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Global Conversations DIGITAL: Artificial Intelligence and Data

Global Conversations DIGITAL: Artificial Intelligence and Data

July 21, 2020

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it.

Join a webinar conversation with former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Tom Hansonas he provides insight on the global impact of AI. The program will include a Q&A with Tom, moderated by Molly Hayes Baril, special advisor for global engagement at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

About the Speaker

Tom Hanson currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. His U.S. Foreign Service postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and served as director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. A member of Global Minnesota’s Great Decisions advisory committee, Tom speaks frequently on international issues and contributes to local and international media. He is also a board member of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas, and the Cultural Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Switzerland; and the National School of Administration in France.

Celebrating Canada-Minnesota Connections

Celebrating Canada-Minnesota Connections

July 7, 2020

July 1, 2020, marks not only Canada Day, but also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis.

As part of the day’s events, Global Minnesota will host an online “armchair discussion” webinar featuring prominent Minnesotans, each speaking about a different aspect of the Canada-Minnesota relationship.

Join Ariel Delouya, Consul General of Canada in Minneapolis, and Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota President, as they host an online panel conversation covering arts and culture, the important economic ties between Minnesota and Canada, a focused look at the Minnesota-Canada border, and the cooperative measures to protect our shared environment, specifically related to trans-boundary water management and climate protection.

The program will also include a warm welcome message from The Honorable Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota.

 

Panelists

Laura Bishop, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

David J. Fraher, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the CEO/Arts Midwest

Gabrielle Gerbaud, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office

Bill Maddocks, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, U.S. Border Patrol

Presented in partnership with Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis. 

Voces de Refugiados: Venezuela

Voces de Refugiados: Venezuela

July 6, 2020

De acuerdo al Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR, en inglés UNHCR), actualmente hay más de 68.5 millones de personas que han sido desplazadas a la fuerza a causa de conflicto en sus países de origen. Algunas de estas personas han sido desplazadas dentro de su mismo país y otros se han visto obligados a emigrar a otros. Muchas de estas personas conservan la esperanza de volver a sus hogares lo más pronto posible, pero el tiempo promedio de desplazo y reubicación para un refugiado es de 20 a 30 años y muchos no logran volver a su país. A pesar de los retos, millones de refugiados y gente desplazada trabajan ardua y cotidianamente para preservar su cultura e identidad, y reconstruir su vidas en lugares nuevos para ellos.

 

Acompáñenos y a Natakallam Refugee Voices a escuchar de nuestra invitada Marianela, quien hablará de su experiencia como refugiada proveniente de Venezuela y su vida actual en Costa Rica.

 

Marianela, originaria de Maracaibo, vivía en Mérida, Venezuela, cuando decidió mudarse a San José, Costa Rica a causa de los conflictos en su país natal. Previamente, Marianela daba clases de español y era propietaria de una agencia de turismo de aventura. Ella disfruta viajar, conocer gente de diferentes países, hablar y aprender sobre su cultura e intereses, y disfruta de enseñar español via Skype. Marianela es también ecologista y una recicladora apasionada.

Global Conversations DIGITAL: Women in Diplomacy

Global Conversations DIGITAL: Women in Diplomacy

June 30, 2020

Many countries face challenges of migration, terrorism, climate change, and the spread of fast-paced technology. Those who are sitting around the table will change the course of history and redefine how we solve critical problems. Through interviews with female Ambassadors, Deputy Chiefs of Mission, and diplomats spanning Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Mexico, Namibia, Singapore, and the U.S., author Susan Sloan’s new book “A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World,” highlights the impact of gender-diversified leadership, and why varied voices lead to stronger resolutions and enhanced team dynamics.

Join us for a webinar as we talk with Susan to discuss her new book and examine how the role of women in the diplomatic corps is changing the world. The webinar will be moderated by Monica Cruz, Head of Community Affairs at the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, and representative of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin, leading the design and implementation of programs meant to increase equitable access and well-being in the Mexican diaspora.

Race and Responsibility in the 21st Century – What We Can Learn From South Africa

Race and Responsibility in the 21st Century – What We Can Learn From South Africa

June 29, 2020

Is the U.S. ready for truth and reconciliation? If we are to seriously grapple, finally, with our history of racism, and the lingering effects of trauma and disadvantage, if we wish to build a better future for all of our citizens, we may have much to learn from the experience of South Africa.

Join Global Minnesota President Mark Ritchie for a discussion with The Honorable LaJune Lange, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Minnesota and former District Court Judge; and Zintle Koza, Director of International Organizations at the National Treasury, and former Humphrey Fellow, on how South Africa addressed these issues head on, and how we might apply the lessons they learned right here in Minnesota.

Refugee Voices: Syria

Refugee Voices: Syria

June 23, 2020

According to the UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), there are more than 68.5 million people today who have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict. Some of these people have been displaced within their own countries and others have been forced to flee to other countries. Many hope to be able to return home as soon as possible, but the average length of displacement is between 20 and 30 years and some will never return to their country of origin. Despite the challenges, millions of refugees and displaced people work hard to overcome struggles, preserve their culture and identity, and rebuild their lives, often in new places.

Join us for NaTakallam’s Refugee Voices virtual series, as we hear from guest speaker and Syrian refugee Ghaith Alhallak. The program will also include a Q&A session moderated by Mary Dalsin, Program Associate at GHR Foundation.

Originally from Hama, Syria, Ghaith left his home due to ongoing conflict in the region and now lives in Padua, Italy, where he studies Political Science and International Relations. Ghaith will share his personal story and provide insights into the lives of refugees and displaced individuals from the Middle East.

China’s Role in Latin America’s COVID 19 Recovery What US Companies Need to Know

China’s Role in Latin America’s COVID 19 Recovery What US Companies Need to Know

May 21, 2020

With its dramatically increased investment and trade with Latin America, how is China positioned to affect opportunities for U.S. businesses in the region following the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic? Whose economic rules will apply, what are the implications for intellectual property protection, and how will private sector companies from the U.S. compete with their state-owned counterparts from China?

Listen to a webinar conversation as industry experts give insight into the economic role China will play in the critical post-COVID-19 recovery period.

Webinar Speakers:

Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia and Latin America program at the Inter-American Dialogue

Amy P. Celico, Principal at Albright Stonebridge Group

Joyce Chang, Managing Director and Chair of Global Research at J.P. Morgan

Patrick J. Kelly, Chair of the Latin America Practice Group at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Global Conversations DIGITAL - China’s Road Into Latin America

Global Conversations DIGITAL - China’s Road Into Latin America

May 21, 2020

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence”?

Listen to a webinar conversation with Margaret Myers, Director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, on the regional and global impact of China's relationship with Latin America.

Global Conversations DIGITAL - Italy Today

Global Conversations DIGITAL - Italy Today

April 28, 2020

Global Conversations DIGITAL - Italy Today with professor Alexander Stille.

From climate change to the coronavirus and the international refugee crisis to economic globalization, Italy has emerged as a focal point for many of the modern world’s most challenging social and political forces. The ways in which Italian politics and society respond to these challenges will have effects that stretch far beyond the Italian Peninsula.

Global Social with 2020 International Woman of Courage

Global Social with 2020 International Woman of Courage

March 16, 2020

Global Minnesota is proud to host Susanna Liew from Malaysia, a recipient of the 2020 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

Established in 2007, the annual U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. This is the only U.S. Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.

Listen to KNOCK, Inc. in Minneapolis to learn about the change she is implementing across the globe. 

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