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. 

FALL

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

 

 

SPRING

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

                               

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Wed Oct 18 5:30-7pm

NORTH KOREA CRISIS

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

Wed Oct 4 **Required

THE GREAT DEMOCRACY SUGGESTION BOX!, FRESHLY SQUEEZED

Lively conversation here at Watkinson!  

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

 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.

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.

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