The Festival of Ideas addressed the future in religion, medicine, media, and world power

Professor James F. Hollifield, director of SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, participated in a panel discussion on the future of religion, medicine, media, and world power.

By Louiseza Sanderson of The Assignment Desk, DFW

DALLAS — At the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture's Festival of Ideas at the Dallas Museum of Art, local leaders teamed with experts from across the nation to discuss the future of religion, medicine and health care, journalism and the media, and American power. . .

At the Future of American Power panel, participants looked far beyond city limits. Is the United States' reign as the leader in world power coming to an end? With the recent happenings in the U.S. and around the world, many wonder if the United States' influence is diminishing.

Stanford University professor Dr. Stephen Krasner says that the U.S. faces the challenge of China's imminent rise as a world power and the current dilemma of trying to democratize the Middle East. Dr. Jim Hollifield of Southern Methodist University adds that Americans are fundamentally uncomfortable with power, but it is only in accepting the responsibilities associated with being a world power that the U.S. will be able to address the forthcoming challenges and dilemmas.

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