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International Speaker Series

The International Speaker Series is free and open to the campus community. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their students to the presentations and the Office of International Programs is happy to make arrangements for extra credit attendance sign-in. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at international@uncc.edu or call 704-687-7755.
Photograph of Lawrence J. Gumbiner
April 3, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
SAC Salon A
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Prior to assuming his present position, Mr. Gumbiner served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), coordinating the U.S. Government’s preparation for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  He managed a team of more than 50 foreign affairs professionals and programs in the areas of sustainable development, conservation, science & technology cooperation, and international space policy.

Photograph of Ichiro Fujisaki
March 20, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Student Union 340, spaces C and F
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The 6th Annual International Speaker Series continues with Ichiro Fujisaki, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States. The former ambassador will discuss U.S.-Japan relations with an opportunity for questions from the audience after his presentation. Faculty are encouraged to reserve space and/or attend with their students. 

Dr. Stuart Hillmansen, Electrical Energy Systems faculty and Director of the Cen
February 19, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
EPIC Building room G287
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With nations such as Germany, China, and Japan dominating the high speed rail industry, the United States is slowly starting its own high speed rail transportation. North Carolina is in the process of developing two major passenger rail systems as part of a national growth in railed transportation. Dr. Hillmansen will present a broad overview of the global trend in railroad transportation, discuss the issues in transportation energy modes, and explore the challenges for the United States in rail transportation progress.

Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States
January 30, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Union room 340
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Ambassador of the Russian Federation Sergey I. Kislyak will present The Russian Federation and the United States: Current State of Relations with an opportunity for questions from the audience after his presentation.  

This will be the first visit to Charlotte, North Carolina, by an Ambassador from the Russian Federation or its predecessor, the U.S.S.R.

Faculty are encouraged to reserve space to attend with their classes and/or to arrange for an extra-credit sign-in sheet for their students.

Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States
January 27, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
College of Health and Human Services room 128
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The spring installments of the 6th Annual International Speaker Series begin with Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States. Ambassador Sager will Swiss-U.S. relations in the context of global challenge with an opportunity for questions and discussion with the audience.  

International Speaker Series Dr. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
November 11, 2013 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Harris Alumni Center, Allen Tate Great Hall
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Monday, November 11

Science and Technology in São Paulo, Brazil

Time: 9:30-10:45am

Dr. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Scientific Director of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)

Harris Alumni Center, Allen Tate Great hall          

 

Diana Untermeyer
October 17, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
CHHS 128
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As part of the 2013-2014 International Speaker Series, author Diana Untermeyer will share her experiences living in Doha, Qatar from 2004-2007 while her husband Chase Untermeyer served as U.S. ambassador.

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Faculty are encouraged to reserve space to attend with their classes and/or arrange for an extra-credit sign-in sheet for students. Contact international@uncc.edu.

Richard McGregor
September 5, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room
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The U.S. and Chinese Political Economies in the New Century

Former Washington bureau chief of Financial Times Richard McGregor has also served as the Beijing bureau chief, a Shanghai correspondent, and deputy editor of Financial Times in London.  His experience includes work with the BBC, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and the International Herald Tribune.

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April 11, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Based out of Washington, D.C. as Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs to the United States, Eli Groner’s career began as a journalist for the Jerusalem Post before he moved into private equity and management consulting for Fortune 1000 corporations in Israel and around the world. Hear his perspectives on the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in the final installment of the 5th Annual International Speaker Series.

Stephen Brereton, Consul General of Canada to the United States
April 3, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The U.S.-Canada Relationship

Stephen Brereton, Consul General of Canada to the U.S., will speak as part of the 5th Annual International Speaker Series. A career diplomat with a background in international trade policy, Brereton has held posts at the Canadian Mission to the European Union based in Belgium as well as at the Canadian embassies in Japan, and Cuba prior to his current role at the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 24, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The International Speaker Series continues with author and economist Dr. Philip Auerswald who will discuss ideas from his new book. “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy.”

January 11, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The spring installments of the 5th Annual International Speaker Series begin with His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States, and John Beale, Ambassador of Barbados to the United States.

January 11, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The spring installments of the 5th Annual International Speaker Series begin with His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States, and John Beale, Ambassador of Barbados to the United States.

Carlos Flores, Consul General of Mexico
November 16, 2012 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Dale Halton Reading Room in Atkins Library
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Consul General Flores will discuss US-Mexico relationships as part of the International Speaker Series and as a culminating event for IEW12. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch; light refreshments and dessert will be provided. Faculty are encouraged to reserve space to attend with their classes and/or arrange for an extra-credit sign-in sheet for their students.

Brigadier General Thomas A. Gorry
November 8, 2012 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Dale Halton Reading Room in Atkins Library
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Gorry will speak on the United States Marine Corps and Global Support of the National Security Strategy.

Philip Coggan
October 23, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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Coggan will speak on topics explored in his book, Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order. Prior to his role with the Economist, Coggan founded the “Short View” column and wrote the “Long View” and “Last Word” columns during his 20-year tenure at Financial Times.

Dr. Salomão Alencar de Farias
April 25, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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Dr. De Farias will deliver “Brazil at a Glance,” a multi-media presentation with information on Brazil’s language, demographics and cultural heritage as well as the country’s current economic situation. Dr. De Farias is a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the International Business Department at Central Piedmont Community College. He is on a leave of absence from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, where he is a professor of Marketing.

April 25, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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The last installation of this year’s series will feature Dr. Salomão Alencar De Farias, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the International Business Department at Central Piedmont Community College.

Dr. Katherine Bliss
February 9, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Atkins Library Halton Reading Room
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Dr. Bliss is Director, Project on Global Water Policy; Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center; and Senior Fellow, Americas Program with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Bliss has held positions with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science and led projects on water, sanitation, and hygiene; indoor air pollution; and climate change adaptation challenges in developing countries.

February 9, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dale Halton Reading Room, Atkins Library
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Dr. Katherine Bliss, Director, Project on Global Water Policy; Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center; and Senior Fellow, Americas Program with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., will present Global Health Challenges: Emerging Trends in Policy, Governance and Diplomacy.
 

January 20, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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The 4th Annual International Speaker Series continues with His Excellency Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco and Ambassador of Turkey Namik Tan.
 

Giles Noghes
January 20, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Atkins Library Halton Reading Room
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Gilles Noghes, Ambassador to the U.S. from Monaco, will discuss “Image of a Country: The Case of Monaco,” and Namik Tan, Ambassador from Turkey, will present “Turkey in a Changing World.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

In 2006, Noghes became the first ambassador of Monaco to the United States. Previously, he represented Monaco to the United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, and he was ambassador of Monaco in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Namik Tan
January 20, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Atkins Library Halton Reading Room
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Gilles Noghes, Ambassador to the U.S. from Monaco, will discuss “Image of a Country: The Case of Monaco,” and Namik Tan, Ambassador from Turkey, will present “Turkey in a Changing World.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

In 2006, Noghes became the first ambassador of Monaco to the United States. Previously, he represented Monaco to the United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, and he was ambassador of Monaco in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Robert Guest
November 11, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Atkins Library Halton Reading Room
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Guest is the Economist’s business editor and an author. His latest work examines how migration—for all the disruption it causes—makes the world wealthier and happier. Guest’s book, “Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism”, travels through 44 states and nearly 70 countries, observing how these networks create wealth, spread ideas and foster innovation.

In his latest work, Guest shows how:

Former Ambassador Edward Peck
October 25, 2011 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atkins Library Halton Reading Room
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Edward Peck is a retired career United States diplomat whose thirty-two years of service included: Chief of Mission in Baghdad during the Carter Administration and Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism in the Reagan Administration. He was Deputy Director of Covert Intelligence Programs for the State Department, served as Foreign Service Officer in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt and was Ambassador in Mauritania.