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    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Red River Theatres
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    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series

    The Human Flow

    Wednesday, February 27th, 7 PM

    Red River Theatres 

    11 S Main St #L1

    Concord, NH 03301

    Tickets are free for the public. The Event is currently at capacity. Please join our wait list in case additional seats become available.

    About The Human Flow:

    Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

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    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.

    Additional Support Provided by: The Lantos Foundation

    • Monday, March 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • UNH Manchester

    Global Tipping Points

    A three-part series on today's global challenges

    Monday, March 4th, 6 PM-7:15 PM

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here. (For safety and storm closure information, check here


    WACNH Members, Fulbright Members, Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire Members,UNH Students and Staff- Free

    General Public- $10

    Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Turkey

    Negron-Gonzales will discuss how activists have attempted to hold the state accountable for human rights violations associated with counter-terrorism, such as torture, curfews and disappearances. What legal instruments and political mechanisms have been available to them, and when have they been successful in pressuring the government to enact reform? ​

    About Melinda Negrón-Gonzales

    Melinda Negrón-Gonzales is Program Coordinator of the Politics and Society Program. She has taught at UNH since fall 2008 and teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics.

    Negrón-Gonzales's research interests span the following areas: international politics, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, humanitarian intervention/responsibility to protect/human security, social movements, and democratization. She seeks to understand political and social change.

    One strand of her research looks at changing ideas about humanitarian intervention - when the international community (working through the United Nations) attempts to prevent and respond to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Recently, she's written about the international community's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and also the Organization for Islamic Cooperation's response to ISIS terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa. 

    Negrón-Gonzales also conducts research on social and political change in Turkey, specifically exploring how social movements work to push democratization in Turkey. For example, one of her recent publications examines how feminist activists in Turkey have attempted to shape legislative reform and advance women's rights under an Islamic conservative government.

    Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs, the Fulbright Association, and the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire



    • Sunday, March 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Southern NH University - Dining Center

    Registration for NH Academic WorldQuest teams!

    Please register your team(s) and pay online or by mailing a check to the WACNH office: 2500 North River Rd. Manchester, NH 03106

    For more detailed information about the competition, please visit our AWQ page. 

    • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • UNH Manchester 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH

    Global Tipping Points with Katherine Brown:

    The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan

    Global Tipping Points

    A three-part series on today's global challenges

    Tuesday, March 19th, 6 PM-7:15 PM

    Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester. Directions & Parking Info Here. (For safety and storm closure information, check here


    WACNH Members, Fulbright Members, UNH Students and Staff- Free

    General Public- $10

    Katherine Brown will be talking about the power of the US News Media to engage in informal diplomacy through their reporting. Based on extensive interviews, over the course of 8 years, her research shows how US media has shaped perceptions about the war in Afghanistan to people within and outside the country.  Also, she will discuss how US media has shaped the relationship between the two countries since the 2001 invasion and overthrow of the Taliban government.   

    About Your Country, Our War:The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan

    Release Date: March 2019

    Journalists are actors in international relations, mediating communications between governments and publics, but also between the administrations of different countries. American and foreign officials simultaneously consume the work of U.S. journalists and use it in their own thinking about how to conduct their work. As such, journalists play an unofficial diplomatic role. However, the U.S. news media largely amplifies American power. Instead of stimulating greater understanding, the U.S. elite, mainstream press can often widen mistrust as they promote an American worldview and, with the exception of some outliers, reduce the world into a tight security frame in which the U.S. is the hegemon. This has been the case in Afghanistan since 2001, particularly as emerging Afghan journalists have relied significantly on U.S. and other Western news outlets to report events within their government and their country. 

    Based on eight years of interviews in Kabul, Washington, and New York, Your Country, Our War demonstrates how news has intersected with international politics during the War in Afghanistan and shows the global power and reach of the U.S. news media, especially within the context of the post-9/11 era. It reviews the trajectory of the U.S. news narrative about Afghanistan and America's never-ending war, and the rise of Afghan journalism, from 2001 to 2017. The book also examines the impact of the American news media inside a war theater. It examines how U.S. journalists affected the U.S.-Afghan relationship and chronicles their contribution to the rapid development of a community of Afghan journalists who grappled daily with how to define themselves and their country during a tumultuous and uneven transition from fundamentalist to democratic rule. Providing rich detail about the U.S.-Afghan relationship, especially former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai's convictions about the role of the Western press, we begin to understand how journalists are not merely observers to a story; they are participants in it.

    Katherine Brown on PBS Global Perspectives

    About Katherine Brown

    Katherine Brown, Ph.D., assumed leadership of Global Ties U.S. on April 9, 2018.

    Katherine brings a wealth of experience from the media, nonprofit, and academic sectors, as well as the U.S. government. She is highly regarded in the international affairs and public diplomacy arena as a strategic, forward-thinking leader.

    From 2013-2016, Katherine Brown served as Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a body authorized by Congress to oversee and promote U.S. government activities that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. Most recently, she was a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc. where she was also in residence as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

    Previously, she held numerous roles in government, including assistant to the White House national security adviser; communications adviser for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul; and professional staff member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Katherine also served on the boards of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and the Global Ties Foundation. She is a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University.

    She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in communications from Columbia University and B.A. from the George Washington University.

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


    • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red River Theatres
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    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series

    Anote's Ark

    Wednesday, March 20th, 7 PM

    Red River Theatres 

    11 S Main St #L1

    Concord, NH 03301

    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Anote's Ark

    What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? With the harsh realities of climate change looming, the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati must find a new solution for the survival of its people. With sweeping cinematography, Anote's Ark interweaves two poignant stories. Anote Tong, endearing president of the island, races to find options-advocating in international climate negotiations and even investigating building underwater cities. At the same time, warm and sharp-witted Sermery, a young mother of six, tackles every struggle with humour. She must decide whether to leave the only culture she knows on the island and migrate to a new life in New Zealand. Anote's Ark captures the next evolution in the shifting dynamics of climate change-one where borders, technology, and global treaties are urgent and can change daily life as we know it. This portrait of the Kiribati people exudes strength of character and grace as they confront the inevitable change they are facing head-on.

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org

    Additional Support Provided by: The Lantos Foundation and the League of Conservation Voters


    • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Southern NH University ACC LC 101

    Reflections in Command of Special Operations Command-Africa with General Donald C. Bolduc

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 6 PM-7:15 PM

    Location: Southern New Hampshire University Academic Center ACC LC 101

    About General Donald C. Bolduc

    After 32 years of active duty service to his country in which he received two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals, two Purple Hearts, led ten deployments, and survived both a bomb blast, numerous fire fights, and a helicopter crash, General Donald C. Bolduc, former Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, has hung up his fatigues to take on perhaps his most important and challenging mission of advocating for veterans and their families, the treatment and shedding the stigma of PTS, TBI, pain management, sleep disorders, and neurotoxicity both from within the US military as well as the general public. His second passion is teaching, coaching, and mentoring leadership from entry level to the senior executive level.

    The general started his career as Private Bolduc on June 29, 1981, exactly 36 years before his final change of command. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, then-Major Bolduc led one of the first groups into Afghanistan, riding on horseback to take control of the southern Afghanistan region from Taliban rule. One of the few survivors of a 2,000-pound bomb that was inadvertently targeted on their own position by friendly fire in December 2001, and, despite his injuries, Bolduc refused to leave the battlefield and continued to take on his next objective. He was later awarded his first of several combat valor awards and a Purple Heart for his injuries.

    As the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (Desert Eagles), Bolduc’s unit was credited with the success of Operation Medusa and awarded the Canadian Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation for actions by the “Desert Eagles” that were considered an extraordinary deed or activity, of a rare high standard, in extremely hazardous circumstances, beyond the demands of normal duty in combat. This was the first time a foreign military unit received this distinction from the Canadian government and military. From 2010 through 2011 and 2012-2013 he served as Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force commander and then as Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Component Commander in Afghanistan and was credited with the creation and establishment of the “Village Stability Operations” the only successful bottom-up stability effort in rural areas and villages in Afghanistan. The program achieved unprecedented security gains and was considered by Mullah Omar to be the most dangerous program to the Taliban. This program undermined insurgent influence and control by the Taliban and ensured the stabilization of large areas of the war-torn country through Afghan Local Police between 2010-2013.

    In his role as the Deputy Director for US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) from 2013-2015, Brigadier General (BG) Bolduc was responsible to the US AFRICOM commander for the full spectrum of operations and activities across the African continent. In his role as the Special Operations Command-Africa commander (COMSOCAFRICA) from 2015-2017 BG Bolduc was responsible for 96 missions and more than 1,700 US military, interagency and international military personnel operating in 28 countries throughout Africa and Europe. SOCAFRICA is designated as US Africa Command’s lead counter-Violent Extremist Organizations (VEO) operations component. Prior to this, he served on the Joint Staff in the Office of Secretary of Defense and as the Aide to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon.

    His other awards and decorations include the Defense Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, five Bronze Star Medals with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, numerous foreign awards including Canadian Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation, Ordre Du Merite Nationale from Mauritania, Ordre Du Lion from Senegal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Ranger Tab. Bolduc is the recipient of the Ted Williams Military Achievement Award and is also the recipient of the Salem State University Marilyn E. Flaherty Distinguished Alumnus Award on 31 May 2015.

    Beyond his various positions and awards, nothing brings more meaning to Bolduc’s service than his latest mission with the support of his wife Sharon to combat the stigmas around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), speak on leadership, and provide advice on Special Operations Forces. As one of the few senior military officers, and, at the time, the only active duty general officer on record, to openly discuss his own struggles with PTS, Bolduc has used his leadership position to change the conversation to one of understanding and acceptance through his own experiences. Dubbed “Captain America” and “Everyone’s General” by his fellow officers and soldiers, Bolduc always put country first, and now looks to continue his service off the battlefield sharing his leadership mantra of “People, Family, Mission” and his personal experiences with mental health to continue his leadership journey and help educate others.

    Bolduc is the recipient of a Medical Service Dog from Guardian Angels Medical Dog Service Inc. based in Williston, FL. Northrop Grumman sponsored the care and training of “Victor”. Bolduc paired in February 2018 with Victor and is now enjoying the benefits of a medical service dog.

    Bolduc has an A.S. in Criminal Justice, B.S. in Sociology, M.A. in Business Technology/Human Resource Development, M.S. in Strategic Studies, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Liberty University in Strategic Leadership.

    • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Red River Theatres 11 S Main St #L1 Concord, NH 03301
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    Finding Refuge: Crossroads Film and Discussion Series 

    Fire at Sea

    Wednesday, April 17th, 7 PM

    Red River Theatres 

    11 S Main St #L1

    Concord, NH 03301

    Tickets are free for the public, but space is limited. Reserve your tickets today!

    About Fire at Sea:

    Situated some 200km off Italy's southern coast, Lampedusa has hit world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the Mediterranean island, capturing its history, culture and the current everyday reality of its 6,000-strong local population as hundreds of migrants land on its shores on a weekly basis. The resulting documentary focuses on 12-year-old Samuele, a local boy who loves to hunt with his slingshot and spend time on land even though he hails from a culture steeped in the sea.

    Watch the Trailer:

    This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org

    Additional Support Provided by: The Lantos Foundation

    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Southern NH University

    2019 Global Forum: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age with David Sanger

    Sunday, May 19th at the SNHU Dining Center

    Doors Open at 5 PM

    Presentation Begins at 6 PM 

    From the premiere New York Times national security correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and changing diplomacy and war.

         In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.

         The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents--Bush and Obama--drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran's nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump's first year, turned back on the US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies.

         Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.

    Copies of David Sanger's Book "The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age" will be sold and signed after the event.

    Editorial Reviews of The Perfect Weapon:

    "[Sanger’s] description of the cyber portion of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election is thorough and convincing. It ought to be required reading for anyone who doubts the extent and seriousness of the Russian effort… The great value of The Perfect Weapon is less in its specific policy prescriptions than in its being the most comprehensive, readable source of information and insight about the policy quandaries that modern information technology and its destructive potential have spawned.”

    “Timely and bracing… With the deep knowledge and bright clarity that have long characterized his work, Sanger recounts the cunning and dangerous development of cyberspace into the global battlefield of the 21st century… A reader finishes this book fully understanding why cyberwar has moved rapidly to the top of America’s official list of national security threats. And why, for the first time in three generations, this nation’s power in the world is seriously threatened.” 
    David Von Drehle, THE WASHINGTON POST

    "This encyclopedic account by a Times correspondent traces the rapid rise of cyberwarfare capabilities and warns that ideas about how to control them are only beginning to emerge."

    “In his new book, The Perfect Weapon, Sanger offers a panoramic view of the rapidly evolving world of cyber-conflict. He covers incidents from the covert U.S. cyber-campaign to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program (a story we know about largely because of Sanger’s diligent reporting) to Edward Snowden’s epic heist of National Security Agency data. And yes, there’s also plenty of background on Russia’s active measures during the 2016 campaign. But there’s also a wealth of gripping material on stories that have probably been missed by the broader public… It all adds up to a persuasive argument for the truth of the book’s title.”
    Christian Caryl, THE WASHINGTON POST

    “[The Perfect Weapon is] an important – and deeply sobering – new book about cyberwarfare.”
    NICHOLAS KRISTOF, New York Times

    "A chilling new book."

    “Anyone who doubts cyber’s unintended consequences should read David Sanger’s new book The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. Sanger, a reporter for The New York Times, has been a dogged and diligent observer of cybersecurity issues for years. His book is a readable account of what went wrong.”
    Robert Samuelson, THE WASHINGTON POST

    “[The Perfect Weapon] reads like a thriller spy novel, except the stories are true, which makes the book more terrifying… Sanger shows the political, military, and economic impacts of actual hacks, moves made by governments and industry to counter moves and protect against future attacks, and the counter to the counter to the counter, all told at a breathtaking pace. But this is more than just a real-life drama; it also is a cautionary tale of the policy of information power… This book at turns was both fascinating in its detail and access and terrifying in its implications.”

    “[Sanger] has penned one of the most comprehensive and accessible histories of cyberwar to date… Sanger’s book is more than a history and primer. It also advances a series of arguments, among them that the United States is not ready for the kind of cyberattack to come.”

    About David Sanger

    DAVID E. SANGER is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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