The DCA Academic Lecture Series has a long history of bringing topical, global issues in focus, offering attendees first-hand knowledge of the issues. Past topics include:
- “Russian Roulette”
- “Islam, From Muhammad to the Millennium”
- “Border Heat, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan”
- “Rising China”
- “After the Arab Spring… What Next?”
- “Making the World Go Round… Global Economics”
The next series will be held this January – see details below. To receive email notification of lectures as they become available, please subscribe to our Academic Lecture Series emails through the link below.
Upcoming lectures (2016)
Over the past 40 years Cuba has engendered a wide variety of sensibilities, including curiosity, nostalgia, guilt, empathy and retribution. Even before Fidel Castro gained control, the U.S. government had a contentious relationship with this island off the coast of Florida. Since our embargo of retaliation against the communist regime, we have held Cuba in limbo, maintaining commercial and travel restrictions that complicate normal communication. Now, with the prospect of reestablishing a working association, it is time to examine the past, present and future of the U.S.- Cuban relationship.
Our series will begin with an historic overview, followed by an explanation of the pros and cons of the proposed change in U.S. policy. Later speakers will discuss Cuban entrepreneurship, as well as Cuba’s relationships with its Latin American neighbors. Our final speaker is a former British Ambassador to Cuba who will describe the significant ramifications of a changed U.S.-Cuban policy for the global community, including reactions from Europe, China and Russia.
Please join us to gain a better understanding of these important issues from the outstanding experts on Cuba today.
Thursday mornings at 10:00am
January 7th U.S. – Cuba Policy: How Did We Get Here?
Presenter: Christopher Sabatini, Columbia University
January 14th Obama’s Big Bet on Cuba: Pros and Cons
Presenter: Theodore Piccone, Brookings Institution
January 21st Entrepreneurship in Cuba
Presenter: John McIntire, Cuba Emprende Foundation
January 28th Where will Cuba Stand with Latin America?
Presenter: Francisco Mora, Florida International University
Friday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm
January 29th What Now for Cuba’s Role in the World?
Presenter: Ambassador Paul Hare, Boston University
(Former British Ambassador to Cuba)
Thursday Morning Series Subscriptions:
Prepayment is required by Monday, January 4th.
DCA members $75, public $100
Some single tickets ($30) for the Thursday morning lectures will be available at the door.
Friday Evening Lecture & Reception:
DCA members $30, public $30
Some single tickets ($30) for the Friday evening lecture & reception will be available at the door.
If you would prefer to register by mail, please send check (made out to DCA Lectures) to Amy Squyres, One Mansfield Place, Darien, CT 06820 with a self-addressed, stamped envelope or pick up prepaid tickets at the door.
Recent lectures (2015)
The breakup of the USSR in 1991, which resulted in the reestablishment of Russia as a central power, initiated a new world order. Over the ensuing years the initial positive reactions throughout the international community changed to dismay and confusion as Russia dramatically shifted foreign policy positions. Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and continued dominance over Russian international relations has been a further complication for world leaders. Our series will examine President Putin, his dramatic changes in policy and style and will highlight Russia’s current initiatives in Ukraine, as well as partnerships within Europe and Asia. We will conclude with a discussion of the fragile relationship between Russia and the United States and look to the future.
Thursday mornings at 10:00am
Presenter: Jill Dougherty, Woodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsJill Dougherty is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She is researching and writing a book about Russian President Vladimir Putin.Dougherty served as CNN correspondent for three decades, reporting from more than 50 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, China, North Korea and Russia. Her chief area of interest and expertise is Russia – where she served as Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade – and the post-Soviet region. In January 2014 she left the network when she was selected as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. There, she continued her research and writing on the Russia media and the Russian government’s international and domestic communications strategy.
||Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
Presenter: Fiona Hill, The Brookings InstitutionFiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe, and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. She is also the co-author of the recently published book, Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings Press, 2013).
|January 22nd||From Protest to Politics: The Struggle for Democracy in Ukraine
Presenter: Nadia Diuk, National Endowment for DemocracyNadia Diuk serves as Vice President, Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.For over twenty years prior to her appointment as Vice President, she supervised NED programs in Europe and Eurasia where she worked on programs and strategies for underground democratic movements before 1989, prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Before joining NED, Dr. Diuk taught Soviet Politics and Russian History at Oxford University, conducted research at the Society for Central Asian Studies, United Kingdom, and served as editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Dr. Diuk is the author of The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity and Change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and co-author of New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) and The Hidden Nations : The People Challenge the Soviet Union (William Morrow and Company, 1990). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Doctorate (D. Phil.) in Modern History from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
||Has Russia Lost a Balance Between Europe and Asia?
Presenter: Andrew C. Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International StudiesAndrew C. Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an internationally known expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes widely and is frequently called on by business, government, media, and academic leaders for comment and consulting on Russian and Eurasian affairs. Kuchins most recent scholarship has been devoted to issues including U.S.-Russia relations and the “reset,” Russia’s Asia strategy, and the role of energy in the Russian Far East. His recent publications include “Perspective: What’s to Follow the Demise of the US-Russian ‘Reset’” (Current History, October 2012); “The End of the ‘Reset’” (Foreign Affairs, March 2012); “Russian Foreign Policy: Continuity in Change,” coauthored with Igor Zevelev (Washington Quarterly, Winter 2012); and “A Durable Reset” (International Herald Tribune, September 2011). Prior to CSIS, Kuchins was director of the Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C., then a senior associate, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia; and has held senior management and research positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Kuchins currently teaches at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has also taught at Georgetown and Stanford Universities. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Tuesday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm
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Academic Lectures Committee
|Series Coordinator||Susan Bhirud|
|Speakers Committee||Ann Mandel, Janet Sargent, Alison von Klemperer,
Kate Larson, Mary Genco and Susan Bhirud
|Treasurer/ Mailing List||Martha Banks|
|Hospitality||Sally Schlachtenhaufen, Margie Anderson and
|Publicity||Sallie Raleigh, Margie Anderson, Adria Bates,
Noel Bradley, Ann Lang and Christy Munro
|Book List||Ann Lang, Amy Squyres and Robin Harvey|
Academic Lecture Committee members left to right: Adria Bates, Susan Bhirud, Sallie Raleigh, Amy Squyres, Janet Sargent, Margie Anderson, Christy Munro, Robin Harvey, Ginny Mordy, Robin Woods, Kate Larson, Martha Banks, and Mary Genco. Not pictured: Noel Bradley, Ann Lang, Ann Mandel, Sally Schlachtenhaufen and Alison von Klemperer