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2021 Lecture Archive

Nuclear Folly 

July 16, 3pm - by Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, today’s world leaders are abandoning disarmament treaties, building up their nuclear arsenals, and exchanging threats of nuclear strikes. To survive this new atomic...

Pride, Prejudice & Immigration

Eddie Aldrete, Senior VP at IBC Bank  June 25, 3 pm  Tickets   Just when a path forward on immigration began to appear on the horizon, that light at the end of the tunnel is turning out to be a post-pandemic train headed this way. Our need for workers is changing...

Continuity and Change in U.S. Policy Toward Africa

May 7 - 3pm by Judd Devermont, Director, Africa Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Tickets What is the future of U.S. engagement in sub-Saharan Africa? CSIS Africa Program Director Judd Devermont will share his perspective on the...

Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East

April 23, 3:00 pm by Marjolaine Greentree, Regional Protection Advisor, Swiss Cooperation Program,  Middle East Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan Tickets Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, from Libya in North Africa to Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, have provoked...

Will Mandela Approach Work in Russia?

May 21, 3:00 pm Join us for a talk by Robert Hitchcock and Marina Oborotova about opposition leaders & protest movements in South Africa and Russia followed by discussion and Q & A. Tickets

Ukraine Calling

Marta Dyczok, PhD, University of Western Ontario, Toronto  June 11, 2021, 3:00 pm Tickets

US National Security: the Challenge of Domestic Terrorism

Lecture Date: April 9 - 4:00 pm An interview of professor E. Pope, UT Austin by Doug Wise, CIA (retd), followed by discussion.  Tickets The United States faces many external threats, but the existential threats may be closer to home from domestic terrorism – the...

Architecture of Power: Albert Speer’s Plans for Nazi Berlin

March 12 - 4:00 pm by David G. Winter PhD. As "Hitler's architect," Speer was responsible for translating fantasies of Berlin as the "world capital" Germania into actual plans and buildings — that would both express and also create power. Only a couple of the...

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism

March 7 - 4 pm by Monika Ghattas, PhD.  Following the Mexican Revolution of 1917-1920, the administration of Álfaro Obregón launched a program to create Mexico’s unique identity based on its rich history, its indigenous culture, and colorful folk traditions. It hired...

The Gigaton Challenge: The Urgency of Addressing Climate Change

February 19, 2021 by Melanie Kenderdine, Senior Fellow, the Atlantic Council Tickets @   Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank....

Arms Control

January 22, 2021 by Jill Hruby Tickets @

2021 Lecture Series


The Russian Museum

The Russian Museum

October 14, 5:30 pm –  by Marina Oborotova. Ph.D., President, CFIS-AIA

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