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Monday, March 20 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Using rational actor theory help students understand the political crisis in the Middle East.

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The growing complexity of the conflicts and tensions in the Middle East and North Africa require students to appropriate analytical skills that will aid them in analyzing and interpreting the actions of individual, non-state, and state actors. Rational actor theory provides a framework for determining the goals and objectives of historical and current actors. Additionally, it is an effective tool for predicting the actions of such actors.

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Dean Vesperman

Assistant Professor, Luther College
I am an assistant professor of education at Luther College. I received my undergraduate degree from UW-Oshkosh, where I studied with Dr. Stephen Rose. I taught for 11+ years in Southeast Wisconsin. I earned my Ph.D. from Indiana University where I studied under Dr. Keith Barton. I teach secondary and elementary social studies methods, general methods, and educational psychology.


Monday March 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
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