Friday, October 13, 2017

Small but Influential: Austria, Europe, and the World from 1945 to the Present

This event may be of interest to our members
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Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professorship
-- AMBASSADORS FORUM --

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to send you a friendly reminder regarding our "Ambassadors Forum" on this Friday coming, October 13, 2017, at 4.00pm (four pm exceptionally) in the Pleasant Family Room (Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill).

"Small but Influential: Austria, Europe, and the World from 1945 to the Present"

Two former Austrian ambassadors will talk to us about their recently published book on developments in Austria and Europe from 1945 to the present.  They will enlighten us about the challenging transition from World War II to the post-war period. They will also analyze the difficulties most Europeans countries have in understanding and getting used to President Trump and his unique foreign policy style.

Ambassador Dr Christian Prosl is the former Austrian ambassador to the U.S. and Germany and Ambassador Dr. Frank Cede is the former Austrian ambassador to Russia and NATO.  

As always, ALL WELCOME - no RSVP required.
It would be great if many of you could make it.

With my best wishes, 
Klaus Larres

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

The Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professorship @ UNC-Chapel Hill
would like to invite you to 
a talk, discussion, and Q and A session with

Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf
(Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ 
& Leon Levy Professor of Mathematical Physics)

THIS THURSDAY, September 14,  2017, 5.30pm
in the Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

Robbert Dijkgraaf will talk about 
"The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge"

Following the talk Prof. J. Christopher Clemens (Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences) and Prof. Klaus Larres (Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor) will engage Prof. Dijkgraaf in a lively discussion. 


ALL WELCOME - NO RSVP needed; just come along (first come, first seated).


For those of you too far away or who can't make it, the event will be available on our You Tube Channel shortly:  www.youtube.com/KrasnoUNC

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Arnold A. Chacon – Diplomat in Residence


Ambassador Arnold A. Chacon is Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service.  He is the Diplomat in Residence at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources from 2014-2017, leading  State Department’s efforts to recruit, retain and sustain its 75,000-strong world-wide workforce.

Ambassador Chacon was Chief of Mission in Guatemala from 2011-2014, Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Madrid from 2008-2011, and has served as the Department of State’s Deputy Executive Secretary.  He also served at American Embassies in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Italy, Mexico and Honduras as well as the United States Mission to the United Nations.  He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association and the Hispanic Employees Council of the Foreign Affairs Agencies.  He was a Fellow at the American Political Science Association and is the recipient of the State Department’s Presidential Rank Award and other leadership honors.

Ambassador Chacon is originally from Denver and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  His wife Alida Chacon is also a member of the U.S. Foreign Service.  

Friday, August 25, 2017

Krasno Events Series - Fall 2017

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service may be interested in the following announcement:

Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professorship
@ UNC-Chapel Hill
Prof. Klaus Larres
Krasno Events Series - Fall 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to let you know about the forthcoming events in the Krasno Events Series. At present the series consists of our lecture series on "The U.S. in World Affairs" with eminent scholars and our "Ambassadors Forum" with distinguished diplomats.

Please be so kind as to have a look at the schedule below. All events are open to the public and free of charge (no RSVP required).

It would be wonderful to see you again this semester. For those of you living too far away or otherwise unable to attend the events, we will videotape all events and publish them on our you tube channel:  www.youtube.com/KrasnoUNC

I will also send out reminders and individual flyers closer to the date of each event listed below.


September 14, 2017:
(5.30pm, Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC)
Prof. Robbert Dijkgraaf
(Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; eminent Dutch scientist)

"The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge"
Lecture and panel discussion
  

Friday, October 13:
(4.00pm, Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC)
Ambassador Christian Prosl and Ambassador Franz Cede
(Dr Prosl is the former Austrian ambassador to the U.S. and Germany;
Dr Cede is the former Austrian ambassador to Russia and NATO)

"Small but Influential:
Austria, Europe, and the World from 1945 to the Present"
Lecture & book presentation and panel discussion

  
November, 9-10, 2017:
International conference:
TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM TODAY:
HOW DO THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIES DEAL WITH TERRORISM?
(co-organized with Prof. Tobias Hof, UNC-Chapel Hill)

Keynote address by Prof. Bruce Hofman of Georgetown University on November 9, 5.30pm
(Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC)

Various panel presentations on November 10, starting at 9.00am, Pleasants Family Room. The panel presentations
deal with the most important aspects of the nature of international and also domestic terrorism and include many renowned scholars and policy makers.


All events: ALL WELCOME - students, faculty, administrators, and certainly also members of the general public.

I am greatly looking forward to seeing you at our first event this semester on September 14, 2017, 5.30pm.
Please do not hesitate to come and join us. There will always be an inspiring and fruitful Q and A session.

With my best wishes, see you soon,
Klaus Larres