The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces its April 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, April 6 at 6 p.m.-Conversation-with Jeff Bartholet, foreign editor of Newsweek. Jeffrey Bartholet has contributed to Newsweek’s coverage of the pursuit of Al Qaeda and has written about the AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa, an issue he covered for the first time in 1991 as Nairobi bureau chief. Bartholet was Newsweek’s bureau chief in Tokyo (1996-1998) and Jerusalem (1993-1996). He returned to Somalia in 1999 to report on the state of that country since the failed U.S. and UN intervention in the early 1990s. In 1999 Bartholet served as a fellow at the UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining Newsweek, Bartholet worked as a Middle East correspondent for Reuters News Agency since May 1987.
Thursday, April 7 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-with Lisa Davis, director of the RIGHTS program, Freedom House (www.freedomhouse.org). Six years after the adoption of the UN declaration on Human Rights Defenders, are front-line defenders better protected, supported, and respected in their domestic and international arenas? Freedom House, along with a number of intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations, supports the rights, responsibilities, and protection of human rights defenders. Ms. Davis will describe the challenges and successes experienced in Freedom House programming and policy advocacy in this area.
Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m.-Panel Discussion-“International Careers with NGOs, International Organizations, and Volunteer Organizations.” 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: Michael Cooper, director of program partnerships, Mercy Corps; Suzana Grego, director of communications, International Center for Transitional Justice; and Jane Lowicki, senior coordinator, Children and Adolescents Project, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.
Thursday, April 14 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-with Rebecca Winthrop, education technical advisor, International Rescue Committee (www.theirc.org). New minimum global standards for education in crisis settings are being launched this year by the Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies, of which the IRC is a leading member. Ms. Winthrop will talk about how these standards will address the “Education for All” and “UN Millennium Development Goals,” and how IRC will use them in crisis settings like Darfur, Chechnya, and Uganda.
Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m.-Film-Silent Waters, directed by Sabiha Sumar. 2002. Color. 95 minutes. Subtitles. (Greece) A bucolic Pakistani village of 1979 is slowly transformed by a Taliban-like group of young men who set Muslim against Muslim. Lovers are estranged. Sons turn on their mothers. The film comes to a horrific climax when returning Sikh pilgrims revive memories of the looting, rapes, and slaughters of the Partition period. Banned in Pakistan. Locarno Film Festival Golden Leopard winner for Best Film and Best Actress (Kiron Kher).
Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.-Panel Discussion-“International Careers with the U.S. Government.” Intrigued by an international career? Get the opportunity to meet international insiders sharing their real-life experiences. Hosted by Joyce Munn, principal, Global Nonprofit Network, panelists include: Clyde Bishop, diplomat in residence, City College of New York; Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, ambassador to the UN for management and reform; and Susan Wuscher, recruiter, Peace Corps.
Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m.-Conversation-with Robin Ludwig, senior political affairs office & coordinator, and Chris Mburu, human rights officer and fellow, of UN Dialogue with the Global South. The UN Dialogue with the Global South is a new project focused on research collaboration between three UN departments and six selected universities in various regions of the developing world. Robin Ludwig outlines the primary goals of the project, while Chris Mburu will discuss his work with South African intellectual and policy circles, identifying new trends and debates within the continent that are of critical importance to its future in international affairs.
Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.-Information Session-The Master of Science in Global Studies offers classes that provide an indispensable context for understanding critical issues in international politics, dispute settlement, humans rights, environment, and related areas. Knowledge in these areas will prove critical to those preparing for careers with international or non-government organizations (NGOs), the United Nations, government agencies, law firms, and a host of allied institutions and professions.
Thursday, April 28 at 1 p.m.-Information Session-Come hear Peace Corps stories and learn how the Peace Corps can fit into your career path. Positions are available for U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds. Hosted by Susan Wuscher, Peace Corps regional recruiter and returned Peace Corps volunteer, Kenya.