IAF 2022: China, rise of populism, climate change, more

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will spotlight China, populism and climate change among other timely topics at its monthly lecture series running February through June, 2022.

All events will be livestreamed, with in-person viewing available at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium dependent upon local pandemic conditions. Check tciaf.com for the most current information. The lecture schedule includes:

February 17: “China: Is Détente Possible?” featuring Kenneth Jarrett, distinguished diplomat whose positions included service as Consul General in Shanghai, and as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong. His 26-year Foreign Service career also included postings in Beijing, Chengdu, and Singapore. His government roles in Washington, D.C. included serving as Director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.

March 17: “The Rise of Populism and Germany’s New Role” featuring Jeff Rathke, President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Rathke had a 24-year career with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, dedicated primarily to U.S. relations with Europe.

April 21: Climate Change speaker TBD.

May 19: “Cybersecurity: The Quiet War” featuring Joshua Larocca. Now in the private sector, Larocca’s career includes serving as trial attorney in the Counterterrorism Section at the Department of Justice, assistant district attorney in New York County, and work at Citibank Russia.

June 16: “Foreign Policy Mashup” featuring a planned in-person event with Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America, and a panel of local/regional guests.

A donation of $10 is suggested for livestreamed presentations. Tickets for in-person viewing are $15. Check tciaf.com for event details. IAF also welcomes new members for the 2021-22 season and beyond. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person and livestream access to all regular season events. Consider giving IAF membership as a gift. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at tciaf.com.

Release date: December 15, 2021

For more information:

Alex Tank
Communications & Events Program Officer
International Affair Forum
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1844


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