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

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

A night with Robin Wright
Nov. 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center
Cintas Center Xavier University Cincinnati

The Arab Spring has drawn equal measures of hope and concern around the world. The stakes are high for America, but questions of how we should be involved remain open.

Robin Wright has keenly observed the Middle East throughout her long career in journalism. Her new book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, has been heralded as an insightful analysis of the turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East.

An award-winning journalist, Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post and other newspapers, magazines and TV. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Join in a discussion with her about issues that will impact all of our lives.

Event sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

Does China Exist?

Learn About Modern China
with James & Deborah Fallows

Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
The James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center
in the Cintas Center @ Xavier University Cincinnati

James and Deborah Fallows

James and Deborah Fallows

China is in increasing competition with America for jobs, markets, military strength and diplomatic influence. It
also controls a large share of America’s debt. How should Americans think about the country that will play an important part in our future? Which of China’s strengths – and weaknesses – go unnoticed here? James and Deborah Fallows provide answers in “Does China Exist?”

James Fallows, a correspondent for The Atlantic and former presidential speechwriter, has reported internationally for nearly 30 years, including three recent years in China with his wife, Deborah, a linguist and author, who has written for National Geographic, The Atlantic and other publications. James’ books include Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China. Deborah’s latest book is Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language.

Event Sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for DialogueWorld Affairs Council Midwest USA Chinese Chamber of Commerce