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The State Department’s Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Michele Sison, will join us to discuss how the United States is engaging the world through multilateral diplomacy to tackle today’s most vexing transnational challenges. The session will feature brief remarks and an opportunity to engage with the Assistant Secretary during a moderated discussion and Q and A from attendees.
On International Women’s Day, expert speaker Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of Women, Peace and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will provide an overview of gender-inclusive peacebuilding, as well as present the work of the 2023 Women Building Peace Award Finalists, and their initiatives in the DRC, Syria, Kenya, and Haiti.
The U.S. Institute of Peace(USIP) presents the Women Building Peace Award (WBPA) annually to an extraordinary international woman peacebuilder. During this International Women’s Day event, Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of Women, Peace, and Security at USIP, will discuss gender-inclusive peacebuilding and present the work of 2023’s WBPA finalists.
ICFRC, Global Ties Iowa, and FilmScene, with financial supporters from the UI Center for Human Rights, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Religious Studies Department, are proud to show the 2023 Oscar-nominated short documentary Stranger at the Gate. This program will include a free small popcorn, a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Josh Seftel, and two of the film’s primary subjects, Bibi Bahrami and Richard “Mac” McKinney.
“An Afghan refugee named Bibi Bahrami – and the members of her little Indiana mosque – come face to face with a U.S. Marine who has secret plans to bomb their community center. But Mac McKinney's plan takes an unexpected turn. Directed by Joshua Seftel, 'STRANGER AT THE GATE' is a story of grace, transformation, and hope.”
Aferdita Krasniqi, a widely recognized expert in international education, shares her extensive 24 years of experience fostering academic and cultural relations between the tiny nation of Kosovo and the influential United States.
Her pivotal role in establishing Kosovo's institutions post-1999 war while working at the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo showcases her commitment to rebuilding and advancing education in the region. Krasniqi will delve into her remarkable personal and educational journey before and after the Kosovo War, highlighting how it paved the way for new opportunities and a transformative life in the United States.
40th ANNIVERSARY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
NPR’s Frank Langfitt has reported from more than 50 countries and territories since the late 1990s. In a video and audio presentation, Frank recounts the history he’s witnessed through the people he’s met and how that history has shaped today’s challenging geo-political landscape. Frank will explain what he learned driving a free taxi in Shanghai and tracking elephants in South Sudan. He’ll also discuss reporting in Ukraine during Russia’s 2022 invasion and covering the Israel/Gaza war.