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Perspectives from Inside a Tumultuous Middle East: Syria-Iraq-ISIS-Russia and Iran | 11/23/2015 Rami Khouri, Joanne J. Myers The majority of the Arab World seeks justice, accountability, and democracy, says Beirut-based Rami Khouri. What we are dealing with now is bad governance in the region combined with the terrible consequences of continuous foreign military intervention: American, Russian, European, Iranian, Israeli, and inter-Arab.

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/2015 Simon Winchester Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?

Julia Taylor Kennedy on Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce | 11/11/2015 Julia Taylor Kennedy, Alex Woodson Veterans face life-or-death challenges during their military service, but adjusting to a life in the workforce can be even trickier for some. Just in time for Veteran's Day, Julia Taylor Kennedy discusses her new book "Mission Critical," which offers in-depth research and tangible solutions on this important and under-reported issue.

Addressing Root Causes of Unrest in Arab Countries | 11/16/2015 Ronald Bruder, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio What's the best way to create stability in the Middle East and North Africa? Get more young people into the workforce, says Ron Bruder, founder of Education for Employment. EFE programs are all run by locals; training is carefully matched to real job opportunities; and for maximum social impact, EFE trains mainly women.

The Global Refugee Crisis | 11/13/2015 Ian Buruma, Tomáš Halík How can Christian leaders help Europe cope with the flood of refugees? Renowned Czech theologian Father Tomàš Halik argues that Christianity, especially the Catholic Church, can be an effective mediator between Islam and Europe's secular humanists,  as it has many values in common with both.

Beyond Silicon Valley: Elmira Bayrasli on Innovation in Unlikely Places | 11/11/2015 Elmira Bayrasli, Hazami Barmada Elmira Bayrasli, founder of "Foreign Policy Interrupted" and author of "Beyond Silicon Valley," is all about shattering stereotypes and bringing disregarded groups to the fore, from talented women who must be encouraged to "raise their hands" to the millions of successful entrepreneurs around the world that we never hear about.

The Putin Worldview, Russia in Syria, and the Ukraine Elections | 11/09/2015 Nicolai N. Petro Professor Nicolai Petro was one of a few American experts to attend the Valdai Discussion Club, an annual conference in Moscow on Russia's foreign policy attended by President Vladimir Putin. Here, Petro discusses Putin's worldview and the Russian military intervention in Syria and analyzes the recent elections in Ukraine.

Out of the Academy and onto the Streets: The Power of Philosophy | 11/05/2015 Max Hayward, Alex Woodson Columbia University's "Rethink" community outreach program brings philosophy out of academia and into the lives of youths on probation, battered women, and other disadvantaged groups. "Rethink" co-founder Max Hayward discusses his experiences working with these groups and three concrete ways philosophy has empowered them.

Riverkeeper, Defending New York's Hudson River | 11/04/2015 Paul Gallay Riverkeeper fights to protect the Hudson and the drinking water for nine million New Yorkers. Paul Gallay relates three of its success stories, offering lessons for other communities. Whether working on a  local level or tackling climate change on a global one, his advice is the same: be realistic, honest, and, above all, creative and courageous.

The Confucian Vision for a Good Society | 11/09/2015 James Hsiung James Hsiung gives a clear and compelling explanation of Confucius' views on harmonious human relations and how societies should be run, discussing how his thought differs from Western philosophy. He also explains why and how Confucianism has finally been rehabilitated, after almost a century of ignominy.

Chinese Immigrant Experiences in New York City | 11/03/2015 Henry Chang, Jiayang Fan, Peter Kwong, Kavitha Rajagopalan Manhattan's Chinatown is a city within a city; it's very poorly understood by outsiders. This panel of insiders helps change that. Topics include migrant financing, an overview of Chinese migration, the Chinatown gang wars of the 1970s, the "model minority" myth, and today's encroaching gentrification.

American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century? | 11/02/2015 Joshua Eisenman, Zachary Karabell, Jiyoung Song Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These questions have been around for at least a decade, but are still under debate. In this lively discussion, three experts with different perspectives give their opinions and forecasts for the future.

Secular Ethics: Old/New Shakyamuni, Dalai Lama | 10/23/2015 Robert Thurman In this lively, learned, and funny talk, leading U.S. expert on Tibetan Buddhism Robert Thurman riffs off the Dalai Lama's secular ethics project, laying out the theory--and science--of karma and why it's important for all of us to learn to be more compassionate and other-directed. After all, it's a form of enlightened self-interest.

Global Ethics Day: Feeding the Planet | 10/20/2015 Gerald Bourke, Gilonne d'Origny, Jessica Fanzo There are roughly 2 billion people who are under-nourished and another 2 billion who are overweight or obese. In other words, about half the world's population is malnourished. How can we feed the world ethically, sustainably, and well? This panel provides some answers, from food aid to producing milk and meat in cell cultures.

Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama | 10/19/2015 Dennis Ross Today, America's ties to Israel are so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news. But it was not always this way. Ambassador Ross deftly lays out the surprising history of the U.S-Israel relationship. He  goes on to answer questions on U.S. policies and the current worrying situation across the Middle East.

Russia's Intervention and the Fight against ISIL with U.S. Army Veteran Asha Castleberry | 10/08/2015 Asha Castleberry, Alex Woodson The good news is that ISIL has lost one-third of the key areas that it took over, both in Iraq and Syria, says Castleberry. But the the Russian intervention in Syria has complicated things; she explains just how.

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror | 10/09/2015 Michael Weiss, Joanne J. Myers ISIS is often portrayed as a mysterious force that came out of nowhere. It's nothing of the kind. This grim, unforgettable talk gives us the full, terrifying story, from the initial mistakes made in Iraq to the carnage going on now in Syria.

Karenna Gore on Faith Communities and the Environment | 10/07/2015 Karenna Gore, Stephanie Sy Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore and director of the Center for Earth Ethics, discusses how faith communities (including indigenous peoples) are rallying to combat climate change; what she sees as a shift in consciousness in how we define success; and much more.

Pope Francis Among the Wolves: The Inside Story of a Revolution | 10/05/2015 Marco Politi, Julie E. Byrne Francis is the first pope who wasn't born in a village, says Vatican expert Marco Politi, but in a mega-city with many social-economic levels and faiths. "This explains why when he speaks he doesn't speak only to Catholics, not only to Christians. He speaks beyond religious borders. He speaks to men and women as they are in contemporary society."

NATO in the 21st Century: Addressing New and Urgent Challenges | 10/01/2015 Douglas E. Lute, Joanne J. Myers NATO is now in its third historical phase, says U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute in this informative, useful talk. "There is now a sense that NATO faces maybe not just one threat, a newly aggressive, newly assertive Russia, but also concerns from the Southeast with ISIS and potentially from instability in the South across the Mediterranean as well."

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