The Worldview Institute | Spring 2020 Semester

 

 

 

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

NOTE: In these cautionary times, we are grateful for the continued support of our members and friends, and as part of our efforts to contend with the restrictions on social gatherings, we will attempt to offer as many of our scheduled events as possible via the Zoom platform — including the remainder of our Worldview Spring 2020 seminars, so that registrants can complete the semester through online attendance and interaction. We ask you to check this page for further notifications. And we will send personal emails to participants with instructions for connecting via Zoom to each session.

Zoom is similar to Skype, but easier to use on your computer or phone. It can easily be used by voice only for those who do not have a camera. Also, you do not need a Zoom account.

For any questions regarding Worldview seminar access or other inquiries, please email UNA-NY executive director Ann Nicol at info@unanyc.org.


WORLDVIEW SPRING 2020 | SEMESTER FEES

New Participants
$595 — Spring 2020 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$520 — Spring 2020 Semester w/out Dinner

Previous Worldview Institute Alumni
$545 — Spring 2020 Semester w/Graduation Dinner
$470 — Spring 2020 Semester w/out Dinner

The full Worldview semester package includes:

  • Wine reception and dinner with each seminar
  • Tour of the United Nations building followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant
  • Special three-course graduation 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 are offered to UNA Members only, whose registration is required before attendance. Walk-ins are not allowed. Programs are subject to change without notice.

If you are not currently a UNA member and wish to attend the Worldview Institute Spring 2020 semester, find out about becoming a member here.


THE WORLDVIEW INSTITUTE | SPRING 2020


SEMINAR 1 : February 12, 2020

The United Nations Now

This seminar will examine the UN system, its structure, operation and history. It explains the historical roots of the UN system, its legal and organizational structures. Attention will be given to peace and security, human rights and economic and social development. Recommended reading: Linda Fasulo's The Insider’s Guide to the UN, and Brian Urquhart’s autobiography, A Life in Peace and War.

Faculty: Melissa Fleming, UN Under Secretary-General for Global Communications

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 2 : February 19, 2020

Latin America Today: Return of the Generals?

Latin American politics is becoming unhinged in ways that seem to mirror trends in the rest of the world, including the rise of populist movements and seemingly leaderless social protests. During the Cold War, military coups, often inspired and supported by the United States, repressed such trends and pushed the region toward the Right of the political spectrum. This seminar will look at recent political upheavals and the way that the political role of Latin America’s military establishments may be changing.

Faculty: John H. Coatsworth, Historian of Latin America, Former Provost, Columbia University

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 3 : February 26, 2020

Who is Pushing the Anti-China agenda in the US —
and Why?

At first glance, Trump looks like the instigator of a fight with China by starting a bruising trade war. But anti-China policies began much sooner as evidenced by actions like Obama’s Asia Pivot and CFIUS cases that were disproportionately aimed at Chinese acquisitions long before Trump. The talk will explore the origins and likely scenarios going forward.

Faculty: Ann Lee, international expert on China’s economy

Elsevier
230 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10169

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


SEMINAR 4 : March 4, 2020

Food Security and Climate Change

Hunger warrior Ertharin Cousin shares her UN experiences addressing the challenge of hunger and malnutrition; specifically examining the UN’s successful responses, controversial decisions and future opportunities for fixing the global food system. Cousin will speak candidly drawing from her experiences as well as her academic research. Since leaving the UN Cousin serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Faculty: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Elsevier
230 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10169

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


SEMINAR 5 : March 18, 2020

A Private Tour of 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 (restuarant TBD)

NOTE: this event is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date


SEMINAR 6 : April 1, 2020

In the Biggest-Ever Global Conversation…
Who’s Talking?

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals — our shared vision for the future — will require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.

But just when we need collective action more than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. In many countries, public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries are under strain. Dialogue — and action — on global issues could not be more urgent. Through these conversations, the UN aims to build a global vision of 2045 — its centenary, increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.

Faculty: Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Under Secretary-General, Special Advisor on UN75

NOTE: This Worldview seminar will be held online via Zoom. We will send personal instructions to each registered Worldview participant.

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


SEMINAR 7 : April 7, 2020

Media Wars

Newspaper wars used to be between newspapers. Now battles over news organizations are fought across society, as Fox viewers perceive a world very different from the one of MSNBC viewers. What's the role of media organizations in this polarized world? Should they try to play referee? Can they remain neutral? Nicholas Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist, will discuss these issues, while also drawing from his new book with Sheryl WuDunn, "Tightrope," about the disintegration of working class America — a subject that the media has tended to neglect.

Bonus: We will give a signed copy of "Tighrope," Mr. Kristof's most recent book, to all registered participants.

Faculty: Nicholas Kristof, Writer and Journalist

NOTE: This Worldview seminar will be held online via Zoom. We will send personal instructions to each registered Worldview participant.

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

ALSO: this program will take place on a Tuesday evening


SEMINAR 8 : April 15, 2020

A Sea of Possibilities:
Changing Human Relationships with Plastic

In this seminar, Agustina will share her experience exploring first-hand the problem and solutions of plastic pollution. In 2018, she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice, taking samples of micro-plastics and interviewing experts along the way. Agustina will cover and bring to the class science knowledge about the different aspects of the problem: sources, scale, effects. She will also cover the possible types of solutions to this global problem with real examples, and the roles of the different stakeholders that could have great positive impact in being part of the solution. We will reflect together what is our role and what are the actions that would let us change the human relationship with plastic.

Faculty: Agustina Besada, National Geographic Explorer and sustainability entrepreneur

NOTE: This Worldview seminar will be held online via Zoom. We will send personal instructions to each registered Worldview participant.

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


SEMINAR 9 : April 22, 2020

UNESCO — The Soft Power for Building Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Paris and a unique peace project of the post Second World War period, engaged in sustainable peace endeavors. UNESCO's founding vision was born in response to a world war that was marked by racist and anti-Semitic violence. More than seventy years later, UNESCO’s mandate is as relevant as ever. Cultural diversity is under attack and new forms of intolerance, rejection of scientific facts and threats to freedom of expression challenge peace and human rights. This seminar will discuss the history and activities of UNESCO and its humanist missions of education, science and culture reaffirming its multilateral system aimed at the sustainability of the economic and social progress worldwide.

Faculty: Ambassador Klára Novotná, Permanent Delegate of the Slovak Republic to UNESCO

NOTE: This Worldview seminar will be held online via Zoom. We will send personal instructions to each registered Worldview participant.

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


SEMINAR 10 : April 29, 2020

Women in the New Afghanistan

Ambassador Raz will discuss the progress made in women's rights in Afghanistan over the past 18 years. She will also highlight the paramount importance of including women's voices in any peace talks with the Taliban and how the government and international community can work to amplify their voices.

Faculty: Ambassador Adela Raz, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations

NOTE: This Worldview seminar will be held online via Zoom. We will send personal instructions to each registered Worldview participant.

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


May 1, 2020

Worldview Spring 2020 Graduation Dinner


Keynote Speaker: Simone Monasebian, Chief, UN Office on Drugs and Crime

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

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Dinner


For inquiries, please email UNA-NY executive director Ann Nicol at
info@unanyc.org.