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Speaker Series

The VCWA’s Speaker Series aims to foster the appreciation for and practice of diversity through civil discourse in order to make a difference in the world. We do this through partnering with NGOs, corporations, government agencies and individuals to arrange timely discussions on critical international topics. Purchase a VCWA Speaker Series 2020 Pass to gain access to all six events, or register for an event individually by clicking Register Here next to the specific event you are interested in attending.

Upcoming Speaker Series

Climate Change and a New Era of Geopolitics in the Arctic

Join special guest Rebecca Pincus, Assistant Professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College and a member of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies, as she discusses how climate change will impact global geopolitics and how nations around the world are working to combat climate change.

February 19

Red Sea Security

Join special guest Payton Knopf, an Advisor in the African Program for the United States Institute of Peace as he discusses the current state of the Red Sea region and how ports being built by major nations will impact its future.

India and Pakistan

Join special guest Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India to New York, as he discusses the state of relations between India and Pakistan and the role the Region of Kashmir plays in hostilities between the two regional powers.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Join special guest Edith Klimoski, Director of Give Way to Freedom, as she discusses trends in human trafficking, including sex trafficking and the growing relevancy scope of labor trafficking.

China and US Relations

Join special guest Sarwar Kashmeri, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow at Norwich University’s Peace & War Center and Foreign Policy Association Fellow, as he discusses China’s “One Belt, One Road” Plan and the country’s growing influence in the Western Hemisphere. How will China’s increasing role in Latin America impact the United State’s historic relationship with China and countries throughout the region?

Artificial Intelligence and Data

Join special guest John Cohn, IBM Fellow and member of the Vermont AI Taskforce, as he discusses the growing ubiquity of Artificial Intelligence and the ways countries throughout the world are beginning to regulate the companies developing these technologies.

Early Bird Pricing

Register by February 6, 2020
  • Sustaining Member: $60
  • Standard Rate: $120

General Pricing

Register by February 19, 2020
  • Sustaining Member: $70
  • Standard Rate: $130

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