The Mortara Center sponsors and cosponsors over one hundred academic events each year on contemporary issues in international affairs. To see examples of past events, please click on the Distinguished Lectures, Thematic Series, Research Seminars, and Additional Event links on the left side of this webpage.

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Book Talks


Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Global Jihadist Movement: Book Event and Reception
Dr. Daniel Byman
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 6pm

Cosponsored by the Security Studies Program





The Politics of Everyday Europe: Constructing Authority in the European Union

Kathleen R. McNamara
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm





Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers 

Nancy Sherman
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 5:00-6:00pm




Distinguished Events

On Thursday, April 9th Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University gave a talk entitled "Why We Get Things Wrong: Reflections on the Inevitable and the Avoidable in Intelligence." Professor Paul Pillar responded and Professor Elizabeth Arsenault moderated. Read more...

Lepgold Book Prize

On October 27th, 2015, the 2014 Lepgold Prize was awarded to Professor Paul Staniland (University of Chicago) for his book, Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (Cornell University Press, 2014). Read more...

Research Seminars


Culture and Politics

Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar


International History Seminar

Political Economy Seminar

Thematic Series

This series highlights current events and issues in international relations. With speakers from both academia and the policy sector, discussions cover different sides of the topics that are in the papers and in the news. Read more...

See a list of all of our upcoming events.