World Affairs Lecture Series

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2015 – 2016 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price
World Affairs Lecture Series



Steven Ehrlich
Lead Analyst for Emerging Technologies, Spitzberg Partners LLC
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00 PM

Hackers and traffickers enshroud bitcoin, the mysterious new “internet money” that has been embroiled in scandal. Yet the cacophony of alarms about ponzi schemes and money laundering have drowned out bitcoin’s true revolutionary potential. Global leaders are now exploring the power of bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain. We’ll discuss how this emerging technology will revolutionize how we: deliver humanitarian assistance, track foreign aid, strengthen local institutions, improve transparency and accountability, and extend banking services to the historically hard to reach.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



RioloAmy Riolo
Award Winning Author, Chef, Television Personality, Cuisine and Culture Expert
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM

Communication is the common foundation for all relationships – and food is the foundation upon which our families, communities, and lives are built. In this engaging presentation, Amy Riolo shares simple steps to better cross cultural communication and relations through food and dining. Her presentation will reveal how to “translate” the culinary cultures of other communities as well as practical tips to know when travelling and entertaining. Best of all, you’ll witness practical examples of how a simple meal can transform public policy and create lasting diplomatic ties while learning ways to “build bridges” at your own dinner table.

As an award-winning author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert, and educator, Amy Riolo is known for sharing history, culture, and nutrition through global cuisine. Amy makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



ThrallDr. A. Trevor Thrall
Professor, George Mason University
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 PM

The Millennial Generation, those roughly 87 million men and women born between 1980 and 1997, now represent one-quarter of the U.S. population. With those on the leading edge of Millennials now hitting their mid-thirties, this cohort is becoming increasingly influential. Trevor Thrall will present findings from his recent study, arguing that the end of the Cold War, 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have imprinted Millennials with a distinct pattern of foreign policy attitudes. Millennials perceive the world to be significantly less threatening than do their elders and are more likely than earlier generations to support international cooperation than the unilateral use of military force.

In addition to being an author, Trevor Thrall, currently is an associate professor at George Mason University in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs and the Director of the Graduate Program in Biodefense. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and teaches courses in international security, political communication, and U.S. military intervention.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



MassieSuzanne Massie
Author, Specialist and Lecturer on Russian Culture and History
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 PM

Official Washington and media are gripped with a bad case Russophobia, locked in a forty year old stereotypes and policies of the old Cold War and determined to ignite a new one. We are led to believe that there is no diversity, independence or anything neither good nor original going on in Russia today.  The truth is far more complex and we urgently need a broader prospective. Suzanne Massie’s lecture will address some of the important facts ignored about Russia and the Russian people today that we need to know about.

Suzanne Massie author, specialist and lecturer on Russian culture and history for over forty years, was called on by Ronald Reagan to advise him on Russian affairs from 1984-88. She is the recipient of many awards, including most recently the Dr. Jean Meyer Global Citizen award from the Tuft University Institute of Global Leadership.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



WenarLeif Wenar
Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:00 PM

For a generation, some of the money we’ve spent at the gas station and the mall has gone to empower the authoritarians and the armed groups that have given us our worst foreign-born crises. How can we get ourselves out of business with the hostile petrocrats and the violent extremists? Citizens, consumers and politicians can together lead a peaceful global resource revolution, which will make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve pressing global problems like climate change.

Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy and Law at King’s College London. He earned his degrees from Stanford and from Harvard and has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton and at Stanford, and has been a Fellow of the Carnegie Council Program in Justice and the World Economy. He is the author of Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.



FidlerDavid P. Fidler
James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

Cyberspace ain’t what it used to be. Leaks damage U.S. credibility. North Korea and Iran launch cyber attacks against American companies. Chinese cyber spies steal corporate and government data on a massive scale. Authoritarian regimes tighten control over the Internet. Terrorists exploit Twitter. Cyber crime grows. David Fidler will examine threats affecting cyberspace in peace and war and analyze challenges facing policy responses to these threats.

David P. Fidler is an expert in international law, cybersecurity, national security, counterinsurgency, and biosecurity. He has served as an international legal consultant to the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board on bioterrorism, while maintaining his day-time job as a Visiting Fellow for Cybersecurity at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University and an Associate Fellow with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and are held in the
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.




  • George Ayittey, PhD:
    President, Free Africa Foundation
  • Amb. Jeffrey Bader:
    Director, China Initiative
  • Majka Burhardt:
    Writer, Climber, and Guide
  • Ambassador John Campbell
    Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ted Galen Carpenter:
    Vice President for Defense & Foreign Policy, Cato Institute
  • John Cassara:
    former CIA Case Officer & Treasury Special Agent
  • Joseph Cirincione:
    Director of Non-proliferation, Carnegie Endowment for Peace
  • Richard Erb, PhD:
    former Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Bruce Everett:
    Professor of Business, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service
  • Roxane Farmanfarmaian, PhD:
    Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Politics and International Relations, Cambridge University
  • Erika George
    Professor, College of Law, University of Utah
  • Rose E. Gottemoeller
    Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security
  • Jeff Greenwald
    Executive Director and Cofounder, Ethical Traveler
  • Ioan Grillo
  • Daniel Griswold:
    Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Cari E. Guittard
    Global Engagement Partners;
    Adjunct Faculty, USC & The Hult International Business School Dubai
  • Michael Haltzel, PhD
    Senior Fellow, School of Advanced International Studies,
    Johns Hopkins University
  • John Hatch:
    Considered the “father of village banking,” also served as FINCA’s (Foundation for International Community Assistance) president
  • Amb. Swanee Hunt:
    Director, Women Waging Peace
  • Dr. Douglas M. Johnston
    President and Founder of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
  • Karen Kasmauski:
    Photographer, National Geographic
  • Amb. Ted Kattouf:
    President, AmidEast and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates
  • Federick Kempe:
    President & CEO, Atlantic Council
  • Amy Lockwood
    Chief of Staff, Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
  • L. Hunter Lovins
    President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions
  • John Marks
    President and Founder, Search for Common Ground
  • Dr. Tarek Masoud
    Assistant Professor of Public Policy,
    Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University
  • James McGregor:
    Former Asian Wall Street Journal bureau chief, founding partner of BlackInc China and Senior China Advisor for Oglivy Public Relations Worldwide
  • Rear Admiral Terence E. McKnight, USN (Ret)
    Vice President, Government Relations, Cobham
  • Paul Nicklen:
    Photographer, National Geographic
  • Joseph Nye:
    Pioneered the theory of “Soft Power”
  • T.V. Paul, PhD
    James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University
  • Clyde Prestowitz:
    President of the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington
  • Ambassador John Price
    Former US Ambassador and Businessman
  • Lant Pritchett:
    Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard University
  • Keith Reinhard:
    Director, Business for Diplomatic Action
  • Jenny Perlman Robinson
    Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Larry Rohter:
    Culture Reporter, the New York Times
  • Dr. Fouzia Saeed
    Author, Human Rights Activist and Academic Scholar
  • Amb. Sameh Shoukry:
    Egyptian Ambassador to the United States
  • Adam Segal, PhD
    Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counter-terrorism & National Security Studies,
    Council on Foreign Relations
  • Steven Solomon:
    Economic Journalist and Author
  • Ron Somers:
    President of the US-India Business Council
  • Geoffrey Tabin, MD:
    Director, International Ophthalmology, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
  • Amy Wilentz
    Contributing Editor, Nation Magazine; Professor of English, Literary Journalism Program, University of California, Irvine
  • Chris Young
    Executive Director, CIFAL Atlanta
  • John Zogby
    Senior Analyst, Zogby Analytics
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