» 2011 Conferences & Events
+ - Rise of the Independent States Global Citizens Conference - November 2011
Twenty Years On
International scholars, government officials, and businessmen converged at Chapman University on Thursday, November 10, 2011 to discuss Eurasian geopolitics and energy. The conference, “Rise of the Independent States,” looked at the successor states to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries.
Speakers came from Moscow, Tblisi, Munich and Washington, DC. They include Mikhail Gutseriev, the president and CEO of Russia’s tenth largest oil and gas company, OAO NK Russneft. Gutseriev is one of the richest people in the world, listed on the Forbes 500 list of billionaires and presented on the rise of Russia. Gutseriev’s presentation was complemented by the Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, Steve LeVine. LeVine is the author of Foreign Policy’s blog “The Oil and the Glory,” and he discussed the role of oil and gas from a Caspian perspective.
Another international speaker was the Jamestown Foundation’s Vladimir Socor, who is based in Munich, Germany. Socor talked about Russian Strategies for Europe, Eurasia and NATO. Alexandros Petersen of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars examined the same concept from a more theoretical perspective, in a talk entitled, “The Rise of the Independent States and the legacy of Josef Pilsudsky.”
There was a special panel dedicated to Georgia. Speakers included Cynthia Romero of the Atlantic Council, Mamuka Tsereteli of American University, and Robia Charles of the Caucasus Resources Research Center, Tblisi, Georgia. Other speakers included Mark Jackson, the CEO and President of Moreson Conferencing and a member of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce; Janusz Bugajski from the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Nina Bandelj from the University of California-Irvine. Consuls General from Azerbaijan, Hungary and Latvia were also present.
Full conference footage is available below:
+ - Do Deutsch & the German Olympics - October 2011
Do Deutsch, sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Center for Global Education at Chapman University, was an exciting program of student events to raise interest in, and awareness of German language and culture October 24 - 28, 2011.
The week included several events students could participate in, such as “Schnitzeljagd” – a scavenger hunt and a German game and food night. The Chapman Business School and Career Center partnered with German businesses to hold a business fair and offer networking opportunities for students.
The leading event was the German Olympics, student competitions judged by Chapman faculty in essays, speeches, song, writing, poetry, art, and film. Winners were awarded at the Evening of the Arts & Film Festival where students could also see a screening of “Westwind” by Robert Thalheim and view the BERLIN: Metamorphosis Collection of art by Fitz Maurice. Winners not only received generous prizes, but also had the opportunity to go to regional and nationwide finals with the chance to win trips to Berlin, Germany.
Off campus, students could attend the Festival of New Films in Germany at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with German Films, MFG Filmfoerderung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Lufthansa and the American Cinematheque.
Check out the details of the week on Happenings.
+ - Energy Futures Near and Far - April 2011
Chapman University’s Center for Global Education hosted a day-long “The Future of Energy” conference featuring an international roster of experts Friday, April 1. James J. Coyle, Ph.D., director of global education, and author of the Eurasian Energy Analysis blog, says the conference brings an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of energy.
The Energy Futures Near and Far 2011 addressed the U.S. and the world energy dilemma and building an economically feasible solution for the 21st Century.
Key speakers included George Peterson, AutoPacific, who gave a presentation on the “State of the Industry.” Marc Eichhom of the German Consulate General Los Angeles spoke on “Germany Goes Green,” and Barry Watkins spoke on the “Fuels of the Future Will Rebuild the Wealth of America.” Alexandros Petersen of Atlantic Council, Robert Copaken of Copaken Energy Consultants, Suleyman Elik of Durham University, and more spoke during this conference as well.