Friday, July 15, 2011

Week of 7/18 Schedule

Mon 7/18 (12PM) - Catch-Up Call with Shannon Zimmerman on Skype

Mon 7/18 (1:30PM) - AC Tunis-AC Cairo Virtual Chat on Role of Religion in Politics After the Revolutions

Tues 7/19 (1PM) - World Peace Game Simulation

The World Peace Game is a political science simulation developed in America by John Hunter. The game involves teams of students who run countries on a shared planet and have to solve challenges related to the complexities of governing a state. At the AC, we have developed a simplified version of this game, and we will allow AC visitors the chance to sample this shorter, simpler simulation based on the concept of the World Peace Game.

Wed 7/20 (1PM) - Cultures of America: Scandinavian-Americans by Colin Soderberg-Chase

Wed 7/20 (3PM) - AC Beach Outing to Sidi Bou Said or Carthage (meet at AC at 3PM to go to the beach with AC friends)

Thurs 7/21 (1PM) - Presentation on Arab-American Author Ameen Rihani by Ameni Mathlouthi

Fri 7/22 (12:30PM) - Documentary + Discussion: "Promises" (about children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)

Fri 7/22 (3PM) - Guest Speaker: Randa Fahmy Hudome on Arab-Americans, Citizen Diplomacy, and Engagement between the USA and Tunisian Youth

Her bio here & below:

An internationally recognized expert in global markets and the energy sector, Randa Fahmy Hudome has more than twenty-five years of legal and public policy experience, including service in the executive branch of the United States Government as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy.

Presently, Randa is President of Fahmy Hudome International (FHI), a strategic consulting firm, which provides critical advice and counsel to Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, media organizations, and private sector entities with an interest in energy policy and international business transactions.

Prior to founding FHI, Ms. Fahmy Hudome was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy. Working with the White House and the Departments of State and Commerce, she developed and implemented international energy policy. Her keen diplomatic skills became a critical factor when dealing with both producer and consumer nations as she exercised the Administration’s quiet diplomacy strategy in the petroleum market. Also during her tenure at Department of Energy, Randa was credited with gaining and solidifying U.S. Government support for the Permanent Secretariat of the International Energy Forum based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham’s personal representative to the Paris based International Energy Agency where she helped coordinate strategy for international oil emergencies amongst the 26-member country organization. Randa was also the point person at the Department of Energy for increased advocacy on behalf of American energy companies seeking business around the globe.

From 1995-2001, Randa served as Counselor to United States Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI). During the six years she spent in the legislative branch, she was credited with shaping many pieces of legislation that affected U.S. interests abroad. Her legislative contributions included securing increased appropriations for U.S. allies in the Middle East; drafting and securing passage for the first resolution on tolerance towards Islam in America; and orchestrating a legislative strategy to remove the U.S. travel ban on Lebanon. She also served as a key policy advisor to the Senator during his tenure on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, focusing on immigration and terrorism legislation.

Prior to her government service, Randa practiced law with Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, where she specialized in the areas of communications, international trade, and corporate litigation. She maintains bar memberships in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of International Trade.

Randa’s expertise in international energy and trade policy has been sought by the U.S. Secretary of State, who appointed her to serve on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and by the Secretary of Energy who appointed her to serve on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of SWAPSOL, a privately held energy company that discovered a breakthrough in hydrocarbon refining and CO2 mitigation.

Ms. Fahmy Hudome’s opinions on international diplomacy have been published in the Wall Street Journal, and she appears frequently as an expert analyst on energy and national security issues on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, and Al-Jazeera.

Randa received her juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she held the post of Administrative Editor of The Georgetown Journal of International Law. Her B.A. in political science and international relations was awarded summa cum laude by Wilkes University.

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