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October 2018

Europe’s Humanitarian Face: Empowering and Protecting Through Education

October 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The European Union is the largest humanitarian aid donor worldwide. Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, will speak about the major responsibilities and challenges facing his work. Commissioner Stylianides will present the main priorities of European humanitarian aid with a special focus on “Education in Emergencies.” He will outline the parameters of the EU’s approach to education in conflict zones and will explain why education can be a driver for reconciliation, integration and social cohesion.…

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November 2018

Book Talk: Getting to Zero

November 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cabot 205, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Join authors Dr. Oliver Johnson & Dr. Sinead Walsh for a discussion of their book Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline.

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Fletcher Ideas Exchange Fall 2018

November 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The Fall 2018 Fletcher Ideas Exchange will feature speeches on the theme Migration in 2030: Imagining the Possibilities. Visit the FIE website for speaker bios and media from previous events, and the FIE Facebook page to share the event with friends and colleagues

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The Untold Story of the City of God: Lecture by Dr. Anjuli Fahlberg

November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cabot 206, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States
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December 2018

Refugees and Economic Opportunity: Lunch & Lecture with Dr. Radha Rajkotia

December 5, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Chase Center, Carmichael Hall, 200 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Dr. Radha Rajkotia is the Senior Director of Economic Recovery and Development at the International Rescue Committee. She is an experienced humanitarian and economic development professional, who combines expertise in strategy, operations, management, research, policy, and partnership development. She has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. At the IRC, Dr. Rajkotia focuses on improving the delivery of aid. She also has written and commissioned a number of papers on strengthening the financial sector, employment…

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February 2019

One Billion Rising 2019

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

One Billion Rising is a mass action to end violence against women. On February 14, the Henry J. Leir Institute and the Fletcher Global Women group will host an evening of performances in solidarity against sexual violence. As part of a clothing drive for survivors of sexual violence, guests are invited to contribute clothing items during the event. 

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March 2019

Software of Geopolitics: Empathy as a Vital Tool of Diplomacy and Mediation

March 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Crowe Room (Goddard 310), 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

In this brown-bag lunch lecture, Matt Waldman will explore the much-neglected role of empathy in international affairs, and argue empathy has immense potential to reduce violent conflict. Matt Waldman is a Senior Lecturer at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Senior Policy Fellow at the Henry J. Leir Institute. He is also Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House – The Royal…

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April 2019

U.S. and Russia Working Together for Syria: Fact or Fiction?

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Feinstein International Center, 114 Curtis St.
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 United States

Mark Ward is a retired U.S. diplomat who spent four years on the Turkish-Syrian border managing U.S. aid. He also co-chaired a task force with Russia to improve humanitarian access inside Syria. In this event, he will discuss the promising, yet failed, experiment to work with Russia to improve aid to besieged Syrian communities, and his concerns about Syria’s future. Light breakfast will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Feinstein International Center, the Center for Strategic Studies, and the Henry J.…

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Investigative Journalism Techniques for Field Research

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Fletcher faculty and students: are you planning field research this summer? Digging deep into complex issues can often be challenging. What if your respondent is being vague? What if you hear something shocking? How can you triangulate your findings and fact check your sources? Come and learn some new techniques from Boston-based investigative journalists from the Center for Non-Profit Journalism. We’ll be focusing in particular on research on technology and humanitarian issues in the field. Generous sponsorship from the Leir Institute and the…

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May 2019

Managing Practicalities in the Field

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

“Managing Practicalities in the Field” is a workshop on personal safety, self-care, ethics, and the practicalities of engaging with local populations in crisis-affected environments and development contexts. It is designed around a series of examples of ethical challenges that arise in fieldwork, as drawn from the experiences of the faculty leaders (Professors Dyan Mazurana and Karen Jacobsen, each of whom has decades of experience in the field). Students explore several exercises designed to prompt reflection on their personal vulnerabilities and strengths,…

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