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April 15, 2014 WomenNC/UNA-WTC Symposium
UN Contest Awards Ceremony
February 20, 2014 WomenNC 2014 United Nations Fellowship Dinner
February 1-8, 2014 UN Contest Presentations to Committee
November 10, 2013  "UNAFF First Traveling Film Festival - Chapel Hill"
October 23, 2013 Jerome Sauvage, Deputy Director, UNDP Washington Office; "The United Nations - Ideals and Practices"
 May 15, 2013 Klaus Larres, Krasno Distinguished Professor of History, UNC, "The EU and the UN: Are They Still Relevant: Peacekeeping, the Euro Crisis and Other Matters"
April 24, 2013 Prof. Peter Coclanis, UNC Assoc.Provost for Intl Affairs, "Global Crossroads: Southeast Asia in Economic Perspective"
March 15, 2013 Fourth Annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference
March 27, 2013 Shai Tamari, Associate Director, Carolina Center for the Middle East, "Israel and the Gaza Strip"
February 27, 2013 Ed Haugh on International Development Banks
January 23, 2013 Prof. Norman Christensen, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, "Climate Change: Dealing with certainties and uncertaincies"
December 19, 2012 Ali Eshraghi, journalist and Rotary World Peace Scholar; "US-Iran Conflict: Is there any breakthrough strategy?"
November 28, 2012 Ambassador Patrick Duddy, Visiting Senior Lecturer, Duke University; "Recent Developments in Venezuela and Their Implications for the United States"
November 10, 2012 Fourth miniMUNCH - Model UN high school training conference
October 24, 2012 Susannah Rosenblatt, Senior Communications Officer, UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign, spoke on "Malaria Kills, Nets Save Lives."
September 19, 2012 UNC Political Science Prof. Graeme Robertson spoke on "Russia Following Putin's Reelection"
May 23, 2012 Congressman David Price spoke on "Building Democratic Institutions in Emerging Democracies”
April 25, 2012 UNC Keenan Flagler Business School Associate Dean Peter Brews discussed "America in the Post -Meltdown, Upside Down World"
March 28, 2012 Duke Professor Hwansoo Kim discussed Passing the Baton in North Korea
March 9, 2012 Third Chapel Hill-Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference
February 22, 2012 UNC Professor Bereket Selassie discussed Somalia
January 25, 2012 Professor Andrew Reynolds, Chair of UNC-CH's Deparment of Global Studies, discussed "The Arab Spring: Uprisings, Revolutions and Wars"
December 14, 2011 Lunch & Learn meeting experienced "Fragile States, Global Consequences" seminar for itself
November 16, 2011 Emeritus Professor William Leuchtenburg discussed "Eleanor Roosevelt and the UN"
November 12, 2011 Third miniMUNCH Model UN high school training conference was held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence.
October 26, 2011 UN Foundation Public Policy Director Minh-Thu Pham discussed "The United Nations - In Everyone's Interest."
October 4, 2011 Conference on “Fragile States, Global Consequences.” Details
September 28, 2011 Professor Norm Christensen, founding Dean, and research professor, at Duke University’s Nichols School of the Environment, discussed "Meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in a Changing Environment"
May 25, 2011 Dr. Akram Khater, Professor of History and Director of NCSU’s Middle East Studies Program, provided his expert insights on the implications of the "Arab Spring."
April 27, 2011 "Prof. Scott Silliman, Duke University Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director of Duke University’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, discussed military tribunals versus civilian trials in the war on terror."
April 8, 2011 Second Chapel-Hill/Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference: 90 students from three Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle schools came together to participate in a day-long conference on the topic of The Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
March 23, 2011 Professor Jay Swaminathan, Sr. Associate Dean of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School discussed the implications of the emergence of India for the global balance of power.
February 23, 2011
Paul Nolte, Exchange Professor, UNC Department of Political Science, on "Whither Germany? 20 years after reunification: from redemption to unexpected challenges"
January 26, 2011 Xi Chen, Asst. Prof., Dept of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill; on "Political Stability in China and World Politics"
December 15, 2010 Erdman (Pal) Palmore, Prof. Emeritus, Duke Univ. Center for the Study of Aging; Pres., UNA West Triangle Chapter spoke on "Global Aging: Blessing or Curse?"
November 17, 2010  Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, Professor, African and Afro-American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill  discussed "Problems of Governance in Africa"
November 13, 2010 Second miniMUNCH at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence
50 students from the three Chapel Hill/Carrboro high schools, the two Orange County high schools, Durham Academy and South Point High School in Belmont, NC gathered at the CCEE for the second miniMUNCH, an informal Model UN training conference, meant to help MUN newcomers in high schools to become accustomed to MUN procedures. miniMUNCH was chaired by officers of the UNC UNO club (two committees) and by senior officers from CHCC high schools (one committee). The conference was organized by AJ Horowitz, president of the UNC UNO club, and our Board member, Björn Hennings, Director of the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Photos
October 27, 2010 Lunch & Learn: Professor Michael Struett, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University, discussed the relationship between ICC and the UN and its effects on the global order in his talk: "The UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court: Working together for Peace and Justice."
September 22, 2010
Lunch & Learn: Robert Jenkins - Director, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill. "Conflict, Vision, and Capacity: Evaluating Success among International Organizations in the former Yugoslavia." 
May 26, 2010 Lunch & Learn: Professor Niklaus Steiner, the Director of UNC - Chapel Hill’s Center for Global Initiatives, spoke to us on the subject of Migration and Citizenship, a modern phenomenon which, in one way or another touches all of us and shapes the politics and relations of all countries. 
April 28, 2010 Lunch & Learn: Tom Verner, magician-founder of Magicians Without Borders, and his wife Janet, a mime, told us about UNHCR and the vital work it does and share some of their magic.  
April 9, 2010 First Chapel-Hill/Carrboro Middle School Model United Nations Conference

120 students from the four Chapel Hill/Carrboro middle schools came together to participate in a day-long conference on the topic of Iranian Nuclear Development. The conference was organized by the presidents of the UNC-Chapel Hill Model UN club, Mike O'Shea and Dominic Dascoli, in cooperation with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools, the UNC School of Education and the West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association. 
March 31, 2010

West Triangle UNA Chapter Presents The Ciompi Quartet in a Benefit Concert Provided Anti-Malaria Bed Nets for African Children.

Nearly half of the world’s population, about 3.3 billion people, are at risk of contracting malaria. The disease kills about a million people annually in Africa, most of them children under five, one of whom dies of malaria every 30 seconds. One of the best preventatives is long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets, which can prevent malaria transmission by up to 90%. The nets stop mosquitoes from biting during the night and the insecticide on the nets kill the insects when they land on them.

The proceeds of this concert, $4,000, went directly to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for the purchase and distribution of the nets and for education about their proper use.

The Ciompi Quartet was founded in 1965 at Duke University by renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All its members are Duke professors and play a leading role in the cultural life of the University.

March 24, 2010 Lunch & Learn: Eve Van Devender of the Center for International Health of RTI (Research Triangle Institute), a leading research institute based in Research Triangle Park, discussed "Malaria’s impact on third world developing countries".
February 24, 2010 Lunch and Learn:  UNC Assistant Professor Navin Bapat  will spoke on "Explaining Wars on Terrorism".
February 11, 2010 Workshop: UN Peacekeeping - It's History and Effectiveness
January 27, 2010 Lunch and Learn: The UNICEF film  "Ujeli - the story of a Nepali girl."
December 16, 2009 Lunch and Learn: Ambassador Tom Miller, President, United Nations Association of the USA
November 18, 2009 Lunch and Learn: NCSU School of Public and International Affairs Lecturer Mark Nance  discussed the European and US responses to the "Great Recession".
October 28, 2009 Lunch and Learn: UN Day commemoration with UNCG Professor/ Director, Lloyd International Honors College, Dr. Jerry Pubantz discussed "After Iraq and Afghanistan, Where Does the UN Go From Here?"
September 23 , 2009 Lunch and Learn: Duke Visiting Professor Noah Weisbord spoke on "Judging Aggression at the International Criminal Court When Peace and Justice Clash." 
May 27, 2009 Lunch and Learn: The work of the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, whose mission is guided by Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote on Universal Human Rights. Our speakers included the Center’s Director and Assistant Director and several student volunteers. The Center’s Director is Judith Blau, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professor Blau is the author of numerous books on human rights and the director of UNC’s interdisciplinary minor in Social and Economic Justice. Rafael Gallegos, the Center’s Assistant Director, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at UNC-CH. His main areas of interest are immigration, education, inequality, and human rights.
April 15, 2009 Lunch and Learn: Congressman David Price, Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of North Carolina spoke on "Challenges and Opportunities Around the Globe: A Congressional Update."
March 25, 2009 Lunch and Learn: Jalil Roshandel, Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and Director of the Security Studies Program of East Carolina University. Professor Roshandel has extensive research and teaching experience at universities in Iran, Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and the United States; his publications include "The United States and Iran: Policy, Challenges and Opportunities".  He helped us understand more deeply the volatile relationship between the two countries and proposed some possible prescriptions for engagement.
February 25, 2009 Lunch and Learn: Professor Jonathan Weiler, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor in UNC's Curriculum in International and Area Studies, helped us answer the question, "The New Russia - Same as the Old Russia?"
January 28, 2009 Lunch and Learn: Professor Peggy Bentley, Associate Dean for Public Health of UNC's School of Public Health spoke at our meeting about "The UN Millennium Development Goals and the Disastrous State of Maternal and Child Health: The Case of India."
December 17, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Robin Kirk, Director of the Duke Human Rights Center, joined us in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights and international Human Rights Day.
November 19, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Duke Law Professor-emeritus Horace "Robbie" Robertson spoke about the "Law of the Sea".
October 22, 2008 Lunch & Learn: UN Day commemoration. Our speaker was Jane Roberts, co-founder of "34 Million Friends of UNFPA." 
September 24, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Professor Jason West of UNC’s School of Public Health spoke about Global Warming.
May 28, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Will Davis, Director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington DC, discussed "The Future of the UN". 
April 23, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Professor Madeline Morris, Duke Law School professor and Director, Duke/Geneva Institute in Transnational Law and Chief Counsel to the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for the Military Commission at Guantanamo spoke about "Terror and Tyranny: Preventive Detention in the Age of Jihad."
April 18, 2008 Screening of the documentary film Panama Deception   Details
March 26, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Michael Tigar, Visiting Professor, Duke University spoke on "Immunity and Impunity: International Criminal Justice Since Nuremberg."
February 27, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Diplomatic Correspondent discussed the development of the Bush administration's Israeli-Palestinian policy and the prospects for 2008 after Annapolis.
January 23, 2008 Lunch & Learn: Julius Nyang'oro, Chairman UNC African & Afro-American Studies spoke on "Reflections on Current Developments in U.S. - African Relations"
December 19, 2007 Lunch & Learn: Shoji Ogawa, Consul General, Government of Japan discussed "World Problems and the United Nations: How the United States and Japan Can Make the United Nations More Effective."
November 28, 2007 Lunch & Learn: Kevin Cassidy of the UN International Labor Organization spoke on "Creating Work for All: the UN Agenda"
November 10th, 2007 UNA Traveling Film Festival Durham
October 24, 2007 Lunch & Learn: Deborah Derrick, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign, a leading NGO working to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the U.N., spoke about the "U.N.'s Role in the World: What Participation in it Brings to the Table for the U.S."
September 19, 2007 Lunch & Learn: Marty Rosenbluth, Amnesty International-USA's Country Specialist for Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Palestinian Authority, discussed "Why Law Matters in Times of War."
May 23, 2007 Lunch and Learn: "Connections: Population Change, Mobility and Emerging Diseases"; the speaker was Prof. Melinda Meade, UNC-CH.
April 25, 2007 Lunch and Learn: Professor Omid Safi, of UNC's Department of Religious Studies, whose specialty is Islamic Studies spoke to us about "Iran Beyond the 'Axis of Evil'."
April 14th, 2007 Human Rights Conference: “Human Rights, an Endangered Concept: The United Nations and the Advancement of Human Rights.”
March 28, 2007 Lunch & Learn: "Cuba," Prof. Louis Perez, UNC-CH
February 28, 2007 Lunch & Learn: Mr. John Sylvester Jr., former US Foreign Service Officer, spoke on "North Korea: Still the Hermit Kingdom." 
January 24, 2007 Lunch and Learn: Professor Kevin Hewison, Director of UNC's Carolina Asia Center and an expert on Thailand, discussed "Thailand's Political Future After the Coup."
December 20 2006 Lunch & Learn: Prof Andrew Reynolds of UNC's Political Science Dept  spoke on "What Hope for Democratic Stability in Afghanistan?"
November 15, 2006 Lunch & Learn: “Maternal Health and Well-Being: A Cornerstone of the Millennium Development Goals.” Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of UNICEF.
October 25, 2006  Lunch & Learn:  Prof. Bereket Selassie of UNC's Department of African and Afro-American Studies spoke on "UN Peacekeeping Operations: Between A Rock and A Hard Place." 
October 24, 2006 UN Day
(See November 15 commemoration below)
September 30, 2006 UNA Film Festival: Global Voices of Hope and Courage
September 27, 2006 Lunch & Learn: John Deng, Deputy Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, spoke about Taiwan's situation in the world.  

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