Plan now to attend this two part special presentation.  The public and area Rotarians are invited to a two-part special presentation of "U.S. Concerns Along the Pacific Rim," given by Douglas Simon, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Drew University.  The lectures will take place at the weekly noon Madison Rotary Lunch Meetings at Rod's Steakhouse and Grill for two consecutive Thursdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.  Reservations are strongly encouraged. Cost is $20 which will include a three-course lunch. Contact Pat Miller at  Click Read More for full details.

The Pacific Rim is fraught with both opportunities and dangers for the United States. In this two-part series the focus of the first talk will be on U.S./China relations include trade issues and China's military encroachment into the South China Sea. The second session will feature a discussion of the dangers of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program, as well as some comments on Japan.

At Drew University, Dr. Simon specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization and national security.

After receiving a B.A. from Willamette University in 1963, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force intelligence, including a tour in Vietnam for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.

Following his military service, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. After arriving at Drew in 1971, Dr. Simon co-directed the University's Semester on the United Nations for 15 years. He then served as Drew's Masters in International Affairs Program and later was Political Science Department Chair. He is the only two-time recipient of Drew's Distinguished Teaching Award and also received the Sears Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association.

Dr. Simon co-authored the book The Challenge of Politics, now in its 5th edition, as well as co-authoring New Thinking and Developments in International Politics and was a major contributor to the edited volume Protection Against Genocide: Mission Impossible?

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Cost is $20 which will include a three-course lunch. Contact Pat Miller at