2013 Harpur College Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, 3 p.m. Nov. 15, UU-108. “Protectionist Empire: Trade, Tariffs, and United States Foreign Policy, 1890-1914” will be presented by Benjamin Fordham, professor of political science. Fordham will discuss the international politics of the United States in the 25 years before World War I. The U.S. involved itself in international politics in many new ways, acquiring overseas colonies, building a battleship fleet and intervening increasingly in Latin America. The politically dominant Republican party was strongly committed to trade protection. This commitment led Republican policy makers to focus on less developed areas of the world that would not export manufactured goods to the U.S. rather than on wealthier markets in Europe. Reception to follow lecture.