Bobbie Laur 
Towson University 


Monday August 29, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

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TU's College of Liberal Arts Building (Room 3150)
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Towson University is proud to host the Edward V. Badolato Distinguished Speaker Series in Homeland Security, endowed by the late Colonel Edward V. Badolato, USMC (Ret.).

Join us on August 29, 2011 in Towson University's College of Liberal Arts Building for the Distinguished Speakers Series' latest FREE event: "The role of Democracy in Homeland Security." The event will be held in room 3150.

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5:00-5:30 - Keynote Speaker: Professor Joseph Rudolph
5:30-5:45 - Question and Answer Session
5:45-6:00 - Remarks from Darian Scott-Carter, a graduate of the Integrated Homeland Security Masters Program and an Emergency Planner with Baltimore City
6:00-7:00 - Networking and Meet and Greet with the Integrated Homeland Security Management Faculty & Students

About the presentation and keynote speaker

It is widely believed within Western international organizations that the development of democratic institutions is a major means of promoting the spread of domestic and regional security. Citizens who feel safe in exercising their individual rights and who participate in the selection of their decision-makers are much more likely to identify with their governments and believe in their legitimacy, which in turn enhances the governments' stability and ability to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. Professor Rudolph has been a frequent participant in the activities of one of these bodies, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since the early days of its creation following the fall of Communism in Europe. His work has included human rights investigations; however, it has primarily revolved around organizing, supervising, and -- more recently -- observing the propriety of elections in the post-communist world, and especially in the states of the former Yugoslavia. His most recent assignment involved Macedonia's parliamentary elections in June of this year

A former Fulbright appointed to Czechoslovakia and current Fulbright appointee to Kosovo, Professor Rudolph is best known for his work on ethnic and national conflict, including recently his Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflict and volume on Hot Spots in North America and Europe. A consultant to oil-related industries when chairing the Department of Political Science at the University of Tulsa, and active in the democratizing operations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe since 1997, his current research focuses on the peaceful management of ethnic conflict.