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August 2020

Ukraine/Russia with Amb. John Herbst

August 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Ambassador Herbst joined the United States Foreign Service in 1979. He has worked as a political counselor at the U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv, Israel, Moscow, Russia, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also worked as the Director of Regional Affairs in the Near East Bureau of the United States State Department, as Director of the Office of Independent States and Commonwealth Affairs, as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-large for the Newly Independent States, and as U.S. Consul General in…

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July 2020

The State of the State Department with Lawrence Cohen

July 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Lawrence Cohen is a retired diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. During his Foreign Service career, Mr. Cohen served in Mexico, Honduras, India, Hungary, Nigeria, Brazil, and Afghanistan. His Washington, D.C., assignments included stints in the Office of Environmental Policy working on bilateral U.S.-Mexico and NAFTA issues, and as State Department Desk Officer to the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Cohen has also served on short-term Foreign Service assignments in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region; Tunis; Jeddah; and Kuwait. Mr. Cohen…

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Recent Developments in the China/Hong Kong Relationship with Dr. Victoria Tin-bor Hui

July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Event PA United States

Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Faculty Fellow, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow, The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Faculty Affiliate, Center for Civil and Human Rights Victoria Tin-bor Hui received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She…

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June 2020

Russia and the 2020 Elections-what is Putin’s game plan? with Christopher Miller

June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Chris Miller is assistant professor of international history at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and co-director of the school's Russia and Eurasia Program. He is author of  Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia (2018) and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy (2016).  He has previously served as the associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center,…

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Artificial Intelligence and Data with Abdullah Konak

June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Abdullah Konak is a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, Berks.  Dr. Konak received his degrees in Industrial Engineering, B.S. from Yildiz Technical University, Turkey, M.S. from Bradley University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his current position, he taught at Auburn University.  Dr. Konak also held visiting positions at Lehigh University, Cornell University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.   Dr. Konak’s primary research interest is in the modeling, analysis,…

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Infectious Disease Including COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with Marie Keim

June 10, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
PA United States

Marie Keim, BS, MT, CIC:Director Epidemiology, Infection Control and Prevention Reading Hospital Ms. Keim has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, with over 20 years in infection prevention and includes clinical microbiology. She is currently the director of the epidemiology, infection control and prevention department at Reading Health System. Ms. Keim has expertise in all scopes of healthcare encompassing hospitals, clinics, ambulatory centers and physician offices. She assists clients in all aspects of project design and construction through occupancy to…

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Red Sea Security with Dr. Randall Fegley

June 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PA United States

A political historian at Penn State Berks College, Randall Fegley teaches courses in African, European and Middle Eastern history, ethnic conflict in Africa and international law. Joining the Penn State system in 1988, he specializes in the study of mass trauma, especially long-term conflicts, gross human rights violations and prolonged disasters in Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan. He lived, taught and completed Ph.D. research in Sudan from 1980 to 1984 and has returned to work there and…

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May 2020

India and Pakistan with Dr. Sudip Ghosh

May 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
PA United States

Dr. Sudip Ghosh is an associate professor of business at Penn State Berks. His scholarly and teaching interests include corporate finance, banking and financial regulations, macro-monetary economics, and corporate social responsibility. He has presented pre-conference workshops and conference sessions at international conferences. Dissertation Topic: "Risk Based Capital Requirements and the U. S. Loan Market" This event starts at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, May 27th. Members are invited to join by Zoom and participate in the live Q&A. Zoom details will…

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Climate Change with Dr. Spencer Stober

May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PA United States

Dr. Spencer S. Stober is a Professor of Biology at Alvernia University, Reading, PA, USA.  He has taught Biology for 30 years including undergraduate courses in genetics, botany, and environmental science.  Since earning his doctorate at Temple University, with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he teaches graduate courses in leadership and supervises dissertations.  In 2005 he received Alvernia’s Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was awarded the Neag Professorship…

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CANCELLED: Ground Level in China: 27 Years of Change with Tom Wessner

May 20, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Mr. Wessner will be presenting his personal account of the impact of China’s entry into the world economy and, possibly, challenge some of the conventional views that most Americans have about China.  His presentation will focus on the history and governance of China, recent evolution of business and what this has meant for the people living in China - - and the rest of the world. Originally from Kutztown Pennsylvania, Tom Wessner has had…

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