The World Affairs Council began the new year by welcoming Director General Daniel T.C. Liao to speak at their January 10th event. As the current Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, Mr. Liao spoke about Taiwan's current role in the global community.
Take a special look at women living in the Arab/Muslim world of the 21st century in this presentation on gender in the Middle East. Dr. Jen'nan Read is a tenured professor of sociology at Duke University and serves as associate director for special initiatives at the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Read is also a Carnegie Scholar whose research focuses on how culture and religion shape the assimilation experiences of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, including issues of women's employment, immigrant health, and political integration.
Carlos Francisco Jackson, professor of chicana/o studies at the University of California-Davis, and George Vargas, professor of art history at Texas A & M University-Kingsville, discussed the meaning of the term "Chicano" in 2012. Ricardo Romo, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio, moderated the conversation.
What is the current status of teleportation, faster than light phenomena, and gravitational shielding? Quantum teleportation, lightning effects such as “Elves”, and levitating frogs have all been in the news, and are effects that are actually observed. They are also related to the ideas that make such science fiction series as Star Trek work. But are the observed effects really related to their science fiction counterparts, or is this all just smart marketing? And what is the current status of the research? The answers are perhaps even more surprising than the fiction.
With more than 30 years of experience as a career diplomat, Ambassador James Creagan has served in more than a dozen countries around the world. He is the Director of the Center for International Studies, Ambassador in Residence, and the current holder of the Amy Freeman Lee Chair of Humanities at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Following his fall trip to Cuba, he will share new insights about this sunny isle of contrasts, known for its cigars and revolution, as it seeks new international partnerships, loosens restrictions on U.S. travel, and considers calls from business leaders, politicians, and religious leaders to lift embargoes.