GEORGE RUPP: Refuge From Conflicts, 7:30 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017, Housatonic Valley Regional High School

The number is so large most of us can't comprehend the scope of the crisis. 65 million people have been displaced in the global refugee crisis. Since the civil war exploded in 2011 more than 11 million people have fled their homes in Syria alone. More than 4 million refugees have fled the country for Jordan, Turkey and other neighboring states.

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ANNE GARRELS: 7:30 PM, Oct. 21, 2016, The Salisbury School

For more than three decades Anne Garrels has reported from some of the most dangerous places on earth. First for ABC News and then for National Public Radio she has reported from the Soviet Union, the Middle East, Nicaragua, El Salvador, both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her insights into the issues facing us in this election year will be important.

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LYNN PASQUERELLA: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education, 7:30 PM, Friday, Sept. 23rd Salisbury School

Does a liberal arts education obtained at great expense prepare students for today's job market? Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D. says that a discipline fostering critical-thinking, writing and arguing skills is necessary in a rapidly changing, globally interdependent world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented.

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DAVID DEFERRANTI: Up From Poverty: Can Africa Catch Up To Asia, HVRHS, Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30PM

“We are living in a time when people are climbing out of poverty in greater numbers and at a faster rate than at any other time in human history, bar none. And despite how much more there remains to do,” says David DeFerranti, “progress in health, education, etc. is actually stunningly rapid.”

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ELIZABETH KOLBERT: The Sixth Extinction 7:30PM, May 2, 2014, The Salisbury School

The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert has spent more than ten years traveling around the world interviewing top scientists and people living near the north pole to get to the heart of the debate about global warming. Her ground breaking three part series “The Climate of Man” in The New Yorker won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the “Public Interest” category. Her book Field Notes From A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change in 2006 asked what, if anything, could be done to save our planet.

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THOMAS GRAHAM: Russia's Strategic Challenges: 7:30PM, Friday, March 21, 2014 Housatonic Valley Regional High School

“Since he rose to power over a decade ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin has striven to assert Russia as a great power,” Thomas Graham says. “His recent initiative on Syria has put it back on center stage, at least in the Middle East. But Russia’s slowing economic growth and a range of foreign policy challenges raise questions about its future as a great power. What does Putin’s Russia need to do domestically and abroad to fulfill its great-power ambitions? and can it succeed.?” he asks.

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JAMES F. HOGE, JR.: "The Rise of China and the Challenge to America", Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, 7:30PM, Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Our attention is focused on the election November 6th, whether there will be a change in government and, if so, what changes that would mean. Two days later the Chinese Communist Party Congress will meet for its once in a decade change of leadership. Factional infighting is marking this political transition. What changes are made in Beijing are also very important for us.

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ORVILLE SHELL: The U.S. and China - A Question Of Our Common Interests, October 15, 2010

The Salisbury Forum continues the fall 2010 season with a fascinating and timely subject, “The U.S. and China – A Question of Our Common Interests”. Orville Shell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society will speak on Friday, October 15th, 7:30 pm at the Katherine M. Elfers Hall, in the Esther Eastman Music Center at The Hotchkiss School. Schell, the former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley for eleven years, has worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and covered the war in Indochina.

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MUQTEDAR KHAN: The Future of Islam in the West, April 25, 2008

April 25, 2008: Dr. Muqtedar Khan spoke on “The Future of Islam in the West” at Salisbury School. Dr. Kahn is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He is the Director of the Islamic Studies Program and the author of several books including Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007). Dr. Khan is also associated with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and is a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.

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EVAN DOBELLE: Global Competitiveness and the Challenge to American Education, April 13, 2007

Dr. Evan Dobelle, spoke on “Global Competitiveness and the Challenge to American Education” on April 13, 2007 at Salisbury School. An educator and politician, Dr. Dobelle is currently the Executive Director of the Northeast Association of Colleges and Universities. He has been president of the University of Hawaii, Trinity College in Hartford, and City College of San Francisco. In the Carter administration, he served as US Chief of Protocol for the White House, and Assistant Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador. During the Reagan governorship in California, he served on his commission for educational reform. Dr. Dobelle has an abiding interest in educational reform and competitiveness.

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