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Coming September 28: Colgate Professor, Nancy Ries on Thugocracy: Oligarchs, Mafias, the Kremlin & the Trump Presidency

21 Aug

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Nancy Ries

Sept. 28 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre

Thugocracy: Oligarchs, Mafias, the Kremlin & the Trump Presidency

Nancy Ries is Christian A. Johnson Chair in Liberal Arts Studies, Director of the Division of University Studies, and Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. Her specialty is contemporary Russia. She is fluent in Russian and has done extensive field research in Moscow and other cities since the 1980s.

Among her publications are the 1997 book, Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika, which won the Barbara Heldt Book Prize, and a 2009 article Potato Ontology: Surviving Post-Socialism in Russia which won the Cultural Anthropology Horizons Prize. She has published on state capture and the Russian mafia, everyday life theory and traumatic violence, and nuclear weapons discourse, She is currently researching the Kremlin’s nuclear saber-rattling after the takeover of Crimea, and is writing a book on thugocracy for Cornell University Press.

April 27 – Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)

27 Feb

Frank Montoya, Jr. – Senior FBI Agent (ret.)
April 27 at 7pm at Catherine Cummings Theatre 

“FBI Under Siege”

 

Frank Montoya Jr. is a retired FBI special agent with extensive experience in national security matters, having recently served as the government’s top counterintelligence official under the Director of National Intelligence. In his 25-year career with the FBI, Mr. Montoya worked to counter violent crime, assisted in the Robert Hanssen spy case, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing investigation and the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Seattle and Honolulu field offices. His views are regularly sought out by major news networks and publications. Montoya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He lives with his wife in Utah.

Montoya is highly critical of politicians attacking the FBI in connection with the ongoing Russia collusion investigation, having recently told Washington Monthly, “The baseless, unsubstantiated assaults coming from the ultra-conservative wing of Congress not only risks undermining public trust, which the FBI is dependent upon to do its job, but puts the rule of law at risk.”

 

The Global Refugee Crisis — Ambassador Mark C. Storella

16 Aug

“The Global Refugee Crisis”

Ambassador Mark C. Storella

Friday, September 8, at 7:00pm

Ambassador Mark Storella, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has a longstanding commitment to humanitarian affairs and human rights. He joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions.
Ambassador Storella previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels where he was deeply involved in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. As U.S. Ambassador to Zambia 2010-2013, he oversaw $450 million in development assistance, with a focus on innovative health and governance programs. Ambassador Storella was the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010 and served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs and subsequently as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009. In that capacity, he engaged with over 50 UN agencies and international organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration and the International Federation of the Red Cross. From 2001-2003, Ambassador Storella was adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on humanitarian action.
Ambassador Storella was Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia and Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department; he also served on the Japan and NATO desks and was posted in Bangkok, Paris and Rome.
Ambassador Storella is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. He is also the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award presented by American Citizens Abroad and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Excellence in Service Award. His languages are French, Khmer, Italian and Thai. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has written on such diverse topics as multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations. Ambassador Storella is married with two sons.