Feb 28, 2018

Symposium Turns Technology Discussion toward International and Global Topics

The next lecture in FVCC’s Honor Symposium will examine the impacts of technology on international relations and global security. Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi and Dr. Karen Adams from the University of Montana will speak at FVCC on March 6 about political challenges, international power disparities and opportunities for global cooperation around creating a safe cyber space. Free and open to the public, all Honors Symposium lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the large community room in FVCC’s Arts and Technology building.

Dr. Adams is an associate professor and chair of the Political Science department at the University of Montana. She teaches and writes about international relations and human, national and global security and has briefed members of the U.S. defense and intelligence community on international relations and security forecasting. In 2014, she was named a “super forecaster” in the Good Judgment Project, a four-year study of geopolitical forecasting sponsored by the CIA’s U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

Dr. Adams’ presentation will focus on technology’s role in advancing China to its current status as a super power and the resulting implications for global security.

Dr. Maggi teaches European politics and international security at the University of Montana and at the University of Arizona. Her book, “The Will of Change: European Neighborhood Policy, Institutional Change and Domestic Actors in Morocco,” was nominated for the best dissertation prize by the European Union Studies Association.

Dr. Maggi’s presentation will focus on the issues surrounding national and international cyber security policies and the challenges to international cooperation, including Russia’s political cyber espionage in the U.S. and China’s opposition to the transatlantic cyber agenda.

The Honors Symposium continues a tradition of bringing thoughtful public discussion regarding current hot-topic issues to the Flathead Valley and is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni and Friends, and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund.

Subsequent lectures in this year’s Honors Symposium are:

March 13: “Cyborg Senses: On the Cusp of a New Era in the Philosophy of Perception” presented by Dr. Brian Keeley, philosophy professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

March 20: “Computers, Automation and the Human Future” presented by Nicholas Carr, journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author.

For more information, visit or call symposium organizer Dr. Gerda Reeb at (406)756-3889.