SFWAF: A Two Day Symposium on Global Unrest

When: April 16, 2012 - April 17, 2012

Location:  Great Hall, St. John’s College

Title: OUR WORLD IN FERMENT

Admission Fee: $65 for CIR and SFWAF Members, $80 for Others

A Santa Fe World Affairs Forum (SFWAF) symposium to be held at St. John’s College on April 16-17 will look as the clash between change and status quo in Europe, China, Russia and Mexico.  Most recent commentary on the state of the world deals with revolution in one country or turmoil in a single geographic or cultural area.  The  SFWAF believes that it is time to examine these challenges and upheavals as part of a global phenomenon.  The symposium, co-sponsored with the University of New Mexico Center for Science, Technology and Policy, will provide for ample interaction between speakers and attendees.

The featured speakers for this symposium are:

  • CHINA: Dr. Douglas Spelman, former State Department China expert, now Deputy Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D. C., will focus on “China’s Rise: Promise or Problem?”
  • RUSSIA: Dr. Raymond R. Smith, University of North Texas (Dallas) and former State Department political analyst specializing in Russian affairs.   Smith, author of Negotiating with the Soviets and The Craft of Political Analysis for Diplomats, will explore this question: “Is 21st Century Russia Doomed to be Authoritarian, Unlikeable and Threatening?”
  • MEXICO: Dr. Lois Meyer, linguist and professor, School of Education, University of New Mexico and author of the book New World of Indigenous Resistance, will explore the effects of globalization on indigenous resistance movements in Mexico and the Americas
  • EUROPE: Dr. Dieter Dettke, currently Foreign and Defense Policy Professor, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, previously Executive Director for the US and Canada, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and staff director for the US-German Committee in the Bundestag, will help us understand a continent-wide social, political and economic flux
  • Ms. Teri Schultz, freelance international reporter for NPR and CBS News Radio and EU correspondent for Global Post will discuss the financial crash that threatens more than Europe’s image of unity

The Symposium, which takes place at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, opens at 2:00 on Monday, April 16 with registration, the presentations on Europe and a welcome reception. The Symposium resumes with morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesday, April 17. Admission fee of $65 for SFWAF members and $80 for non-members includes the welcome reception, morning pastries, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments.

St. John’s College and the University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute are partner organizations for this symposium.

TO REGISTER: Send an email to waforum@gmail.com. You may pay with your credit card using our Paypal account. You can access Paypal directly by clicking on this link or send your check to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM,87594. Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. To help keep our records straight please note on your check that it is for the April 16-17 Symposium. If you are a member of a cosponsoring or partner organization which makes you eligible for member rates please also so note on your check or by e-mail. Your payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after Tuesday, April 10 if you are unable to attend. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Directions to St. John’s College from Old Pecos Trail:

  • Turn right at Armenta (at stoplight)
  • Turn left at Camino Corrales
  • Turn right at Old Santa Fe Trail
  • After approximately a mile, turn left at Camino del Monte Sol
  • Turn right on Camino Cruz Blanca
  • St. John’s College is on the right after the tennis courts
  • Please park in the visitor parking lot. It’s on your left as you enter the campus (A on the St. John’s College map). If you need handicap parking, please e-mail us to let us know ahead of time so that you can use lot F.

The Symposium will be held in the Great Hall on the second floor of the Peterson Student Center.  There will be signs to help direct you to the correct location.