Foreign Relations Scholar Allison Stanger to Discuss Whistleblowing in a Political World

September 8, 2017 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

The CIA, FBI, NSA and other intelligence agencies collect and analyze information to support America’s security interests at home and around the world.

How do these necessarily secretive organizations really work, and what happens when they find themselves exposed?

Allison Stanger, a professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College (and an Elmhurst College alumna), will explore these issues and more on Thursday, September 28 during Are Leaks Ever Justified? The Intelligence Community and Whistleblowing in a Political World at Elmhurst College. Her talk is part of this year’s Rudolf G. Schade Lectures on History, Ethics and Law.

Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics and founding director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs at Middlebury College. She is the author of One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy and the forthcoming Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Leaks: The Story of Whistleblowing in America. She is working on a new book tentatively titled Consumers vs. Citizens: How the Internet Revolution is Remaking Global Security and Democracy’s Public Square. Stanger also has published opinion pieces in Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The New York Times and the Washington Post; and has testified before the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the Senate Budget Committee and the Congressional Oversight Panel.

Professor Stanger’s talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available by visiting For more information, call (630) 617-5186. This lecture is sponsored in large part by BMO Harris Bank.

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