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Student group to host speakers, discuss US-China foreign relations

The Alexander Hamilton Society in 2015. Wire stock photo.

Marquette’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society will host a series of nationally-recognized intellectuals in the upcoming weeks.

The bipartisan group hosts two speakers per semester. Their next event will host American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Mazza and professor Barrett McCormick to discuss U.S. and China relations Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Raynor Beaumier Suites.

Mazza is a research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies.

Natalie Bednarek, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences and president of AHS, said she looks forward to hearing Mazza’s thoughts on the Trump administration’s dealings with China and what the future of the U.S.-China diplomatic relationship could be.

McCormick is a Marquette political science professor whose expertise is in in the politics of Asia. He will discuss the potential economic threat of China and explore its relationship with North Korea.

With chapters at 50 campus across the country, AHS is a national society dedicated to facilitating debate on contemporary policy issues through various events. Marquette’s chapter was founded about four years ago.

Later this semester, the group plans to host Phil Levy, a senior fellow specializing in the global economy, at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, to discuss the future of multilateralism.

AHS will also host an event focusing on Trump’s former military official adviser staff, featuring special guests Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, and Risa Brooks, a Marquette associate professor of political science and director of undergraduate studies.

Members are “dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy,” according to the group’s website.

Claire Guinta is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences and AHS vice president of communications.

“I think the way people understand politics tends to be frustrating, and you don’t know what the truth is and you have to sift through a lot of rhetoric, memes and tweets, and that is just not the way we talk about politics. We’re looking to discuss the facts,” Guinta said.

AHS doesn’t only aim to bring in experts but also to incorporate speakers with different perspectives to give a well-rounded picture of the issues at hand, Guinta said.

Regardless of major, academic interests or political affiliation, AHS emphasizes nonpartisan discussion, McCormick said.

“If you are going to be an effective citizen and properly vote, it is really important you know about (international affairs),” McCormick said.

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