International Affairs Forum kicks off 25th season

TRAVERSE CITY — National Geographic magazine editor Susan Goldberg will kick off a celebratory 25th anniversary season for the International Affairs Forum at 7 p.m. 3eptember 20 at the )nterlochen Center for the Arts' Corson Auditorium.

Each speaker in the series running from September-June will offer his or her insight on the theme of Envisioning the Future -- a wide-open topic considering that when the lecture series began in 1994, the Internet was not yet publicly available. (Now IAF lectures are streamed live on YouTube.)

Goldberg will speak "National Geographic's Changing World," discussing the top upcoming stories readers will find in the pages of the venerable, 130-year-old magazine, including climate change, millennials, race, gender and the shifting media landscape.

Subsequent lecture speakers include:

October 18 - "Trade, Migration and Borders" Hon. Alan Bersin, former assistant secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. Also known as the "Border Czar," Bersin will discuss the future of borders and the challenge of secure their borders and mitigate threats even while expediting trade and optimizing the movement of peoples and ideas. 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center

November 15 - "Securing America in a Hostile World." Richard Clarke, former Special Advisor to the President on Cyber Security. Clarke, who served 10 years under three presidents, offers an insider's perspective on the future security threats facing the United States. Is it Russian meddling? Cyber or drone attacks? Rising sea levels? Or something else? 7 p.m., City Opera House, in conjunction with the National Writers Series.

For ticket information on all lectures, visit Since its founding in 1994, the International Affairs Forum at NMC has brought season after season of diplomats, ambassadors, economists, military leaders, journalists, educators and other authoritative voices to Traverse City to challenge residents to think critically about issues of local and global significance.

The original lecture series, most of which are held in Milliken Auditorium on the third Thursday of each month, is now augmented with special film screenings and speakers invited in collaboration with partners like Interlochen and NWS. An annual Academic World Quest competition for high school students and ad hoc Global Hot Spots events round out IAF's often sold-out programming.

Season tickets for lectures and more information is available at

Release date: September 7, 2018

For more information:

Karen Segal 
IAF co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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