Cyber Crime, Cyberwar, Hacking and What We Can Do

Please join us for an FPLC special event with Professor David Rapien, Information Systems Undergraduate Program Director at Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati.

Wednesday, March 24 @ 6:30PM

David RapienSince Leon Panetta’s 2012 warning, we have been in an active global cyberwar. Countries, organized crime, hacktivists, and disgruntled employees have caused trillions of dollars of damage. We will discuss what types of attacks are being waged, who the players are, and what can our governments do to better protect our citizens.

David Rapien is a system architect and information flow analyst. As a founder of D&P Software, Schedule DR LLC, and Panther Productions, David was the mind behind Sports Scheduling Software, a global information systems solution that has been providing a scheduling engine for organizations worldwide since 1991.

David has also developed large scale bank forecasting systems, legal systems, insurance reporting systems, and student information systems, as well as a widely used systematic stock trading software. He has extensive teaching experience at the secondary and collegiate levels.

He has been an expert witness, a panelist and presenter for national conferences. Besides University of Cincinnati he also teaches at the Future University of Egypt in Cairo, and has worked with industry heads in various consultative functions.

Holocaust and Humanity Center to Host Samantha Power, Former US Ambassador to UN

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center will host a virtual conversation with Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

In this intimate and thought-provoking dialogue, Samantha Power will discuss her New York Times-bestselling memoir,
The Education of an Idealist

 Thursday, March 18,
at 7 p.m. EST. via Zoom

Samantha Power

Themes discussed in Power’s memoir are aligned with social issues explored in the Humanity Gallery within the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at historic Union Terminal. In “The Education of an Idealist,” Power explains how she coined the term “upstander,” and how we all have the opportunity to be upstanders in unique ways. 

Upstanders are individuals who stand up for others and their rights. They fight against injustice and unfairness, and they use their character strengths to inspire action and become the best of humanity today.

“Every day, almost all of us find ourselves weighing whether we can or should do something to help others,” Power writes in the book. “We decide, on issues large and small, whether we will be bystanders or upstanders.” 

Humorous and deeply honest, “The Education of an Idealist” lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power’s memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Hosted in partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the public can reserve their admission for this exclusive event online. For $30, attendees will receive a copy of “The Education of an Idealist in addition to admission to the event. Admission, without a copy of the book, is available to reserve for $10. 

Event Made Possible by:

Holocaust & Humanity Center

The Challenges of International Cultural Preservation

Rebuilding Notre Dame
Presented by Professor Elizabeth Riorden

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
5:30 Reception/6:15 Dinner/7:00 p.m. Presentation

Schiff Conference Center
Cintas Center at Xavier University

The FPLC invites you and your guests to a stellar presentation about the preservation of global cultural treasures, using the tragic fire of Notre Dame as a focus. Professor Elizabeth Riorden will offer a compelling insider view of how to preserve the world’s great cultural treasures.

Elizabeth Riorden earned her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia in 1981. After working as an architectural designer and registered architect, she returned to an earlier career interest: archaeology. With B.A. degree from Brown in Ancient and Medieval Culture (magna cum laude 1978), Riorden had a deep interest in the built environment of past civilizations. In 1989 she participated in excavations at Troy in Northwest Turkey. Her Troy drawings and articles appear in Studia Troica. In 2002 she became a full-time academic, teaching architectural design, history and preservation at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design.

Riorden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome where her Fellowship project was a study of roof interventions in sensitive archaeological sites. For decades she pursued field work at the medieval site of Psalmodi in the Rhône delta of France, bringing her students to the ruined monastic site for training in advanced architectural documentation and analysis. In 2017 at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Maastricht, she presented Early Gothic in the Midi; the Benedictine Abbey of Psalmodi.” She will share how we can safeguard the world’s architectural treasures.

Event sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

World Affairs Council

US Foreign Policy Matters

When US Foreign Policy Goals Conflict with
the Conduct of American Businesses Abroad

Presented by Qaisar Shareef

Monday, March 26, 2017

5:30-7 p.m. – Reception
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Presentation and Discussion
Schiff Conference Center at Xavier University

Mr. Qaisar Shareef concluded in 2011 a career of nearly 30 years with Procter & Gamble. He joined the company at headquarters in 1981, and spent a dozen years living and working abroad as P&G country manager in startup ventures in the emerging markets of Pakistan and Ukraine. The subsidiaries he led in those two countries continue to thrive today in spite of difficult circumstances. P&G Pakistan received from the U.S. State Department an Award for Corporate Excellence in 2012.

In his first book, When Tribesmen Came Calling: Building an Enduring American Business in Pakistan, published in 2017 by Blue Ear Books, Qaisar narrates his experiences successfully building American businesses in emerging markets, sharing learning about how business success was achieved and exploring the interplay among business, economics, culture, and politics. He was witness to historical political events that continue to shape Pakistan and Ukraine. He tells these stories in an engaging and informative way – as only an eyewitness can.

He is an advisory partner at Ward Howell International, a global executive search and management consultancy firm. He has taught as adjunct faculty in International Marketing in the School of International Business at the George Washington University.

Based in the Washington, DC area, Qaisar serves on the boards of many organizations from the Pakistani-American and American Muslim communities. He also serves on the Leadership Council of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a D.C.-based think tank. Originally from Pakistan, Qaisar moved to Cincinnati in 1977. He has a B.S. degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Event sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

World Affairs Council