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Writing Workshop for Personal Statements and International Scholarships

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Writing Workshop for Personal Statements and International Scholarships

Patricia Dorff, the editorial director of publishing for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), will share her writing expertise on Thursday, 20 November at 1:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Dorff has nearly three decades of publishing experience with a diverse background in international relations, editing, production, and marketing. As editorial director, she oversees all CFR publications and directs the council’s international partnerships program with foreign publishers to translate and post content online. In addition, she advises CFR senior fellows on their writing and assists with the promotion and distribution of publications. She also works with various publishers—such as Random House, Knopf, Princeton University Press, and Oxford University Press—on CFR books and regularly teaches editing classes for CFR senior fellows and research associates. Read More…

Genocide in Rwanda

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Genocide in Rwanda

Joseph Sebarenzi, a former president of the Parliament of Rwanda (1997–2000), is a speaker and lecturer who offers practical insights on how to resolve and prevent conflicts and the benefits of remaining positive and kind despite hardship and tragedy. Sebarenzi will be speaking on campus Wednesday, 19 November at these two events:

Peace and Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda

noon
HBLL auditorium
This lecture will be presented in English.

Causes and Consequences of the Genocide in Rwanda

2:00 p.m.
B192 JFSB (Education in Zion auditorium)
This lecture will be presented in French.

During the genocide in 1994 Read More…

ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

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ISIS, Ebola, and Bodies that Fell from the Sky: A View of Global Crises from the UN

Somini Sengupta is the New York Times bureau chief for the United Nations and will present a lecture on Thursday, 30 October at noon in 238 HRCB.

In her current position, she covers stories on diplomats, warlords, and assorted mayhem. Sengupta’s previous assignments for the NYT include technology correspondent and bureau chief in both New Delhi and West Africa.

Her most recent article, “Venezuela Gets U.N. Seat; Turkey Is Denied,” Read More…

My Personal Journey and the Story of a Rising Continent

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My Personal Journey and the Story of a Rising Continent

Our Distinguished Service alumna Amini Kajunju is president and CEO of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa through education, training, and dialogue. Kajunju will share her story on Thursday, 16 October at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB.

And she will address career options with  “Making Africa Part of Your Career” that afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in B192 JFSB (Education in Zion auditorium).

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kajunju is the first African to serve Read More…

Congress, the CIA, the NSA and the Broader Intelligence Community

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Congress, the CIA, the NSA and the Broader Intelligence Community

Michael Bahar, general counsel to the Minority Staff of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, provides legal advice to Democratic committee members. Bahar’s committee has recently addressed terrorism in North Africa, cybersecurity issues in U.S.–China relations, and the leaks to the NSA programs. His presentation will be Thursday, 25 September at 2:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Between 2010 and 2012, he served as deputy legal advisor to the White House’s National Security Staff for foreign relations law, presidential emergency and war powers, intelligence law, information safeguarding and security, ethics, and congressional oversight.

Before graduating from college, Bahar was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). While waiting for his active duty service to begin, Read More…