Kozmetsky Center Director Dr. Sharyl Cross meeting with President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga in June 2015

Dr. Bobbie Gottschalk, Executive Vice-President, Seeds of Peace empowering young people from conflict regions with skills to seek reconciliation & coexistence, lectures on campus.

Kozmetsky Center hosts forum on Religion and Security in the Middle East

Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk of Odessa National University offers an assessment of Ukrainian interests and the impact of external actors in influencing the conflict at the recent forum

St. Edward’s students and visiting panelists participate in a video seminar on the Ukraine conflict with students at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Friedrich-Schiller University



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and the broader community

About UsLearn more about the work of the Kozmetsky Center in engaging the world community and promoting enhanced understanding of critical global issues.  Learn more about our mission and vision; See our program objectives; Meet our staff; Review our recent events

Upcoming 2015 Events:  On February 23, 2015, the Kozmetsky Center will host the visit of Dr. Rafael Biermann Professor of International Relations and Director of the Department of Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena Germany.  Dr. Biermann will deliver a lecture at St. Edward’s on the topic “Secessions & International Order.” He will also be meeting with campus administrators & faculty to discuss academic partnerships opportunities in Germany. 

On February 25, the Kozmetsky Center will join the Center for Religion and Culture at St. Edward’s University to host an evening forum on the topic “Jewish, Islamic, and Christian Perspectives on Contemporary Security in the Middle East.” Invited speakers include Dr. Aharon Klieman of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Mostafa Elwi Saif of Cairo University, Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou of Tufts University, and others. 

In April 2015, the Kozmetsky Center will partner with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas, Austin to host a working seminar to be held on the St. Edward’s University campus devoted to analyzing sources of violent extremism and methods for countering the threat.  Several leading international and U.S.-based experts on terrorism and extremism have been invited to contribute to the lecture series and working group discussions.  The session will explore U.S., European, and Eurasian national perspectives on sources of violent extremism, and assess the success of methods employed to delegitimize extremist narratives and recruitment.  Speakers will focus analysis on the evolution of Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and attempt to identify the emerging unique challenges presented by ISIS in Syria, Iraq and beyond for security in the United States, Europe, and Eurasia.  The April 20-21, 2015 gathering of specialists will be the inaugural event in a series of joint meetings on critical transatlantic security issues to be sponsored by the Kozmetsky Center in collaboration with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. 

             "The son and daughter of Russian immigrants who fled during the period of the 1917 communist revolution, George & Ronya Kozmetsky epitomized the spirit of first generation Americans that were able to manifest countless significant accomplishments.   Perhaps most important, they offered visionary leadership & exceptional talent in cultivating productive partnerships across academic institutions & disciplines, governments, & the private sector creating opportunities & solving problems aimed toward the betterment of the local Austin community & the world.  George & Ronya Kozmetsky were tirelessly devoted throughout  their lives to the service of others & society.  It is an honor & inspiration for all of us working with the Kozmetsky Center to contribute to carry on the legacy of this family in promoting constructive collaboration & knowledge sharing in our communities & cultures of the 21st century. "

Sharyl N. Cross, PhD, Director, Kozmetsky Center

Please check our website often for additional details on these major events, and other upcoming activities in Spring 2015 supported by the Kozmetsky Center.

Please see summary of our recent forum on the Ukrainian conflict here

Contact Us. To learn more about events and activities sponsored by the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence at St. Edward's University, contact us at 512-233-1678.