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September 2016
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Global Conversations: The United Nations Post-2015

September 14 @ 6:00 pm
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central,
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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flags of members of UN in New York, America

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the halfway point in its global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger, and discrimination. But as the UN’s 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they also must assess their needs for its sustainable...

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The GroundTruth Project: International Reporting in a Dangerous World

September 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Ground Truth Program

Today more than ever, truthful, in-depth reporting from international conflict zones that only on-the-ground journalists can provide is needed. This is exactly what The GroundTruth Project is doing. At the core of their work is the idea of "ground truth," which simply means being on the ground to tell the...

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October 2016

Culture Through Cuisine: Lebanon

October 3 @ 6:00 pm
Emily’s Lebanese Deli,
641 University Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Tabbouleh Salad

Situated in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, Emily’s Lebanese Deli has been serving up authentic Middle Eastern cuisine for more than 40 years. What started as a small bread-making business, Emily’s is now one of the oldest Lebanese restaurants in Minneapolis. In fact, Emily’s is so popular it was voted...

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Global Conversations: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

October 12 @ 6:00 pm
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central,
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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close-up macro photograph of map Syria Jordan and Turkey .Selective focus on Syria

From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of conflicts have shaken the traditional alignments in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock...

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A Kennan Conversation: Vladimir Putin’s Vision of a Resurgent Russia

October 17 @ 7:00 pm
Vologda, RUSSIA

The increasing centralization and mobilization of Russia’s information resources in the hands of the state is providing the Kremlin the means to galvanize public opinion within the country, ignite passions in countries of the former Soviet Union with large populations of Russian-speakers, and forcefully assert Russia’s policies, views, and values...

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November 2016

Great Decisions Conference: International Migration and the Changing Face of America

November 4 @ 9:00 am
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central,
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Conference: International Migration and the Changing Face of America
Join us and National Public Radio correspondent and author, Tom Gjelten, for an in-depth look at international migration and immigrant stories and experiences.
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The greatest mobility of people in human history is happening across the globe. The number of international migrants has more than tripled from 78 million in 1960 to more than 232 million, and refugee populations are at an all-time high of 19.5 million. A “migration gap” between government policies to welcome migrants and public opinion...

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