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Panelists to debate whether America is an empire

Has America become a military and economic empire? Is an imperial role in the country's best interest? Is this the world we wish to live in? On Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m., four commentators on the role of the United States in international politics will discuss these questions in Wong Auditorium.

Stephen W. Bosworth, dean of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will moderate. Panelists are Michael Ignatieff, the Carr Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and director of the Carr Center of Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; Arnold Kanter, principal and founding member of the Scowcroft Group, a consulting firm that advises and assists companies doing business in the international marketplace; and Enid C.B. Schoettle, a consultant on international organizations and global issues and special advisor to the chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council.

The event is the 10th annual Catherine N. Stratton Lecture on Critical Issues. The MIT Women's League sponsors the event every fall to honor Kay Stratton, wife of the late MIT President Julius Stratton. The session, which is free and open to the public, will include time for questions from the audience.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.

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