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Become a Subscriber or Patron Member of the IAF.

Each IAF member receives 16 tickets that can be used by you and/or your guests at any of the eight lectures in the 2012-2013 series.

Patron Members also receive public recognition at each lecture for the additional support that has been essential in sustaining the IAF lecture series for 17 years.

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Catch rebroadcasts of IAF lectures on UpNorth TV (channels 2, 992 and 97 on Charter cable) at these times:

  • Sundays, 10 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
  • Fridays, 10 a.m.


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IAF Lecture Series - 2013-14

All lectures are held in the Dennos Museum Center's Milliken Auditorium on the NMC campus at 6 p.m., with a reception prior to the lecture from 5:15 to 6 p.m. The 2014 Winter/Spring schedule focuses a lens on Asia, culminating in the region’s first two-day conference on China, set for June 5-6, 2014.

Winter/Spring 2014

February 20, 2014

Downtown Singapore“The Rise of the Asian Tigers: Lessons for Beijing”

Join Frankfort-based business executive Lowell “Jep” Gruman as he draws on 30 years of experience to tell the remarkable story of Asia’s rise to prosperity and what it tells us about China’s explosive development today. Read more »

March 20, 2014

The Sydney Opera House in Australia“Asia: A View from ‘Down Under’ ”

Nicole Forrester, director of the Young Leaders Program at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Hawaii and former consul at the Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles, will lead a candid discussion of where Australia fits in the changing Asia-Pacific scene. Read more »

April 17, 2014

South China Seas map“Nationalist Passions in the East and South China Seas”

China’s assertive stand in maritime territorial disputes is prompting renewed nationalist passions in Japan, Vietnam and elsewhere that could spiral out of control if left unchecked. Join Dr. Ciorciari of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy for an expert’s look at this troubled region and its implications for the future. Read more »

May 15, 2014

The USS Anchorage“The Pivot to Asia: U.S. Defense Strategy”

Just three weeks before the IAF presents the region’s first conference on China, don’t miss this special inside look by Rear Admiral (ret.) Alexander Miller at the U.S. “pivot” to Asia and what it says about our strategic interests there. Read more »