Ambassador John & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series

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UCCD has been a member of the World Affairs Councils of the America since 2004, and in 2006 UCCD began hosting Ambassador John Price & 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.

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2017-2018 lecture schedule

Lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Click the links below.

 

Web page banner_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

UCCD has been a member of the World Affairs Councils of the America since 2004, and in 2006 UCCD began hosting Ambassador John Price & 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.

For questions about currently scheduled lectures or ideas for future topics or speakers, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 801.832.3273.

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2017-2018 lecture schedule

Lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Click the links below.

 

Thursday 9.7.17 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Shihana Alazzaz_World Affairs Lecture Series

A Saudi Woman in the Corner Office

presented by Ms. Shihana Alazzaz; Lawyer

Thursday, September 7, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Little America Hotel, Ballroom C

500 Main St, Salt Lake City

Ms. Shihana Alazzaz will share her insight to fearlessness - an attribute that Ms. Alazzaz believes led to her success. From arguing for her own inheritance rights in court at the age of 16 to leaving her home country of Saudi Arabia, in order to pursue her degree in law in the UK, her success has never come easily. She returned home to Riyadh and became the only woman at an elite law firm. Since then, she has worked her way up to serving as the Head of Transactions at the Public Investment Fund in Riyadh. As part of the first wave of women practicing law in her country, Ms. Alazzaz has taken it upon herself to nurture young talent, particularly young women, across the region. She works with the Tomouh, an organization dedicated to creating a community of young professionals in the Gulf, and has created an internship program to mentor young female law students.  As part of these efforts, she regularly shares her inspirational story with young professionals in the region, and now she is bringing that story to Utah where she will share how she has found success in the face of such long odds.

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Thursday 10.12.17 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Andrew Price Smith_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyEpidemics as a Threat to International Security: Lessons from the Ebola Epidemic

presented by Dr. Andrew Price-Smith; Chair at Colorado College, author, researcher, & adviser

Thursday, October 12, 2017  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Gore School of Business Auditorium, Westminster College
1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

Dr. Andrew Price-Smith argues that infectious disease has long been recognized by nations as a substantive threat to economic and political stability, and thus to national security. He will speak to the earliest recognition of the threat by the Italian city-states and will take us through history from the Black Death to the Spanish Influenza, to the Ebola Epidemic of 2014-15 that was declared a threat to international peace and security by the UN Security Council.  As such he argues that we are truly looking at the re-securitization of health in the modern era. Price-Smith draws upon his book Contagion and Chaos (MIT Press, 2009) which won the Choice Award for Academic Volume of the Year.  Dr. Price-Smith is currently the department Chair at Colorado College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1999, received his M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. (Honors) from Queen's University.  Dr. Price-Smith testified on climate change, disease, and international security before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee and acted as an advisor to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. Department of Defense. He has also served as advisor to the United States Institute of Peace, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and for the private sector.

Click here for Dr. Price-Smith’s complete bio and accomplishments. 

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Tuesday 11.14.17 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Matthew LaPlante_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyRoll Over Hemingway: Global Travelers Can Save Foreign Correspondency

presented by Mr. Matthew LaPlante; Professor, reporter, & author

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College
1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

Mr. Matthew LaPlante will examine the notion that after a decade of severe cuts in international news reporting by major news organizations, the time is right for global travelers to take the helm of foreign correspondency, as he has done so himself.  When Mr. LaPlante left his job as a full-time newspaper journalist, he worried his most important work was behind him. However, he will discuss that from an exposé on ritual tribal infanticide in Ethiopia, to a feature exploring the legacy of genocide in Cambodia, to a series of reports on gang violence in El Salvador, the past few years have been his most successful as a reporter, even though he spends far less of his time doing journalism.  His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Daily News, CNN.com, and Christianity Today, among other publications. He was a staff reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune from 2004 to 2011 when he left to join the faculty at Utah State University where he teaches news writing, crisis reporting, and feature writing.  He is the recipient of the Kavli Award, one of the nation’s top honors for science journalism, as well as the Ancil Payne Award, one of the top honors for ethics in journalism.

Click here for Mr. LaPlante’s complete bio and accomplishments.

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Tuesday 1.23.18 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Nicole Tung_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyPhotojournalism: Ethics, Imagery, and Understanding Our World

presented by Ms. Nicole Tung; Photojournalist

Tuesday, January 23, 2018  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College
1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

Ms. Nicole Tung will address how professional photojournalists continue to tell stories from around the world of human rights issues and the news whilst upholding journalistic ethics and finding one’s own stylistic approach in creating impactful imagery. She will also discuss why photojournalism is still important and vital to a deeper understanding of our world. Ms. Tung is an American citizen born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from New York University in 2009 after studying journalism and history and free-lances for many international publications and NGOs, primarily covering the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively, focusing on the plight of civilians, she spent 2014 documenting the lives of Native American war veterans in the U.S., as well as former child soldiers in the D.R. Congo, and the protests in Hong Kong. She has received multiple awards for her work and has her images included in various exhibitions, including a current show at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Ms. Tung was awarded the 2016 IWMF Awards for Women’s Stories to cover violence against women in Turkey and received an honorable mention in the 2017 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. She is based in Istanbul.

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Tuesday 2.20.18 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Colette Rausch_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyFighting Serious Crimes: Strategies and Tactics for Conflict-Affected Societies

presented by Ms. Colette Rausch; Associate Vice President, Global Practices and Innovation, U.S. Institute of Peace

Tuesday, February 20, 2018  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College

1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

Utilizing her recently published book, Fighting Serious Crimes: Strategies and Tactics for Conflict-Affected Societies as a reference, Ms. Colette Rausch will explore how serious crimes – such as violent extremism, political violence, organized crime, and corruption – fuel violent conflict and thwart peace-building efforts. She will discuss how fragile states with weak institutions and governance are unable to stem the tide these threats pose to peace with dangerous consequences all too evident across the globe.  Ms. Rausch will answer questions including what can be done to address violent extremism and strengthen the rule of law, and how individuals can serve as peace builders in their communities.  Ms. Rausch is an associate vice president, Global Practice and Innovation, at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She leads the development of new approaches, research, learning, and tools to be used to address violent extremism, strengthen inclusive societies, and promote justice, security, and rule of law.  She has directed or participated in missions and projects in more than two dozen countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nicaragua, and Yemen.

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Tuesday 3.20.18 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Mvemba Dizolele_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyNatural Resources: A Boon or Curse for the Democratic Republic of Congo?

presented by Mr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele; Writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  |  7:00 - 8:30 pm
Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College

1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

Mr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele will examine the causes and reasons that sustain the gap between natural resources and poverty in one of the world’s richest countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The D.R. Congo holds some the world’s largest deposits of copper, diamond, cobalt, manganese, coltan, tungsten, tin and uranium, is home to the Congo River - the world’s second most powerful river after the Amazon, and continues to garner international attention because of its vast rainforest.  He will discuss that despite these rich, natural resources and potential, the D.R. Congo is known as a geological scandal and is ranked among the poorest countries as it has been plagued by failed leadership, bad governance, and conflict for the past two decades. Mr. Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist, in addition to being a professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a senior associate in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of the DRC Affinity Group.  He has testified before several subcommittees of the two chambers of the United States Congress and the United Nations Security Council.

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Past Lectures

 

2016-2017 Lecture Series
Brook Meakins_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

 
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.

 

Mark Scott_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyMr. 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

 

Summer Sanders_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council of Citizen DiplomacyMs. 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?

Sponsored by Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

  

Kevin Bales_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyDr. 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.

Sponsored in partnership with the Utah Attorney General's Office, Refugee & Immigrant Center- Asian Association of Utah, and Engage Now Africa.

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Kevin Bales Lecture
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Interview with Kevin Bales
Interview with Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General

 

GEN Perkins_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council of Citizen DiplomacyGeneral 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.

Sponsored in partnership with Westminster College Center for Veteran and Military Services

 

Kathy Laurini_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council of Citizen DiplomacyMs. 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.

Sponsored by L3 Communications.