Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2006

Drs. Ron Hatchett and Bill Martin to be Featured Speakers At Schreiner Nov. 14  

Two nationally renowned speakers will be featured in a public forum at Schreiner University Tuesday, Nov. 14.  Dr. Ron Hatchett and Dr. Bill Martin will present the Labatt Speaker Series, “Transforming the Middle East: Plans and Prospects,” at 7 p.m. in the Cailloux Campus Activity Center ballroom on the Schreiner campus.  

Dr. Ronald Hatchett Dr. Bill Martin Hatchett is the director of Schreiner’s Center for Global Studies and a former senior civilian official in the Department of Defense working arms control and international security issues during the administration of President Ronald Regan.

"Success in Iraq and in the broader war on terrorism will depend in large measure on how we define our objectives,” Hatchett said. “It seems to me that there is a growing consensus across political boundaries in our country that we need to take a closer look at what we trying to accomplish in the Middle East and how we should go about it. Our presentation will hopefully shed some light on this issue."

From 1983-1986, Hatchett was the Secretary of Defense Representative to the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions Talks (MBFR) negotiating NATO and Warsaw Pact conventional force levels in central Europe. In 1986 he became the Secretary of Defense Representative to three other multi-national security organizations in Europe: the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) concerning security, economic, and human rights issues; the mandate talks for NATO-Warsaw Pact negotiations on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE); and the NATO High Level Task Force on conventional arms control.

Prior to taking his position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Hatchett served for 20 years as an Air Force officer working intelligence and politico-military affairs.  Hatchett's academic specialties are foreign policy, European Studies and Middle Eastern Affairs.  He also frequently appears as a commentator on local and national television and radio news programs.

Martin is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne emeritus professor of sociology and Chavanne Senior Fellow for religion and public policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he taught from 1968 until 2005. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and Harvard Divinity School and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1969. During his years at Rice, he has received numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. His articles, most dealing with various aspects of religion, have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, and Texas Monthly, for which he writes a monthly column, “Faith Bases,” about religion in Texas. He is also a frequent guest on national and local news and discussion programs.

“Oil, tribalism, historic animosities, greed, lust for power, U. S. policy and reaction to it—all make prospects for peace in the Middle East unpromising,” Martin said. “But no responsible attempt to understand this troubled region can ignore the power of religion to inspire, inflame, and legitimize both helpful and disastrous action by the major protagonists.”

This will be a great opportunity for members of the community to benefit from Hatchett’s perspectives on the political and military implications of recent developments in the Middle East, as well as Martin’s observations on the social and religious components of contemporary events in the volatile region. There will be a question and answer session following the discussion.

For more information, contact Martha York, director of CIL, at 830-792-7352 or mlyork@schreiner.edu.

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