: Stein will discuss the question “How will changes in the energy industry affect relations between countries?” Access to oil and gas has long influenced the policies of individual countries and their relations with others. But as more countries transition to sustainable energy and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this change the way the United States interacts with the outside world?

January 25, China-US Foreign Policy, Dr. Jeffrey Crean of Tyler Junior College: Crean will discuss “How will the United States respond to China’s growing global presence?” For the past 10 years, the US and China have been competing to see who has the most global influence. One of the major contentious issues is the status of Taiwanese sovereignty, which has recently become even more relevant due to the possibility that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could prompt China to take similar action against Taiwan. How will the United States deal with China, which is increasingly seeking to expand its sphere of influence?

February 1, Climate Migration with Chris Gilson

February 8, Iran and USA with Robert Asaadi

February 15, to be announced

February 22, Global Hunger with Andrew Natzios

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

The League of Women Voters is made up of volunteers who do practical work that creates lasting change in our community. For more information about the League of Women Voters, visit lwvtyler.org.

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