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Fall Programming - Town Hall Meeting: Finding the Foreign Policy Center

As with so many political issues in the U.S., foreign policy has become so polarized that it is difficult to have a constructive dialogue. After the partisan campaigning of the election, this situation is not likely to improve. What values do we want our foreign policy to serve? What do we, as Americans, want from our foreign policy? Even if finding common ground proves elusive, IWA hopes to model a respectful conversation where people can disagree without being disagreeable, understand different views, and learn from each other. IWA Director, Robert Ricigliano, will moderate the panel and audience discussion.


Dr. Carol Elder Baumann
Director Emerita, Institute of World Affairs

Carol Edler Baumann is Director Emerita of the Institute of World Affairs, having retired in 1997 after more than 30 years of leadership and contributions to Wisconsin?s international community.  A member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Political Science faculty from 1964, Dr. Baumann administered the university?s International Relations program before being appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1979 to 1982.  After retuning to Milwaukee, Dr. Baumann oversaw UWM?s Office of Overseas Programs, rejoined IWA as director, and resumed her faculty position.  She has authored three books, written numerous articles, moderated most IWA programs and hosted ?International Focus,? the Institute?s television program.  Dr. Baumann served on the boards of various national and regional organizations involved in world affairs and international trade.  She earned her bachelor?s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was a Marshall Scholar.

Othman Atta

Othman Atta is an attorney with Atta Law Offices, LLC., located in downtown Milwaukee.  Mr. Atta received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his law degree from the Marquette University Law School.  He is a naturalized American of Palestinian origin, born near Jerusalem, and is active in Islamic issues.  President of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, the largest Muslim organization in Wisconsin, Mr. Atta is a Board Member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.  In 2002 the Wisconsin chapter of the ACLU recognized him with its ?Civil Libertarian of the Year? award.  He is an adjunct faculty member at Cardinal Stritch University where he teaches a course on the religious culture of Islam and has taught a similar offering for UW Extension.  Mr. Atta speaks often to business and interfaith groups and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.

John McAdams
Associate Professor, Political Science, Marquette University

John McAdams is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University.  He earned degrees from the University of Alabama, Columbia Teachers College, and Harvard University.  Since 1977 he has served on the Political Science faculty at Marquette, teaching American Politics.  He has published 20 articles in scholarly journals such as the Journal of American Politics, The Public Interest, the American Journal of Political Science, the Sociological Quarterly, and Law and Contemporary Problems.  Professor McAdams is the Webmaster of ?The Kennedy Assassination Home Page? on the worldwide web. 

Ruth Conniff
Political Editor, "The Progressive"

Ruth Conniff is Political Editor of The Progressive magazine.  After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Ms. Conniff joined The Progressive as Associate Editor in 1991.  She has contributed articles to national publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times as well as being a columnist and feature writer for The Progressive.  In 1997 Ms. Conniff opened The Progressive?s Washington office and has since appeared as a regular on CNN?s ?Sunday Capital Gang,? PBS?s ?To the Contrary,? and for two years on the Fox News show, ?All Star Panel.?  Ms Conniff returned to Madison in 2000.  She covers politics and writes a monthly column for her magazine.

John E. Katzka
U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Retired

John E. Katzka is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer with 32 years of diplomatic experience and 38 years of federal service.  Mr. Katzka was Special Envoy to Kosovo, Yugoslavia and Macedonia, 2000-2002, where he directed public affairs and served as mission spokesman at all three locations.  During 1981-1997, he served as Counselor and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassies in Zambia, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and Russia, and Romania.  Mr. Katzka was Director of Programs and Policy for ?WorldNet,? the U.S. Information Agency?s television network, from 1992-1997, and was Senior Policy Planner for USIA?s Office of Strategic Planning.  A Milwaukee native and graduate of UWM in International Relations, Mr. Katzka conducted graduate studies at George Washington University and participated in a Conflict Resolution Workshop at Columbia University.


Alverno College

Fourth Freesom Forum

United Nations Foundation

UWM Union

Brady Corp.

Milwaukee Public Television

US Bank

Wisconsin Public Radio

November 9, 2004
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UWM Union - Ballroom
2200 E. Kenwood Ave.
Milwaukee ,WI 53211
Cost (single lecture/series)
Basic Members: $4.00 / $10.00
Premium & Above Members: $ / $
Non-Members: $8.00 / $20.00
Students: $ / $