UCCD has been a member of the World Affairs Councils of the America since 2004, and in 2006 UCCD began hosting Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series. This lecture series, in partnership with Westminster College, are designed to inform attendees about key foreign policy issues, to create a dialogue about timely topics, and to foster a globally savvy community.
Our guest lecturers are leading authorities in their fields, coming from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, and are nationally recognized authors, academics, and foreign affairs experts. The impact of our lectures is the long-lasting understanding of the context of world affairs in our interconnected global society.
Please check back in August for our 2017-2018 lecture schedule!
Ms. Brook Meakins - Attorney at Law
Climate Change and Low Lying Island Nations: Relocation, Foreign Aid, and International Opportunity
Islands are iconic and tend to bring about mental images of Corona advertisements, the smell of sunscreen, lapping turquoise waves and sugary beaches. But for those individuals from low-lying island nations who live just a few feet above sea level- island living is increasingly problematic, as climate change and rising seas threaten their very existence. This lecture explores the unique challenges that face low-lying Islanders, including big picture politics such as international negotiations and litigation, relocation and outside opportunity and the difficulty of accepting foreign aid while maintaining an advocacy role. Climate Change is a global issue, but the impact on low-lying island nations and the individuals that call those islands home is severe, unique, and worthy of exploration.
Mr. Mark Scott - European Technology Correspondent, New York Times
Who Controls Your Digital Identity? How Europe Wants to Become a Global Watchdog in the Internet Age
From Facebook to Twitter, people’s online interactions have become central to how they are viewed in the online and offline worlds. Amid this push, battles are being fought over our online privacy and who controls our online identities that pit global policymakers against some of the world’s largest companies like Google and Amazon. In this fight, Europe has become a major player. It already has some of the toughest privacy standards worldwide, going further than the United States to offer people control over their online data. And a raft of recent legal decisions has extended Europe’s reach beyond its borders, potentially giving it control over how people in the United States and beyond interact online. Have these efforts gone too far? And should Europe be allowed to dictate how global privacy and data protection standards are created?
Sponsored by World Affairs Council of America and the EU Delegation to the US, in partnership with Mariusz M. Brymora, Consul General of Poland / Elected 2016 EU Local Chair
Ms. Summer Sanders - USA Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer
How Sport Brings the World Together -- a Vital Tool for Global Development
Is it possible to use sports to bridge gaps between nations and cultures? Ms. Sanders will speak about the importance of sports diplomacy, which allows athletes and their spectators to discover how successful athletics can be translated into the development of life skills and global achievement without the economic, political, and military issues that may burden traditional diplomacy. Additionally, sport is a powerful tool to connect gender, race, ethnicity and countries. It invokes passion and energy while providing critical life lessons and proper behaviors that can be used to build healthy societies.
We can see examples of the power in the Opening Ceremony in Rio, were 3 billion eyes were watching the beginning of the world's sporting event and their message about inclusion, conflict resolution, sustainability, and Eco-responsibility. This lecture will discuss the power of sport for positive change. How can global athletic attention, TV time, and money be used in a better way to enhance the power of sport?
Dr. Kevin Bales - Professor, Author, Social Scientist, and Human Rights Activist
Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World
Join us for a compelling and captivating examination of two entwined global crises: human trafficking and environmental destruction.
A leading expert on modern-day slavery, our guest lecturer, Dr. Kevin Bales has traveled to some of the world’s most dangerous places documenting and battling human trafficking. In the course of his reporting, Bales began to notice a pattern emerging: Where slavery existed, so did massive, unchecked environmental destruction. But why? And is there an inspiring, bold plan for how we can solve these two issues?
In recognition of Human Trafficking Month, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kevin Bales, professor, author, social scientist, and human rights activist as our Ambassador Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series guest in January. This lecture is presented in partnership with the Utah Attorney General's Office, Refugee & Immigrant Center- Asian Association of Utah, and Engage Now Africa.
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General David G. Perkins - 4 Star Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Developing Leaders to Succeed on an International Stage
General Perkins is responsible for selecting and recruiting U.S. Army soldiers, training and educating professionals, and designing the future U.S. Army to support national security. This lecture will explore the U.S. Army's role in evolving national security and how the Army develops leaders to succeed on a complex international stage.
On an increasingly complex global stage, military diplomacy adds a new and useful dimension to traditional diplomacy. Enlisted soldiers practice diplomacy by engaging with foreign populations to demonstrate that the United States is a force for good. While cultural differences and general distrust towards the United States will continue to hang overhead, interaction with soldiers who actively try to help a population does more for US foreign policy than soldiers who are indifferent and display disregard towards the society's welfare. It is more important now than ever that the U.S. Army develop leaders to succeed with diplomatic issues on a complex international stage.*
*Kaufmann, Greg P. "The Importance of the Soldier-Diplomat in the 21st Century." Blog post. Journal of Diplomacy. N.p., 20 Dec. 2014. Web. 12 Jan. 2017.
In partnership with Westminster College Center for Veteran and Military Services
Ms. Kathy Laurini - Senior Advisor, Exploration and Space Operations, NASA
International Cooperation and the Future of Human Space Exploration
For more than fifty years, humans have explored space. Today the International Space Station, an international partnership of 15 nations, is the centerpiece of human space exploration. It has enabled more than 2,400 researchers from 83 countries to conduct investigations and is paving the way for a healthy future for commercial spaceflight in low Earth orbit. Space agencies operating the International Space Station and representatives from additional space agencies are actively planning to extend human presence further into space - to the vicinity of the Moon, the lunar surface, asteroids, and Mars. Working together through diplomatic processes and investing in the technologies and capabilities to meet these challenges will continue the benefits from the space program to us here on Earth. This lecture will describe international diplomatic efforts to enable the future of human space exploration and its expected benefits to humanity.