Advance Copy Of The Schedule For The 2008 James E. Smith Midwest Conference On World Affairs, Set For March 1

Ann Marie Park
International Education, 308.865.8944

The theme for the two-day conference is “Global Power, War and Inequality in the 21st Century.” All conference presentations are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. Keynote presentations will take place at 7:30 p.m. on both days.

Do know that all presentations are subject to change.  
Monday, March 10

9:05 – 9:55 a.m.      
Politics of Tolerance and Ethnic Conflict Global War on Terrorism: ‘Home Game’ and ‘Away Game’

  • Dr. Joel Sokolsky, Canadian consulate of Minneapolis, Royal Military College of Canada

Change in the Middle Eastern Power Balance and its Reflection on Current Politics and Conflict

  • Dr. Andy David, deputy consul general, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest / Chicago, IL.

Politics, Indigenous Rights and Poetry

  • Ramon Palomares, poet, Escuque, Venezuela
  • Fredy Chicangana, indigenous poet, Cauca, Colombia

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Democracy and the War on Terror – A Discussion

  • His Excellency Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Embassy of France
  • His Excellency Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • His Excellency Ambassador Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

1:25 – 2:15 p.m.      
Challenges in the Middle-East from an Egyptian Perspective

  • His Excellency Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.      
Foreign Policy Challenges in an Emerging Global Scenario
With an Indian Perspective

  • Sibi George, political counselor, Embassy of India in Washington DC
  • Achilles Zaluar, counselor, Embassy of Brazil
  • B. Odonjil, deputy chief of mission & minister counselor. Embassy of Mongolia

Dealing with Strategic Partners in the Muslim World

  • Dr. Thomas Bagger, counselor and deputy head of Political Section, German Embassy / Washington, D.C.
  • Yusri Hazran from Harvard University

7:30 p.m.      
The State of the UN and its Future Role

  •  Gillian Sorenson

Senior advisor, United Nations Foundation
Tuesday, March 11

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.    
Torture and Civil Liberties in the War on Terror

  • Dr. Stephen Soldz, director of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Program Development, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
  • Pardiss Kebriaei, staff attorney, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative,
    Center for Constitutional Rights

Conflict Resolution and Democracy

  • Linda Bishai, senior program officer, United States Institute of Peace
  • Dorina Bekoe, senior research associate, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Science of War: the Uranium Battlefield

  • Dr. Alexandra Miller, senior scientist and principal investigator, U.S. Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.
  • Dr. Wayne Briner, psychology professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Victims- Human Trafficking and Global Inequality

  • Kristin Wiebe, director of anti-trafficking programs, World Hope International
  • Kathleen Murray, program coordinator, Fort Worth Police Department / Human Trafficking Unit

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Evaluation of the EU and Challenges Ahead

  • Dr. Robert Zisch, consul general, Consulate of Austria in Chicago.
  • Dr. Franz Rossler, Austrian trade commissioner, Consulate of Austria in Chicago.

Poetry Reading

  • Ramon Palomares, poet, Escuque, Venezuela
  • Fredy Chicangana, indigenous poet, Cauca, Colombia

3:45 – 5 p.m.            
The Future of the U.S. in a Post-Bush World
Open Discussion
7:30 p.m.                  
The Politics of the Muslim World

  • Dr. Vali Nasr

One of the world’s leading experts on the Islamic world and Muslim politics.