The Worldview Institute | Spring 2011 Semester

 

 

The Worldview Institute of UNA-NY announces its SPRING 2011 semester!

Our program consists of a ten-seminar sequence intended for young business executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations, and young professionals within the NGO, U.N., and diplomatic and academic communities.

The current global economic situation provides a backdrop to these presentations, which provide valuable insights into global issues in business and politics. Our program addresses the understanding of corporate responsibilities and the political and cultural contexts of doing business in various regions of the world.

The seminars are offered in association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

As a reminder, our current semester fees (which include a light supper with each program) are $425 for new participants, and $395 for previous Worldview alumni. This also includes informal opportunities to chat with the presenters at wine receptions and catered dinners in different Missions to the United Nations.

However, we can no longer absorb the cost of the graduation dinner since our host, the National Arts Club, has been unable to avoid a price increase, and so there will be an added cost for those who wish to attend the dinner, of $65 per person (which includes a reception and a three-course dinner with wine). Please note that attending the dinner is optional.


SPRING 2011 SEMESTER FEES

New Participants
$490 — Spring 2011 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$425 — Spring 2011 Semester w/out Dinner

Previous Worldview Institute Alumni
$460 — Spring 2011 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$395 — Spring 2011 Semester w/out Dinner

You must be a UNA-NY member to register. If you are not a UNA-NY member, please sign up here to become a member.

NOTE: These seminars are not open to the general public, and registration is required before attendance. Walk-ins not allowed.

 

NOTE: Registration for the semester is now CLOSED.
For more information please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or anicol@unanyc.org.


Seminar 1: April 13, 2011

Japan Nuclear Crisis: What Happened and What to Expect Next

MIT professor and CNN contributor Jim Walsh will look back at the Japanese nuclear crisis and discuss the causes, the consequences and the lessons for the future. Dr. Walsh will give us a unique perspective having witnessed much of the Japanese nuclear crisis on CNN interpreting the news as it happened. His talk will highlight both the historical and present causes of the nuclear crisis, the failures of the international community, and the brave and tragic efforts of the workers at the plant to prevent what could have been the world's worse nuclear accident.

Faculty: Dr. Jim Walsh, Expert in International Security and Research Associate at MIT's Securities Studies Program

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 2: April 27, 2011

Global Governance: The G20, the United Nations and the 3G

Since November 2008, the G-20 has been playing an active role in dealing with the global financial crisis. While this might have helped avert a global depression, some quarters see the emergence of the G-20 as a challenge to the UN on global governance issues. What could the G-20 do to allay such concerns? The G-20 is also a manifestation of the need for more effective global governance mechanisms. What role can the United Nations play in helping to restructure global governance mechanisms to suit the needs and demands of the 21st century?

Faculty: Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations

Singapore Mission to the United Nations
231 East 51st Street, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 3: April 28, 2011

UN Women

Faculty: Joanne Sandler, Deputy Director, UN Women

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 4: May 4, 2011

Covering the United Nations for the Arab World

Issues related to the Middle East are usually on top of the UN agenda since its creation nearly 70 years ago. Khaled Dawoud, an Egyptian reporter, covered the UN for nearly five years for both Al-Jazeera Arabic and Lebanon's daily Assafir. He will deliver his perspective on how the UN is seen in the Middle East region, and what Arabs expect from the world organization. Dawoud, who moved to Cairo two months ago to work as managing editor of Al-Ahram Weekly (an English-language publication), will also deliver an update on the situation in Egypt three months after the January 25th revolution which ended 30 years of Mubarak's rule.

Faculty: Khaled Dawoud, Managing Editor, Al-Ahram Weekly, Cairo, Egypt

Phillips Nizer LLP
666 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd/53rd Street)
New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 5: May 11, 2011

Presentation on Syria

Faculty: Ambassador Bashar Ja'Afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations

Syrian Mission to the United Nations
820 Second Avenue, 15th Floor

NOTE: This program will run from 5 to 6 p.m. An optional dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant will follow (price not included).


Seminar 6: May 18, 2011

The Voice of America: President Obama's Rhetoric and Global Political Change

President Obama's 2008 election engendered enormous global interest for a number or reasons, among them his status as the first African-American president and the hope in many quarters for change in U.S. international policies following the globally unpopular Bush administration. Obama's campaign rhetoric — for example, his July 2008 speech in Berlin that drew the largest crowd of the campaign — had attracted interest around the world and commentary on his intellectual, political and rhetorical gifts. As president he has given a number of speeches on global issues, including his June 2009 speech at Cairo University, as well as his addresses to the UN General Assembly in September 2009 and September 2010.

The seminar will examine how these speeches reflect emerging U.S. policies and how key points have affected global opinion and political change. We will review the stated priorities and approaches of these speeches, as well as their cross-cultural communication equities, and media coverage.

Faculty: Dr. Judith Siegel, Center for Global Affairs at SCPS

McCarter & English LLP
245 Park Avenue (between 46th and 47th Streets)
27th Floor
New York, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 7: May 25, 2011

Theories of Development, Science and Technology, and the United Nations

The United Nations had a key role in the emergence of the theories of development during the first decades of its existence. Unfortunately, those theories were just about dead during the last decades of the 20th century. The lack of appropriate understanding of the role that science and technology (S&T) plays in the process of development is a key factor in explaining the inadequacy of current mainstream economics. Nowadays, however, there are several historical conditions favoring the re-emergence of theories and policies of development, and the United Nations could once again play an important part in this process. Sustainable development is prone to become the new paradigm guiding such an emergence and S&T is particularly vital for it.

Faculty: Dr. Eduardo Viotti, Adjunct Associate Professor of International an Public Affairs, Columbia University, SIPA

Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 8: June 1, 2011

Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Faculty: Dr. Christopher Boucek, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Middle East Program

McCarter & English LLP
245 Park Avenue (between 46th and 47th Streets)
27th Floor
New York, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 9: June 8, 2011

Social Media and Social Change: How Generation Facebook is Changing the World, One Tweet at a Time

This presentation will look at how social media became invaluable tools for self-expression, connection and networking, and helped youth take on regimes in recent uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

Faculty: Mona Eltahawy, award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues

Phillips Nizer LLP
666 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd/53rd Street)
New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 10: June 15, 2011

The UN Human Rights Office : An Overview

Faculty: Maggie Nicholson, Deputy Director, Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, New York

Credit Suisse
11 Madison Avenue (bet. Madison and Park Avenues, enter on 24th Street)
New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


June 17, 2011

Graduation Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Laurenti

Location: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York


For more information, please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or email anicol@unanyc.org.