World Affairs Council – Lecture Series, 2017-18

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World Affairs Council – Lecture Series, 2017-18

October 5, 2017, The Future of Korea and U.S.-Korea Relations, co-sponsored by the Korean Economic Institute and the Ringling Museum of Art. Discussing this timely topic will be a panel including a high-level Korean diplomat, a senior staff person from the U.S. Department of State, and an officer from the Korean Economic Institute. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art. Following the program SWAC members will enjoy a reception and tour of the Center. Due to limited capacity, reservations will be required.

November 6, 2017, Sustainability in a Changing World, featuring Alizé Carrère, National Geographic Explorer in Residence. Ms. Carrère is world-travelling scientist, writer, and explorer who is researching and documenting how humans are adapting to climate change. She has visited 37 countries as a cultural ecologist and climate researcher. This event is co-sponsored with New Topics New College.

December 5, 2017, The Gulf States: Vive La Revolution or Vive La Counter-Revolution?, featuring Dr. Peter Bartu, University of California, Berkeley, who will discuss the Gulf States – in particular Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar – and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region.

January 17, 2018, Global Financial Integrity, featuring Raymond Baker, President and CEO of Global Financial Integrity. Mr. Baker has appeared before legislative committees in many countries and on all major network news shows since 1985. He is the author of many publications, including the best-selling book, Capitalism’s Achilles Heel.

February 6, 2018, Climate Change, featuring Dr. Robert K. Musil, President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Foundation and Adjunct Professor at American University. Dr. Musil was the longest serving CEO for Physicians for Social Responsibility (winner of a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize).

March 22, 2018. Cyber Security, featuring Chris Finan, CEO and co-founder of Manifold Technology, a company that provides high-performance blockchain infrastructure. Mr. Finan recently served as Director for Cybersecurity Legislation and Policy on the National Security Council.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at Sainer Pavilion on the campus of New College of Florida and begin at 6:30 pm. All programs are free for the general public, but reservations are suggested. After each program, SWAC members enjoy a wine-and-light-bites reception at which they can talk face-to-face with the speaker.

Details on these events and other SWAC programs can be found at

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