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A list of international relations events in the DC area.

Calendar for the Week of August 8th, 2010

Health Centers as Economic Engines for their Communities

Aug 9: 10am-11:30am
Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, DC

The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community health centers, CHCs, around the nation. These health centers have a long history of providing quality health care in underserved communities, but what is less often discussed is the economic benefit and jobs these health centers create for their neighborhoods. Please join us for a discussion on community health centers’ ongoing economic role in their communities.

A Poetry Reading Paying Homage To Death, Life, Home and Lust

Aug 10: 12pm-1:30pm
IPS Conference Room, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, USA

An afternoon poetry reading with Palestinian author/activist and film maker Hind Shoufan moderated by E. Ethelbert Miller. Shoufani has a poetry book published by xanadu* in English titled More Light Than Death Could Bear which was named "Book of the Month" by Time Out Beirut in December 2008.

Liberian Diaspora Exchange Forum: A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia

Aug 10: 6pm - 8pm
Center for Global Development, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 3 fl, DC

A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia” is a dialogue and information exchange forum for Liberians and friends of Liberia in the Diaspora who have questions about transitioning to Liberia, finding a job, investment opportunities, supporting a cause, working with the government, and other topics.

The Status of Iraq: A Live Web Chat with Kenneth Pollack

Aug 11: 12:30pm- 1:30pm
Web cast

Kenneth Pollack, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, says that despite political problems, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is going smoothly and conditions in the country are improving. Pollack has recently returned from Iraq, where he observed the disarray of Iraqi politics and the improvement of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). He notes in a recent trip report that recent political problems have not spilled over into significant violence.

Voices of Palestine: Laila's Birthday (Eid Milad Laila)

Aug 11: 6:30pm
The Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Avenue NW, DC

"At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?" Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu Laila's wife reminds her husband. But on his young daughter's birthday, like any day, Abu Laila faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47's are prohibited.

Week of August 15


Achieving Universal Education: A Live Web Chat with David Gartner

Aug 18: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Webcast

While universal education is an important goal, increasing levels of educational attainment also helps developing countries make progress toward improving health, environmental protection, and gender disparity. David Gartner, co-director of the Center for Universal Education, argues that success in the areas of most of the UN's Millennium Development Goals is impossible without first achieving universal primary education.

An Introduction to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)

Aug 19: 9am-12:30pm
Pact, 1828 L St., NW, Suite 300, Washington D.C.

This participatory seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the basic concepts of REDD. Participants will then dive deeper into areas of specific interest related to the social and biodiversity aspects of REDD+ through interactive working groups.

September


Making the Most of the MDG Summit: Advancing the Interests of Women and Girls

Sept 7: 10am- 11:30
CSIS, B1 Conference Center, 1800 K street NW, DC

Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State will “Making the Most of the MDG Summit: Advancing the Interests of Women and Girls”

2010 PONI Fall Conference

Sept 21-22: 9am- 4pm
Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, United Kingdom

The Fall Conference will feature panel presentations addressing topics such as Nuclear Strategy, Policy, and Posture; Nuclear Nonproliferation; Scientific and Operational Supports for Nuclear Policy; and Nuclear Disarmament and Material Security.

Ladder to the Top

Sept 23: 6pm

A full evening of programming, starting with an inspiring reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and ending with intimate dinners across our nation's capital. Together we will draw attention to the crisis of women's under-representation in leadership.

Other Events


The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World

June 18 to September 3, 2010, 2pm – 7pm
Corner of Connecticut Ave & T St, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define, and Change Their World is an exhibit about a participatory educational process that fosters individual and community awareness, empowerment, and social change. The participatory photography exhibited highlights the intellectual, aesthetic, and political potential of youth-adult partnerships, in which youth take the lead in framing the inquiry and determining how to represent their concerns most effectively to diverse audiences.