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April 2021

Virtual: Ambassador John Tefft, ‘Russia and the Biden Administration’

April 20 at 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Diplomatic and Security Challenges and the Near Abroad UNC-Chapel Hill will host Ambassador John Tefft for the expert talk, “Russia and the Biden Administration,” at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.  Ambassador Tefft, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine, will focus on Russia’s near abroad policy and the implications of Russia’s increased military and diplomatic power on the international stage. Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, senior fellow at Harvard University and member of the board of directors at the American Academy…

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Virtual: The Rise and Fall of Empathy: Cuban-US Relations 2000-2020

April 20 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join the Latin American Studies course 350: The United States and Latin America for a guest lecture on U.S.-Cuba relations from emeritus professor of international relations and history at American University, Philip Brenner. This presentation is open to the public. Register for the lecture.

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Virtual: ‘Black Feminisms and Black Geographies: The Possibilities for Disaster and Climate Change Research with Fayola Jacobs’

April 21 at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

The Carolina Climate Equity Commons at UNC-Chapel Hill will present “Black Feminisms and Black Geographies: The Possibilities for Disaster and Climate Change Research” with Fayola Jacobs on April 21 at 12:30 p.m. Access to the Zoom link for this event Fayola Jacobs is an assistant professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In this talk, she will discuss Black geographies and Black feminisms as potentially useful lenses for urban planning research on…

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Virtual: ‘Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’

April 22 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This session with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting on April 22 at 5:00 p.m. will explore reporting on the MENA region and curricular resources that can be used to connect underreported news stories to the classroom. It will outline ways to engage students in global issues through journalism, develop media literacy, encourage critical thinking about the MENA region, and connect with a journalist for a conversation about their experience reporting from the Middle East. For more information and registration…

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Virtual: Faculty Tea with Professor Whittaker

April 22 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the UNC Russian Flagship Program for tea (or coffee!) and casual conversation with Professor Erinn Whitaker. Erinn Whitaker, a former senior analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. State Department, is a professor of the practice in the Curriculum of Peace, War and Defense (PWAD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With nearly 15 years of experience overseas and in Washington, she draws on active teaching methods to underscore themes such as the dynamic between…

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Virtual: ‘The Past and Present of Activist Alliance’

April 23 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Asian American Center and the Carolina Asia Center are proud to co-present ‘The Past and Present of Activist Alliance’ panel featuring Jeanelle Hope, Hồng-An Trương, Dr. Ronald Williams, Manju Rajendran, and Betty Yu, part of the ongoing series “Anti-Blackness and Alliance: A Series on Asian-Black Race Relations.” The panel on April 23 at 12:00 p.m. will discuss the past, present, and futures of Asian and Black alliance, meditating on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we…

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Virtual: ‘Comics and the Cold War’

April 26 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies on April 26 at 12:00 p.m. for a presentation by Eliot Borenstein, a professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. Register here for this event.  From their earliest days, American comics either reflected the consensus about the country’s national interest or did their part in bringing that consensus about (as in the case of America’s involvement in World War II).  After the war, the fight against communism…

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Virtual: Krasno Global Events Series: ‘China, Russia, Iran, NATO and Transatlantic Relations, Climate Change, Economic Dislocation and the Future of the EU and Germany Beyond Angela Merkel’

April 26 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, will moderate the discussion on globalization and geopolitics. Speakers Sigmar Gabriel is the former German Vice Chancellor, the former Foreign Minister and Economics Minister (2013-2018), the former Environment Minister (2005-2009), a long-standing Social Democratic Party of Germany leader, and has been the Chairman of the Atlantik-Brücke since 2019.   No RSVP necessary, please arrive online at 3:55 p.m. via the Zoom access link.   The Krasno Events Series is a…

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Virtual: ‘The Olympic Games: Peaceful Internationalism or Nationalist Competition?’

April 29 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games set to begin in Tokyo a year later than scheduled, this seminar will explore the complex relationship between the Olympic Movement and global politics. By focusing on a handful of the more significant Olympiads, this seminar will consider the paradox of an event that was created to celebrate human commonality, while requiring athletes to compete as representatives of different nations.  Join the Carolina Public Humanities and sports historian, Matt Andrews, on April 29 at…

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Virtual: Teaching the Asian Diaspora in Latin America

April 29 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Did you know that there are over 4 million Latin Americans of Asian descent? Shannon Hahn, Chair of Foreign Languages and Spanish Instructor at Durham Technical Community College, will demonstrate how Spanish teachers of all levels can bring Asia into the classroom. We will learn about Asian-Latin American connections through history, food, culture and more. Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 PD hours for attending this free webinar! This event is generously funded with Title VI Funds from the…

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