On Tuesday March 30, speaker Elbridge Colby will be lecturing virtually for the Waynesburg University Community. His lecture begins at 6 p.m. and will be focused on China’s growing power in the world.
The lecture comes as a part of the university’s Crosby Humanities Lectureship Series. According to the Waynesburg University website, the Lectureship Series is funded by Dr. Glenn A. Crosby and his wife Jane Lichtenfels Crosby. The couple are 1950 magna cum laude graduates of Waynesburg University, and the series aims to “bring visiting scholars to the University who are distinguished in their disciplines.”
In line with that motto, the series has hosted Dr. Kerry Hipps, Regents Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University in March of last year. According to his website, Colby has served in a number of different security related roles.
From 2017-2018 he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, and from 2018-2019 was the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he led the center’s work on defense issues. Beyond that, he has worked in security or strategy related roles for the US government since 2003.
The lecture itself will focus on China’s rise as a world power, according to the official flyer sent out by the university. Not only their rise, but the lecture will also talk about the question of how America should address it.
As for why students should attend the lecture, the committee that secured Colby to speak said this: “Over the last several decades, the world has witnessed the growth of China’s economic, military and political power. China will continue to be one of the dominant world powers during our lifetimes and US / China relations will have an effect not only on the leaders of the two countries but on its citizens as well.”
The virtual lecture can be viewed at the following link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_M2IxMTliM2QtMTQyNi00MjFkLTk3ZGUtMmY1ODQ4ZjU4MGY0@thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22:%22ab7ea71b-3efc-4f16-b4f7-53f6bf34f8ca%22,%22Oid%22:%22e11b39f0-b81a-47cc-bece-28c9094c55be%22%7d