Midwestern State University
will welcome back one of its own when Wichita Falls native Ralph Carter returns
to the campus as the Prof. Edwards Discussions in Politics Series speaker. Carter’s
discussion, “Be Careful Who You Elect to Congress: They Just Might Make Our
Foreign Policy,” will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Legacy Hall
After graduating from Rider
High School, Carter attended MSU and graduated summa cum laude in 1974 with a
political science major. He attended The Ohio State University for graduate
school and became one of the leading experts on U.S. foreign policy.
Carter is now chair of the Political
Science Department at Texas Christian University. In 2012, he was recognized by
The Princeton Review as one of the
top 300 Professors in the U.S. He was named one of 10 Piper Professors in 2014,
an honor bestowed by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation at The University of
Texas at Austin. The foundation recognizes ten professors from across Texas for
their superior college-level teaching.
He specializes in the study of
U.S. foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and Middle East conflicts. His
research agenda focuses on the making of U.S. foreign, trade, and defense
policy with an emphasis on the roles played by Congress. He has authored
several textbooks, more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, and
currently serves on the editorial board of the journals Foreign Policy Analysis and International
In addition to discussing the influence
of the current Congress on recent U.S. foreign policy, Carter will talk about
how his education at MSU prepared him for his accomplished career.
The Prof. Edwards Discussions
in Politics Series continues at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Legacy Hall
Multipurpose Room with Greg
Sagan’s Listening Tour. Sagan, an Amarillo, Texas, resident, was living
quietly with his family and enjoying his retirement until today’s politics intervened.
After serving his country for 14 years in the U.S. Navy, including the Vietnam
War, Greg left the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and worked as a senior
consultant in the nuclear power industry. He is currently running for the
Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 13th
District. He will bring his Listening Tour to MSU to discuss current political
issues with MSU students and the community.
The MSU Political Science
Department hosts the Prof. Edwards Discussions in Politics Series in honor of former
MSU Political Science Professor Atticus F. ‘Prof’ Edwards, who taught at the
university from 1923-1958. The roundtable discussions on politics are intended
to bring faculty and students together to examine political issues in an
informal setting and to build on Edwards’ desire to spark interest in the
important issues facing the campus, city, state, country, and world today.
Contact Political Science
Department Chair Steve Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.