• ruthcarterheadshotThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin College’s 2019 January Series.

    Ruth Carter

    THE ART OF STORYTELLING THROUGH COSTUME DESIGN

    Friday, January 18
    Underwritten by: Celebration! Cinema

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation is not recorded or archived.

    A Hollywood veteran, Ruth Carter has outfitted some of the culture’s most iconic films including RootsMalcolm XSelma, and The Butler. Known for her research and diligence to the craft, specifically for her outstanding period ensemble films, the multiple Oscar and Emmy-nominated costume designer most recently took on Afrofuturism fashions in the mega-blockbuster, Black Panther. Learn about the inspiration behind Wakandan fashion, what it was like to create clothing for a fictional place, and the impact costumes have on a film’s success.

    Learn more»

    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin College January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • jenningsThe Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin College’s 2019 January Series.

    Willie Jennings

    THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION: THEOLOGY AND THE ORIGINS OF RACE

    Monday, January 21
    Underwritten by: The Stob Lecture Series

    Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University.  He is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale, 2010), which won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion the year after it appeared and, in 2015, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. Englewood Review of Books called the work a “theological masterpiece.”  Jennings is an ordained Baptist minister, is in high demand as a speaker, and is widely recognized as a major figure in theological education across North America.  A Calvin College graduate, Jennings received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke.

    Learn more»

    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin College January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • rachaeldenhollander0005The Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin College’s 2019 January Series.

    Rachael Denhollander

    A TIME TO SPEAK: ADDRESSING JUSTICE AND FORGIVENESS

    Tuesday, January 22
    Underwritten by: Samaritas

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation is not recorded or archived.

    Rachael Denhollander is an advocate and educator who became known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history.  As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment.  In 2018, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.  A devout Christian, lawyer and teacher, Rachael has clearly and graciously challenged Christian institutions to live more faithfully as communities resistant to abuse and safe for survivors.  She holds a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and is a member of the California Bar Association.

    Learn more»

    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin College January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • robinson_mary2830029The Dogwood Center is once again a remote location for the live broadcast of Calvin College’s 2019 January Series.

    Mary Robinson

    CLIMATE JUSTICE: HOPE, RESILIENCE & THE FIGHT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    Wednesday, January 23
    Underwritten by: Miller Johnson

    Due to contract restrictions, this presentation is not recorded or archived.

    Mary Robinson first rose to international prominence as President of Ireland from 1990-97. She is widely regarded as a groundbreaking and transformational leader who elevated the public role of the Irish presidency, helping to shape modern Ireland in a period of rapid and unprecedented economic growth. From 1997-2002, Robinson served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also transforming that office through highly visible public advocacy. She is a founding member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders formed by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world’s most pressing problems and leads The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.  Earning consistent praise as an unforgettable keynote speaker, President Robinson brings the thought leadership of a former head of state, a grandmother’s passionately felt concern for the future and the compelling stories of the thousands she has met traveling the world as a champion for climate justice, human rights, gender equality, and corporate responsibility. Known for touching hearts, expanding mindsets and sparking meaningful conversation, Mary Robinson frames humanity’s most daunting threat in highly solvable terms, leaving audiences hopeful and inspired to change the course of our planet’s future.

    Learn more»

    This lecture will be broadcast live in the Black Box and Main Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For those who would like a lunch ($5), please call 231.924.8885 to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance of the lecture you would like to attend.

    For more information on the Calvin College January Series click here.

    The Dogwood Center, a remote site for the Calvin College January Series, is supported in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.

  • jb-cl-webWorld premiere presented on November 18, 2016 by The New 42nd Street at The New Victory Theater, New York

    As America’s hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop might read your mind one second or make goldfish appear the next, he performs stunning, state of the art magic and illusions! Each show features amazing sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and even close-up magic projected onto huge screens. Jason was handpicked by LiveNation to perform with Ke$ha, Matt & Kim, Paramore, Weezer, Drake, and many other celebrities at multiple Bamboozle Festivals.

    His performance abilities have led him from L.A to NYC and Mexico to Sweden, as well as every state and many countries in-between. Jason has entertained celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Bam Margera, who after seeing him perform said, “Jason Bishop is the best magician I’ve ever seen.” Bishop’s combination of modern music, fast paced magic, sleight of hand and audience participation have landed him in several notable venues, including Celebrity & Disney Cruise lines, Hollywood’s Magic Castle and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was also named APCA’s Best Performing Artist of the Year.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $17.50 Adults, $5.00 Children under 18. Main Stage. Reserved seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The Atlantic, The Nation, The Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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    NCCA-Artsplace and Dogwood Center present the annual West Michigan Luthier Concert in the Dogwood Black Box on February 9! The ultimate combination of music and visual arts happens at this event! Come out and enjoy live performances by West Michigan musicians performing on hand-made instruments from regional luthiers.

    To complement the concert, an exhibit of photographs of handmade instruments made by these local luthiers is on display in the Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery from January 22 through February 23. The photographs include ukuleles, mandolins, violins and acoustic guitars.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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  • world-affairs-council-of-western-michigan

    Great Decisions Global Discussions 2019

    Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.: Live webcast at Dogwood Center for Performing Arts

    4734 S. Campus Ct. in Fremont – Main Stage Auditorium


    February 5 “State of the State Department

    Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association

    The State Department has faced significant challenges recently, with senior positions left vacant and the manner of diplomatic engagements taking on a different tone. As president of the American Foreign Service Association and with 33 years of experience as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Stephenson is superbly qualified to assess the state of the State Department and explain why strong American global leadership depends on a strong U.S. Foreign Service.


    February 12: “Democracy on the Run: Dispatches from Eastern Europe”

    Carol Schaeffer, freelance journalist

    Illiberalism across the globe is on the rise. Perhaps most alarming is its rise in Europe, especially considering the weight of its 20th century history. Eastern European countries in particular are exhibiting a turn towards fascism both on the social level and that of the party politics. The turn towards global illiberalism may seem like a sudden shift, but to understand its origins (and its future), it is best to examine its takeover of Eastern European nations. A journalist whose work has been featured in­­­­­­­­­­­ The AtlanticThe NationThe Intercept and other news sources, Carol Schaeffer will discuss this growing movement.


    February 19: “Immigration Policy beyond the Border”

    Ambassador Jim Nealon, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras

    After serving as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Ambassador Nealon served as Assistant Secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. He will address the root causes of migration from Central America, which has drawn attention by the media as Central American asylum seekers have traveled to the U.S. Mexico border. Ambassador Nealon will give us the greater context for migration and suggests a foreign policy that can address migration in the future.


    February 26: “A New Nuclear Arms Race?”

    Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association

    For the past 50 years, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has played a critical role in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing nuclear arsenals. Yet prospects for additional progress on U.S.-Russian arms control remain bleak, the Trump administration has split from key allies over the nuclear deal with Iran, and the denuclearization of North Korea remains uncertain. Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association assesses the possibility of a new nuclear arms race.


    March 5: “China-U.S. Trade War”

    Amy Celico, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)

    Amy Celico has decades of knowledge on China, serving in both the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department before joining ASG. She now leads the firm’s China team in Washington, D.C. In her presentation, she’ll address the rapidly evolving and still uncertain path ahead for the U.S.–and for global businesses working with China.


    March 12: “Life after the Arab Uprisings and the Islamic State”

    Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

    Beirut-based award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over fifteen years. She has covered events in Syria, from inside Syria, since 2011, despite being banned from entering the country and placed on the “wanted lists” of several intelligence directorates in Damascus.

    Her first book, No Turning Back, recently listed by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 2018 and by the Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2018, explains the tragedy of Syria’s war through the “dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom.” Listen as Abouzeid shares her ground-level take on a region roiled by the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the rise and fall - but not disappearance - of the Islamic State group.


    March 19: “Global Cyber Threats”

    Peter Jolliffe, FBI

    As U.S. companies and academic institutions seek further global interaction and integration, they capitalize on opportunities to grow international trade, and to share ideas and culture. With these new opportunities are inherent risks, from the loss of intellectual property to illicit foreign influence. With an ever-growing level of connectedness, it is imperative to understand the motivations of foreign competitors, the objectives of foreign nations, and the means by which they could target U.S. institutions. Only then can we begin to construct a holistic defense to the threat. Special Agent Peter Jolliffe, who has worked for the Bureau for the last decade, will outline cyber risks and the work being done to minimize them.


    March 26: “Mexico and the U.S.: The Economic Ties that Bind”

    Carlos Capistran, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mexico City

    The U.S. and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics, economic policies, and history. Yet the relationship has been strained over the years. With new leadership in both countries, what does the future hold for this bilateral relationship? Carlos Capistran is the director and head of Canada and Mexico economics at Bank of America, and a frequent media commentator on finance and macroeconomics. He’ll reflect on the ways Mexico and the U.S. fit into a larger North American system and how we can develop policies that allow each country to thrive.

    Visit: https://www.worldmichigan.org/greatdecisions2019

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