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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Powell School Launches New Breakfast Discussion Series

Mona El Ghobashy (left) and Michele Dunne"Conversations at City" presents speakers who are galvanizing discourse on national and international issues.

With pervasive and heartbreaking news about sexual violence against women in South Asia generating outrage around the globe, the Powell School is bringing together speakers on the front lines of this issue to offer needed insight on the way forward. "Gender Violence, Masculinities, and the Search for Women’s Security in South Asia," is the second of the Powell School's newly inaugurated breakfast series, "Conversations at City."  The six-part series highlights timely and significant issues of interest to the Powell School community, with each event focusing on a problem of particular relevance to one or more of the Powell School's departments or programs. Providing a forum for experts, policymakers, and others dealing with the major challenges of our time is a core element of the Powell School's mission.

Intertwined Issues

"Gender Violence, Masculinities, and the Search for Women’s Security in South Asia," will be presented on October 31 at the University Club in midtown Manhattan. The talk features Babar Bashir, an Islamabad-based specialist and researcher on mental health, masculinity, and gender violence, in discussion with Patricia Ackerman, director of the Powell School's Women's Studies Program and U.S. representative and senior trainer in gender-sensitive active non-violence for the international Women Peacemakers Program. 

The series' opening talk in September, "Egypt in Transition: Military Power and Civic Governance," featured two leading experts on the evolving roles of Egypt’s civil society and military. Michele Dunne, a scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, formerly served as Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, in diplomatic posts in Cairo, and on the White House National Security Council. Mona El-Ghobashy,an assistant professor in political science with Barnard College, is a specialist on political mobilization and street protest in contemporary Egypt. The talk, hosted at the University Club, drew students, faculty, foundation members, and professionals the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, Foundations, and the Egyptian government. 

Upcoming Breakfast on Sovereign Debt Forgiveness

On Monday, November 11, "Conversations at City" will spotlight sovereign debt crises, the threat of default, the difficulty of economic austerity policies, and the role of philanthropy.
"Sovereign Debt Forgiveness," will featuring two global finance specialists, Fulvio Dobrich and Vasil Tsamis. Dobrich, a member of the Powell School's board of visitors, is a founder of the Galileo Fund and has long experience in debt restructuring. Tsamis is the chief operating officer of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which is heavily involved in ameliorating the socio-economic crisis in Greece. This talk is also part of the Powell School's year-long focus on issues of forgiveness. "Sovereign Debt Forgiveness" will take place at the University Club in midtown Manhattan from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Seating is limited; to RSVP, contact