The NY Cal: A Round up of Foreign Policy-Related Events for August 2014

This curated list is a round-up on what days to mark off on your calendar for foreign policy-related events in August.

Most events below require RSVPs or tickets and unless otherwise noted, the events are in the evening. If you have a suggestion for future events, please email Eve Ahearn, associate director of communications, at eve.ahearn@ypfp.org.


August 7: “Kenya Investment Forum,” Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. YPFP members receive 50% off the $295 price.

This all day forum with Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations will feature talks by Kenyan and U.S. business leaders as well as Kenyan politicians and academic experts on topics ranging from “Agribusiness & Devolution” to “Kenya’s Brand & Tourism Potential.”


August 13: “NYC: Silenced, A Social Cinema Screening,” New America Foundation. Free.

The new documentary Silenced follows around three national security whistleblowers in an investigation of what drove each of them to tell the truth despite the consequences and a discussion of the implications of these prosecutions for the First Amendment. Following the film there will be a discussion between two of the documentary’s subjects, Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack and the director James Spione.



August 14: “YPFP’s Monthly Happy Hour,”  Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, hosted at Ladurée Soho

Join YPFP for our monthly happy hour to meet fellow members and volunteer staff, have interesting conversations, and enjoy the summer.


August 15: “The 2014 Summer Soirée,” United Nations Association of New York, hosted at The Hudson Terrace. Free. RSVP required.

UNA-NY will host their 2014 Summer Soirée at the Hudson Terrace. United Nations Association works to raise awareness of the UN and its goals. 


August 20: “Discussion: Plastic China,” Asia Society. Free. RSVP required.

As a part of the film series, “Waking the Green Tiger: Documentaries from the Front Lines of China's Environmental Crisis,” director Wang Jiuliang will discuss his upcoming film Plastic China. Plastic China describes the human and environmental costs of imported plastic waste in China.


August 21: “Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up,” 92nd Street Y. Tickets are $21.

Cuban citizens started growing produce wherever they could – on balconies, rooftops and vacant lots – in response to demand. From the actions of individuals, Cuba has emerged as the world leader in urban farming. Carey Close, Assistant Professor in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at  UMass Amherst will discuss the environmental and political  factors shaping urban farming in Cuba.


August 22: “Korea and Security in Northeast Asia: Perspectives from the National Assembly,” The Korea Society. Members, $10. Non-Members, $20.

This morning talk by Korean National Assembly’s Chairman of the National Defense Committee, Hwang Jin Ha, will focus on the Republic of Korea’s relations with China and Japan and the nation’s overall foreign affairs perspective.


August 26: “Coming to the Table: Immigrant Women and Food,” The New School. Free. RSVP required.

This event will feature a panel discussion of chefs, cookbook authors and journalists and a tasting of food from Haiti, Bangladesh, Jordan and other countries.

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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