Corvallis Science Pub delves into U.S. foreign relations


CORVALLIS, Ore. — From rhetoric about putting “America First” to arguments about the founding of NATO, global concerns are playing a prominent role in this year’s presidential elections. 

At the Corvallis Science Pub on October 10, Christopher McKnight Nichols will put these issues into a historical context. The concept of a grand strategy — an ambitious organizing principle for the exercise of global power — provides one way to understand how such issues affect our political discourse, says Nichols, an Oregon State University historian and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“I will move beyond simplistic binaries, such as isolationism vs. internationalism or art vs. science in diplomacy,” says Nichols. “There are key turning point moments, major elections and concepts from 1776 to 2016 that have helped to determine the U.S.’s place in the world today.”

The Science Pub is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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