Kozmetsky Center Director Dr. Sharyl Cross meeting with President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga in June 2015
Kozmetsky Center hosts forum on Religion and Security in the Middle East
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The Kozmetsky Center will be hosting Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar at St. Edward’s University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Dubovyk is Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa National University in Odessa Ukraine. Dr. Dubovyk will be offering a senior seminar course for Global Studies and Political Science in Spring 2017, and the Kozmetsky Center will feature Professor Dubovyk’s first lecture event in Austin on Monday September 12 in Mabee Ballroom A at 12:00 noon-1:00 PM entitled “Ukraine’s Political & Economic Challenges: National and International Prospects.” Please join us in welcoming Professor Dubovyk to St. Edward’s University.
On Tuesday evening October 4, the Kozmetsky Center will feature a lecture presented by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley, Ph.D., Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Titley is an internationally recognized expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security, and founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He completed his advanced graduate studies in the fields of meteorology and physical oceanography. Professor Titley’s lecture entitled “The Climate Change Challenge and Implications for National Security” will be co-sponsored with the Austin World Affairs Council and take place from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in Carter Auditorium. Please note that the Kozmetsky Center will also be hosting Dr. Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio State University and Senior Advisor for the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center who will offer a second perspective in our series on the critical climate change issue this academic year in March 2017 (date, time, location, TBD).
On Tuesday October 11, the Kozmetsky Center is honored to feature President Atifete Jahjaga, who just completed her term serving as the President of the Republic of Kosovo for the period since she was elected by the Parliament in April 2011. This is a rare opportunity for the St. Edward’s community to hear the perspective from the youngest woman to be elected to the top leadership post among nations of the world community. Prior to assuming the Presidency, Atifete Jahjaga had developed her professional career working at all levels of the Kosovo Police force during a turbulent period following the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. While serving as President of Kosovo, she concentrated on national political, economic, civic and social development, as well as working to advance security integration with neighboring nations in Southeastern Europe and the wider Euro-Atlantic communities. President Jahjaga completed her studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina, and additional certifications in law enforcement and crime science at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, University of Virginia, United States FBI and Department of Justice. President Jahjaga’s lecture entitled “Leadership, Public Service, National and Global Security Challenges and Opportunities: Perspective of the President of Kosovo 2011-2016” will take place from 12:00-1:00 PM in Jones Auditorium.
On Tuesday October 25, the Kozmetsky Center will feature the next session in our ongoing international seminar exchanges on contemporary global issues among students of St. Edward’s University with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO) and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena Germany. On October 25, the students of the three universities will gather via our global classroom in Munday Library on the St. Edward’s University campus for the Austin, USA-Moscow, Russia-Jena, Germany seminar session to exchange perspectives after viewing the series of scheduled U.S. Presidential debates. Students will discuss the American election process in an international comparative context, and the importance of the issues raised in the U.S. Presidential debate sessions. Professor Brian Smith, specialist on American and Texas politics and Associate Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Edward’s University, Professor Tatyana Shakleina, expert on American Foreign Policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and Professor Michael Dreyer, specialist in Political Theory and Comparative Politics of Friedrich-Schiller University will also attend and offer their thoughts on the discussion among the students. One of the major topics will be assessing the impact of the internet and social media in changing the features of campaigns and elections in the United States and other nations. The session will be held on Tuesday October 25 beginning at 8:30-11:00 AM and open to the campus audience in Munday Library GDC 141 and 143.
On Tuesday and Wednesday November 1-2, the Kozmetsky Center will co-sponsor an international conference with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, Brussels on the topic “Exploring the Religious-Policy/Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional/Global Security Challenges.” The conference represents the second session in our series of the Kozmetsky Center-Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University project on religion and international security. Building on recommendations generated from our prior inaugural project session held at NATO HQ in January 2016, this second conference gathering will focus on defining and discussing the challenges that policy officials confront in attempting to engage productively with religious communities in addressing contemporary critical security challenges and threats. The sessions will feature leading international experts on religion-security with current and former senior policy officials and religious clerics to exchange perspectives on a range of issues including violent extremism and terrorism, religious drivers in contemporary geopolitical divisions, and religious contributions to conflict resolution, economic development and other areas of human security. Conference organizers are approaching the topic with the assumption that the international community faces challenges that can only be addressed by a comprehensive cooperative approach. We hope that by facilitating the exchanges among academic experts, policy officials, security and defense practitioners and religious leaders representing different nations and regions, we can strengthen networks of collaboration for addressing our most important security challenges. Dr. Andrew A. Natsios, former Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and current Director of the Scowcroft Institute of Texas A & M University will deliver the keynote lecture for the conference. The conference panel sessions will be held throughout the day in Carter Auditorium November 1-2 with opportunities for students and members of the community to participate. Please watch our website and promotional venues for the agenda, featured speaker profiles and session times as the date for the conference approaches.
Finally, on Monday, December 5, the Kozmetsky Center will feature a lecture offered by Dr. Dianne Barton who is currently responsible for managing water quality, environmental toxics, and regulatory processes at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). CRITFC works to restore fish in the ancestral homeland of the CRITFC tribes which covers one-fourth of the entire Columbia River Basin. Salmon, water, and other natural and cultural resources are critical to tribal culture, religion, and economy but are threatened by the production and discharge of toxic contaminants and other pollutants into the environment. Dr. Barton also serves as Chair of the National Tribal Toxics Council (NTTC) which is an EPA Tribal partnership group that advocates for tribal interests in toxic policy decisions. Key issues for the NTTC include advocacy for programs to minimize the disproportionate exposure of tribal members to toxic chemicals, increasing tribal capacity to monitor and assess foods and resources for toxic chemicals, and enhancing tribal consultation and coordination on national chemical risk management and pollution prevention policies. Previously, Dr. Barton was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico and worked in their Environmental Restoration Technologies Department and in the Infrastructure Surety Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Arizona. Her lecture entitled “Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature, and the Environment” is scheduled for 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM in Mabee Ballroom A.
Please see the Council on Foreign Relations conference call series sessions for Fall 2016 under the “upcoming activities” section of our website [http://think.stedwards.edu/kozmetsky/upcoming-2016]. Please watch our website for forthcoming information on our early 2017 forum on Austin’s expanding global business and economic engagement featuring local leaders in industry, finance, technology, and energy.
"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
Kozmetsky Center events are free and open to the community. Please contact Mr. David Mowry (#512-233-1678 or firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Kozmetsky Center should you have any questions regarding our activities or upcoming events.