The Worldview Institute | Winter 2013 Semester




Please see our main Worldview Institute page for general information on our programs and complete details about enrollment and registration.


New Participants
$575 — Winter 2013 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$500 — Winter 2013 Semester w/out Dinner

Previous Worldview Institute Alumni
$525 — Winter 2013 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$450 — Winter 2013 Semester w/out Dinner

The full Worldview semester package includes:

  • Wine reception and light supper with each seminar
  • Tour of the United Nations building followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant
  • One-year membership in UNA-NY (for new members ONLY)
  • Special three-course dinner — with wine and cocktail hour, including the Keynote Speaker presentation — at the prestigious National Arts Club

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


SEMINAR 1 : January 16, 2013

Opening Session on the United Nations

Faculty: Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

International Peace Institute
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

NOTE: This evening's presentation will precede the dinner due to a change in the Deputy-Secretary General's schedule. Please arrive early as we will begin promptly.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Seminar
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner

SEMINAR 2 : January 24, 2013

Founding a Movement: Women's World Banking

Michaela Walsh illumines the impossible dream realized by a visionary group of women who met in Mexico City at the first United Nations World Conference on Women, who then together created the first global women's financial network. Drawing on more than 80 interviews in her recent book, she recounts her extraordinary path as Founding President of Women's World Banking and brings alive the perseverance, confidence, and shared risk-taking that propelled the movement forward — one in which women entrepreneurs could learn from and teach each other, to gain control over their economic destinies.

Faculty: Michaela Walsh, Founding President, Women's World Banking

Women's World Banking
8 West 40th Street (9th Floor)
New York, New York 10018

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

SEMINAR 3 : January 30, 2013

Impacts of the Financial Crisis on Latin America

A comparison will be offered of both the regional performance vs. previous crises in Latin America, as well as other regions in the developing world during the recent world financial crisis. In this context, there will be an analysis of the short and long-term challanges facing the return to growth.

Faculty: José Antonio Ocampo, Former United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs
Professor and Director, Economic and Political Development, SIPA, Columbia University

Phillips Nizer LLP
666 Fifth Avenue (at 52nd/53rd Streets)
New York, NY 10103

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

SEMINAR 4 : February 6, 2013

Modern Slavery

Richard Lui discusses why this global problem won't get any better — until the United States accepts it has a problem.

Faculty: Richard Lui, Anchor and Correspondent, MSNBC

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

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

SEMINAR 5 : February 13, 2013

The Eurozone Crisis in Historical Perspective

Over the past two decades, united Germany has accepted its political EU integration responsibility to move toward a European Monetary Union, to introduce the euro, and now to resolve the current euro zone debt crisis. There is little doubt Germany is obligated to support EU integration constitutionally, historically, and morally. This crisis is fundamentally about European integration — pooling sovereignty for a common fiscal and monetary policy — and without a resolution, EU disintegration could lead to the resurgence of national interests at the expense of EU institutions and the world economy. The role of Germany and its politics are the center attraction in the drama, and the world is watching Berlin.

Faculty: Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, Special Advisor to the President For International and Global Chicago Affairs, DePaul University

Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations
666 Third Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
31st Floor
New York, NY 10017

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

SEMINAR 6 : February 20, 2013

Syria: the Fall of the House of Assad

When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came to power upon his father's death in 2000, many within and outside Syria held high hopes that the popular young doctor would bring long-awaited reform, that he would be a new kind of Middle East leader capable of guiding his country toward genuine democracy. Lesch was one of those who saw his promise, and came to know the president better than anyone in the West, but in his recent book, he charts his growing disappointment in Assad's failed leadership, his transformation from bearer of hope to reactionary tyrant, and his regime's violent response to the uprising of his people in the wake of the Arab Spring. The author also suggests scenarios that could unfold in Syria's uncertain future.

Faculty: David W. Lesch, professor of Middle East history, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

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

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

SEMINAR 7 : February 27, 2013

A Visit to the United Nations

A private tour of the United Nations with fellow Worldview participants, with the opportunity to discuss your impressions at dinner following the tour.

Meet-up Location: United Nations Visitors Lobby

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Tour
followed by Dinner (at Ali Baba's
862 Second Avenue, corner of 46th Street)

SEMINAR 8 : March 6, 2013

Transitions in the Arab World

Looking at the region from her post in Cairo, Lisa Anderson will address questions that arise from the fact that the Arab world is changing rapidly on many fronts: politically, socially, regionally.  Where is the turmoil coming from? Why were so many observers surprised? What are the issues in the current debates? How is the upheaval likely to end?

Faculty: Dr. Lisa Anderson, President, American University of Cairo

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

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

SEMINAR 9 : March 13, 2013

Understanding China

After a brief comparison of China and the United States, Ms. Li Jijuan will offer a historical perspective of China's transition to a modern society, with a view ranging from 1840 to the present. This will be followed by an exploration of China's contributions to the United Nations, while considering the restoration of China's lawful seat at the UN.

Faculty: Ms. Li Jijuan, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of People's Republic of China to the UN

China Institute in America
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

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

SEMINAR 10 : March 20, 2013

Pushing the Frontier for Women's Rights

The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will have concluded on 15 March 2013. The priority theme will be the elimination of violence against women, which is a centerpiece of the gender equality and women's empowerment agenda. Ms Puri will focus on the importance of the work of the Commission in advancing the gender equality agenda internationally, the process of strengthening global norms and standards in this area, and efforts undertaken to accelerate implementation in countries.

Faculty: Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women

Indian Mission to the United Nations
235 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017

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

March 22, 2013

Worldview Winter 2013 Graduation Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Crossette, UN correspondent for The Nation

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

See images and read about the 2012 Winter graduation dinner here

For more information, please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or email