Susan Tiano

Borderline Slavery: Mexico, the United States, and the Human Trade

Dr. Susan Tiano, University of New Mexico
April 16, 2014

Each year, thousands of people are trafficked within and across our borders to serve as sex slaves or un-free labor in U.S. homes, fields and factories. Many enter via our southern border with Mexico, after having been trafficked within or across Mexico from other parts of the Americas and beyond.

Seungsook Moon

Women Political Leaders in Asia: Are they Gender Game Changers?

Dr. Seungsook Moon, Vassar College
April 6, 2014

In recent decades Asian countries produced a handful of women presidents and women prime ministers. Most recently in 2012 South Korea elected Park Geun-hye to the presidency. These women leaders intrigue many people in the world because Asian societies are stereotypically known for persistent traditions of patriarchy and because national politics in general has been dominated by men. Drawing upon the current example of South Korea and other Asian countries, Dr. Seungsook Moon will examine how these women leaders can make a difference and often failed to do so and why.

Marina Oborotova

Crises in Ukraine: Freedom, Corruption and Geopolitics

Dr. Marina Oborotova, President, AIA
March 26, 2014

Confused about Ukraine? You are not alone. Even people historically, culturally and professionally connected to the country have trouble getting a clear picture.

Dr. Marina Oborotova , President of the Albuquerque International Association, will provide a needed update on evolving crises in Ukraine. She will put the situation in a broad historical context and in the light of recent, post-Soviet developments.

Girl Rising

Film Screening: “Girl Rising”

A free screening hosted by Albuquerque International Association, Intel and Bosque School When: February 26, 2014 (Wed) 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Where: Bosque School, Budagher Hall, 4000 Learning Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about…

David Foster

Four Capitals of Brazil

Dr. David William Foster, Arizona State University
March 21, 2014

In reality, Brazil has only had three official capitals, each one relating to a distinct phase in its social and cultural history. Salvador de Bahia was the early Portuguese colonial capital. Rio de Janeiro became the capital of colonial Brazil during its most dynamic development in the 19th century, and it remained capital throughout its serving as seat of the Portuguese empire, as capital of the Brazilian empire, and as capital of the Republic of Brazil, until the mid-twentieth century.

Nina Simons

Re-Inventing Leadership: In Environment, Business and Civil Society

Nina Simons, CEO, Bioneers
February 21, 2014

From the political landscapes in Liberia, Iceland and Latin America to the ecological work of the Greenbelt Movement in Nigeria, diverse, grassroots women leaders are initiating many of the most profound movements globally. Simultaneously, women are advancing toward greater equity in the business sphere, from small, locally-owned businesses to the C-suites and boards of large corporations. Both in business and in social and environmental change work, might we need to redefine what kind of leadership is proving most effective in the 21st century? What might the emergence of women into greater leadership have in common with the re-invention of what kind of leadership is admired, aspired to, and deemed most effective?

Kathleen Holscher

Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and the American Imagination

Dr. Kathleen Holscher, University of New Mexico
February 9, 2014

This presentation will examine Pope Francis’s appeal across different sectors of American society. It will consider the particular resonance the pope’s words and actions have for a 21st century American public with diverse approaches to, and motivations for, imagining Catholicism.

David Foster

Dilma-Christina-Michelle. Of Presidential Chairs and Women: Recent Women Presidents in the Latin American Southern Cone

Dr. David William Foster, Arizona State University
January 26, 2014

Currently, the two largest Latin American nations, Brazil and Argentina, have women presidents, and Chile has just re-elected Michelle Batchelet to a second, noncontiguous term. How did these women come to power in Latin American countries traditionally considered to be “macho”? How do they govern? Is there a distinct “feminine style” different from that of male presidents? And what can we in the United States- learn from their experience?

Jorge Colon

Brazil: Urban Planning for the World Cup and Olympics

Jorge Colon, University of New Mexico
January 17, 2014

Rio is hot! And getting hotter! We are not talking about global warming either. In 2014 Rio will host the World Cup and in 2016 the Olympic Games. Rio is heating up for other reasons as well. As with all the great cities of the Global South, people are pouring in. How can their energy and their needs be accommodated? The convergence of the World Cup and the Olympics will put Brazil and Rio to the test.

The Future of Ice on Earth

The Future of Ice on Earth

Dr. Richard Aster, New Mexico Tech
November 15, 2013

Ongoing changes in the oceans and atmosphere are driving remarkable changes in Earth’s permafrost, glaciers, and icecaps, referred to as the cryosphere. Of particular concern are Earth’s mountain glaciers and the vast ice sheets of West Antarctica and Greenland. This talk will summarize what is known about the past history of Earth’s ice, our present understanding of the cryosphere, and some scenarios for Earth’s future.

Richard Norton

Sunnis and Shi’is: Has the Arab Spring Deepened the Divide?

Dr. Richard Norton, Boston University
November 1, 2013

In the early years of the 21st Century, Iran enjoyed remarkable popularity in the Arab world and was on the geopolitical ascendancy. Two wars on its borders removed detested regimes from power. In 2001, the Taliban regime crumbled when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan. Two years later Saddam Hussein in Iraq was toppled by the Anglo-American invasion of 2003. Meanwhile, in Arab capitals, such as Cairo and Damascus, Hezbollah’s prowess was applauded and Hasan Nasrallah attained rock star popularity.

Penelope Boston

The Galactic Real Estate Market: Life Beyond Our Planet

Dr. Penny Boston, New Mexico Tech
October 23, 2013

The search for life beyond our planet has gone in two directions: looking for traces of microbial life on planetary bodies and icy moons in our own Solar System, and looking for life (perhaps including intelligent life) far beyond our Solar System. Dr. Boston will discuss what types of life we might find, and consequences for our species and civilization should we be successful in our searches.

Jonathan Laurence

Mosque and State in Europe: Muslim Minorities and Civic Citizenship

Dr. Jonathan Laurence, Boston College
October 11, 2013

This lecture investigates the possibilities and consequences of anchoring Islam in European domestic institutions. Can state-mosque relations nurture a pragmatic relationship between communities and public authorities? What is the role of foreign governments in the building of mosques, training of imams and other requirements of Muslim religious life in Europe? Dr. Laurence will discuss how recent political change in the countries of origin interacts with the evolution of European Muslims’ own engagement – political, religious, cultural and otherwise.

Mary Anne Saunders

New Trends in Global Education

Dr. Mary Anne Saunders, University of New Mexico
September 25, 2013

The world revolution of globalization is rapidly changing the face of American higher education. Everywhere universities are expanding their outreach by enhancing exchange and partnership programs and even establishing campuses abroad. Dr. Mary Anne Saunders will speak to AIA on the latest trends in global education and their implications for the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and the state. She is currently the Special Assistant for Global Initiatives to UNM President Robert Frank who upon taking the helm at University of New Mexico last October, launched a comprehensive globalization program. In her talk, Dr. Saunders will bring us up to date on the exciting things that are happening at UNM as a result of the new Global Initiative, but she is also well-equipped to put these developments in the broadest perspectives.

Dr. Ali Riaz

Islamist Politics in Afghanistan and Pakistan: How Will It Function After US Withdrawal?

Dr. Ali Riaz, Illinois State University
September 15, 2013

The trajectory of Islamist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan after the ‘withdrawal’ of the US forces in late 2014 is contingent upon domestic developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan on the one hand and regional events and trends on the other. Despite the ‘withdrawal’, a small number of US forces will remain in Afghanistan, and therefore the US ‘presence’, particularly the role the US forces play in supporting the Afghan government, will have a serious impact. This action will have an implication for the Islamists’ discourse both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.