The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces its March 2005 schedule of events and lectures, which includes the “Worldly Conversations” series hosted by the distinguished New York Times columnist Clyde Haberman; the “Politics and Art in Cinema” series; and the “Thursday Brown Bag” lunch series.

All events are free and open to the public, and unless otherwise noted, take place at the Center’s location at the Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street [between Broadway and Church Street]. By subway, take the R or W to City Hall; the 4, 5 or 6 to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; the 2 or 3 to Park Place; or the A or C to Chambers Street. Reservations are required. For more information, the public may call the Center at 212-992-8380.

Wednesday, March 2 at 6 p.m-Conversation-with Pete Hamill, author and journalist. Hamill has written 19 books, worked for numerous national magazines and newspapers, and served as editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News. Among his books are nine novels, including Forever, a New York Times best-seller which takes places over 240 years of New York history, and the memoir, A Drinking Life. His most recent book is Downtown. He is currently a distinguished writer-in-residence with NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science.
Thursday, March 3 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-with Christopher Walker, director of studies, Freedom House ( “The Trappings of Elections: Do Elections in Today’s Former Soviet States Really Matter?” Why do repressive regimes even bother with holding elections? Walker draws from his extensive experience in the region to explore this issue and explains how entrenched corruption among ruling elites limits meaningful electoral competition and a rotation of power.
Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m..-Film-Stella directed by Michael Cacoyannis. 1955. B&W. 94 minutes. Subtitles. (Greece) Melina Mercouri makes her sensational film debut as Stella, a 1950s taverna singer. Stella believes that formal marriage is a form of bondage, and her romantic relationships are compromised by this unconventional belief. The brilliant musical score of Manos Hadjidakis introduced bouzouki to non-Greek film audiences. Co-sponsored by the Greek American University Professionals and co-hosted by Jim Koutrelakos.
Wednesday, March at 9 p.m. -Lecture- by Noah Feldman, associate professor of law, NYU, and senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (2003); author, What We Owe Iraq (2004). In What We Owe Iraq, Feldman sets out to shift the terms of the debate by acknowledging that while the U.S. is nation building to protect its national interest, the U.S. must at the same time put the interests of other nations-whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, or elsewhere-ahead of its own when exercising power over them.
Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m.- Information Session: M.S. in Global Studies -Note location: American Management Association (AMA), 1601 Broadway, 8th Floor. To learn more about how the M.S. in Global Studies can transform your future, join us for an information session. For further details, call 212.998.7200 and mention code J413 or visit
Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-“IRC Operations in Côte d’Ivoire” with Paul Taylor, regional director, West Africa, International Rescue Committee ( Taylor will discuss IRC operations in West Africa and how IRC plans to respond to the thousands of refugees streaming across the border into Nimba County, Liberia.
Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. -Discussion-Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, vice president for multi-lateral affairs, International Crisis Group; author, The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might (2005) in conversation with Shepard Forman, director, Center on International Cooperation, NYU. Soderberg was a foreign policy advisor to Bill Clinton from the 1992 campaign through the end of his second term. From 1993 to 1996, she was the third-ranking official at the National Security Council and from 1997 to 2001 she was a U.S. ambassador to the UN.
Thursday, March 24 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-“Challenges in Contemporary Peacekeeping: A Practitioner’s View” with Nick Birnback, external relations/media affairs officer, Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peackeeping Operations, United Nations. Birnback will discuss how peacekeeping missions are created and fielded, and highlight some of the key challenges confronting the UN at this crucial juncture in multilateral affairs.
Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.-Panel discussion-“International Careers in the Private Sector.” This popular series provides an opportunity to meet international insiders who can offer practical advice by sharing their real-life experiences. Led by Joyce Munn, principal, Global Nonprofit Network, panelists include: Andrea Bonime-Blanc, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, Bertelsmann, Inc.; Mark Gross, senior vice president and director, Global Compensation, Lehman Brothers; and Patricia A. Samwick, president, SMG Consulting International Careers with NGOs,
Thursday, March 31 at 1 p.m.-Information Session—Peace Corps Information Session. Positions are available for U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds. Come hear Peace Corps stories and learn how the Peace Corps may fit into your career path. Hosted by Susan Wuscher, Peace Corps regional recruiter and returned Peace Corps volunteer, Kenya.

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