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Craig Calhoun and Lorne Craner: Promoting Democracy from the Ground Up

Monday, March 30, 2009 at 5 pm
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Colloquium

"Challenges to Promoting Democracy from the Ground Up," with Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council, and University Professor of the Social Sciences, New York University; and Lorne Craner, president, International Republican Institute.

Sponsored by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

Listen to the lecture on U-M iTunes U.

Craig Calhoun Biography

Craig Calhoun has been the President of the Social Science Research Council since 1999. He is also University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University. Under his leadership, SSRC has launched new work on knowledge institutions and innovation; information technology; HIV/AIDS and social transformation; and media, democracy and the public sphere. The recipient of a doctorate in sociology and history from Oxford University, Calhoun taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 19 years, where he also served as dean of the Graduate School and director of the University Center for International Studies. As a scholar, he has written on culture and communication, technology and social change, social theory and politics, and the social sciences. His recent books include Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream (2007) andCosmopolitanism and Belonging (forthcoming 2009).


Lorne Craner Biography

Lorne W. Craner is President the International Republican Institute (IRI), a position he held from 1995 to 2001 and again since 2004. He led the strengthening of IRI's programs in China, Colombia, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey. In 1992-93, he served at the National Security Council as Director of Asian Affairs, and later, was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. From 2001 to 2004, Craner was Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under Secretary of State Colin Powell, where he contributed to the development of democratization and human rights policies. Upon his departure, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the department's highest honor. In June 2007, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a seat on the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Board of Directors. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has testified on numerous occasions before House and Senate Committees. Craner holds a B.A. from Reed College and an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.