John Shaw, the director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, will discuss the perils and possibilities of resurrecting the past in a lecture and discussion later this month.
Shaw, a veteran congressional reporter prior to coming to SIU
Prior to becoming institute director in January, Shaw, a 26-year veteran congressional reporter with Market News International, and covered political and economic issues for the global news service.
He was a contributing writer for the monthly magazine The Washington Diplomat for the past 20 years. Shaw’s “People of World Influence” column profiled international affairs leaders including Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, James Baker, Sam Nunn and Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Shaw is the author of five books including “Richard G. Lugar: Statesman of the Senate” and “JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency.” His latest book, “Rising Star, Setting Sun: Eisenhower, Kennedy and the Presidential Transition that Shaped America,” will be published by Pegasus Books this spring.
A native of Peoria, Shaw earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Knox College in Galesburg. He earned his master’s degree in history from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and did graduate work in international relations at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
He has been a congressional analyst for media outlets including C-SPAN, ABC’s “20/20,” “The PBS Newshour,” and SkyNews Australia.