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Gitz to Give Williamson Prize Lecture

Dr. Bradley Gitz, William Jefferson Clinton Professor of International Politics at Lyon College and the recipient of the 2017 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching, will present a lecture, “The Democratic Peace,” on March 6 at 11 a.m. in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons on the Lyon campus. Dr. Gitz is the 38th Lyon professor to receive the Williamson Prize.

He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Illinois. At Lyon he  regularly teaches courses in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Modern Russia, and National Security Policy and has been the recipient of the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award. He haswritten a weekly political column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper since 1999.

The Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence was established by the Lyon Board of Trustees in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson (1887-1974) of Monticello, Arkansas, a distinguished lawyer, businessman, and civic and Presbyterian church leader, who attended Lyon College from 1901 to 1903 and remained a friend of the College for the rest of his life. The prize confers upon the recipient a silver cup and a stipend from a memorial fund. It is awarded annually to a Lyon College faculty member who is deemed most outstanding in four areas: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplification of humane and Christian values, and contribution to the community.