Sarasota World Affairs Council announces 2019-2020 lecture series

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the opening program of its 2019-20 Lecture Series.

The Sarasota World Affairs Council hosts high-profile foreign affairs lectures covering current international issues ranging from foreign intelligence to peace negotiations to immigration and trade.

Except for the March event, all programs will be held at the Sainer Pavilion on the campus of New College of Florida and begin at 6:30 p.m. Regular programs are free for the general public, but reservations are strongly suggested. Each lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay.

Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lectures are free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Learn more at www.sarasotawac.org

The series:

Venezuela: A Real Threat in Our Backyard

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida

Featuring Diego Arria, former Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations and president of the Security Council – now a political and human rights activist living in exile in the U.S. Ambassador Arria will describe the background of this volatile situation, the most current status, and the complex interplay of domestic and international forces that are working to resolve the political issues and alleviate suffering.

Migration across a Common Border: A Challenge for Mexico and the U.S.

Monday, Nov. 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida

The lecture features Gustavo Mohar, founder and director of Grupo Atalaya, a private Mexican consultancy that specializes in nontechnical risk and strategic intelligence. Mohar will discuss how can Mexico and the U.S. can share the responsibility of this enormous challenge of a massive flow of people running from violence and poverty and what can be done to prevent Central Americans from emigrating.

Global Health: Why You Really Must Care

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida

Featuring Richard Skolnik, former director for health in the South Asia region of the World Bank and executive director of Harvard’s U.S.-supported AIDS treatment program for Botswana, Nigeria and Tanzania. He will discuss some of the key challenges in global health, the threats they pose for the U.S. and the world, and how they might be addressed.

The Politics of Hate Have Driven the U.S. and Iran to the Brink

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida

Featuring Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council. Abdi will describe the background and mission of the Iranian-American Council, as well as provide an update on the current Iranian-American relationship and international efforts to establish prospects for peace in the region.

Not with a Bang: Moving toward the Endgame with a Nuclear North Korea

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida

Featuring Evans Revere, senior director at the Albright-Stonebridge Group. Revere will discuss whether the U.S. prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea and the implications for America’s security.

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