November 6th: US-Africa Relations

The World Affairs Council of RI / 2014/2015 Dinner-Speaker Series  

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 PM
RSVP by November 4th

The US and Africa: Growing Challenges, Growing Opportunities

Speaker: David Gilmour  was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs in August 2013. Previously, he was Africa Bureau’s Director of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, directing the deployment of public diplomacy personnel and resources at 48 embassies and consulates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Gilmour served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Malawi (2004-2007), where he oversaw US assistance programs totaling nearly $100 million annually, including oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and local programs for exchanges during South Africa’s transition to democracy; Doula, Cameroon, and Dakar, Senegal. He has also participated in a number of peacekeeping missions.

Mr. Gilmour joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and attained the rank of Minister Counselor in 2010. He is the recipient of both the State Department’s Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Gilmour as our November World Affairs Council of RI speaker.


NEW FORMAT
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Global Discussions
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Cocktails
6:00 PM — Guest Speaker
Dinner immediately following speaker


FLEXIBLE PRICING
$10 members; $15 nonmembers.
Add Dinner for $30 members; $35 nonmembers.
Guest Speaker & Dinner $40 members; $50 nonmembers.


REGISTER NOW 
Call (401) 228 – 8657 or email rsvp@wacri.org or Visit wacri.org for more information about this event, World Affairs Council of RI, and to read our newsletter. 


LOCATION  
The Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906 
(Proper attire required: jackets and ties for men; no jeans) 


October 2nd Speaker Kevin M. DeJesus

The World Affairs Council of RI / 2014/2015 Dinner-Speaker Series  
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 PM
RSVP by September 30th

Refuge as a Paradox: Political Violence, Global Crises, and Protracted Displacement

Speaker: Kevin M. DeJesus  earned his PhD in critical human geography at York University, Toronto, in 2011. His scholarly focus centers on violently divided societies, maintaining a regional focus on Africa and the Middle East. “Imagining Lebanon: Living on Amidst an Entangled History in Place” is a social, historical geography of how individual and families survivors of Lebanon's long civil war(s) who endured torture, enforced disappearance and refugee live on. This research was tri-sited, and focused on families who survived Khiam Prison and participate in community-based rehabilitation services, refugee survivors living in Bourj al-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, and the families of the disappeared who maintain a protest tent and mural of the disappeared in front of ESCWA, at Beirut's famed Khalil Gibran Gardens. This dissertation project explored how trauma permeated the spaces of everyday life, and was simultaneously resisted through the making of place as a political act. At York University, DeJesus also earned a Graduate Diploma in Migration and Refugee Studies through the Center for Refugee Studies.
 
Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Johnson and Wales University, Providence. At Johnson and Wales, DeJesus has also been commissioned to develop courses in both African Studies (Honors Program) and in Social Sciences for the School of Online Education and Department of Social Sciences. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Africana Studies at his Rhode Island College. He has served as a guest editor for African Geographical Review on Armed Conflict and Political Violence in Africa, and currently for a special issue on Forced Migration in Africa. He has also served as a guest editor of a special section of The Middle East Studies Review entitled “Mapping Lebanon”, as well for ACME, the International Journal of Critical Geographies, titled “Enforced Disappearance: Spaces, Selves, Societies, Suffering.”
 
 He is currently the Editor of H-Mideast Politics at H-Net, and serves as an elected member of H-Net Council, the governing board of H-Net for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was also a contributor to the recently released Historical Dictionary of the Sudan fourth edition (2013).  At present, he is primary of editor of a forthcoming volume on political posters and graffiti in violently divided societies, and historical dictionaries of armed groups in Africa and the Middle East.
 
He is a regular commentator on Voice of Russia Radio/RIA/Novosti on Middle Eastern and African Affairs.


NEW FORMAT
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Global Discussions: Helping Refugees: What do the UN, US, and EU do to help refugees?
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Cocktails
6:00 PM — Guest Speaker
Dinner immediately following speaker


FLEXIBLE PRICING
$10 members; $15 nonmembers.
Add Dinner for $30 members; $35 nonmembers.
Guest Speaker & Dinner $40 members; $50 nonmembers.


REGISTER NOW
Call (401) 228 – 8657 or email rsvp@wacri.org or Visit wacri.org for more information about this event, World Affairs Council of RI, and to read our newsletter. 


LOCATION  
The Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906 
(Proper attire required: jackets and ties for men; no jeans) 


September 11 Dinner Speaker

The World Affairs Council of RI / 2014/2015 Dinner-Speaker Series  
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 PM
RSVP by September 9th

Islamic Extremism from AQIM to ISIS: the Cases of Libya and the Levantine-Iraqi Caliphate  

Speaker: Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr., specializes on urban and complex societies as well as gender, ethnicity, race and class, and politics especially in the Middle East. He was Chair and Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College for 36 years, and also taught at the University of Khartoum, American University in Cairo, Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh and Tufts University. He has visited, lived in and conducted research in Tunis, Egypt and Sudan since 1964, and has published books, articles and other works on the Middle East.
 


NEW FORMAT
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Global Discussions: "Turmoil in Syria and Iraq and its effects on their neighbors"
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM Cocktails
6:00 PM — Guest Speaker
Dinner immediately following speaker


FLEXIBLE PRICING
$10 members; $15 nonmembers.
Add Dinner for $30 members; $35 nonmembers.
Guest Speaker & Dinner $40 members; $50 nonmembers.


REGISTER NOW 
Call (401) 228 – 8657 or email rsvp@wacri.org or Visit wacri.org for more information about this event, World Affairs Council of RI, and to read our newsletter. 


LOCATION  
The Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906 
(Proper attire required: jackets and ties for men; no jeans)