Congressman Bob Clement
Former Congressman Bob Clement Visits Orlando Former U.S. Congressman Bob Clement visited Orlando March 6th – 8th. Clement, a longtime friend to UCF and the PMBF program, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years beginning in the late 1980s. Clement was a guest lecturer in Professor David Dumke’s course on Middle East Politics, met with members of on-campus student organizations during a networking luncheon, and participated in an interview with interns of the PMBF program for the WUCF-TV show “Global Perspectives.” In addition, Clement discussed his newly published autobiography, “Presidents, Kings, and Convicts: My Journey from the Tennessee Governor’s Residence to the Halls of Congress.” His book chronicles his life as the son of a governor to his experiences with policy making as a member of Congress.
Photos of his visit can be found here.
On March 1-3, 2017, the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies hosted guest speaker Mr. Owen Kirby. Kirby formally worked at the State Department as an international political consultant and is still an active member in international relations. He participated in a variety of events at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Owen Kirby has two decades of experience in international relations, specializing in political party development, public opinion polling, and elections. Currently working with clients and partners in the Middle East region, Kirby served in the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2004-2009), and as a Senior Governance Advisor in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 2009-2010. More recently, he has advised leaders in Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority.
Kirby met with students on a personal level to discuss current events, his extensive experience with the United States government as a state advisor, Middle Eastern affairs, and advised students who want to pursue a career in international relations. Kirby held a discussion-based and question-driven meet with students of the International Relations Club of UCF where he focused on the Middle-Eastern region. Kirby participated in an interview held by UCF students, Yrainy Artigas and Halla Kouatli, where he discussed the issues the Middle East currently faces and “going beyond the headlines”.
Photos of his visit can be found here.
Conference on Tolerance in Education
On March 27th, 2017, the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies, Lou Frey Institute, and the Partnership for Civic Learning, hosted a timely symposium, “Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: American Experiences & International Lessons.” The event brought in three prominent and distinguished scholars to discuss the role of education in the promotion of tolerance. The speakers included Dr. James Gibson, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis Department of Political Science; Dr. Patricia Avery, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development; and Dr. Peter Levine, Ph.D., of Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences.
Photos of this event can be found here.
Honorary Doctor Prince Mohammad bin Fahd
On Friday April 14th 2017, The Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies in coordination with the Office of President John C. Hitt’s had the honor of hosting the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During his visit, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service for his contributions and support of UCF. Guests included UCF President John C. Hitt, University officials from the Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, as well as students from both institutions. After receiving the Honorary Doctor of Public Service, the Prince gave a speech expressing gratitude and goodwill. The audience enjoyed a brief video highlighting the Prince’s achievements in education as well as music performances conducted by students from UCF’s very own music department. Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed light refreshments and dialogue with other participants.
Photos of this ceremony can be found here.
Jeremy Sharp of CRS visits UCF
Congressional Research Service Middle East Specialist Jeremy Sharp visited UCF on April 6th and 7th. Sharp, a former Presidential Management Fellow and current employee of the Congressional Research Service served as a guest lecturer for two courses in the political science department–Politics of the Middle East along with Human Rights Policy. Sharp provided students with an overview of his job responsibilities and discussed the importance of providing non-partisan information to policy makers to better inform their policy decision-making. Sharp also served as a panelist for the International Relations Club’s Middle East in the 21st Century Symposium along with David Dumke of the PMBF program. The panel discussed Middle Eastern policy in the modern age Students asked questions regarding the current political climate in the region, US involvement in Syria, and projections for what the future may entail. Following his panel, Mr. Sharp participated in a luncheon with members of the IRC, fielding questions on policy decision-making and his role in informing Congress on a vast array of issues.
Photos of his panel and the ensuing discussion can be found here.