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The College of Public and International Affairs is proud to present a series of lectures covering global and domestic topics. Led by our esteemed faculty, these discussions are open to the UB community and the general public. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.


CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Nancy Wei

The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes

Date: Wednesday April 12, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Discovery Pavilion, Magnus Wahlstrom Library

In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration nullified China’s South China Sea claims, but the dispute is far from being over.

Beijing and Taipei both rejected the ruling, and Philippine’s new President Duterte has shocked many by agreeing to shelve the dispute with Beijing.

How do the new developments affect Washington’s South China Sea strategy?


CPIA Roundtable with Dean Thomas Ward

Colonization in Hindsight: The View from Taiwan

Date: Monday, March 23, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Carlson Hall, Room 228

Japan annexed both Taiwan (1895) and Korea (1905) into its Empire.

This  presentation will look at the experiences that resulted in sharp differences in the attitude that the two have towards Japan today.


CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee

The Arab Spring: Beyond Media Effects

Date: Thursday, February 23, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Discovery Pavilion, Magnus Wahlstrom Library

Learn about the study that examines primary and secondary data from the 22 nations of the Arab League.

It presents an equation that offers insight into why protests emerged in some countries during the Arab Spring.


UB and the City of Bridgeport: Rebirth of a Partnership Through Experiential Learning

A Media Campaign for the New Downtown Bridgeport

Featuring Prof. Susan Katz and her students

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tower Room, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center

Mass Communication and Graphic Design students present their semester-long marketing campaign filled with press/pr, art/design, video/photography, and social media.

As part of the Publicity Methods class, students created The Bridge theme to promote the New Downtown Bridgeport through the production of professional media collateral.

It’s real-world, hands-on, and portfolio-driven.

Join Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, Bridgeport officials, President Neil Salonen, President Emeritus Richard Rubenstein, Provost Stephen Healey, Provost Emeritus Hans van der Giessen, Dean Thomas Ward and these spectacular students for the Publicity Methods class final presentation.

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Kadir Akyuz

Prominent Islamic Scholars, Islamic Jihad, Terrorism and Jus in Bello

Date: Thursday, December 8, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Discovery Pavilion, Magnus Wahlstrom Library

It has long been debated whether religions lead people to commit indiscriminate violence and terrorist acts.

Several Islamic scholars are believed to provide the ideological framework to many Islamist terrorist organizations.

This presentation will discuss the thoughts and teachings of the Islamic scholars that are associated with the use of violence in the context of “jus ad bellum” and “jus in bello.”


CPIA Roundtable with Prof. William Lay

Comments on the Governmental Reconstruction of a Tsunami Devastated Zone: Rikuzentakata, Japan

Date: Thursday, November 29, 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Location: Carlson Hall, Room 214

The city of Rikuzentakata was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami and is now the site of a massive reconstruction project.

We’ll talk about the Japanese response to the disaster. It highlights interesting legal and cultural differences between the U.S. private approach and what might be called Japan’s “organic socialism.”

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