Fall 2017 Events

20/20 Vision: UN Reform by 2020

GenUN Panel Discussion

November 09, 2017

Select members of our youth-based GenUN program will present to our UNA members and the community at large at 7:30 pm. 

 

A collection of age 25 and under UNA advocates have worked to establish a sub-group of the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNAUSA called GenUN. Members of our GenUN group have worked together to create a lively panel presentation discussing ways that the United Nations has established relevancy in today’s world - and will recommend ways that the United Nations should continue to evolve in order to promote and realize the values that it imbues. These students have a 25-minute and 45-minute version of the presentation followed by question and answer discussion. The program is offered to colleges and service clubs now through next year.

 

This is the second time GenUN is presenting this presentation. Earlier this fall, GenUN presented to the Rotary club.

The Ivory Tower and the Importance of Journalism in Today’s World

Public Talk

December 07, 2017

This talk will be hosted at Symeon's Greek Restaurant in New Hartford. Attendance at the meeting requires prior registration with our chapter and payment for your meal ($26). Alcoholic drinks and dessert are not included in the price of the meal.

David Chanatry will be our guest speaker. Chanatry is the Director of the New York Reporting Project at Utica College. Chanatry is a veteran journalist whose career has spanned television, radio and print. He spent 20 years at NBC News, writing and producing news stories for several programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. His work has also appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day and Living on Earth; Public Radio International’s The World; BBC Radio News; and The World Vision Report, and he has been a contributor to The Washington Post and other publications. He has reported overseas from Kosovo, Albania and the Sudan. Chanatry spent 2001-2002 as a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has served as a judge for the American Association for the Advancement of Science broadcast awards.

Chanatry is Chair of Public Relations and Journalism and Associate Professor of Journalism at Utica College, where he teaches courses in broadcast news writing and television news reporting and producing.

United Nations Day Celebration

Program for High School Students

October 27, 2017

United Nations Day brings together a number of high schools from within the Upper Mohawk Valley and its surrounding region to educate and remind students about the purpose of the United Nations, the values of the United Nations charter, to hear talks and participate in discussion on major global-based issues, and to learn more about the Model United Nations program.

Specific information about this year's UN Day program is available on our UN Day page. Click the link below to learn more.

Upper Mohawk Valley Model United Nations Conference

Model UN Conference for High School Students

December 09, 2017

The forty fourth annual UMVMUN conference will take place on December 9, 2017 from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Please see our Model UN page for more information on how to sign up and prepare for our conference. Don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event as well!

Saudi Arabia in Transition

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

September 21, 2017

As Saudi Arabia adjusts to oil revenue decline, Deputy Crown
Prince Mohammad bin Salman shifts more power to the younger generation. The U.S. blames its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Criticism is rising in Congress about the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Bruce Rutherford will be our guest speaker.

Dr. Rutherford is an associate professor of political science at Colgate University. He received a BA in Political Economy from Williams college, a MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and earned his Ph.D in Political Science from Yale University. Dr. Rutherford specializes in comparative politics, Middle Eastern politics, political Islam, democratization, constitutionalism, comparative authoritarianism. He has been very active in his field. He has published multiple books, wrote scholarly articles, served as a guest lecturer on many occasions, was interviewed by many notable media outlets, and has a number of other scholarly activities. For more information on Dr. Rutherford, visit his profile page on the Colgate University website found here: http://www.colgate.edu/facultysearch/FacultyDirectory/bruce-rutherford.

20/20 Vision: UN Reform by 2020

GenUN Panel Discussion

September 22, 2017

Select members of our youth-based GenUN program will present to members of the Rotary Club at 12:00 pm. 

 

A collection of age 25 and under UNA advocates have worked to establish a sub-group of the Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the UNAUSA called GenUN. Members of our GenUN group have worked together to create a lively panel presentation discussing ways that the United Nations has established relevancy in today’s world - and will recommend ways that the United Nations should continue to evolve in order to promote and realize the values that it imbues. These students have a 25-minute and 45-minute version of the presentation followed by question and answer discussion. The program is offered to colleges and service clubs now through next year.

 

The GenUN group includes Nick Briggs, Keegan Steele, and Stephen Ventura from Whitesboro, Erik Smith from Clinton, Abagail Friedel from New Hartford, and Braedon Nanna from Utica.

Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Great Decisions Speaker/Discussion Series

October 12, 2017

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Najib Mangal will be our guest speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Higby road in South Utica at 7:00 pm.

 

Mr. Najib Mangal and his family are originally from Kabul, Afghanistan. They are current residents of Utica, New York. Mr. Mangal's experience in Afghanistan includes employment by OSHA of USA contractors for the Army Corps Of Engineers. He also has many years of experience in a management  capacity and in the fields of health and safety. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Mangal speaks four languages.

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