World Affairs Council series at UNC Asheville begins Sept. 11

Press release from the University of North Carolina Asheville:

The crisis in Venezuela, U.S.-Mexican trade, Chinese influence in Africa, and post-Castro Cuba will all be explored in the fall 2018 World Affairs Council lectures at UNC Asheville. The lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center in the Manheimer Room.

 Sept. 11 – Crisis in Venezuela – Russell Crandall, Davidson College professor of Latin American studies will analyze affairs in Venezuela. The author of four books, Crandall also has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Council and Joint Chiefs of Staff, and been a consultant for the World Bank, Andean Development Bank and the United Nations.

 Oct. 2 – Mexico and the U.S.: A View of their Economic Intertwining – Remedios Gómez Arnau, Mexico’s consul general serving in Raleigh, N.C., will provide an update on economic ties between her nation and the U.S. Prior to her consular service, Arnau was the academic secretary and associate researcher at the Center for Research on North America of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. 

 Nov. 6 – The New Silk Road: China’s Influence and Expansion into Africa – Lina Benabdallah, Wake Forest University assistant professor of politics and international affairs, will share her observations. Her research has been quoted in The Washington Post and The New York Times, and she is a contributing editor to Africa is a Country. She is an executive board member of the Chinese in Africa/Africans in China network.

 Dec. 4 – Report from 90 Miles South: Continuity and Change in Post-Castro Cuba – Stan Dotson and Kim Christman, local pastors who have served as chaplains and leaders of two churches in Matanzas, Cuba, will provide an on-the-ground view of Cuban life. Dotson is the author of Cuba: A Day In the Life; he and his wife Christman have visited Cuba more than 25 times through the Alliance of Baptists’ partnership with the Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba.

 The lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, and the university’s Department of Political Science.

 Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNC Asheville is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students. For more information, visit or call 828.251.6140.

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