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"Can America Compete in Today's World?" is BYU professor's lecture topic May 26

Earl Fry, professor of political science and an Endowed Professor of Canadian studies at Brigham Young University, will speak Thursday, May 26, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

His lecture is hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and is titled “Lament for America vs. Renaissance America: Can America Compete Effectively in a Rapidly Changing World?”

Fry, who recently returned from directing this year's BYU Washington Seminar, will hold the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American studies in Finland during the 2011-2012 academic school year.  He was also selected for a five-year term as a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.

A published writer and researcher, Fry has authored and co-authored several books and articles. His book, “Lament for America: Decline of the Superpower, Plan for Renewal,” was recently published. His current book project is titled “Renaissance America: A ‘Best Practices’ Blueprint for Restoring U.S. Prestige and Competitiveness.”

Fry is featured in other published works including “Foreign Relations in Federal Countries,” “Policy Options,” “The Urban Response to Internationalization,” “America the Vincible: U.S. Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century,” “North American Economic Integration: Policy Options” and “The North American West in a Global Economy.”

Previously he served as a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne, director of international education and Canadian studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, and as a special assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. During his period at USTR, he specialized in international investment issues and in U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Japanese trade relations.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or 

Writer: Mel Gardner


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