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2023 Lecture Archive

2024 Lecture Series

Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, and What to Make of France’s and China’s Competing Roles in Africa in the 21st Century

Thursday, Jan. 25th, 2024 – Dr. Stephen Bishop will discuss France’s postcolonial attempts to maintain economic, political, and even military influence across much of its former African colonial empire, how that influence has waned in recent decades, and the role China has played both in hastening France’s diminished influence and in establishing its own ascendant influence across the continent.

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Discover Catalonia: Ancient and Modern

February 15th, Ann Harris Davidson, health researcher, lecturer, university and government administrator, and former resident of France’s southwest corner that includes the French part of Catalonia.

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Past 2023 Events

Impacts of the Recent Turkish Presidential Election on Turkey and the World

June 22nd – 3pm – The Albuquerque International Association is pleased to present a lecture by Necip Orhan titled Impacts of the Recent Turkish Presidential Election on Turkey and the World. After an unprecedented presidential runoff election, Recep Erdoğan has extended his two decades in power in Turkey. Mr. Orhan will look at the effect this outcome will have within the country and around the world, particularly with respect to its role in NATO, where it has currently been delaying Sweden’s entry into the alliance.

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Spanish Connections: My Diplomatic Journey from Venezuela to Equatorial Guinea

Thursday, May 18th at 4pm – Mark L. Asquino, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) and President, Global Santa Fe, will be speaking about his book “Spanish Connections: My Diplomatic Journey from Venezuela to Equatorial Guinea.” The book is a memoir about his diplomatic journey to Equatorial Guinea, a small Spanish-speaking country in West Africa. In his talk, he will discuss the many stops along the way that finally led to serving as U.S. Ambassador to Spain’s only former colony in sub-Saharan Africa. His assignment to Equatorial Guinea was the last piece needed to complete a full circle in a professional life that began in Franco’s Spain.

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Ireland and Brexit

April 27th at 2pm – The Albuquerque International Association is pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Caleb Richardson that will address the implications of Brexit for Ireland—on both sides of the border.  After the Brexit referendum in 2016, the complexities of untangling the UK from the European Union became clear. Negotiators spent years haggling over debt, trade agreements, legal jurisdiction, and everything up to and including the color of passports. But few anticipated how difficult it would be to sort out the details concerning the one part of the British Isles that now shared a land border with Europe: the island of Ireland.

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The Role of Provincial Dress in Shaping National and Local Politics in Scandinavia

Thursday, March 23 at 4 pm – The Albuquerque International Association is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Carrie Hertz on the current exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art entitled “Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia”.  Dr. Hertz will discuss her research as curator of the exhibit and author of the book of the same name.

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The Use of Solar Energy Technologies to Combat Malaria in Ghana

February 16th at 4pm – Marlene Brown will discuss her work using solar energy technologies in Ghana to combat the common and devastating disease of malaria. The presentation focuses on the evolution of the Boko Bed Net System, the result of analyzing a serious problem, understanding the environment and limited local resources, and then finding the right technologies and partners to design and implement a simple and elegant solution.

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The Harvard Art Museums: From Antiquity to Impressionism and Beyond

January 26th at 4pm – Diana K. McDonald, PhD. will take a look at some of the highlights of the Harvard Art Museum collections, and also provide a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective on the recent massive renovation and reinstallation of this storied collection. The current building, a renovation of the Fogg Museums, designed by Renzo Piano, is a jewel box which allows the serene viewing of extraordinary art, and houses a conservation lab, research center, and teaching facilities that are unparalleled in the university world.

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Stay tuned for more upcoming events!