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The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces its March 2009 schedule of events and lectures, which includes: Worldly Perspectives with Clyde Haberman, NYC columnist for The New York Times; as well as the “Thursday Brown-bag Series,” Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches, a collaboration with NYU Wagner (, the popular film event Politics and Art in Cinema: Films That Made a Difference, hosted by filmmaker and journalist Holly Carter, International Careers: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experience, and panel discussions moderated by Carolyn Kissane of the Center for Global Affairs (CGA).

NYU’s Global Affairs events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are required. Register by phone at (212) 992-8380 or e-mail your details to Your public event registration request will be confirmed via e-mail on the Friday prior to the scheduled event. Unless otherwise indicated, all public events are held at the Center for Global Affairs, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, 4th Floor (between Broadway and Church Street). More information is also available at

  • Tuesday, March 3 at 6.30p.m. International Careers with the U.S. Government. Part of the “International Careers: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experience” series, this panel will be moderated by Judith Siegel, former deputy coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State; Meghan Aabo, NYU recruiter, Peace Corps; Shane Christensen, foreign service officer, Office of the Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Robert Dry, senior foreign service officer and diplomat in residence, City College of New York, U.S. Department of State.
  • Thursday, March 5 at 12.30 p.m Brown-bag Lunchtime Series: “Creating Opportunities for Peace.” Lecture by Michael Renner, senior researcher and director, Global Security Project, Worldwatch Institute. The intersection of disasters, conflict, and peacemaking requires interdisciplinary responses from governments, international donors, and civil society. Michael Renner examines the recent experiences of Indonesia’s Aceh province, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir, among others, and uses these case studies to suggest better integration of disaster and conflict responses. Note Location: NYU Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl.
  • Tuesday, March 10, 6.30-8.30 p.m. “In Print” Series: Andrew Bacevich-The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of history and international relations at Boston University, retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel. He is the author of The New American Militarism, and his writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Atlantic, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. The Limits of Power identifies a triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic.
  • Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Politics and Art in Cinema: Rashomon (In the Woods) (Japan, 1950). Rashomon is a Japanese crime drama containing philosophical and psychological overtones. An event (rape and murder) in a forest is reported by four witnesses, each from a unique point of view. Who is telling the truth? What is truth? Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 88 minutes.
  • Thursday, March 12, 6.30-7.45 p.m. His Excellancy Samir Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States. H.E. Samir Sumaida’ie was appointed Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States in April 2006. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Sumaida’ie served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations from July 2004-April 2006. Ambassador Sumaida’ie has also served as the Minister of Interior in Baghdad. In this capacity he managed a domestic security force of over 120,000 and made considerable progress in reorganizing and modernizing the Ministry’s operations. In addition, Ambassador Sumaida’ie served as a member of the Governing Council (GC) in Iraq.
  • Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. Symposium “Post-Euphoria: Global Challenges Facing the Obama Administration.” Join Center for Global Affairs faculty for a symposium examining the variety of issues facing President Barack Obama’s administration, including security, trade, energy, and the economy. More information about this symposium, including panel topics and speakers, will be announced soon.

EDITORS NOTE: The new NYU Center for Global Affairs, within the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies [], is located in the School’s state-of-the-art facility in the Woolworth Building - one of downtown New York’s architectural treasures. The Center presents provocative and timely public events regarding the latest topics in world affairs (formerly held at the NYU Vernon Center for International Affairs), and houses a new graduate program in global studies and myriad non-degree courses in international affairs.

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