6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Strengthening the Voices of Women Champions for Family Planning and Reproductive Health

September 28, 2011 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
“What policymakers everywhere have to understand is that women’s empowerment...is the solution not only for women’s issues but to many of our developmental problems as well.”

Israeli-Greek Cooperation: A New Partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean?

October 13, 2011 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Amid growing problems between Turkey and Israel, a new pact might just be developing with Greece. Recent events in the Eastern Mediterranean have escalated tensions between Israel, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Given this scenario, the U.S., EU, NATO and even UN maybe faced with a new reality in the region. This talk will focus on the Israeli-Greek relationship and pay particular attention to the energy-related politics in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the root of the most recent developments.

50 Years of Science in Brazil and Challenges Ahead

October 25, 2011 // 8:30am — October 26, 2011 // 6:30pm
The Brazil Institute, in partnership with FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo), Ohio State University, and the National Science Foundation, will convene a three-day symposium on science and technology.

Ukraine at Twenty: How Strong is the Young State? How Resilient Society?

October 31, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Greene will examine the strength of Ukraine’s society and state after twenty years of independence, in light of a modern understanding of state power and societal resilience. He will also discuss how internal and external actions could help improve the mobilization of strategic resources – improving national security and societal development.

Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism

October 20, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Lost in Transition tells of ordinary lives upended by the collapse of communism. Through ethnographic essays and short stories based on her experiences with Eastern Europe between 1989 and 2009, Kristen Ghodsee explains why it is that so many Eastern Europeans are nostalgic for the communist past. Ghodsee uses Bulgaria, the Eastern European nation where she has spent the most time, as a lens for exploring the broader transition from communism to democracy. She locates the growing nostalgia for the communist era in the disastrous, disorienting way that the transition was handled. The privatization process was contested and chaotic. A few well-connected foreigners and a new local class of oligarchs and criminals used the uncertainty of the transition process to take formerly state-owned assets for themselves. Ordinary people inevitably felt that they had been robbed. Many people lost their jobs just as the state social-support system disappeared. Lost in Transition portrays one of the most dramatic upheavals in modern history by describing the ways that it interrupted the rhythms of everyday lives, leaving confusion, frustration, and insecurity in its wake.

Film Screening: <i>Weathering Change</i>

September 22, 2011 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
Population Action International will screen the documentary <i>Weathering Change</i>, which follows four women from around the world - Ethiopia, Nepal, and Peru - as they struggle to care for their families in the face of increasing crop failures and water scarcity.

Bahrain: the Forgotten Uprising in the Arab Spring

October 04, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
As the Arab Spring has swept across much of the Middle East and North Africa, large-scale popular protests have been generally absent in the Persian Gulf except in Bahrain where massive demonstrations have been met simultaneously with a strict government crackdown on dissent and only limited promises of reform. Al-Khawaja discussed the prospects for change in Bahrain, the current status of the protest movement, and options for U.S. policy in this regard.

Book Event: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

October 05, 2011 // 9:30am — 11:00am
No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist.

Nigeria: Business, Investment, and Development Opportunities Presented by Six Key Nigerian Governors

September 19, 2011 // 9:00am — 11:00am
The Africa Program in co-sponsorship with Africare and the Constituency for Africa presents the “Nigeria: Business, Investment, and Development Opportunities Presented by Six Key Nigerian Governors.”

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

September 23, 2011 // 8:30am — 2:00pm
As America continues to find its footing in the post-recession globalized world, entrepreneurship and innovation remain two key facets of potential growth. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are hosting a conference on September 23, 2011 to explore these subjects in greater depth. The conference is to begin with an opening keynote from Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), followed by two panels of experts from industry, policy, and academia, with a concluding address from Carl Schramm, President & CEO of the Kauffman Foundation.

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