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World Affairs Council Jacksonville

World Affairs Council of Jacksonville

Speaker Series

A selective listing of publications relating to the Council's Speaker Series, available for check-out, through the Library's e-Research databases, or from Internet websites.

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to promoting understanding of the world and its people and to engaging citizens of Northeast Florida in becoming better informed participants in the global community. Ensuring that Jacksonville citizens have access to the best thinking on global issues, the World Affairs Council has two signature speaker series which examine critical current topics with guests who provide more “light than heat,” revealing the stories behind the headlines while delivering balanced perspectives and promoting thoughtful consideration and learning.

Global Issues Evenings

This flagship series features evening programs delivered by prominent speakers on a range of international issues, followed by an extended Q&A period. All events are co-hosted by and held at the University of North Florida. Attendance ranges from 500 to 800 people.

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Global Business Luncheons

Designed specifically for the business community and co-hosted by the Gate Governors Club, this series of luncheon speakers is held at the River Club and offers invaluable insight into international political, economic, business and financial trends — information that is important to First Coast businesses as they make both short- and long-term development, staffing and investment decisions.

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Special Engagements

A Special Engagement for Council Sponsors and Ambassador's Circle Members
January 13, 2014: An Intimate Evening of Dialogue with The Honorable Kevin McGurgan

For more information about these events, including biographies of the speakers, please visit the World Affairs Council Jacksonville Speaker Series web page.

Registration information for Speaker Series events

Related Reading and Media Resources

January 13, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.
An Intimate Evening of Dialogue with The Honorable Kevin McGurgan
January 14, 2014 @ Noon
The Honorable Kevin McGurgan: "UK/EU/US Post-Financial Crisis: A Look at Trade, Investment and Banking Relationships"
Online biography of the Speaker:
Kevin McGurgan, British Consul General in Miami
Selected related books available from Jacksonville Public Library:
In the wake of the crisis: leading economists reassess economic policy / edited by Olivier J. Blanchard ... [et al] (2012)
Macroeconomic challenges: the decade ahead / a symposium sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (2011) (This title is also available online.)

January 21, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Bob Woodward: "Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics"
Selected books by the speaker available from Jacksonville Public Library:
The price of politics (2012) (This title is also available as an audiobook.)
Obama's wars (2010) (This title is also available as an audiobook.)
The war within: a secret White House history, 2006-2008 (2008)
Shadow: five presidents and the legacy of Watergate (1999)

February 11, 2014 @7:00 p.m.
Michael Levi: "The Politics of Energy"
Book by the speaker: (ON ORDER)
The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future (Overview)
Selected online articles by the speaker:
Bittersweet Achievement on Climate (2013)
The Emerging Irony of US Energy Independence (2013)
We Don't Need Exotic Fuels to Cook the Earth, Coal Will Do (2013)
More Information
Online video of the speaker:
Fracking and the Keystone Pipeline (2013)
February 13, 2014 @Noon
Terri Kelly: "How do You Build a Multinational Company that Innovates Globally?"
Online interview with the speaker:
Terry Kelly, The "Un-CEO" Of W. L. Gore, On How To Deal With Chaos: Grow Up, by Robert Safian (2012)
Online video interview with the speaker:
Terri Kelly: W .L. Gore's Original Management Model (2010)
Selected related books available from Jacksonville Public Library:
Clean tech nation: how the U.S. can lead in the new global economy / Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder with Trevor Winnie. (2012)
Borderless economics: Chinese sea turtles, Indian fridges and the new fruits of global capitalism / Robert Guest (2011)
Econopower: how a new generation of economists is transforming the world / Mark Skousen (2008)
March 11, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
James Fallows: "Postcards from Tomorrow Square: China's Bumpy Transition to Democracy"
Selected books by the speaker available from Jacksonville Public Library:
China airborne (2012)
Postcards from Tomorrow Square: reports from China (2009)
Related online U.S. Government document (PDF):
What democracy means in China after 30 years of reform: roundtable before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, May 22, 2009
March 18, 2014 Noon
Jim Stallings: "Transformation of Business: How to Become a Globally Integrated Enterprise"
Online video seminar by the speaker:
The Building Blocks of Smarter Computing (2011)
Online interview with the speaker:
Q&A: IBM’s Jim Stallings sees mainframe growth (2006)
Related books available from Jacksonville Public Library:
Globalization and free trade / Natalie Goldstein. (2012)
No one's world: the West, the rising rest, and the coming global turn / Chales A. Kupchan. (2012)
April 8, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Peter Bergen: "The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East"
Selected books by the speaker available from Jacksonville Public Library:
Manhunt: the ten-year search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (2012)
(This title is also available as a downloadable e-book, an audiobook, and a downloadable audiobook.)
The longest war: the enduring conflict between America and al-Qaeda (2011)
The Osama bin Laden I know: an oral history of al-Qaeda's leader (2006)
Online video lecture by the speaker:
"The Awakening: How Revolutionaries, Barack Obama, and Ordinary Muslims are Remaking the Middle East" (2012)