Saturday, December 3, 2016

CFFS Luncheon on 31 January 2017 - Update

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests are invited to the January CFFS Luncheon at 11:30 AM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The venue for this lunch is the University Club, 3100 Tower Boulevard, 17th Floor, Durham, North Carolina  27707. Colloquially known as the “Green Pickle,” it located off US 15/501 BR, just north of the overpass connecting US 15/501 to I-85. For those who haven’t been there, it offers a spectacular view of the area from the 17th floor. As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30, moving to our tables at noon.

Speaker and Topic:  Our speaker will be Professor Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at UNC. Professor Spinner-Halev will speak on "Changing Demographic Trends and Their Impact on Israeli Domestic and Foreign Policies."

Speaker’s Bio: Professor Spinner-Halev received his B.A. from the University of Michigan. He worked at Citizens for Tax Justice, a small public interest group in Washington, D.C., for several years and then returned to Ann Arbor for graduate studies. In 1992, he joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, where he eventually became the Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice. He joined the UNC faculty in 2005.

Professor Spinner-Halev’s research focuses on the tensions that arise within contemporary liberal and democratic theory, and between theory and practice. His current research project is on radical injustice — injustices that linger on, without apparent remedy.  This project has a comparative cast, and is fueled by examples from the U.S., Israel and India.

His publications include: “The Boundaries of Citizenship:  Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State” (1994) and “Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship” (2000) and he co-edited “Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Right and Diversity” (2005).

Reservations & Dues: The cost of the luncheon is $30 which includes coffee or tea, green salad, entrée, and a dessert.  A cash bar will be available.  The entrée choices are: Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Garlic Jus, Salmon with a Lemon Caper Sauce, or Vegetarian (appropriate for vegans as well). Please indicate your entrée choice(s) when you make your reservation.

A reminder: Unless you are new members who joined late in 2016, please pay your 2017 member dues of $10 a person (life members are exempt) along with your luncheon payment.

Please make checks payable to Treasurer, CFFS and mail them to Bonnie Kuhr, 7316 Ray Road, Raleigh NC 27613-3919.  Checks must be received no later than Friday, January 20.

We look forward to seeing you January 31.

Gwen C. Clare

Chair, CFFS Steering Committee

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CFFS Luncheon on 31 January 2017

This is to give advance notice to members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service that our next luncheon will take place on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 at the University Club (3100 Tower Boulevard, Suite 1700 - Durham, NC 27707).  As usual, we will gather for the social period at 11:30 a.m. prior to moving to our tables at noon.

Our speaker will be Jeff Spinner-Halev, Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics, Department of Political Science, University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The topic of his talk will be Changing Demographic Trends and their Impact on Israeli Domestic and Foreign Policies.

The cost of luncheon will be $30.00 which includes coffee or tea, entrée, and a dessert. A cash bar will be available. More details about this event will be provided in the near future.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CFFS Luncheon on 18 October 2016

Members of the Carolina Friends of the Foreign Service and their guests attended a luncheon on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at the Chapel Hill Country Club. The speaker, Ambassador (Ret.) W. Robert Pearson served as ambassador to Turkey from 2000 to 2003 and spoke about the current situation in that country.



Gwen Clare, Chair, CFFS Steering Committee, introduces the speaker.


Ambassador Pearson addresses the members of CFFS.

Members enjoyed a social period before the luncheon and then an excellent meal prepared and served by CHCC.
































Friday, October 21, 2016

Article of Interest to CFFS Members

Members may find this article of interest:

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/obamas-mixed-foreign-policy-balance-sheet-18089?page=show

Klaus Larres is the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also is a Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University/SAIS, Washington DC and at present Fellow and Member at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey.