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Sept. 25-29: Hood College hosts renowned Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Rodney Bent

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Rodney Bent, an internationally renowned international affairs specialist, to reside on campus Sept. 25-29.

Fellow Bent will share his vast knowledge in the areas of U.S. foreign assistance, the United Nations, the federal budget and the occupation of Iraq in classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week.

He will give a public lecture entitled “Perceptions of the United States in the Age of Trump” on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. His talk will discuss how, when the U.S. political establishment perceived the Soviet Union to be a looming threat, it pushed the creation of multilateral institutions (e.g., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), frequently bearing a greater share of the costs in return for leadership influence. President Trump has challenged many of the assumptions about American leadership. Bent will discuss how other countries have responded to this change.

“Rodney Bent will be a wonderful addition to our community. Our students will meet a world-class international affairs specialist with a deep knowledge of foreign policy, gaining a better understanding of both historic and current U.S. international relations,” said Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

Rodney Bent was most recently director of the United Nations secretary-general’s office in Washington. Prior to that, he was a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State and Booz Allen Hamilton. Bent was deputy chief executive officer and acting CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency, from 2006 to 2009; and was a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations committee, working on various international affairs issues, including assistance to the Middle East and responses to the Asian tsunami.

From 2003 to 2004, Bent served as senior adviser to the Iraqi ministry of finance and the Iraqi ministry of planning for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Bent spent 20 years at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and was awarded a Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Executive in 2001 and a Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Executive in 1997. Bent earned an MBA from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions.