The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society present The Ambassador’s Corner.
Ambassador William J. Burns in Conversation with Ambassador Jim Melville: The International Landscape and the State of American Diplomacy.
Ambassador Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Ambassador Burns is author of the bestselling book, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal (Random House, 2019). The book was awarded the Douglas Dillon Book Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Ambassador Burns speaks Russian, Arabic, and French, and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards. He is author of Economic Aid and American Policy Toward Egypt, 1955-1981 (SUNY Press, 1985). He is a recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
WHAT IS THE AMBASSADOR’S CORNER?
The Ambassador’s Corner, a partnership between the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs and the Charleston Library Society, promotes informed dialogue about today’s pressing global interests. The program brings together accomplished, high-profile leaders from international affairs for a conversation led by the College of Charleston’s own Ambassador James D. Melville, Jr. As a veteran diplomat with over 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service, he is the perfect host for an evening of lively discussion with renowned leaders.
We invite you to join the conversation.
Listen, Discuss, Engage
Check out this great article in the College TODAY about the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival!
“Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society and Italian Consulate of Miami, is proud to announce the 14th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture.”
On Tuesday, October 20th, LCWA held their 3rd LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.
The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.
We are starting a process now and moving as quickly as we can to introduce the Lab to faculty use.
On Thursday, September 10th, LCWA held it’s first LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.
Dr. Kristen McLean is undertaking a new study of Community-based Experiences of Covid-19 in Sierra Leone. While many countries around the world are witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases, rates of infection continue to climb across the African continent, prompting one scientist to refer to the situation as a “ticking time bomb.” This is concerning for a number of reasons. First, system challenges—such as limited testing and diagnostic capacity and poor monitoring and data collection systems—will make it difficult for many African countries to effectively respond to the pandemic. A rise in treatment needs and mitigation efforts targeting COVID-19 will also divert already limited resources needed to tackle existing health issues in the region, such as HIV, TB, malaria, malnutrition, and maternal health.
In Sierra Leone, where McLean has worked since 2013, a rise in Covid-19 cases will likely lead to substantial disruption. As exemplified during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone’s healthcare system has been severely weakened due to its history of civil war, followed by years of underinvestment in public health services. This created obvious problems during the epidemic, when hospitals and clinics quickly became overwhelmed and local populations avoided public facilities. At the same time, given their history and experience with Ebola virus disease, Sierra Leoneans may be uniquely positioned to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It is with an appreciation for the need to engage with local communities that this study seeks to understand what has been referred to as “the view from below” in the midst of a global humanitarian response. This project will rely upon phone-based qualitative interviews to assess individuals’ greatest concerns regarding the pandemic, what they are doing to protect themselves and their families from infection, and how people are coping with the indirect economic ramifications that social distancing and other containment measures pose.
If you are interested in learning more about the study, or would like to pursue this topic for your bachelor’s essay, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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