March 8, 2009

Sally McNamara speaks on “A Conservative European Memo to Obama”

March 3, 2009

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – What do Europeans think of the new administration of President Barack Obama?

Sally McNamara, a senior policy analyst in European affairs at the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in Washington, D.C., gives a lecture on “A Conservative European Memo to Obama” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at room 204A, Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, College of Saint Benedict.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, and Mark Kennedy’s Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series. Kennedy, who served Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-07, is a 1979 graduate of SJU.

In addition to her lecture, McNamara will speak with selected students from CSB and SJU March 11. She is also scheduled to address an international political economy class, taught by assistant professor Derick Becker.

McNamara concentrates on American relations with the European Union and European countries, with particular focus on economic reform policy, trade issues and the war on terrorism. She also analyzes NATO’s evolving role in post-Cold War Europe.

A native of Nottingham, England, who came to America in 2004, McNamara served as chief parliamentary aide to Roger Helmer, a member of European Parliament in Brussels. Previous to that, she acted as a regional press officer for the British Conservative Party in the East Midlands, United Kingdom, and served on the Nottingham City Council.

The Thatcher Center was created in 2005 to study and help strengthen transatlantic relations. Its primary focus is to preserve and improve relations between the U.S. and Britain; advance American and British interests in Europe; and promote joint American-British leadership in the global war on terrorism.