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April 2018

Aftermath: Puerto Ricans Rebuild After Maria Premiere

Aftermath: Puerto Ricans Rebuild After Maria is a collaborative work by students in MEJO 584 (Documentary Multimedia Storytelling) that explores the environmental landscape and ongoing health ramifications in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The event will begin at 6:30 PM in the FedEx Global Center Atrium for a reception with light refreshments. At 7:00 PM, we will gather in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium for the premiere. The Aftermath team will introduce the project, screen the 5…

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May 2018

Southern Culture Movie Series

May 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until July 26, 2018

The annual film series is designed to be an entertaining and critical introduction to the American South. Most films are accompanied by commentary from a topical expert. May 17: Truth Underground: Three spoken-word poets struggle through poverty, discrimination, PTSD and abandonment to prove the power of words. May 31: Talking Black in America: This film showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and its impact on the speech and culture of the United…

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October 2018

Film: Polina, danser sa vie (Polina)

October 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

FREE and open to the general public! Presented with English subtitles. Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 7:00. Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina is a promising classical ballet dancer. Just before joining the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her work behind and decides to go to France. http://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/polina/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM5UZZqmL9E

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November 2018

4th Annual Cowan Lecture: “Sensitive Periods in Human Development”

November 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This year’s speaker is Charles Nelson, Ph.D., a renowned neuroscientist who studies the effects of early experience on brain and behavioral development. He is well-known for his work with the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, studying the development of orphans who have suffered extreme neglect, and co-authored a book,Romania’s Abandoned Children. With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Nelson has international projects in Bangladesh, Romania, Brazil, and Pakistan.   Experience is the engine that drives much of…

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January 2019

The Unafraid

January 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us this MLK weekend to celebrate freedom fighters and DACA students Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo. The Unafraid follows them over 4 years as they pursue their right to education and fight for the rights of their families and communities, showing what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States. There will be the film screening, panel Q&A, and a reception. Presented by UndocuCarolina, Sponsored by the Curriculum in Global Studies, and organized in collaboration…

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February 2019

Korean Movie Night: A Taxi Driver

February 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A Taxi Driver is a 2017 South Korean historical action drama film directed by Jang Hoon, with Song Kang-ho starring in the title role, alongside Thomas Kretschmann. The film centers on a taxi driver from Seoul, who unintentionally becomes involved in the events of the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980. Light refreshments will be provided! Free and open to the public! Free parking is available after 5PM at McCauley Deck and Beard Lot.

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Learn about Childhood Development among Syrian Refugees with the FPG Child Development Institute

February 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa as the fourth speaker in our 2018-2019 lecture series Child Development in a Global Context. Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD, is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU, and Co-Director of the Global TIES for Children center at NYU. He is a core faculty member of the Psychology of Social Intervention and Human Development and Social Intervention…

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Center for Global Initiatives’ 25th Anniversary Celebration with Helene Cooper

February 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) is honored to host Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon correspondent for The New York Timesand the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Helene Cooper for a public lecture about how her experiences at Carolina prepared her for a global career as a journalist covering international economics, trade, foreign policy, race and politics. This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of CGI. The talk will begin at 5:30 with a reception and refreshments to follow. Helene Cooper…

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Center for Global Initiatives’ 25th Anniversary Celebration with Helene Cooper

February 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) is honored to host Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon correspondent for The New York Timesand the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Helene Cooper for a public lecture about how her experiences at Carolina prepared her for a global career as a journalist covering international economics, trade, foreign policy, race and politics. This event celebrates the 25th anniversary of CGI. The talk will begin at 5:30 with a reception and refreshments to follow. Helene Cooper…

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Global Career Night

February 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Hear from a panel of stellar UNC alumni in globally focused careers! A networking reception will follow the panel. At the reception, representatives from the Peace Corps, UNC Career Services, and US Department of State will join the panelists and attendees. Anthony Dest University of Texas at Austin Anthony Dest is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. He is researching the impacts of violence and development on Black communities in Colombia. Prior to beginning his graduate…

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Leonid Volkov on Russian Politics After Putin

February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vladimir Putin won his reelection in March 2018 with a convincing margin, but now his regime is facing probably the most complicated challenges in the last twenty years. Why is that happening? How will Russian political elite resolve the succession issue? And what are the opportunities for the opposition in this changing political environment? Leonid Volkov is a Russian politician and the chief of staff for Alexei Navalny, Russia’s main opposition leader. He is a former deputy of the Yekaterinburg City…

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March 2019

Conflict over Gaza: People: Politics, and Possibilities

Rockets fired out of Gaza; protesters shot near the fence; Egypt mediating between Hamas and Israel–when the Gaza Strip is mentioned in U.S. news outlets, it is usually in response to that day’s sensational events with little (if any) context provided. “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” will shed much needed light on the current realities in the Gaza Strip, giving participants a deeper understanding of the context of these realities and offering concrete options that can better the lives of…

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April 2019

Leaving Anacostia Screening + Q&A

This documentary chronicles the journey of JaQuan McGhee, a DC high school student trying to break free from the struggles and hardship rampant throughout his Southeast Washington neighborhood, and features Global Studies alumna Isabelle Potts.  After graduating from Carolina, Isabelle (BA ’16) participated in Teach for America for two years and was one of JaQuan’s teachers at Anacostia High School.  A panel discussion featuring JaQuan McGhee and Isabelle Potts will follow the documentary screening.   This event is sponsored by the Curriculum in…

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October 2019

Populism in Europe: Can Democracy and European Integration Weather the Storm?

October 4, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Roundtable participants: Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University;  Grigore Pop-Eleches, Princeton University; Maria Snegovaya, Johns Hopkins University;  Dominika Kurszewska, Harvard University; Milada Anna Vachudova, UNC Chapel Hill.

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Kranso Event Series: Harsh Vardham Shringla, “India in Global Affairs”

October 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This talk by His Excellency Harsh Vardham Shringla, the Ambassador of India to the United States, is part of the Krasno Global Business Affairs Council Event Series. The Ambassador will be introduced by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall. This event will be introduced and moderated by Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and adjunct professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. A reception will follow in the FedEx Global Education Center James…

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Na Gàidheil Ùra ~ New Gaels: A Global Future for Scottish Gaelic

October 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Scottish Heritage USA Visiting Lectureship in Scottish Gaelic Studies at UNC-CH is delighted to welcome Member of the Scottish Parliament Kate Forbes and Professor Robert Dunbar, Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh to discuss Scottish Gaelic as an endangered yet vibrant global language.

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November 2019

Lecture: “Iran’s Wicked Water Problems and Politics with Kaveh Madani”

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the environmental governance system in Iran…

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CANCELED: Help a Woman, Help the Planet

November 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths will speak about her organization, the Ripple Effect, and its mission of assistance to women globally. She will focus on Syria and the refugee crisis. Her talk will include a screening of The Water Wheel, a short docufilm recorded in a refugee camp. Reception to follow.

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“Countering Hate: Overcoming Fear of Differences” lecture by Ken Sterm

November 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kenneth S. Stern, director of Bard College’s Center for the Study of Hate, is an author and attorney. For 25 years he was the American Jewish Committee’s expert on antisemitism. He was the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism,” later adopted by the U.S. State Department. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before Congress. He was an invited presenter at the White House Conference on Hate Crimes and an official member of the U.S. delegation…

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Grit Documentary Screening

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

When Dian was six years old, she heard a deep rumble and turned to see a tsunami of mud barreling towards her village. Her mother scooped her up to save her from the boiling mud. Her neighbors ran for their lives. Sixteen villages, including Dian's, were wiped away, forever buried under 60 feet of mud. A decade later, 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area in East Java. Dozens of factories, schools…

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January 2020

“The Sharing Economy” with Dr. Arun Sundararaja

January 23, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

The GSDI Michael Sherraden Lecture Series welcomes professor Arun Sundararaja to campus for a reception and book signing followed by a lecture on the sharing economy, the fourth industrial revolution, and the global future of work. In his talk, Sundararajan will explain the basics of crowd-based capitalism and highlight the important policy choices and possible new directions for self-regulatory organizations, labor law, and funding our social safety net. 5:45-6:30 p.m. Reception & Book Signing 6:30-8:00 p.m. Lecture by Arun Sundararajan…

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February 2020

Documentary Screening & Discussion: The Romey Lynchings

February 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a screening of The Romey Lynchings, a documentary about prejudice and racial violence against Arab immigrants in the United States. Produced by the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the film explores the lynching and murder of N’oula Romey and his wife Hasna Rahme in Lake City, Florida. Their murders were indicative of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Lebanese immigrants who came to America to work and build a life…

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October 2021

Ambassador Stephen Mull, ‘Bolstering Security and Democracy in Today’s Poland’

October 12, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host former Ambassador Stephen Mull for the expert talk, “Bolstering Security and Democracy in Today’s Poland,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Mull, former U.S. ambassador to Poland and vice provost for global affairs at the University of Virginia, will discuss the forces shaping Poland’s domestic political climate. Graeme…

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Cooperation & Confrontation: The US, Europe and China: a Love-Hate Relationship?

October 28, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

U.S. and European relations with China are increasingly tense and dangerously complicated. This triangle relationship will be discussed at the next Krasno Global Event on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. (U.S. east coast time). The focus will be on economic and trade relations but geopolitical and security relations will also be discussed. This is a hybrid event held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center and via Zoom: Join virtually here.

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November 2021

Film Screening: Climate Refugees (2010)

November 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Film Screening: Climate Refugees Wednesday, November 3rd at 5:30pm | Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center Please join the UNC Center for European Studies for a screening of the film, Climate Refugees (2010). Climate Refugees highlights the human plight of climate change with a focus on the intersection of overpopulation and lack of resources. Immediately following the screening of the film, a panel discussion will occur from Program Director for Environmental and Energy Policy Nora Löhle of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Neil Doughty,…

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Screening: ‘The Problem with Apu’

November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for a screening of the film The Problem with Apu (2017), as part of a suite of events on the depiction of South Asians: “From Dave Carson to Apu: Global Circulations of Indian Brownface and Brown Voice.” In this film, comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his cartoon nemesis, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons, and the larger issue of how Western culture depicts Southeast-Asian communities. This screening will be held in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx…

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February 2022

Careers in International Affairs and Global Development

Careers in International Affairs and Global DevelopmentFebruary 15, 5:30 – 7:00 pmFedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela AuditoriumZoom Registration AvailableAmbassador (Ret.) Liliana Ayalde has dedicated her distinguished, 38-year diplomatic career to foreign affairs, development, defense and security in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Careers in International Affairs and Global Development, Ayalde will discuss these topics in a live interview with host Navin Bapat, professor and chair of the Curriculum of Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, and will engage with the audience in a Q&A. This public event will take place in person at the Nelson Mandela auditorium in the FedEx Global…

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Spacewalker Movie Night

FEBRUARY 21 • 6:00 PM • Nelson Mandela AUDITORIUM (GEC 1015) Spacewalker (Время первых)Director: Dmitry Kiselyov • Year: 2017In Russian with English subtitles • 140 minutes What does post-Soviet Russia make of the astonishing but troubled legacy of the USSR’s space exploration program? How does it celebrate it, how does it use it? The Russian Flagship Program cordially invites you to watch and discuss Vremya pervykh (Eng.: The Age of Pioneers or Spacewalk or The Spacewalker; Dmitri Kiselyov, dir., Russia, 2017). The Kremlin-bankrolled and promoted movie tells the story of Alexei Leonov (1934-2019), the…

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March 2022

Russian Movie Series: Prisoner of the Mountains

Few countries have been shaped by war as much as Russia. War, in many ways, is the burden of Russian history. Not surprisingly, Russian cinema (Soviet and post-Soviet) offers some of the most profound representations of war in the history of film. At the same time, filmmakers around the world have engaged with the Soviet Union and Russia as a threat or an invading force in places like Ukraine, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East…

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NATO and Its Challenges: A German and an American View

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) faces considerable challenges in its seventh decade, including Russian aggressiveness in Ukraine and populist movements in the member states. How will the alliance adapt and meet these new challenges? This panel draws on perspectives from senior American and German leaders about the future of the Atlantic Alliance, including Lt. General (ret.) Ben Hodges, former commander in chief of the U.S. Army in Europe, and Kapitän zur See Ivo Schneider, Embassy Washington. Navin Bapat, chair…

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Lessons from a Diplomatic Career in Africa with Ambassador Mary Yates

Past generations have left global challenges that the students of today must address tomorrow. Former U.S. Ambassador Mary Yates knows that firsthand through her appointments as ambassador to both Ghana and Burundi and as former charge d’affaires in Khartoum, Sudan. Yates has worked to end conflicts and build peace in Central Africa, support humanitarian efforts for internally displaced persons and refugees, promote democracy and the free press from Bujumbura to Khartoum, partner with Ghanaians to qualify for a $500M U.S. Millennium Challenge…

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April 2022

Russia’s War Against Ukraine and Ukraine’s Challenge to Europe

Russia's War Against Ukraine and Ukraine's Challenge to Europe Thursday, April 7 at 5pm EST in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the GEC. Oxana Shevel, Tufts University Adam Fagan, King's College London Maria Popova, McGill University Graeme Robertson, UNC Chapel Hill Milada Anna Vachudova, UNC Chapel Hill Refreshments and reception to follow.

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Northern Ireland & the Journey to Peace and Reconciliation: the EU Factor Then and Now

Northern Ireland & the Journey to Peace and Reconciliation: the EU Factor Then and NowApril 19, 5:30 – 7:00 pmFedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela AuditoriumOn April 19, Andrew Elliot, director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, Northern Ireland Executive, in Washington, D.C., will discuss Northern Ireland and the journey to peace and reconciliation: the EU factor then and now as part of the Krasno Lecture Series for an in-person event with a Zoom option in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. …

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Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Former Ambassador to Ukraine

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Former Ambassador to Ukraine (Register Here)April 21, 5:15-6:30pmFedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, will speak to the Carolina community in a discussion with Graeme Robertson, professor of political science and director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and former U.S. ambassador, as part of Diplomacy Week hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs.

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Alumni in Diplomacy Panel

Alumni in Diplomacy Panel April 22, 5:00-6:00pm FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium Save the date for an April 22 panel featuring three accomplished Carolina alumni working in the world of diplomacy and international affairs. The event is part of UNC Global’s Diplomacy Week. -Jennifer Davis, a career Foreign Service officer and a 2021–22 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She has a bachelor’s and JD from UNC-Chapel Hill. -Kathryn…

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August 2022

Film Screening: White Sun of the Desert 

Film Screening: White Sun of the Desert  August 29 @ 5:30 pm in Nelson Mandela Auditorium  Need extra luck this semester? Join the UNC Russian Flagship Program and Chapel Hill Film Society for a screening of the Russian cosmonaut good-luck film and Soviet cult classic Белое солнце пустыни(Eng: White Sun of the Desert; Vladimir Motyl, dir., Soviet Union, 1970) Since its debut, this Western-style action film has been quite popular in the Russian-speaking world and is even watched by most…

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September 2022

Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process with Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari

  Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process” with Ambassador Dennis Ross and Ghaith al-Omari on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30pm at the Fed Ex Center, The Biden administration has moved on from the tempting prospect of negotiating a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. But elections in Israel, potential leadership succession for the Palestinian Authority, and the Abraham Accords regional peace agreements all have implications for the conflict going forward. Join Ambassador Dennis Ross in a conversation with former Palestinian negotiator…

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FedEx GEC 15th Anniversary Lecture: Fredrick W. Smith, FedEx 

FedEx GEC 15th Anniversary Lecture: Fredrick W. Smith, FedEx  September 29, 5:30-6:30pm, Mandela Auditorium, Register Here  The Carolina community welcomes Frederick W. Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx Corporation, for a special lecture celebrating the 15th anniversary of the opening of the FedEx Global Education Center. Smith will be joined by Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs and former U.S. ambassador. 

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