George Klein Lecture

The annual George Klein lecture is named after Dr. George Klein, a longtime member of the WMU Department of Political Science and an internationally known expert on Balkan politics and Eastern European political systems. After his death in 1981, his widow, Dr. Patricia V. Klein, WMU associate professor emerita of science studies, created an endowment in his honor. That endowment funds the annual lecture, symposia, conferences and scholarships.



2007 George Klein LectureLee Reno Picture

"Exporting Equality: Gender Regulations and EU Enlargement in Central Europe"

Leah Seppanen Anderson, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College, gave this year's George Klein Lecture on March 20, 2007.

Leah Anderson holds masters (1999) and doctoral (2003) degrees in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She was attracted to the study of politics when the Berlin Wall collapsed and communist countries embarked on the construction of new political regimes. Her fascination with political transition and, for some countries in the region, democratization, led to her focus on democratic theory and Central European politics. She studied Czech social policy in Prague in 2000-2001 on a Fulbright Fellowship and returned to Prague in 2005 to begin a new research project on health care policy in other Central European states. Dr. Anderson also studies the European Union, women in politics, and feminism.


Past George Klein speaker include:


Dr. Leah Seppanen Anderson

Wheaton College


Dr. Robert Hayden

University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Kathleen Hill Hawk

University of Alabama, Huntsville


Dr. Igor Luksic

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Symposium: " Transitions in Process: Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Change in Eastern Europe"


Dr Branko Horvat

University of Zagreb

1998-9 Dr Zarko Korac University of Belgrade


Dr. Robin Remington

University of Missouri, Columbia