June 1, 2011


Just meeting Jeremi Suri is a joyful experience. His engaging personality is infectious and goes way beyond the UW-Madison classroom. For the past ten years, Jeremi has served as the prestigious E. Gordon Fox professor of history at UW-Madison. He has authored award-winning books including Henry Kissinger and the American Century, and has another book, The Past and future of American Politics at Home and Abroad, due out in mid-September. But what has endeared him to the Greater Madison community are his accessibility and eagerness to spread the word that we can look back to history to better inform us today on public and foreign policy decisions. And he has done this in language that we can understand.

Now Professor Suri is leaving Wisconsin - heading to the University of Texas at Austin where he will become the Mack Brown Chair of Global Leadership, a position that involves working in Texas' history department, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Why Jeremi Suri is leaving, his concern over the priority of education as a whole in Wisconsin and the uncertainty hovering over the UW - Madison, and his forecast on some of the foreign policy issues we're facing today are all part of this stimulating discussion.