International Events

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San Diego Global Forum: Europe Between Brexit and the Migration Crisis
Former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, current dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, will share his views on the changing priorities of the European Union with regard to the migration crisis and its shift toward foreign policy. The event will start with a talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m. It will be held in the Atkinson Pavilion at the UC San Diego Faculty Club (directions). This event is a part of the San Diego Global Forum, brought to you by GPS's Center on Global Transformation with support from Bank of America and the World Trade Center San Diego.

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion, 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Apr 12, 2017
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Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece and Beyond
Date: 2017-03-27 Time: 5pm - 7pm Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego Guest Speaker: George Pavlidis, ATHENA Research Center (Greece) Research Director Host: CCAS Director Thomas E. Levy DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT: This special lecture by Greek engineer and research director George Pavlidis is organized by the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS) in the Qualcomm Institute, in which Pavlidis is an International Partner. For more than 15 years, Dr. George Pavlidis and his team at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies in Greece have been digitally recording, measuring, analyzing, studying and disseminating Greek cultural heritage, from antiquity to the present day. In collaboration with professor Tom Levy in the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego and the UC CCAS, Pavlidis has been studying the sanctuary at Delphi, one of the most famous ancient sites in Greece. He will present the results of his research in this talk on Greece's cultural heritage. Among the questions that Pavlidis will try to answer: What is cultural heritage? Why is it important and what do we do to preserve it? How can modern digital technologies help us study, conserve, preserve and disseminate cultural heritage: and How can we all gain from digital cultural heritage, whether we are scientists, researchers, teachers or perpetual learners. This special seminar is co-organized by CCAS, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in the UC San Diego Department of History. Come celebrate Greek Independence Day! SPEAKER BIO: Dr. George Pavlidis received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in 2005, with a dissertation on digital image processing, which earned him an Ericsson Award of Excellence in Telecommunications. Since 2001, he has worked on many R&D projects with an emphasis on multimedia systems in culture and education. Pavlidis is currently Research Director at the ATHENA Research Center, where he heads the Multimedia Research Group and the Clepsydra Cultural Heritage Digitization Center. Pavlides is also an adjunct faculty member at TEI of East Macedonia and ThraceHis research interests involve 2D/3D imaging, CBIR, multimedia technologies, human-computer interaction, intelligent user interfaces, multi-sensory environments and ambient intelligence, 3D digitization and reconstruction, 3D-GIS and mixed/augmented/virtual reality.

Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Event Date: Mar 27, 2017
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Global Health challenges in the transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases
Dr. William Hancock "Global Health challenges in the transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle income countries with insulin as an illustrative example" Bradstreet Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Barnett Institute, and Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 pm Skaggs School of Pharmacy: Room 1186

Location: Skaggs School of Pharmacy: Room 1186
Event Date: Mar 23, 2017
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Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research
Date: 2017-03-21 Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Location: Medical Education-Telemedicine (Bldg #845)., School of Medicine, UC San Diego Guest Speaker: Mark A. Rothstein, University of Louisville Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, School of Medicine *Registration is Required. Host: UC San Diego Research Ethics Program DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT: This seminar with University of Louisville bioethicist Mark A. Rothstein is part of the Research Integrity Series at UC San Diego, supported by the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Research Ethics Program. On March 21st, the Research Ethics Program invites you to attend the fifth seminar in our Research Integrity Series, “Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research,” with guest speaker Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Rothstein will discuss how the Direct-to-Participant (DTP) research is a novel strategy using the internet to recruit, consent, and enroll individuals. This technique is especially valuable for research on rare disorders. It can be more expeditious, generate more representative and diverse samples, be more participatory and democratic, and lead to discoveries of greater relevance for heterogeneous populations. The main impediments stem from legal, ethical, and cultural concerns about possible exploitation by foreign researchers. This talk will address whether it is possible to use DTP research in a legal and ethical manner around the world. To learn more visit the Research Integrity Series web page. The Research Ethics Program serves as a resource for the entire UC San Diego campus to identify and address ethical challenges intrinsic to the conduct of science, engineering, and other forms of academic scholarship, foster learning about research ethics, and meet federal funding requirements for education in research ethics. The Program seeks to maintain and sustain UC San Diego's success and identification as an international leader in fostering integrity in research. SPEAKER BIO: Professor Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine in the University of Louisville School of Medcine. He has concentrated his research on health privacy, research ethics, genetics, and public health. He serves as Department Editor for Public Health Ethics of the American Journal of Public Health and he writes a regular column on bioethics for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Rothstein is Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. MORE INFORMATION: Light refreshments will be served. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit available. *Registration is Required

Location: Medical Education-Telemedicine (Bldg #845)., School of Medicine, UC San Diego
Event Date: Mar 21, 2017
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2017 Kyoto Prize Symposium
Renowned medical scientist and recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize in “Basic Sciences,” Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D. will speak at UC San Diego on March 15 as part of the 2017 Kyoto Prize Symposium. Dr. Honjo has elucidated the mechanism for the functional diversification of antibodies by clarifying Class Switch Recombination and its responsible enzyme, AID. He also identified several important immunoregulatory molecules, including PD-1, whose function has led to the development of effective cancer immunotherapy. As reported by “New Scientist” magazine, Dr. Honjo’s work has initiated a historic turning point—a so-called “penicillin moment”—in the fight against cancer. The Kyoto Prize—Japan’s highest private award for global achievement—was established by the Inamori Foundation in 1985 to honor significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind. The prize is presented annually in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit

Location: Price Center East Ballroom
Event Date: Mar 15, 2017
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Crisis of South Korean Politics and Prospects for Foreign Policy
South Korea is mired in President Park Geun Hye’s impeachment and, as a result, the 2017 presidential race has begun. Meanwhile, South Korea’s foreign policy is in disarray. The "Trump shock" has produced an uncertain future for the ROK-U.S. alliance, while inter-Korean relations have hit rock bottom. China-South Korean relations have also soured over the issue of deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Against this backdrop, this symposium will look into Park’s impeachment process, prospects for the presidential election, and the impacts on South Korea’s foreign policy and inter-Korean relations. Panelists: Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University Seong-ho Sheen, Seoul National University Lynn Turk, Pacific Century Institute Moderator: Tai Ming Cheung, UC San Diego It will be held in the Malamud Conference Room at the Institute of the Americas (directions). This event is hosted by the Korea-Pacific Program at GPS and the Pacific Century Institute. Co-sponsors include: East Asia Foundation, Kommon Society and Mannam.

Location: Institute of the Americas, Malamud Conference Room 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037
Event Date: Mar 14, 2017
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China’s Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response
In the Fifth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture, Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky will address China’s growing protectionism and how the U.S. is responding. China’s historic reform and opening has been the global economic story of our lifetimes, catapulting China’s economy, fueling global growth and opening vast opportunity to foreign enterprises. But in recent years, China’s economy has slowed markedly due to serious structural and social impediments, necessitating a shift in its growth model. Rather than embark upon further reform and opening as a means of recharging its economy, China has instead implemented a series of discriminatory, zero-sum policies that put foreign companies at a sharp competitive disadvantage. This approach is increasingly generating tensions with China’s trading partners – raising the question of how the U.S. and the international business community should respond. Schedule: 4:30 p.m. Reception 5 p.m. Lecture and Q&A This event is sponsored by GPS's 21st Century China Center. It is co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. The event will take place in The Great Hall (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: UC San Diego, The Great Hall, International Lane, La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Mar 07, 2017
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Conversations on the Future of the North American Economic Partnership
Join us for a day-long set of conversations with thought leaders from policy circles, industry and academia on the future of the North American partnership. Sessions will focus on: The Future of the North American Economy The Spillovers of NAFTA: Diplomacy and Security The Road Ahead Confirmed speakers include: Alan Bersin Michael Camuñez, ManattJones Thomas d'Aquino, North American Forum Jeffrey Davidow, The Cohen Group Gerardo Esquivel, COLMEX Rafael Fernandez de Castro, ITAM Gordon Hanson, UC San Diego Beatriz Leycegui, SAI Consulting Lindsay Oldenski, Georgetown University Antonio Ortiz Mena, Albright Stonebridge Group Jaana Remes, McKinsey Global Institute Armando Ríos Piter, Movimiento Monarca Luis Rubio, COMEXI Harley Shaiken, UC Berkeley David Shirk, USD Guillermo Valdes, GEA Gustavo Vega, COLMEX This event is hosted in collaboration with Procopio, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Smart Border Coalition and World Trade Center San Diego. It will be held in the Malamud Conference Room at the Institute of the Americas (directions).

Location: Institute of the Americas, Malamud Conference Room 10111 N. Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037
Event Date: Feb 27, 2017
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San Diego Global Forum: Japan-U.S. Relations Going Forward
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Environment in Japan, the Honorable Professor Yoriko Kawaguchi will share her views on Japanese-U.S. diplomatic relations with regard to the economy, the environment, and geopolitics and Asia going forward. Following her presentation, Professor Ulrike Schaede will lead a conversation on how these matters affect global trade and San Diego. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and the talk will start at 5:30 p.m. It will be held in the Large Conference Room at Green Acre at Campus Pointe (directions). This event is a part of the San Diego Global Forum. It is sponsored by Bank of America. It is supported by GPS's Center on Global Transformation and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, as well as the World Trade Center San Diego.

Location: Green Acre Campus Pointe 10300 Campus Point Drive San Diego, CA 92121
Event Date: Feb 15, 2017
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How Should the U.S. Approach China? Bipartisan Report Launch
With a new administration in the White House, maintaining what is perhaps the country’s most crucial bilateral relationship remains a critical issue. Members of a high-level Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, organized by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, will discuss their expert recommendations for the Trump administration. The event will start at 4 p.m. with a reception, and the panel and discussion will start at 4:30 p.m. It will be held in the Atkinson Pavilion at UC San Diego's Faculty Club (directions). About the report: The Task Force comprises a group of 20 prominent China specialists that include former U.S. government officials, scholars, and think tank researchers, many of whom served under both political parties and every U.S. president since the Nixon administration. The goal has been to reflect on how the U.S.-China relationship has evolved and to draft a set of recommendations for the incoming presidential administration on how the United States can best advance U.S. interests given the current political climate. We hope this report can provide the starting point for a public conversation on these vitally important questions. The report will be published and available on the Asia Society website Feb. 7, 2017. Speakers: Winston Lord was U.S. Ambassador to China 1985-89 under President Reagan. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs 1993-97 under President Clinton. In the 1970s he was Special Assistant to National Security Advisor Kissinger and then Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff. During this period, he was on every China trip and attended every meeting that Presidents Nixon and Ford and Dr. Kissinger had with Mao, Zhou and Deng, and was one of two American drafters of the Shanghai Communique. Outside of government his service has included President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Co-Chairman of the International Rescue Committee and Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy. Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 15 books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation and The New York Review of Books. His most recent book is "Wealth and Power, China’s Long March to the 21st Century" with John Delury (Random House, 2013). Schell worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s. Susan L. Shirk is Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1997-2000) where she was responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussions of security issues. Her book "China: Fragile Superpower" helped frame the policy debate on China policy in the U.S. and other countries. Her most recent book "Changing Media, Changing China" was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press.

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, UC San Diego Faculty Club San Diego, CA 92161
Event Date: Feb 13, 2017