Chien-Kai Chen, "Political Economy of China-Taiwan Relations: Origins and Development"

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Buckman Hall, 212
Contact person: Amy Risley

You are invited to celebrate the publication of Political Economy of China-Taiwan Relations: Origins and Development, which analyzes how economic ties have shaped China-Taiwan relations and the domestic politics of Taiwan since the 1990s. Kai's presentation will also address the broader global significance of this relationship. 

Free refreshments will be provided. 

International Studies

Bringing Venezuela Back from the Brink

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Buckman Hall, 108
Contact person: Kimberly Stevenson

How did a middle-income, oil-producing democracy transform into a humanitarian crisis with the world’s worst hyperinflation, a refugee crisis and authoritarian regime?
 
Dr. Jennifer McCoy is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. She has served as Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program. Dr. McCoy is a specialist on democratization and polarization, mediation and conflict prevention, elections, and Latin American politics. Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of polarized politics around the world, including Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, Egypt, Thailand, Hungary, Greece, Bangladesh, and the United States.

Stranger Than Fiction?: A conversation with Mark Greaney

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Contact person: Kimberly Stevenson

Ever wonder how a #1 New York Times bestselling author gets ideas for political thriller novels? Join the Department of International Studies for food and conversation with Mark Greaney, author of seven Tom Clancy Jack Ryan novels and the popular Gray Man series, as we discover whether politics today is truly stranger than fiction. 

International Studies

A Conversation with Cary Fowler

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Contact person: Jennifer D Sciubba

How can one individual help negotiate an global treaty? How do you get diplomats and scientists to talk in the same room and work together on some of the world's biggest environmental problems? And how prepared is the international community for future challenges? Join us for a conversation with Rhodes' own, Dr. Cary Fowler, international diplomat and advocate for crop diversity and food security. Light refreshments will be served.
 

Vallera Gibson, Department of State

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The U.S. State Department is seeking to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers by promoting two of their most reward The U.S. State Department is seeking to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers by promoting two of their most rewarding student programs—The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship and The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship. 

Please join us for an informational session with Vallera Gibson, Diplomat-in-Residence with the U.S. Department of State for N. Georgia, Tennessee, and N. Alabama, to learn more about these opportunities. Students interested in these fellowships should have a desire to promote positive change in the world. These programs encourage the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

International Studies Political Science
Career Services, Post Graduate Fellowships

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS: Genocide Survivor Shares Inspiring Story of Determination and Faith

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There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., and a book signing following the lecture.

Marie-Christine Williams was a 14-year old girl living in her father’s house in Kigali, Rwanda, on the day in 1994 when the Rwandan genocide began. During the genocide, extremist members of the ethnic Hutu majority turned against their Tutsi and moderate Hutu friends and neighbors. When it was over, 80 percent of Rwanda’s Tutsi population had been slaughtered. Marie-Christine survived. Running at night and hiding during the  day, she used her wits, her faith in God, and sheer determination to overcome starvation, injury, and the emotional trauma of witnessing so many brutal murders.

International Studies
International Studies

Polish American Society 40th Anniversary. Lecture by Ambassador Dr. Ryszard Schnepf

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The Polish American Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a reception and a lecture on relations between the United States and Poland. Ambassador Dr. Ryszard Schnepf of Poland will give a talk on the role the United States played in Poland regaining independence in 1918.  Dr. Schnepf served as Ambassador of Poland to the U.S. (2012-2016) and currently works at the Institute of Specialized and Intercultural Communication, Warsaw University. The Polish American Society is a non-profit in Memphis dedicated to strengthening bonds and solidarity, providing mutual support for Polish American communities, and cultivating Polish traditions, culture and language.  

International Studies