Past Events and Programs

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Upcoming Event and Programs

The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward's University provides a forum for global dialogue and exchange of diverse perspectives among the academic, policy and private-sector communities  


 

Council on Foreign Relations Conference Call Series

Please click here to see the Fall 2019 Council on Foreign Relations Conference Call Series. These conference calls are open to all students but you must RSVP to Joseph Sadek [Tel: (512) 233-1678 Email: jsadek@stedwards.edu]. 


Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy: Tariffs, Political RIsks, and Trends

On Tuesday, September 17, the Kozmetsky Center will feature our first event for the 2019-2020 academic year entitled “Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy: Tariffs, Political Risks, and Trends” with Demosthenes James Peterson, PhD, President of Longview Global Advisors. In 2013, Dr. D.J. Peterson founded Longview Global Advisors, a consulting group working with clients throughout the world on strategic planning, market intelligence and other topics relevant for global business and investment. Dr. Peterson has advised firms across a range of sectors, including financial services, consumer goods, automotive, industrial products, energy and mining, life sciences, technology and telecommunications. From 2006 to 2012, he led the Corporate Advisory Services practice at Eurasia Group, where he and his team of 13 business developers and client-relationship managers served large-cap clients in North America, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Peterson also founded and led the firm’s Operating Committee driving growth in areas such as business development, client services, product innovation, business planning, project management, and human capital. From 1998 to 2006, he served on the staff at the RAND Corporation where he directed major research projects in technology futures, natural resources management, homeland security, and other global security policy topic areas. In addition, Dr. Peterson organized and led RAND’s Environment, Energy and Economic Development Program. Dr. Peterson received his BA from Duke University and PhD in Political Science from UCLA. He is a frequent contributor to major news networks on global business issues including Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN and CNBC. Dr. Peterson will share his perspective on the looming U.S.-China trade war;  U.S-Mexico/Latin America business and trade relations in the context of hardened border policies; the use of tariffs to achieve American global strategic priorities in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America; and Brexit’s impact on the European Union’s cohesion and prospects for a bilateral U.S.-U.K. trade agreement.  We have also asked Dr. Peterson to offer advice on courses and professional internship opportunities for students considering careers in international business, economics and finance. Dr. Peterson’s lecture, sponsored in cooperation with World Affairs Council Austin, will be held in the Jones Global Events Center on the St. Edward’s University campus from 7:00-9:00 PM. 

Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Economy: Tariffs, Political RIsks, and Trends

"Information Apocalypse": Issues of Reliability and Manipulation of the Public Information Space on Institutions and Leadership

On Wednesday, October 30, the Kozmetsky Center will host a lecture event session in the Jones Global Event Center from 7:00-8:30 PM with U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Mari K. Eder on the topic “Information Apocalypse: Issues of Reliability and Manipulation of the Public Information Space on Institutions and Leadership” assessing the erosion in confidence regarding public information and suggesting ways that we might safeguard society from disinformation.  Major General Eder served as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve,  leader of the Army Reserve Ambassador Program, Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School in Germany and Sweden’s International Training Command. She was inducted into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the Joe Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in strategic communication. In addition to numerous military awards and recognition, Maj. Gen. Eder received the Vatican award of the Knight, Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. Maj. Gen. Eder’s book, Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication, is used in university communication courses, and she is the author of numerous case studies and articles on strategic communication topics. She holds a PhD from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and has spoken for the World Affairs Council, Atlantic Council and at major universities throughout the country on issues of national security, communication (including cyber and artificial intelligence), ethics and leadership. We have asked Maj. Gen. Eder to share her perspective on the media and information in influencing perceptions of institutions, public leaders and elections. The lecture will analyze developments in the information space for national security and the future of warfare. Maj. Gen. Eder will offer suggestions on how policymakers and society might respond to challenges in obtaining credible information or limiting vulnerability to deliberate attempts on the part of domestic and foreign sources or adversaries to shape perceptions with non-factual information. 

"Information Apocalypse": Issues of Reliability and Manipulation of the Public Information Space on Institutions and Leadership