Middle East, Russia, Mexico on IAF’s fall slate

IAF speaker Arwa Damon of CNNTRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will kick off its fall lecture series on Sept. 16 with “Middle East: War, Women and Struggle” featuring CNN senior international correspondent and Middle East specialist Arwa Damon.

Damon has spent much of 2021 reporting from Iraq and Syria. Her award-winning reporting on the humanitarian crisis in Syria has proven to be essential, helping viewers understand the human toll of the ongoing conflict. Damon is president and co-founder of the International Network for Aid, Relief, and Assistance (INARA), a non-profit that “provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses.”

Damon’s appearance will be livestreamed with a moderator on stage in Milliken Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. Audience members may stream directly to their own device ($10 suggested donation) or watch the livestream in person at Milliken Auditorium (tickets $15 at the door).

The fall season continues with the following:

  • Oct. 21: “Russia: Conflict, Cooperation or Containment?” featuring Vanessa Acker, head of political unit, office of Russian Affairs, U.S. State Department. 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: “Mexico: Migration, Trafficking and Trade” featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina Anthony Wayne. 6 p.m.

Livestream links and ticket details for in-person lectures will be shared at tciaf.com when available. The IAF is also welcoming new members for the 2021-22 season. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person and livestream access to all regular season events. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at TCIAF.com.


Release date: SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

For more information:

Alex Tank
IAF Communications & Events Program Officer
(231) 995-1844


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