Ambassador John & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series

WALS UCCD 2018 2019

In 2004, UCCD began hosting the Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series. This lecture series, in partnership with Westminster College, is 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 801.832.3276.

 2018 - 2019 World Affairs Lecture Series

All meet-and-greet receptions are free and open to the public, however, please RSVP for the lectures.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City

WALS UCCD 2018 2019

In 2004, UCCD began hosting the Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series. This lecture series, in partnership with Westminster College, is 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 801.832.3276.

 2018 - 2019 World Affairs Lecture Series

All meet-and-greet receptions are free and open to the public, however, please RSVP for the lectures.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are held at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East Salt Lake City

Monday 10.8.18 Stopping The Next World War

Harroon K Ullah_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Stopping the Next World War
Presented by Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

How are non-state actors like ISIS and state-sponsored rogue regimes using social media and digital outreach to attack our society and push would-be extremists to the edge? Is there a solution to detect this kind of content and kill it before it kills us? Social media has dominated the discourse of recent events, from Russia to Iran and the Middle East; yet the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks are still largely misunderstood. Identifying key trends, Dr. Haroon Ullah posits what a proper understanding of social media can teach us about regional and international politics and diplomacy.

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The book that will accompany this lecture & be available for sale or autographs include:

Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy by Haroon K. Ullah

Thursday 11.15.18 The First Political Order

 

Valerie Hudson_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyThe First Political Order: Sex, Governance, & National Security
Presented by Dr. Valerie Hudson, Professor & George W.H. Bush Chair at Texas A&M
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

Dr. Valerie Hudson makes the argument that the first political order is the sexual political order established between men and women in every society. The character of that order is deeply political and has cascading effects for a nation’s horizon of stability, security, and prosperity. With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative, Hudson has undertaken a massive empirical probe of that argument and will present the highlights of their research in this lecture.

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* This lecture will be held at Westminster College Gore School of Business auditorium.

Books that will accompany this lecture & be available for sale or autographs include:

Sex & World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad F. Emmett

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy by Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl. Foreword by Swanee Hunt

Tuesday 1.22.19 Walking The Tightrope

 

Franklin Keel_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyWalking the Tightrope: Contemporary Diplomacy in American Indian Country
Presented by Mr. Franklin Keel, former Regional Director at the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

Told from the point of view of a Federal Senior Executive who stands in both worlds, Mr. Franklin Keel speaks to his personal career experience administering the unique set of U.S. laws applying to the most diverse ethnic group in this country - American Indians - with cultural and historical sensitivity in today's America.

* This lecture will be held at Westminster College Gore School of Business auditorium.

Tuesday 2.12.19 Unexpected Warriors

 

Gina Abercrombie Winstanley_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyUnexpected Warriors: African American Diplomatic and Military Contributions on the World Stage
Presented by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

The history of African American contributions to America’s foreign policy and freedom have been unexpected, non-traditional, and often overlooked. Learn about some of the diplomacy and combat pioneers who fully embraced what it means to be an American and gladly fought for our stated values and ideals. Learn of their perseverance and sacrifice through the eyes of one amongst them - a diplomat with three siblings who served in the U.S. military. Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will explore the continuum from the first black consuls appointed after the Civil War to the first African American female ambassador to her personal experience of leading a diplomatic mission and surviving a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia.

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Tuesday 3.5.19 Why Earth Needs An International Global Ocean Observing System

 

Oscar Schofield_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyWhy Earth Needs an International Global Ocean Observing System
Presented by Dr. Oscar Schofield, Distinguished Professor & Department Chair, Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

The ocean impacts Earth’s climate and weather, provides critical food and energy resources, plays an enormous role in the global economy, and directly affects the well-being of coastal communities.  Despite the critical role oceans play, only recent technological breakthroughs have allowed people to maintain a sustained presence on the sea and thoroughly understand its wide range of societal benefits. Dr. Oscar Schofield will review these new discoveries and provide examples of how they directly benefit society while creating new diplomatic challenges and opportunities. Schofield will also review plans and strategies for developing a global observing system ranging from deep oceans to melting polar regions to coastal waters.

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Tuesday 4.2.19 Muslims For American Progress

 

Dalia Mogahed_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyMuslims for American Progress: An Evidence-Based Portrait of American Muslims
Presented by Ms. Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Reception:  6:00 PM  |  Lecture: 7:00 PM

It is commonly said that we fear what we do not understand. Living up to our American ideals requires us to understand our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends despite our diverse backgrounds. Yet in recent years, Muslims in America have rarely been portrayed as nuanced and complex human beings, and the reality is most Americans say they do not know a Muslim personally. In an effort to correct this, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding launched the Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project. MAP pairs human stories with hard facts and quantifies the contributions of Muslims in the state of Michigan in eight areas. Ms. Dalia Mogahed, ISPU’s Director of Research, will present the findings from this project. 

Portraits from the MAP project will be on display at the following Salt Lake County Libraries:

                                   February - Millcreek Library 2266 Evergreen Ave, SLC
                                   March - Columbus Library 2530 S 500 E, SLC  
                                   April - Sandy Library 10100 S Petunia Way, Sandy
 
 

Past Lectures

 

2018-2019 Lecture Series

Neftalie Williams__World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Neftalie Williams - Professor, Researcher, & Skateboard Diplomat

Skateboard Diplomacy: What You Can Do For Your Country 

Mr. Neftalie Williams discussed how his love of skateboarding culture manifested into a call to action to develop the concept of ‘skateboard diplomacy’ - a way to engage skateboarding, academia, and cultural institutions globally. Williams guides others to develop their own unique vision and reframe their passions to help create positive dialogues and communication between global publics.  Williams’ message is a reminder that everyday actions of individuals can exemplify the spirit of public diplomacy and spark dialogue between communities at home and abroad in a way that supports the best of American ideals.

Thank you to our event sponsor Office of Global Engagement at Utah Valley University

2017-2018 Lecture Series

Shihana Alazzaz_World Affairs Lecture Series

Ms. Shihana Alazzaz - Lawyer

A Saudi Woman in the Corner Office 

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.

Thank you to our event sponsors the Middle East Institute and King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

 

Andrew Price Smith_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyDr. Andrew Price-Smith - Department Chair at Colorado College 

Epidemics as a Threat to International Security: Lessons from the Ebola Epidemic

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. 


Matthew LaPlante_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen Diplomacy

Mr. Matthew LaPlante - Professor, reporter, & author

Roll Over Hemingway: Global Travelers Can Save Foreign Correspondency

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.

 


Nicole Tung_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen Diplomacy

Ms. Nicole Tung - Photojournalist

Photojournalism: Ethics, Imagery, & Understanding Our World 

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.

SimpleSeal_Salt Lake City_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Thank you to the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office Arts, Culture, & Events Fund for its generous support of this lecture. 

 


Colette Rausch_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyColette Rausch - Associate Vice President, Global Practices and Innovation, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Fighting Serious Crimes: Strategies & Tactics for Conflict-Affected Societies

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.

L3 Communications_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Thank you to L3 Communication Systems-West for its generous support of this lecture. 


Mvemba Dizolele_World Affairs Lecture Series_Utah Council For Citizen DiplomacyMvemba Phezo Dizolele - Writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist

Natural Resources: A boon or curse for the DR Congo?

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 John 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.

Thank you to Engage Now Africa and Junior League of Salt Lake City for their support of this lecture.

 

2016-2017 Lecture Series

Climate Change and Low Lying Island Nations: Relocation, Foreign Aid, and International Opportunity presented by Ms. Brook Meakins

Who Controls Your Digital Identity? How Europe Wants to Become a Global Watchdog in the Internet Age presented by Mr. Mark Scott 

How Sport Brings the World Together -- a Vital Tool for Global Development presented by Ms. Summer Sanders

Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World presented by Dr. Kevin Bales

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