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. 

2020-21 Events

Thurs Sept 17  Welcome to the New World: with Jake Halpern & Michael Sloan webinar IRIS

Fri Sept 18** Erev Rosh Hashanah Service- online this year. Congregation Beth Israel 

Sun Sept 20 Environment, Justice, Identity, and the 2020 Elections webinar 

Wed Sept 23 Stowe Prize: An Intimate Conversation with Albert Woodfox: Incarceration in the US & legacy of slavery 

Sept 29-Oct 2 Global Security Forum: Battlefronts  World Affairs Council of CT.  

Sun Oct 4 Stowe Prize: An Interactive Experience with Albert Woodfo  on US Incarceration

Wed Oct 14 "Representation of Latino Art" workshop with Valentín Concha-Núñez 

Wed Oct 14* CT Forum: Debating Immigration 

Thurs, Oct 15 Gendered Justice: Female Perpetrators and Extremism  GW Program on Extremism

Sat, Oct 17 Global Seminar Series: Democracy Miss Porter’s Institute 

Sun, Oct 18 ADL Walk Against Hate & Concert Against Hate  

Through Oct 27 “This is Our Chance” film festival about the power of young people. 

Mon, Oct 19-23 The Jackson Laboratories Open House for Students  

Tues, Oct 20 Terrorism Prosecutions: Acting U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme GWU Program on Extremism 

Wed Oct 21     Voting Rights & Voter Suppression in CT w/ Bishop John Selders & Laura Smits 

Wed Oct 21     Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote Film & Talk w/ Dr. Stefanie Chambers, Trinity Coll.

Thurs Oct 22     Half-Earth Day Virtual Event & Talks 

Mon Oct 26 Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum Council on Foreign Relations 

Tues Oct 27 American Dreams Virtual Performance HartBeat Ensemble 

Nov 8- 22 ADL Never is Now Conference. You are encouraged to attend at least one event.

Nov 10-18 China Town Hall & Teleconference 

Nov 17-20 UN Tours & Briefings with UN, WHO, UNICEF, & ILO 

Sat, Nov 21, 2020 Open Border Virtual Conference 

Mon, Nov 23 2020 Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit 

Through Nov 28 The Who & The What TheaterWorks Hartford streaming play by Ayad Akhtar.

Mon Nov 30th Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar and author Azar Nafisi. Mark Twain House & Museum

Fri Dec 4 Friday Prayers with Farmington Valley American Muslim Center and Conversation with Safwan Shaikh, Religious Leader & Youth Director

Mon Dec 7 Seminar with Students from Hartford Seminary: Interfaith Dialogue

By Dec 7** Religious Services- during school or weekend online services. 

Mon Jan 18 MLK Day Events

Thurs Jan 21 The Capital Riot, QAnon, and the Internet

Tues Feb 2 Lessons From Apartheid: How Americans Can Join Across Racial Differences 

Wed Feb 10 Resistance, Activism, and Getting into Good Trouble with Dr. Yusef Salaam Hartford Black History Month

Wed Feb 24* Quincy Amarikwa, MLS Soccer player & founder of Black Players for Change 

Tues  Mar 2 Leadership Through Crisis: International Women’s Day  World Affairs Council CT

Thurs Mar 25 CT Forum: Our Favorite Authors  

Tues March 30* Loomis Chaffee’s Youth Climate & Environment Virtual Town Hall with Sen. Richard Blumenthal 

Thurs April 8 Yom Hashoah Holocaust Observance (required for seniors)

Thurs Apr 15 CT Forum: Happiness, Meaning & Fulfillment  

Fri April 23* Equity and Social Justice Day at Watkinson 

Wed Apr 28* From Hate to Hope: A Journey of Redemption Megan Phelps-Roper talk with ADL

Thurs Apr 29* Seminar Skype with Peterson Toscano: The Intersection of Religion & Climate Change 

May 18-20* Global Studies Evenings

Late May Seminar video conference with a refugee through the NaTakallum program

2019-20 Events

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

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 5 Seminar Skype with Mohammad Alabbadi, refugee expert in Germany 

Mon Apr 27 Yom Hashoah Holocaust Observance

May 11 & 14 Seminar Skype with Peterson Toscano, COVID & Climate Resiliency 

May 18-21 Global Studies Evenings

Sat May 2-23 Pandemic- A Call to Action A Global Meet-Up with Miss Porter’s

                               

 

Notes: 

* 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

2017/18 EVENTS

IMG_3624.JPG

03/12/2023

SPRING EVENTS

Spring highlights include West African drumming, volunteering at a fundraise for local Syrian refugees, visiting Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services (IRIS- pictured) and attending the play, Kiss, at Yale Rep. Check out our spring events.

cropjoy-reid-photo.jpg

Fri Mar 16 8pm

CONNECTICUT FORUM

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.

S5_Life_On_Parole.jpg

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.

nat.jpg

Mon Feb 26

SKYPE WITH SYRIAN REFUGE

The NaTakallam (We Speak) organization brings Ghenwah, a Syrian women currently living in Turkey to our classroom to tell us her story.

jessica.jpg

Tues Feb 20

DAMNING THE MEKONG: JESSICA ARMSTRONG CLASS VISIT

SE Asia expert and Where There Be Dragons instructor visits our class to discuss issues related to how people use the Mekong River

jerusalem.png

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.

HBSC.png

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.

IMG_1257.JPG

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.

IMG_0797 (1).JPG

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.

bangskol-image2.jpg

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.

maxresdefault.jpg

Nov 30

HUMAN FLOW  ***REQUIRED

This flim shown at  Real Art Ways. This stunning movie explores the human rights issues related to the current refugee crisis.  Produced and directed by internationally renowned Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwe.

IMG_0620 (1).JPG

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.

MiddleEast.png

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.

oneika.f.jpg

Wed Nov 1 7:00pm  **Required

ONEIKA RAYMOND AT WATKINSON

In addition to her assembly, Oneika will speak that evening. Oneika writes “Oneika the Traveller”, an award-winning travel blog dedicated to exploring cultures and inspiring, encouraging, and empowering both women and people of color to see the world.

china.png

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.

korea.jpg

Wed Oct 18 5:30-7pm

NORTH KOREA CRISIS

This event hosted by the World Affairs Council will be at Infinity Hall in Hartford.

Amphitheater.jpg

Wed Oct 4 **Required

THE GREAT DEMOCRACY SUGGESTION BOX!, FRESHLY SQUEEZED

Lively conversation here at Watkinson!  

Gen.-Casey.png

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)

220px-Stephen_Breyer,_SCOTUS_photo_portrait 2.jpg

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

caitlin.jpg

 Wed Sept 27  Club Time **Required

CAITLIN WOLFE, GLOBAL HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGIST

Caitlin will share her experience fighting Ebola and malaria in Africa. Read about her work to get ready for her talk.

Adam Alter.jpg

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.

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 10.09.41 PM.png

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.