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January Faculty Speaker: Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government

  • 866 Toulon Dr. Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272 USA (map)

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Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government at Smith, will be this January's faculty speaker. Durbin teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, strategic intelligence, military conflict and culture, and international relations. He also directs Smith’s Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program. Durbin's research centers on the political and organizational dynamics of U.S. national security, with a particular focus on the CIA. His book The CIA and the Politics of U.S. Intelligence Reform will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Durbin has held research fellowships at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He is co-director of the Bridging the Gap Project, which promotes connections between scholars and the broader foreign policy community.

Prior to joining the Smith faculty, Durbin taught in the public policy program at Stanford University. He also has served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and as an adviser and senior staff member on several campaigns for U.S. Congress.

SCCLA members plus a guest are complimentary and it's $20 per person for Smith alum non-members and additional SCCLA member guests.

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Earlier Event: December 2
Columbia-Smith Book Club
Later Event: January 10
South Bay Book Club