The Academic Council on the United Nations System inaugurated the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture Series in 1989 in honor of a founding member of ACUNS. Mr. Holmes had served on the planning committee for the founding conference of ACUNS and the provisional committee in 1987–88. The talk he prepared for the first ACUNS Annual Meeting in 1988, Looking Backwards and Forwards, was the first publication in the Council’s series of Reports and Papers.
ACUNS is pleased to announce that the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture at the 2017 Annual Meeting will be given by Margaret P. Karns, Vice Chair, ACUNS Board of Directors, participant in ACUNS founding conference in 1987, Professor Emerita, University of Dayton, and currently Visiting Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Professor Karns was among the forty participants in the 1987 conference at Dartmouth College that led to the creation of ACUNS. She was tasked there with a plenary presentation on “Teaching International Organization.” Subsequently, she conducted the session on the same topic at the initial ACUNS Summer Workshop in 1991. Most of her career in academe was spent as a member of the faculty at the University of Dayton, where she also served as director of the International Studies Program and founding director of the University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs from 1983 to 1995.
During 1995-96, Professor Karns was Visiting Professor of International Relations at the John Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. She returned to Asia in 1998 to teach a training course on “Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations System” for mid-career Vietnamese officials at The Institute of International Relations in Hanoi and again in May 2006 to lecture and serve as a consultant to the International Studies program at National University of Vietnam in Hanoi. In April 2007, she co-taught a workshop for thirty Vietnamese faculty in international relations on “International Relations since the Cold War’s End” with Professor Karen Mingst.
Currently, Professor Karns is Visiting Professor in the University of Massachusetts Boston John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies where she teaches courses on global governance and international organizations in the doctoral program in Global Governance and Human Security. She is a past Vice President of International Studies Association, a national member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, long-time board member and past President of the Dayton Council on World Affairs, current Vice Chair of the ACUNS Board of Directors, and a member of the Editorial Board of Global Governance.
As a scholar, Professor Karns specializes in global governance and international organizations, including the United Nations, with a particular emphasis on UN peacekeeping and post-conflict peacebuilding. With Professor Karen A. Mingst of the University of Kentucky she has published three books: The United States and Multilateral Institutions: Patterns of Instrumentality and Influence (1990); International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (3rd ed., 2015) whose first edition won the ACUNS 2006 Prize for the Best Book on the United Nations and the United Nations System; and The United Nations in the 21st Century (5th ed., 2017).