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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Orr & Reno, 45 S. Main Street, Concord NH 03301

    Join us for another exciting 
    Global Networking Event!

    Tuesday, October 3
    5:30 - 7 PM
    Orr & Reno
    45 S. Main Street, Concord 03301

    Meet our special guests: young professionals from across Europe working in politics and government! These emerging leaders will be visiting our state- through the U.S. State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program- from countries including 
    Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

    This is a great opportunity to: 
    * meet inspiring international leaders and learn about their home countries;
    * gain new perspectives on your community;
    * broaden your global and local network!

    This event is FREE and open to the public!
    Advance registration encouraged.
    Refreshments will be served.


    • Monday, October 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801



    Consul General of Hungary to Boston

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 7 PM 

    Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library

    Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested online or call 603.314.7970; Books for sale following program

    This program is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.



    Mr. Garai is the Hungarian Consul General for New England and founder of the Hungarian-American Chamber of Commerce of New England. He received the Hungarian Civilian Cross, the highest recognition to non-residents awarded by the Hungarian president. During his work as Honorary Consul, Mr. Garai was awarded the Hungarian Order of Merit in 2005 and an award pro auxilio cirium Hungarum in 2007 to recognize his efforts for the protection of Hungarian citizens. In 2013, he was selected as honorary commercial attaché for Hungary. In 2014, Mr. Garai was awarded the AmCham Hungary's Dr. Iván Völgyes Award, which recognizes individuals for encouraging and facilitating Hungarian-American business partnerships and cultural and academic alliances.

    Gabor Garai is a partner and business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP. He is chair of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice and co-chair of the Life Sciences Team. 

    Mr. Garai graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976, and earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1973.

    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104


    A three-part series looking at global issues from a local level




    Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people on the front lines of fighting the food gap. She will share the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger, as chronicled in her new book, Hut, Hungry Planet. NH link: Did you know our state’s farms have been increasing (including a big rise in young farmers) and 30% of agricultural sales to the public come from local farms? But, a longer growing season due to climate change could mean higher heat stress and new pressure from invasive weeds and pests.

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here

    Free & Open to the Public. Advance registration requested online or by phone: 603.314.7970 

    Series presented in partnership with UNH and UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs

    Program partner:


    LISA PALMER is a journalist and research fellow who has documented the science, environment, and social challenges of a changing global environment for over 17 years. Palmer is presently a resident senior fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Previously, she was a public policy scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is one of the few journalists globally to achieve this prestigious distinction. She lives in Maryland.

    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Murkland Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH



    Local Connections, National Reflections

     Murkland Auditorium, UNH Durham

    6 PM

    Free & Open to the Public

    Featuring a local speaker, followed by a live webcast program with Susan E. Rice. 




    CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dining Center Banquet Hall, Southern NH University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106



    International trade is a critical piece of New Hampshire's economic success: exports of New Hampshire products topped $4 billion last year and trade supports nearly 25% of the state's jobs. How will the current political climate impact free and fair trade? Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President of the National Foreign Trade Council, will outline the benefits of an open, rules-based world economy and the impact of international trade on businesses, government and  communities. A panel of local business leaders will then discuss how the state and region can be best positioned to thrive in today's global economy. The discussion will be moderated by Fred Kocher, host of "NH Business with Fred Kocher" on WMUR.

     New Hampshire's top 10 export markets, as of April 2017: China, Canada , Mexico, Japan, Germany , Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands.

    Dining Center, Southern NH University2500 N. River Road, Manchester NH 03106

    5:30 PM- Reception; 6:30 PM- Program

    Tickets: $25/Council Member; $35/Not-yet-member; SNHU students free (with advance registration)






     Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world. As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade. Prior to this, from 1989 to 1995, he served as Deputy USTR under both a Republican and a Democratic President, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Washington Deputy. Earlier in his government career (1981 to 1989) he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. He began his government career as a legal advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission. After leaving government service in 1995 and prior to joining the WTO he spent five years in the private sector, first as the Brussels-based partner with a major U.S. law firm and later as European general counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Rufus is a native of Washington State. He received his BA in political science from the University of Washington (1973), his JD from Seattle University School of Law (1976) and an LLB in international Law from the University of Cambridge in England (1977). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and is also a Visiting Professor with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 

    • Monday, November 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104


    A three-part series looking at global issues from a local level




    Mexico provides more than 90 percent of America’s heroin. As an addiction epidemic ravages New Hampshire, communities across the border have also paid a price as violence soars. How has U.S. foreign policy in Latin America impacted drug trade? How can both countries work together to combat the crisis? Luis Jiménez, an expert on Latin American politics, will address these issues and more. NH link: The Granite State recently ranked #2 in the nation for opioid-related deaths relative to its population and #1 for fentanyl-related deaths per capita.

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here

    Free & Open to the Public. Advance registration requested online or by phone: 603.314.7970. 

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs


    Luis Jiménez is an Assistant Professor of the Political Science department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His main research interests are Latin American politics and social remittances, particularly the way that immigrant networks spread ideas about democracy to their home countries. Currently he's working on a book that explores the impact of immigrants in the internal politics of Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. He has published in PS: Political Science and Politics and in Social Science Quarterly.

    Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, professor Jiménez taught at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts for three years.  He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2008. He is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico.


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