​​​​​​​2019-2020 Speaker Series
We are currently scheduling the 2019-2020 speaker series so please check back for updates.

"Human Trafficking and Human Rights"
with Marianna Kosharovsky
​​​​​​​09/04/2019
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Marianna Kosharovsky, J.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking), a Denver-based nonprofit organization with a mission to unlock a fresh start for human trafficking survivors. ALIGHT fights international human trafficking as well as provides services and legal representation for victims of human trafficking found in Colorado. ALIGHT rapidly delivers access to justice to the most vulnerable in our society by using an innovative technology platform that leverages the network effect to match survivor needs with untapped legal expertise.

Ms. Kosharovsky's expertise is rooted in over 10 years of experience in human trafficking, law and professional collaboration in the U.S. and Eastern Europe/Russia. As an attorney, Ms. Kosharovsky represented survivors of sex
and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as global corporate clients at the international law firm Milbank in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human trafficking and human ​​​​​​​rights development with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, and was a Visiting Professor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education. She is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book Lawyers as Changemakers (2016). Ms. Kosharovsky holds a law degree from N.Y.U. Law School.

"The Israeli Elections: A Pivotal Moment in World Politics"
with Professor Ved Nanda
​​​​​​​09/16/2019
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Ved Nanda is John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, the Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the International Legal Studies Program, and Director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

He serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute, is on the executive board of the American Bar Association Human Rights Center, and is a council member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Professor Nanda has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Scholar at numerous of universities in the United States and abroad.

Professor Nanda has been honored with numerous international and national awards, including the 2018 Louis B. Sohn Award for Public International Law from the ABA Section of International Law, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building from Soka Gakkai International and Morehouse College, the World Jurist Association World Legal Scholar award, the United Nations Association Human Rights Award, and the Hiroshima Peace Award. Professor Nanda was honored in 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Professor Nanda has authored or co-authored 25 books in the various fields of international law, over 225 chapters and major law review articles, is a regular columnist for the Denver Post, and is a frequent contributor in print and electronic media internationally.


"Is American Diplomacy Dead?"
with Ambassador Christopher Hill
​​​​​​​10/03/2019
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​​​​​​​Ambassador Christopher Hill served as a peace corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon from 1974 - 1976 before joining the State Department in 1977.  Throughout his diplomatic career, he served as Ambassador of the United States to the Former Yugoslav Repbulic of Macedonia from 1996 - 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998-1999, Ambassador to Poland from 2000 - 2004, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 - 2005.  Ambassador Hill went on to be appointed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the head of delegation for the 'six-party talks' that aimed to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis of 2005.  President Barrack Obama nominated him for the post of US Ambassador to Iraq in 2009.  After retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Hill is currently the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a position he held from September 2010 to December 2017. He is also the author of Outpost: A Diplomat at Work.

"Cyber Strategy and U.S. National Security"
with Dr. Emily Goldman
10/17/2019
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Dr. Emily Goldman is Director of the U.S. Cyber Command / National Security Agency Combined Action Group. She previously served as Deputy Director for Interagency Coordination, Office of Communication, USCENTCOM; Strategic Communication Advisor to the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Associate Director, Support to Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of Defense. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and was Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis from 1989 to 2008. She has published on strategic, military, and arms control policy; military innovation; revolution in military affairs; organizational change; and defense resource allocation. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacArthur, Olin, Pew and Smith Richardson Foundations, and the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the U.S. Naval War College. Her book - Power in Uncertain Times: Strategy in the Fog of Peace - was published by Stanford University Press in 2011. In 2012, she launched the Cyber Analogies Project to develop analogies to improve understanding of the cyber environment. Cyber Analogies was co-edited by John Arquilla and published by the Naval Postgraduate School in 2014. 

"The Rise of Populism and Nationalism in Germany and Europe"
with Stefan Schlüter 
10/28/2019
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Stefan Schlüter served in the German Foreign Office until the summer of 2017 and is now a Program Director at the Diplomatic Academy in Berlin. After studying political science at the University of Hamburg, Mr. Schlüter joined the German Foreign Office in 1979.

His first foreign assignments brought him to Buenos Aires and Algiers. From 1986 to 1990 he served as the spokesman of the German Embassy in Tel Aviv before returning to the Foreign Office in Bonn as desk officer for the Maghreb countries. From 1992 to 1995 he served as Deputy Consul Gerneral in Los Angeles before returning to Bonn as Deputy Director for the southern part of Latin America.
From 2000 to 2004 he was posted a second time in the US as Deputy Consul General in New York City before moving on to Buenos Aires as Deputy Ambassador. In 2007 he returned to the Foreign Office in Berlin to assume the position of Director for Conflict Prevention, Peace-Building, Democracy Promotion and State-Building, promoting German projects in this field world-wide. In 2010 he was appointed Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean Region, residing in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago before moving on to his last assignment as Consul General in San Francisco in 2014.

Last October, Stefan Schlüter undertook a two-week, 12-city speaking tour in the southeastern and mid-western regions of the United States, engaging over 1,200 Americans in conversations about German-Jewish relations, Germany's coming to terms with its past, and rising anti-Semitism and populism in Europe. Since his trip in 2018, populist trends have been on an upward trajectory in many European countries as evidenced by the continued issues surrounding Brexit in the United Kingdom and elections in Hungary, Italy, and the European Parliament. And, in early September the German populist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), made significant gains in two eastern German state elections.

"The Arab Uprising, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East"
with Dr. Micheline Ishay
​​​​​​​11/13/2019
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Dr. Micheline Ishay is a political scientist known for her work in political theory, international relations, human rights, foreign policy, and the Middle East. She is Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she serves as Director of the International Human Rights Program. She is an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Middle East Studies, was Executive Director of the Center on Rights Development, and in 2008 was named University of Denver Distinguished Scholar.

Dr. Ishay received a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Studies from Rutgers University. She was a fellow at the Center for Critical Culture and Contemporary Analysis, Rutgers University; Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith College; Senior Fellow at the Center for Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland (2004); Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Hebrew University (2006); and Visiting Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010-2013). She was Resident Fellow at Bellagio Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Italy, Fall 2005. Often interviewed in the international press, Ishay frequently contributes to international forums in Europe and the Middle East and lectures on international issues in the U.S.  
Dr. Ishay's books, The History of Human Rights and The Human Rights Reader have been translated into multiple languages. Her latest book, The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights, and the Future of the Middle East, was published in 2019 by Yale University Press.  From 2010 to 2013, Ishay worked in the Gulf region from a unique vantage point, as female American scholar in human rights. She had the good fortune to teach one of the first human rights courses in the Arab world just before and throughout the tumultuous events starting in late 2010. The UAE was in the eye of a historical storm throughout her time there, and she met regularly with diplomats, world leaders, scholars and journalists from the U.S., the West, and the Arab world. As a professor at Khalifa University’s Institute for International and Civil Security, she taught courses in critical thinking at the graduate level, and had the privilege to learn from Emirati and Arab nationals about their hopes and fears as upheaval shook the region around them. 

"International Trade and Business: Tomorrow...is Today!"
with Ms. Susan Morrice
​​​​​​​01/15/2020
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Grounded by her love of nature and community, Denver-based Susan Morrice lives to create positive change in the world. As an experienced geologist, explorer, entrepenuer and dealmaker, Susan is renowned for her down to earth approach to all aspects of business. She has a passion for the protection of the environment and a vision of uncovering the true potential of everyone with whom she meets. It is this New Educo Business Model at the core of her Companies that has attracted leaders of the UAE to partner with the Country of Belize in an unprecedented global partnership throughout the entire region.

Ms. Morrice was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland and holds an MoD degree in Geology from Trinity College Dublin. She is a founding member of Belize Natural Energy (BNE), International Natural Energy (INE), CHx Capital,
and XJet Worldwide. BNE has become a global oil industry beacon that has made a real difference in the country of Belize. It was through Susan's gift of exploration, and derstanding of the power of untapped human potential that she was able to find oil where it was believe by all of the Majors in the oil industry that there was none. Not only did Susan and her BNE team find oil in Belize, they found it on the first well which is unheard of. BNE just celebrated ten years of production and over ten-million barrels of oil, and is the #1 revenue generator in the country.

Susan has applied this same Holistic Educo Business Model to her investment in XJet in Denver, a 7-star service private jet company that is continually ranked among the best and most elite in Private Aviation services. XJet has also granted the coveted license in New Dubai Airport beating all the long established industry players and XJet is rapidly expanding into Europe, including London, and into the Middle East, including the UAE.

She was most recently awarded the "AAPG Presidential Award for Exemplary Service" in recognition of her exceptional service to the geoscience profession and AAPG. She is continually recognized for her contributions including just this year the Denver Business Journal's "Top Women in Energy" and the CoBiz Magazine's "Top Women Owned Companies". These are just two of the numerous acknowledgements and awards that she has recieved in recognition of her contributions world-wide.

Most recently, Susan and the BNE team were awarded the highly competitive and prestigious 2017 Global "GetEnergy" Educational Award for the educational model that is at the core of the company. It is with great pride that Susan and the BNE team received this award, as this holstic educational system is the keystone of the company's success.

Topic: TBA
with Dr. Fritz Mayer
02/12/2020
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Dr. Fritz Mayer is the new Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Previously, he was Professor of Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science and Environment. He teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, globalization and governance, political analysis, and leadership. In addition, Professor Mayer is the director of POLIS: The Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service. Mayer's research concerns the role of stories in politics. His book Narrative Politics: Stories and Collective Action (Oxford University Press, 2014) argues that shared stories are essential tools for enabling communities to overcome free riding and other obstacles to collective action. He is particularly interested in the role of narrative in global environmental politics. Mayer’s second line of research addresses globalization and its effects, with particular emphasis on the labor and environmental impacts of economic integration. His book Interpreting NAFTA: The Art and Science of Political Analysis (Columbia University Press, 1998) chronicled the history of NAFTA and explores the nature of the political processes that created NAFTA. Recent work
has involved exploring the policy implications of a world in which most international trade is conducted within "global value chains," and in which a relatively few large firms enjoy considerable power in defining the terms of trade.

In addition to his academic experience, Mayer served as senior international trade and foreign policy advisor to former U. S. Sen. Bill Bradley from 1992 to 1993. In previous stints in Washington, Mayer served as an aide to Congressman Sander Levin, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, and as editor at the Close Up Foundation, an educational non-profit organization. From 1997 to 2000, he was director of Duke’s Center for North American Studies. Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy, both from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Topic: TBA
an event Co-Sponsored with the Denver Chapter of the American Council on Germany
March 2020

Leadership in Global Engagement Award Dinner
May 2020


Other Future Speakers: Dates Pending

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General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic and transformational leadership. As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world's largest and most complex organization, 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget, during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. He is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary U.S. Army and leading the transformation necessary to ensure the Army remained relevant in current conflicts. Prior to this post, General Casey commanded the MultiNational Force-Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days. He currently lectures on leadership at the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, at other business schools, and to the leaders of national and multinational corporations. He also lectures on International Relations at the Korbel School, University of Denver. He has published a book, Strategic Reflections, Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 2004-2007 (October 2012), about his experiences in Iraq, and several articles on leadership, including “Leading in a VUCA World”, Fortune Magazine (March 20, 2014).