Smith College’s Greg White to Speak on 2015 Mediterranean Migration Tragedy

Professor Greg White of Smith College

Professor Greg White of Smith College

 

Dr. Greg White, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College, will speak on The 2015 Mediterranean Migration Tragedy: The European Union’s History of ‘Migration Management’  at an Instant Issues event on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room at One Financial Plaza  (1350 Main Street) 3rd Floor, downtown Springfield.

A longtime member and friend of the Council, Greg White teaches on global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, North African politics, and international political economy at Smith.   Recent publications include Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World (2011) and a co-edited volume with Yahia Zoubir on North African Politics: Change and Continuity (forthcoming 2015). His research and publications focus on Moroccan politics, environmental politics, and international security. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of North African Studies.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–reply by email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here.

RSVP deadline for this event is Friday, May 22, 2015.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Bacon & Wilson PC, Charista Construction,  Cignoli & Company, Prosperity Candle and Sir Speedy  Our media sponsor is BusinessWest

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British Consul General Susie Kitchens to Speak April 15 on Anglo-American Relations

Consul General of the United Kingdom in Boston Susie Kitchens

Consul General of the United Kingdom in Boston Susie Kitchens

Consul General of the United Kingdom in Boston Susie Kitchens will speak on Anglo-American Relations: No longer just special, but essential at an Instant Issues event on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room at One Financial Plaza  (1350 Main Street) 3rd Floor, downtown Springfield.

Susie Kitchens arrived in Boston to become Britain’s Consul General in August 2012. Prior to this assignment, Susie was the Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Tanzania. Susie’s diplomatic career has also included postings in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London (on bilateral relations with Latin America, Consular policy and on the United Nations Security Council) and also as Political Officer at the British Embassy in Guatemala.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–reply by email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here.

RSVP deadline for this event is Monday, April 13, 2015.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Bacon & Wilson PC, Charista Construction,  Cignoli & Company, Prosperity Candle and Sir Speedy  Our media sponsor is BusinessWest

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First Annual International Affairs Academic Symposium Set for March 7 at Longmeadow High

Academic WorldQuest 2014 at Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Academic WorldQuest 2014 at Wilbraham & Monson Academy

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to present our first International Affairs Academic Symposium for area high school students on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Longmeadow High School, 95 Grassy Gutter Road, Longmeadow, MA,  from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This program is generously sponsored by Bacon Wilson, PC; MGM Springfield; and Momentum Group.

The program will begin with a conversation on “Muslims, Militants and the Mainstream Media” with Dr. Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, CT, Dr. Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, and Mehlaqa Samdani, Executive Director of Critical Connections and a member of the World Affairs Council board of directors.

We will then have a “mini” version of our Academic WorldQuest competition–on hold for this one year–moderated by Merriam-Webster‘s Peter Sokolowski, featuring five rounds of five questions each on Current Events, People in the News, Elections, Europe, and World Sport.

Our lunch time speaker will be longtime Council member and friend Ambassador Mark Hambley on “Middle East Perspectives — The Challenges and Prospects for Israel, Egypt, Syria and Iraq.”

The program will wrap up with a Global Career panel featuring representatives from area organizations to discuss how students can prepare to work in international fields or industries.  We have currently confirmed that Michael O’Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer of MassMutual International LLC. Elizabeth Winship, Assistant Director for International Admissions, Elms College, and Peter Sokolowksi will participate in the panel.

The program is free.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase a box lunch for $15.  (Box lunches must be reserved in advance.)

For more information or to register, please contact the World Affairs Council at 413-733-0110.

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Baystate Health’s Dr. Jackson Williams to Speak on Ebola

Dr. Jackson Williams, a pediatric hospitalist at Baystate Children's Hospital, with Dr. Jude Kimbowa, at Redemption Hospital, outside the capital of Monrovia (Photo credit: MassLive)

Dr. Jackson Williams (right) with Dr. Jude Kimbowa, at Redemption Hospital, outside the capital of Monrovia (Photo credit: MassLive)

Jackson Williams, MD will speak at an Instant Issues event on “Ebola’s Impact on West Africa” on  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room at One Financial Plaza  (1350 Main Street) 3rd Floor, downtown Springfield.

The cost for members is $5 without a lunch and $15 with a lunch provided.  Nonmembers cost is $10 without a lunch and $20 with a lunch provided.  To reserve a sandwich–tuna, turkey or vegetarian–reply by email or call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here. The RSVP deadline is Monday, January 26.

Dr. Jackson Williams, division chief of pediatric hospital medicine at Baystate Children’s Hospital and is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Internal Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.   He has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and has done volunteer work in India and Haiti. He has been to Liberia three times in the last three years, most recently in February of 2014.   He currently runs the global health curriculum and global health training at Baystate.

The Instant Issues series is generously sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Bacon & Wilson PC, Charista Construction,  A. L. Cignoli & Company, Prosperity Candle and Sir Speedy  Our media sponsor is BusinessWest

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An Evening with NPR International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on The New Cold War

National Public Radio International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

National Public Radio International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson (Photo provided by NPR)

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to present, in cooperation with New England Public Radio, National Public Radio‘s International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on “The New Cold War – A frontline perspective” on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at a dinner event at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel.  

Pulitzer Prize wining author William Taubman of Amherst College (Photo credit: Frank Ward.)

Pulitzer Prize wining author William Taubman of Amherst College (Photo credit: Frank Ward.)

Ms. Nelson will appear in conversation with Dr. William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.

This is event is generously sponsored by Baystate Health, NEPR, BusinessWest, and an anonymous donor.

Please register by Friday, December 5.  You can do so online here.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar reception for regular ticket holders and a private Speaker’s Reception for premium ticket holders.  Dinner and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Regular tickets are $50 per person.  A limited number of premium tickets are available for $250, which admit two people to the Speaker’s Reception in addition to the dinner. Premium ticket holders will also be recognized in the evening’s program.

International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for National Public Radio. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.  

In 2006, Nelson opened the NPR Kabul Bureau. During the following three and a half years, she gave listeners in an in-depth sense of life inside Afghanistan, from the increase in suicide among women in a country that treats them as second class citizens to the growing interference of Iran and Pakistan in Afghan affairs. For her coverage of Afghanistan, she won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award and the Gracie in 2010. She received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 2011 for her coverage in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Nelson spent 20 years as newspaper reporter, including as Knight Ridder’s Middle East Bureau Chief. While at the Los Angeles Times, she was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She spent three years an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nelson speaks Farsi, Dari and German.

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