The NY Cal: Foreign Policy Events for Oct ‘16

Our curated list of foreign policy-related events for October, featuring 10 (mostly free) events around town.

As always, for the latest YPFP events and excursions for members, visit our calendar.

10/5: U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Matthew Barzun, 6:15pm to 7:15pm, Columbia University. Free with registration.

Matthew Barzun, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, will reflect on how today’s diplomats can help foster connections in a time of increasing public unease on both sides of the Atlantic.

10/6: Digital and Environmental Justice in the Era of Climate Change, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, New America.

As global institutions like the United Nations turn to their attention to human rights and climate change, local groups have been fostering the links between natural environments and digital environments for more than a decade. Representatives from Detroit and Philadelphia Digital Justice Coalitions and other local groups discuss how technology can make local voices more loudly heard.

10/7: U.S.-Japan Relations: The 2016 Election and Beyond, 9:30am to 12:30pm, Japan Society. Free with registration.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying for the White House in one of the most tumultuous presidential elections in living memory. It leaves America at a crossroads, raising profound questions about the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, global investment, U.S. military commitments in Asia, and China’s influence in the South China Sea. In this discussion, speakers debate what the presidential election will mean for U.S. ties with Japan and the rest of Asia.

10/12: Is Design Political?, 7:00pm, Goethe-Institut New York. Free with registration.

Design becomes political when we see more in it than the shaping of our environment’s surfaces. Friedrich von Borries, architect and professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, talks about his concept of design as an emancipatory praxis that intervenes in the world in order to change and improve it.

10/13: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, 6:45pm to 8:00pm, Columbia University. Free with registration.

Secretary Ernest Moniz will discuss the Department of Energy's role in key international efforts under the Obama Administration, including the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the Department’s nuclear non-proliferation and energy security efforts, and efforts to combat climate change under the Paris accord.

10/18: Viktor Frankl: Nevertheless, Say ‘Yes’ to Life, 7:30pm, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC. Free with registration.

Having survived the Holocaust as the only one of his immediate family, Viktor Frankl reflected upon his experiences in the concentration camps in Man's Search for Meaning, which has become one of the most influential accounts of the horrors of World War II. Gregorij von Leitis, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium, will read some of Frankl texts on reconciliation as the only way out of the destructive catastrophe of war.

10/19: The Future of International Cooperation on Migration, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, UN Association of New York. $15.

Diplomats working on international migration and refugee policy speak about the first-ever Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, what was achieved, and what it means to international law and policy.

10/19: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Open Society Foundations. Free with registration.

Yasmin Qureshi, MP, will discuss a new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative, assessing the human rights impact of the U.K.’s Prevent counter-extremism initiative in the health and education sectors. Drawing on legal analysis, case studies and interviews, the report presents the most comprehensive account to date of how Prevent is being implemented in these areas.

10/21: Studying and Working in Germany, 10:00am to 9:00pm, Goethe-Institut New York. Free with registration.

Goethe-Institut and its partners will showcase opportunities for German speakers in Germany as well as in the USA. The info day will be about studying in Germany without tuition fees, scholarships, internships, exchange programs, work and research opportunities. Followed by reception, networking, live music.

10/25: Changing American Perceptions of North Korea Since 1948, 2:00pm, The Korea Society. Free with registration.

Historian Brandon K. Gauthier will examine how portrayals of North Korea by the U.S. government and popular media diminished the possibility of diplomatic cooperation between the two governments over the second half of the twentieth century.

If you have a suggestion for future events, email juan.machado@ypfp.org

The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of their employer or Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

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