Monika Ghattas

Italy: Matera

Dr. Monika Ghattas, Ph.D
April 10, 2016

Matera is an unusual example for urban renewal and transformation. Considered one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited communities, the city was the shame of Italy as late as the 1950’s. Almost 50 years later, Matera has become a World Heritage site and recently was named the European Cultural Capital of 2019. How was this achieved? What role has tourism played in this transformation? Dr. Ghattas will explore the art, architecture and culture of this most ancient of Italian cities!

Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania: Uneasy Neighborhood

Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania: Uneasy Neighborhood

Dr. Lenka Bustikova, Arizona State University
April 1, 2016

Historically, the Polish-Ukrainian-Lithuanian relationship has been tenuous. For all intents and purposes, one would expect these three countries to be at odds. Rather, current events put the Ukrainian-Polish relationship into the spotlight. In her talk, Dr. Bustikova discusses how the current crisis transforms historical grievances and presents new challenges to the stability of Eastern Europe.

Celia Lopez-Chavez

Knowing Buenos Aires: Hand in Hand with Gardel, Evita, and the Pope

Dr. Celia Lopez-Chavez, UNM
March 13, 2016

Argentinean scholar Celia Lopez-Chavez will conduct a unique virtual tour of Buenos Aires, taking you through its passionate history of art, architecture, and of course, dance intricately linked to tango. She will also introduce you to some of its great characters – Gardel, Evita and … Pope Francis.

Dr. Ali Banuazizi

The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Can it Lead to a Broader U.S.-Iran Rapprochement?

Dr. Ali Banuazizi, Boston College
March 4, 2016

What would be the potential consequences of a rapprochement between Iran and the U.S. for the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East region, including the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq? And to what extent will such outcomes be dependent on the domestic politics in the two countries—including the March 2016 parliamentary elections in Iran and the 2016 presidential campaign in the U.S.?

Dr. David Siroky

The Fog of Non-linear War: Russia’s Coercion in the Near Abroad

Dr. David Siroky, Arizona State University
February 28, 2016

As Georgians – and now Ukrainians – are keenly aware, the real security risk to countries in Russia’s “near abroad” is not a direct armed conflict with the Russian armed forces, but the threat of Nelineinaia voina, or Non-linear war. Dr. Siroky will analyze the core components of non-linear war, explain why it matters, along with its limits, and discuss possible responses that Georgia, Ukraine and the United States can take against it.

Siegfried Hecker

Interesting Pages of Recent US-Russia History and the Current Status of Russia’s Nuclear Program

Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Stanford University
February 19, 2016

Dr. Hecker’s talk will cover the US-Russia nuclear weapons cooperation in the 1990’s – how it flourished, diminished, and then collapsed as a result of the current political crises in Ukraine and Syria. He will also comment on how Russia views nuclear threats today and what it is doing to combat them, as well as what options Washington may have to respond.

Nicolasa Chavez

The History of Chocolate: Food of Gods Transformed into Food of Lovers?

Nicolasa Chavez, Museum of International Folk Art
February 14, 2016

This lecture traces the history and journey of chocolate from the Americas, through the Spanish Colonial Southwest, transported to Europe and now enjoyed around the globe.

Joyce Mushaben

From Cold War to Hot Peace? Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and the ‘Triangulation’ of German Foreign Policy

Dr. Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri – St. Louis
January 24, 2016

Dr. Mushaben will present a number of short case studies, illustrating Angela Merkel’s efforts to keep both the U.S. and Russia engaged in regional discourses while also exploring broader systemic factors underlying Germany’s more assertive behavior on behalf of “national interests.”

Northern Italy & Switzerland: Myths & Mysteries, Art & Architecture

Garrett Smith, AIA, LEED AP
January 10, 2016 (Sun)

Garrett Smith’s lecture will be a preview of AIA’s boutique trip to Northern Italy and Switzerland in June 2016. He will combine art, architecture, history and mystery and introduce you to the hidden treasures of Northern Italy and Switzerland that most tourists never see.