Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy announces its World Affairs Lecture Series

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Ambassador Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, hosted in partnership with Westminster College.

UCCD began this lecture series in 2004 and has hosted more than 80 lectures during that time. The lecture series is designed to inform attendees about current international diplomacy topics that have an impact on Utah and creates dialogue to foster a globally savvy community.

This year’s season features many elements the  World Affairs Lecture Series is known for: quality guest speakers who are experts in their field of studies, engaging questions and answers at the end of each lectures, non-partisan perspective of each issue, and an array of diplomacy topics that include skateboarding diplomacy, the influence of social media, women’s rights regarding national security, diplomacy within the United States, and the value of Muslims in America. 

DATES: See descriptions below for lecture dates

TIME:  All lectures start at 7:00 p.m.
 Westminster College 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City

COST:  Free; Reservations are required.  Visit utahdiplomacy.org for registration details.

2018-2019 Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Season

Tuesday, September 4, 2018:  Skateboard Diplomacy: What You Can Do For Your Country

Presented by Mr. Neftalie WilliamsProfessor, Researcher, & Skateboard Diplomat

Mr. Neftalie Williams discusses how his love of skateboarding culture manifested into a call to action to develop the concept of ‘skateboard diplomacy’ – a way to engage skateboarding, academia, and cultural institutions globally.

Monday, October 8, 2018Stopping the Next World War
Presented by Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Dr. Haroon Ullah examines how non-state actors like ISIS and state-sponsored rogue regimes are using social media and digital outreach to attack our society and push would-be extremists to the edge.

Thursday, November 15, 2018The First Political Order: Sex, Governance, & National Security
Presented by Dr. Valerie Hudson, Professor & George W.H. Bush Chair at Texas A&M

Dr. Valerie Hudson makes the argument that the first political order is the sexual-political order established between men and women in every society. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019Walking the Tightrope: Contemporary Diplomacy in American Indian Country
Presented by Mr. Franklin Keel, former Regional Director at the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Mr. Franklin Keel speaks to his personal career experience administering the unique set of U.S. laws applying to the most diverse ethnic group in this country – American Indians – with cultural and historical sensitivity in today’s America.

In honor of Black History Month
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Unexpected Warriors: African American Diplomatic and Military Contributions on the World Stage
Presented by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will explore the continuum from the first black consuls appointed after the Civil War to the first African American female ambassador to her personal experience of leading a diplomatic mission and surviving a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019Why Earth Needs an International Global Ocean Observing System
Presented by Dr. Oscar Schofield, Distinguished Professor  &  Department Chair, Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University

Dr. Oscar Schofield will review plans and strategies for developing a global observing system ranging from deep oceans to melting polar regions to coastal waters and its diplomatic challenges.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019Muslims for American Progress: An Evidence-Based Portrait of American Muslims
Presented by Ms. Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Ms. Dalia Mogahed will examine the finding in the Muslim for American Progress study pairing human stories with hard facts and quantifies the contributions of Muslims in the state of Michigan in eight areas. 

Details and registration links for each lecture can be found at www.utahdiplomacy.org