May 23, 2005
Professor Alan Richards to speak about Middle
East at Foundation Forum
By Louise Donahue
UCSC professor Alan Richards, who in late 2004 briefed the
American militarys Central Command on the Middle East,
will address the UCSC Foundation Forum on June 2.
Alan Richards has shared his expertise widely with military
and government officials.
Photo: Victor Schiffrin, UCSC Photo
Richards will speak on American Thinking About Violence
in the Middle East at the 4 p.m. lecture in the College
Nine/College Ten Multipurpose Room. His talk will be followed
by a question-and-answer session. The event is free and open
to the public.
There will be parking at the Barn Theater at the main entrance
to campus, with shuttles running to and from the forum.
It was at the invitation of high-level military intelligence
officers that Richards delivered two briefings and met with
top Pentagon officials in December 2004 about sources of instability
throughout the Middle East and beyond.
Since before the war, Richardsa critic of current government
policy in the Middle Easthas taken every opportunity to
share his expertise with military and government officials,
briefing officers at the Army War College in Pennsylvania, the
Naval War College in Rhode Island, members of the intelligence
community in Washington, D.C., and many others.
Richards is a professor of environmental studies and economics.
He was educated at Harvard University and the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied political science, Middle
Eastern studies, and economics.
He joined the Economics Department at UCSC in 1976 and transferred
to the Environmental Studies Department in 2000.
The UC Santa Cruz Foundation Forum brings together UCSC Foundation
trustees, faculty, students, and the Santa Cruz community to
hear engaging speakers and participate in discussions on current
subjects that affect their common interests and goals. The lecture
series, inaugurated in 2002, is sponsored by the Office of the
Chancellor and the UCSC Foundation.
Email this story
Return to Front Page