How should America compete in the new Global Superpower Competition?

An Evening with Lt. General (Ret) Ben Hodges

Thursday, July 11, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Gen. Ben HodgesGeneral Ben Hodges was Commander of the United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017 and Commander of the NATO Allied Command from 2012 to 2014. Stars and Stripes called Hodges’ tenure at USAREUR “the most consequential in Europe since the end of the Cold War.” Ben maintains his residence in Frankfurt, Germany where he serves as the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies for the Center for European Policy and Analysis, a Washington based think tank.

The return of the Great Nation competition is the defining geopolitical fact of our time. Russia and China have implanted clearly defined strategies to tear apart the western alliances, undermine democracies and threaten 70 years of peace in Europe. General Hodges will talk about how the West is being threatened and America needs to respond with integrated military, diplomatic and private investment initiatives.

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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

U.S. Image Abroad: The Ongoing Case for the U.S. Peace Corps

An evening with Steve Driehaus
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

5:30-7 p.m. – Reception & Dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Presentation and Discussion

Schiff Conference Center
Cintas Center at Xavier University

Steve Driehaus is a former Member of Congress and four term State Representative from Cincinnati. In addition to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal ’88-‘90, he spent six years as Country Director for Peace Corps in Swaziland and Morocco from 2011-2017.

Steve is currently the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, Cincinnati’s welcoming initiative for immigrants, and the Managing Partner of the Good Government Group.

Established in 1961, the Peace Corps has sent over 230,000 Volunteers to 141 countries around the world. There are currently 7,376 volunteers and trainees serving in 65 countries. While the foreign policy direction of the United States changes with each administration, Peace Corps remains a constant and integral presence in developing countries across the globe. Steve will discuss the relevance of the Peace Corps, 58 years in, and its ongoing contribution to US foreign policy.

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World Affairs Council

FBI: The International Mission

An evening with Joseph M. Deters
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC)
Criminal Branch, Cincinnati

Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 5:30-6:15 p.m. – Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

Schiff Conference Center
Cintas Center at Xavier University

Joseph M. Deters

Joseph M. Deters

In 2001 Special Agent Joseph Deters joined the FBI. From 2001-2008, he served in the Miami Field Office working on narcotics trafficking and as a member of the Latin American Extra-territorial Squad, focused on kidnapping, hostage taking and terrorism cases.

In 2008, he became Supervisory Special Agent to the National Gang Task Force including MS-13 and l8, at the Transnational Anti-Gang Unit in El Salvador. He was International Operations Division Legal Attaché overseeing all FBI operations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Additional posts include Supervisor of a Public Corruption Squad in Los Angeles and his current Cincinnati post. Before joining the FBI, Agent Deters was Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound. His Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona.

Special Agent Deters will discuss the scope, diplomacy and relationships needed for successful FBI overseas operations through the 80 FBI field offices on foreign soil. His extensive work and experience in Latin America will offer a unique opportunity to understand the international dimension of U.S. anti-crime efforts.

Event sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

World Affairs Council