Upcoming UNA-Wake Events

All meetings are held in the Oak Room at Meredith College (click here for directions), and all begin with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The cost is $8 for students, $12 for UNA members and $15 for non-members. Separate, no-charge seating is available to those who do not wish to have dinner. Please contact Robert Lamb at least one week before the event if you plan to attend the dinner portion of the program.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Speaker: John Sylvester, retired Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. State Department

Topic: “North Korea — An Absolute and Tyrannical Monarchy”

As a child, Sylvester lived in China before World War II; he served in the Army infantry in Korea during the Korean War; he held long Foreign Service assignments in Japan and Vietnam; and he was director of the North Carolina Japan Center at NCSU for a number of years.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Speakers: Recipients of WomenNC 2013 student fellowships

Topic: “Reflections from the 2013 CSW Conference”


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Speaker: Congressman David Price

NOTE: This program is subject to postponement depending on the congressman’s travel schedule.


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Past Events (2008–2012)

Dec. 4, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Akram Khater, professor of history at N.C. State University, spoke about “The Legacy of the Arab Spring: Democracy Restarted.”

Oct. 24, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Susannah Rosenblatt, senior communications officer with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, discussed “Tiny Bite, Big Threat: How the UN Foundation and Partners Are Working to End Malaria One Bed Net at a Time.”

Sept. 18, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Gregory K. Dahlin, upper-elementary educator at the Montessori School of Raleigh, discussed “Global Classrooms, Global Children: Our Responsibility in Preparing Citizens of the World for Tomorrow’s Challenges Today.”

May 15, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Stephen Kelly, Visiting Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University, discussed “Energy Geopolitics.”

April 10, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Dan Figgins, adjunct faculty, School of Public and International Affairs, NC State University, discussed “The United Nations at 67: Ten Things that would Astonish Roosevelt, Truman, Churchill, and Stalin.”

March 13, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Women NC Fellows Abby Bouchon, Hannah Nemer, Becca Bishopric, Mariamawit Tadesse and Anulja Acharya discussed “Reflections from the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.” See photos.

February 8, 2012, Dinner Meeting: Sarah Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in the history department at UNC, discussed “Turkey as a Model for the Arab Spring?”

December 6, 2011, Dinner Meeting: Ziggy Johnson, executive director for the Ten Thousand Villages store in Cameron Village, Raleigh, N.C., discussed “Artisan handcrafts and the Ten Thousand Villages Principles of Fair Trade.”

October 26, 2011, Annual UN Dinner: Minh-Thu Pham, Director of Public Policy at the United Nations Foundation, was the guest speaker at our annual dinner in celebration of United Nations Day. Her theme was “The United Nations: In Everyone’s Interest.” See photos.

September 30–October 2, 2011, International Festival: The UNA-Wake booth at the International Festival, held at the Convention Center in Raleigh, was staffed by UNA members and Greg Dahlin’s Model UN students from Raleigh Montessori School and Jeffery Martinson’s students from Meredith College. See photos.

September 13, 2011, Dinner Meeting: William Lucas, a member of the U.S. State Department’s senior foreign service, discussed his experiences during a recent one-year assignment to Afghanistan, where he established and led a 25-person civilian-military team dedicated to strengthening the rule of law and the justice system. See photos.

June 29, 2011, Dinner Meeting: Patrick Duddy, Diplomat in Residence at Duke University and former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, discussed his experiences in dealing with the complex political, economic and public diplomacy problems posed by Venezuela.

April 25, 2011, Dinner Meeting: WomenNC Fellows Kristen Brugh, Katie Starr, Kimmie Garner and Annie Clark presented “Reflections from the United Nations 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.” See photos.

March 31, 2011, Dinner Meeting: Greg Dahlin and students from Raleigh Montessori School and Dr. Jeffrey Martinson and students from Meredith College discussed the Model U.N. and the Global Classrooms Program of UNA-USA.

January 31, 2011, Dinner Meeting: Michael J. Molloy, former Canadian Ambassador to Jordan and now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, spoke about "The Palestine Refugee Problem: Is There a Solution?"

December 1, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Peter Radtke, a local entrepreneur and former research scientist with major pharmaceutical companies, gave a talk titled “JustNeem, a Local Business with a Global Vision." 

October 27, 2010, Annual Dinner: Hodding Carter III, U.S. State Department spokesman during the Carter administration, spoke at the Annual Dinner in celebration of United Nations Day.

September 15, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Professor Thomas Grennes of the Department of Economics and Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at N.C. State University gave a talk titled "Successes and Failures of International Institutions: World Bank and World Trade Organization."

May 19, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Greg Bonadies, International Development doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi, gave a talk titled "The Faces of China."

April 13, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Nicholas Robins, of the history department at NC State University, gave a talk titled "The Forbidden Island: Prospects for Change in Cuba."

March 23, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Recipients of student scholarships funded by the Wake County Chapter of UNA-USA and WomenNC reported on their participation in the meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, held March 1-12, 2010, in New York.

February 17, 2010, Dinner Meeting: Dale Everts, leader of the Climate, International, and Multimedia Group of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, spoke about "Climate Change: Science, Policy and International Cooperation."

December 15, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Tom Miller, president and CEO of UNA-USA, spoke about the UNA at the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Raleigh.

November 11, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Dan Figgins, from the N.C. State department of political science, discussed "The Seven Established Criteria for a 'Just War': U.S. history and future challenges."

October 28, 2009, Annual Dinner: Dr. Michael Struett, assistant professor of political science at N.C. State University, was the featured speaker.

October 2-4, 2009, International Festival: The UNA-Wake booth at the International Festival, held at the Convention Center in Raleigh, was staffed by UNA members and volunteers.

September 11, 2009, Film: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" film screening at the Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre was co-sponsored by UNA-Wake and the NC Chapter of UNIFEM in recognition of the International Day of Peace.

September 10, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussed "Islam and Democracy.”

June 16, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Carrie Cargile, project coordinator, and Morgan Price, resource coordinator, discuss the work of the Raleigh field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

May 19, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Julius Nyang'oro, professor and chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill discussed "The Impact of Globalization on Africa.”

April 16, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Niklaus Steiner, director of the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussed "Migration and Citizenship Today.”

March 17, 2009, Dinner Meeting: A panel discussion, "United Nations and Advancement of Women," was held in observance of International Women's Day. Panelists were Dr. Dan Figgins: “Women Agencies in the United Nations”; Beth Dehghan: “53 session of Commission on Status of Women”; Tammy Martin: “About Wake County Commission for Women”; and Emily King, moderator: student at Meredith College.

Feb. 11, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Michael Struett, assistant professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at N.C. State University, discussed "The UN Security Council and the ICC: Working Together To Stop Genocide."

Jan. 13, 2009, Dinner Meeting: Bonnie Dixon, founder and executive director of JourneyPartners, a nonprofit ecumenical organization to facilitate connections and resources at home and abroad, discussed “Zimbabwe: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

Nov. 19, 2008, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Jeffrey Martinson, assistant professor of history and political science at Meredith College, discussed “UN Security Council Reform.”

Oct. 22, 2008, Annual UN Dinner: Jane Roberts, author and co-founder of 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund, discussed the UNFPA.

May 28, 2008, Dinner Meeting: Will Davis, director of the United Nations Information Center, discussed “The Future of the UN.”

March 28, 2008: Night of a Thousand Dinners — a fundraising campaign of the Adopt-A-Minefield program.

Feb. 26, 2008, Dinner Meeting: Dr. Flo Durway, retired director of the International Baccalaureate Programmes of Wake County Public School System, discussed “Teaching for Peace and Understanding: The International Baccalaureate Programmes at Work Around the World.”

Human Rights, An Endangered Concept:
The United Nations and the Advancement of Human Rights

This conference was held April 14, 2007. Click here to read more about this conference that was co-sponsored by the Wake County and West Triangle chapters of the United Nations Association.