The goal of the Global Studies Program is to develop active, engaged global citizens. To expose ourselves to new ideas and opinions, we host speakers at Watkinson School, Skype with experts around the world and travel to talks, plays, conferences and more.
Sun Sept 8 Welcoming the Stranger: Fundraiser & Talk with Refugees & IRIS West Hartford
Fri Sept 20 CT Forum: Conversation with Seth Meyers
Sat Sept 28 Global Security Forum World Affairs Council @ Goodwin College
Sun Sept 29** Rosh Hashanah in the Park Congregation Beth Israel in Elizabeth Park
Wed Oct 2* Freshly Squeezed: The Normalization of Hate Watkinson
Sat Oct 12 THE INVESTIGATION- A Crime in 10 Acts HartBeat Ensemble @ Charter Oak Cultural Center
Sun Oct 13*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: Fall Festival at Lyman Orchards
Wed Oct 16 Global Economy: How Stories Go Viral & Drive Major Economic Events
CT World Affairs Council
Fri Nov 1 An Evening with Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico
CT World Affairs Council
Nov 1-3** Religious Services at a local faith center- Attending with Wat or on your own
Mon Nov 4* Assembly & Seminar w/ Dorje Dolma, author of Yak Girls
Thurs Nov 7 Bryan Stevenson winner of 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights @ UCONN
Nov 16 or 17*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: A Dong Supermarket
Mon Nov 18 China Town Hall & Teleconference CT World Affairs Council Trinity Coll
Thurs Nov 21 ADL’s Never is Now National Conference- all day in NYC
Fri Nov 22 CT Forum: Climate Crisis
Fri Dec 13* Field Trip to NYC: Auschwitz Exhibit @ Museum of Jewish Heritage & Come From Away on Broadway
Sat Jan 11*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: American Grocery Stores
Fri Jan 17 Just Mercy movie at a local theater on the afternoon of our MLK Day
Tues Jan 21* Empathy & Travel Seminar w/ Colleen Dougherty Where There Be Dragons Instructor
Sun Jan 26 Welcoming Strangers to Our Tents: Honoring the Legacy of Abraham
Farmington Valley American Muslim Center Avon, CT
Sun Feb 2 Run For Refugees with IRIS in New Haven
Sat Feb 8*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: Lunarfest at Yale
Thurs Feb 13* Manahatta play at Yale Rep & Visit Native American Art Exhibit @ Yale Art Museum
(leave campus at 4:00pm; return at 11pm)
Thurs Feb 20* Seminar Skype with a Syrian refugee, a NaTakallum program
Mon Mar 2 Disinformation, Propaganda, and Political Warfare World Affairs Council CT
Tues Mar 3 Global Changemakers: Int’l Women’s Day World Affairs Council CT @ St Joe's Univ
Wed Mar 4* Equity and Social Justice Day at Watkinson
Thurs Mar 19 CT Forum: Debating Immigration
Mon Mar 23 World Water Day at the Capitol with Save the Sound
Mar 28 or 29*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: Gold Roc Diner
Wed Apr 1 Syria and the U.S.: What’s Next? World Affairs Council @ Mark Twain House
Apr 5*** American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: Han Hot Pot Restaurant
Tues Apr 21 Foreign Policy in the Election World Affairs Council CT @ Mark Twain House
Apr Annual Rising Sun Spring Powwow at UCONN Sat May 2 CT Forum: Our Favorite Authors
May Taste of Ramadan Community Dinner
May Munk Debate & Pizza Party Global Studies
Mon May 19* Global Studies Evening
* Mandatory Events off-campus or during school
**Religious Event: Each student is required to attend a religious service on their own or with Watkinson
***American-Chinese Cultural Exchange: Each student is required to one event
"An overarching theme throughout all of the events I attended this trimester seemed to be a call for love and compassion for all, and a plea for open dialogue and respect for all viewpoints." Sam V '18, Global Studies Diploma Student
Fri Mar 16 8pm
THE STATE OF JOURNALISM & THE NEWS: Who and what do we trust? How do we become smarter news consumers? What’s the future of journalism and the news media in our divided – and connected – world.
Thurs Mar 15
SCREENING & DISCUSSION: LIFE ON PAROLE
This Frontline documentary, Life on Parole, explore the lives of four people on parole in CT. The discussion will include former parolees and criminal justice professionals.
Wed Feb 28 6pm
THE MEANING OF JERUSALEM
Join the World Affairs Council of CT for an interfaith conversation on the spiritual and cultural meanings underpinning today’s conflict over the city of Jerusalem. Moderated by Heidi Hadsell, President of the Hartford Seminary.
Thurs Feb 15 5pm
MANY FAITHS, ONE CONVERSATION
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Salons at Stowe. Conversation with Abraham's Daughters, women of Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
Tues Jan 16 10:00am
CLASS VISIT WITH YA RATH
Music performance and talk with Ya Rath, a Cambodian-American musician about his culture, experiences in both America and Cambodia, and traditional Khmer music.
Thurs Dec 7 1:30pm
SKYPE WITH BROOK LARMER
We had a conversation about the current Rohingya refugee crisis with NYTimes and National Geographic writer, Brook Larmer, and his experiences reporting from this part of the world.
Dec 15 **Required
BANGSOKOL: A REQUIEM FOR CAMBODIA & NYC TRIP
This required field trip will take us to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see this Cambodian performance piece and act of cultural renewal, the Brooklyn Museum to explore activism and identity through art, and a visit to the New World Mall in Flushing- NYC's largest Chinatown.
Mon Nov 13 @ 4:30
AMBASSADOR OF PAKISTAN
It was an incredible honor for the Global Studies students to meet Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E . Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at this World Affairs Council of CT event.
Wed Nov 8 Time 6:30-8pm
THE MIDDLE EAST 2017: GAME OF PAWNS & STUDENT PRE-TALK
This event will start with a chance to interact with peers in a discussion about the major players in The Middle East. Stay to hear from former Israeli Intelligence Official Avi Melamed as he goes beyond the headlines and journey into the minds of major Middle Eastern leaders and their pawns. World Affairs Council of CT event at Infinity Hall Hartford, CT.
Wed Nov 1 7:00pm **Required
ONEIKA RAYMOND AT WATKINSON
Tues Oct 24 Time TBD
CHINA TOWN HALL & STUDENT PRE-TALK
Debate and discuss China's evolving role in the United States and its impact on Connecticut. Stay for a live webcast with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. World Affairs Council of CT event.
Sat Sept 30 9-3:30
GLOBAL SECURITY FORUM
With a new administration and a shifting global order, what are top security challenges facing the United States? The World Affairs Council is hosting this event at Goodwin College. Keynote speaker is General George W. Casey, Jr. U.S. Army, Retired (pictured)
Thurs Sept 28 8pm **Required
CT FORUM: EVENING WITH SUPREME COURT JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER
Justice Breyer will talk about his life, career and new book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities. Learn more
Mon Sept 25 1:30pm **Required
SKYPE CALL WITH ADAM ALTER, AUTHOR OF OUR SUMMER READ IRRESISTIBLE.
We'll get to talk with Adam and ask him questions about his views on the influence of technology on all of us.
Wed Sept 13 @ 4:45pm
GLENN LIGON & HUEY COPELAND IN CONVERSATION (RACE & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART), WADSWORTH ATHENEUM
Get a little background before attending this event for juniors ONLY at the Wadsworth Atheneum.