Event Descriptions


Each year the Mershon Center organizes speaker series, conferences, symposia, and workshops that bring together scholars, government officials, and business leaders from around the world to discuss the latest research in national and international security affairs.

See below for a description of all the different types of Mershon Center events that are held throughout each year. 


The Mershon Center hosts a weekly lunch for conversation among our affiliates and interested others. Mershon Mondays are intended primarily as opportunities for Ohio State researchers in different disciplines, career stages, and professional networks to share ideas and perspectives on global security questions. Through regular, informal interaction, we aim to broaden the context and sharpen the focus for individual research as well as to lay the ground for research collaborations.

This weekly space gives us flexibility for last-minute opportunities, so there will be occasional guest presentations or panels on current events. We'd like to prioritize the work of our own affiliates, however: discussions of work in progress, presentation of recent projects or publications, and brainstorming sessions are all welcome. If you have an idea for a Mershon Monday, please get in touch with Dorry Noyes.

A light lunch will be served to attendees: given healthy attendance, we are now requesting advance registration.


The Mershon Center's Edgar S. Furniss Book Award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center and is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. The award will consider any work that makes a theoretical and policy impact on our understanding any of the following themes:

  • The use of force and diplomacy 
  • The ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security 
  • The institutions that manage violent conflicts.

The winning author is invited to address the Mershon Center community to discuss their book. 

See a list of previous winners


Each year the Mershon Center selects one lecture in honor of Joseph J. Kruzel, an Ohio State faculty member in political science who served in the U.S. Air Force as well as other posts in the federal government. Kruzel was killed in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1995 while serving as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO affairs.

Past Kruzel Memorial Lectures include:

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, "The Crisis of Liberal Democracy"

Henry Nau, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, "Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan" 

Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs, Princeton University, "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia" 

Christopher Hill, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, "Trends in American Foreign Policy: What the Next Administration Will Face"

Edward L. (Ted) Warner III, secretary of defense representative to New START and senior advisor for arms control and strategic stability, "New START Treaty and Beyond"

Joseph Nye, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at Harvard University, "The Powers to Lead"

Strobe Talbott, president, Brookings Institution, "Election of the Century: The American Presidency and the World"

William Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University and former Secretary of Defense

Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, "Armchair Killers"

Walter Slocombe, former director of national security and defense, Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq, and former undersecretary of defense for policy, "Future Security for Iraq"


The Mershon Center has long been a home for academic speaker series that brings scholars from other universities and government roles to Columbus to share their recent research and experiences with us. 


The Mershon Center has been sponsoring a Citizenship Speaker Series since 2003. Here is a list of who has spoken at the center as part of this lecture series.


Carol Graham
Brookings Institution
October 30, 2018

Geoff Sayre-McCord
University of North Carolina
November 16, 2018

​​​​​​Sally Haslanger
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
February 22, 2019

Richard John
University of Southern California
March 18, 2019


Jenann Ismael
University of Arizona
March 30, 2017

Lori Fisler Damrosch
Columbia Law School
February 12, 2018


Tommie Shelby
Harvard University
January 13, 2017

Colin Camerer
California Institute of Technology
November 28, 2016


Cristina Bicchieri
University of Pennsylvania
February 19, 2016

Gary King
Harvard University
October 22, 2015

David Schmidtz
University of Arizona
September 25, 2015


Richard Zeckhauser
Harvard University
March 11, 2015

Eldar Shafir
Princeton University
September 18, 2014


Lance Bennett
University of Washington
April 7, 2014

Douglas MacLean
University of North Carolina
October 25, 2013

Orlando Patterson
Harvard University
October 1, 2013


Elizabeth Anderson
University of Michigan
March 29, 2013

Rae Langton
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
February 25, 2013

Charles Griswold
Boston University
October 19, 2012

Rebecca Scott
University of Michigan
September 14, 2012


Colleen Murphy
University of Illinois
February 10, 2012

Christopher Gelpi
Duke University
October 11, 2011


Jim Glassman
University of British Columbia
May 10, 2011

Christine Korsgaard
Harvard University
April 1, 2011

Geoffrey Brennan
February 18, 2011

John Ferejohn
New York University
October 28, 2010


Chris Bobonich
Stanford University
May 26, 2010

Susan Wolf
University of North Carolina
May 7, 2010

Susan Stokes
Yale University
October 9, 2009


Jeff McMahan
Rutgers University
October 29, 2008


Richard Bauman
Indiana University
April 4, 2008

Dennis Thompson
Harvard University
November 9, 2007 

Seana Shiffrin
University of California-Los Angeles
October 26, 2007


Tommie Shelby
Harvard University
May 4, 2007

Robert Adams
Oxford University
April 27, 2007

Charles Beitz
Princeton University
February 2, 2007

Michael Doyle
Columbia University
October 19, 2006

Theda Skocpol
Harvard University
September 25, 2006


Thomas Hurka
University of Toronto
May 5, 2006

Danielle Allen
University of Chicago
April 7, 2006

Michael Blake
University of Washington
February 10, 2006

James C. Scott
Yale University
November 9, 2005


Sam Scheffler
University of California, Berkeley
May 9, 2005

Jane Mansbridge
Harvard University
April 29, 2005

J. Donald Moon
Wesleyan University
January 14, 2005

Vaughan Lowe
Oxford University
November 4, 2004

T.M. Scanlon
Harvard University
October 29, 2004 

Iris Marion Young
University of Chicago
October 21, 2004


Rob Kroes
University of Amsterdam
April 23, 2004

Mathias Risse
Harvard University
April 16, 2004

Philip Allott
Cambridge University
March 30, 2004

Judith Butler 
University of California, Berkeley
March 29, 2004

Julia Annas
University of Arizona
November 21, 2003

Democracy, Citizenship and Legitimacy: A Citizenship Mini-Conference
Melissa Williams, University of Toronto 
David Estlund, Brown University
John McCormick, University of Chicago 
October 24, 2003


Elizabeth Kiss
Duke University
May 16, 2003

Barbara Herman
University of California-Los Angeles
May 5, 2003

Malcolm Schofield
Cambridge University
April 4, 2003

Martha Craven Nussbaum
University of Chicago
March 14, 2003