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Spotlight: Toughing it Out in Afghanistan

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Spotlight: Toughing it Out in Afghanistan

Date Published:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Now in its third year, the UNC Charlotte International Speaker Series is a collaboration with several on-campus groups to bring expert analysis, opinion and perspective on a range of international issues.

The latest installment of the series, slated for Thursday, Oct. 28, will feature Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Brookings Institution, to present “Toughing it Out in Afghanistan.”

In the past, the International Speaker Series has hosted a Pulitzer-prize winner; the Ambassador of Egypt to the United States; a U.S. Senator; and several journalists, academicians and authors. For Fall 2010, the Series welcomed Adrian Wooldridge, author and managing editor for the influential The Economist magazine to discuss “The Changing Face of Globalization.”

According to Joël Gallegos, assistant provost for international programs, “This partnership offers our campus community a wonderful way to engage, experience, and learn from world-class experts on important and meaningful international topics. Given the success of this initiative, we hope to see it grow and mature as a vital part of our campus’ internationalization efforts.”

This partnership offers our campus community a wonderful way to engage, experience, and learn from world-class experts on important and meaningful international topics.
Joël Gallegos, assistant provost for international programs

The Series got its start in 2008, when the Office of International Programs, World Affairs Council of Charlotte, and the then International Studies Program (now Department of Global, International and Area Studies) brought a robust line-up of speakers to UNC Charlotte for audiences ranging from 50 to 250 students, faculty and staff.

In 2009 an additional partner, Atkins Library, joined the collaboration to provide a central location, supplemental information on the topic at-hand and a welcoming environment for the speaker and audience to engage in meaningful dialogue.

“After learning about the International Speaker Series, we were excited to offer centralized event space to host this type of first-hand account learning, this type of open exchange and understanding,” said Shelly Theriault, a project coordinator for Atkins Library.

These events are free and held in Atkins Library’s Dale Halton Reading Room at 3:30 PM. For more information, contact Rebecca Vincent, coordinator of international initiatives.