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June 2020

Red Sea Security with Dr. Randall Fegley

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

June 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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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Artificial Intelligence and Data with Abdullah Konak

June 17 @ 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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Putin’s Russia with Christopher Miller

June 24 @ 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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September 2020

India with Milan Vaishnav

September 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Milan Vaishnav is a senior fellow and director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics, and electoral behavior. He is the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press and HarperCollins India, 2017), which was awarded the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay New India Foundation book prize for the…

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October 2020

Foreign Interference in Democracies: What to Watch in 2020 with Jessica Brandt

October 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sponsored by Vice Admiral Daniel Cooper, ret USN Jessica Brandt is the Head of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Her research interests include international security, multilateral institutions, and the geopolitical consequences of state fragility. Jessica previously served as special adviser to the president in the Executive Office and as an associate fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, an International and Global Affairs fellow at…

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Inspired: Stories of triumph and tragedy from the Congo with Sasha Lezhnev

October 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Sasha Lezhnev is Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry, where he focuses on conflict, governance, corruption, and corporate accountability issues in central Africa. He is also Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an organization that works to reintegrate former child soldiers and refugees in northern Uganda. Sasha is a founding member of the Public-Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA). He previously worked at Global Witness, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace on U.S. policy and…

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November 2020

China with Robert Daly

November 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Robert Daly was named as the second director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center in August 2013.  He came to the Wilson Center from the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland.  Prior to that, he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.  Robert Daly began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the…

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December 2020

Climate Change with John Dernbach

December 9 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

John Dernbach is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on sustainable development, climate change, and environmental law. He is the director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and brings his expertise into the classroom in courses on property, environmental law, international law, and sustainability. Professor Dernbach writes and lectures widely on climate change, sustainable development, and environmental law. He has written more than 50 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and has authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to…

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January 2021

International Security with Nick Eftimiades

January 13, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Inn at Reading, 1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610 United States

Nicholas Eftimiades recently retired from the US Department of Defense. His 34 year government career included working at CIA, US Department of State/Diplomatic Security Service and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). His career included overseas postings to Moscow, Frankfurt, London, and Tokyo. Nick's more notable assignments include Chief of DIA's Counterterrorism Operations, Senior Technical Officer of the Future Technology Division, and Chief of DIA’s Space Division. He served as DIA's lead for national space policy and strategy development. Mr. Eftimiades authored…

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