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Global Santa Fe News Digest
Thursday, July 14, 2022

A Message from Lisa Ellis

Dear Friends,

Our team is in transition! We’re so pleased to welcome three amazing new team members: Christian and Noah, who joined us earlier this month, and Regan, who starts on Monday. We’re excited to be working and learning together, and we are so grateful to those who have carried us through this past season of growth and change.

Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” We invite you to join us for upcoming programs, including Jeffrey Engel’s fascinating talk on U.S.-Russian relations, and our summer gathering for members.  
Enjoy the rest of summer, and remember to order your Global Santa Fe cycling and hiking gear today. See you out on the roads and trails!
PROGRAM UPDATES

PUTIN AND THE PRESIDENTS
A Talk with Jeffrey Engel


Wednesday, July 20
Estancia Primera Clubhouse
450 Avenida Primera S. 

Pre-talk social hour at 5:00 pm followed by talk at 6:00 pm
Members – $15, Nonmembers – $25


Join Global Santa Fe for a talk with Jeffrey Engel on Putin’s unique relationship with U.S. presidents over the last two decades. The evening begins with a 5:00 pm social hour including wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by the talk at 6:00 pm.

Jeffrey Engel, the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, is the author or editor of a dozen books on American foreign policy. He is a frequent media contributor with articles appear regularly in the Washington PostUSA Today, etc.

“I could not be more pleased that Jeff Engel will be speaking to our members and friends. As you will see, he is a remarkably gifted speaker who is both entertaining and knowledgeable. In 2012 the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations named him their Bernath Prize lecturer and in 2019 SMU’s Residence Life students voted him their Hope Professor of the Year. In my view, When the World Seemed New, is one of the best books written on this important period.” Jim Falk

Click here for more information and to register.

GLOBAL SANTA FE ANNUAL SUMMER MEMBER GATHERING


Thursday, August 11
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Randall Davey Audubon Center Pavilion
FREE to active Global Santa Fe members

Global Santa Fe members are invited to our 2022 traditional summer gathering. This year’s event will be an early evening social on August 11, including live music performed by Round Mountain, wine and hors d’oeuvres at the fabulous Randall Davey Audubon Center Pavilion.

This FREE event is open to all active members. Not a member yet? If you’ve been considering joining or renewing your membership to Global Santa Fe, there is no time like the present to do so! We’d love to see you there!

Click here to join or renew your Global Santa Fe membership.

To RSVP please call Susan Jay at 505-660-5513.

EDUCATION UPDATES

IMAGINE CHALK: COMMUNITY CHALK DRAWING FOR THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

Thursday, August 4, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At the Santa Fe Railyard, near the Water Tower
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Tomorrow’s Women and Drawing on Earth are teaming up with Global Santa Fe, Vital Spaces and Southwestern College to present a playful day of collective artmaking and an opportunity to connect with young local and international peace builders.

CITY SUMMER PROGRAM

Week before last, Global Santa Fe spent three mornings with middle and high school students in the City Summer Program. Students explored different cultures by playing global jeopardy, making origami, trying Japanese foods and learning Korean from our own Global Santa Fe intern Yujin! Learning about other cultures and places around the world through hands-on activities was new and exciting for local youth.

2022-23 STUDENT FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15!

The next Fellowship round will focus on global topics that are relevant in New Mexico – such as immigration, food justice, and Indigenous rights – and will also explore careers, media, and current events related to international affairs. 

Fellows will meet regularly from September through April and have the opportunity to meet experts in the field, engage with students from other schools, attend Global Santa Fe events, and work on a long-term project related to a global passion or interest. For more information about the Fellowship application, click here.

FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE



Last week, Global Santa Fe had the privilege to host a group of emerging leaders in the field of language education from eleven Eurasian countries titled “21st Century ChangeMakers: American Language and Multicultural Diversity. They met with with New Mexico Public Education Department’s Language and Culture Division, the Santa Fe Community College’s ESL Program, and the summer camp Hands-on Heritage. Participants also enjoyed meeting international artists and experiencing New Mexico’s unique art scene as they volunteered at the International Folk Art Market (IFAM).

STAFF TRANSITIONS: WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

Click here to learn more about our new team.

Christian Finke has joined us as Program Officer for International Exchange. Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a double major in International Studies and Political Science. Christian lived abroad as an exchange student in Estonia and Spain and as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysian Borneo. He also worked as an intern for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and as Program Associate for the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX).

Regan Hill, our new Program Officer for Partnership and Outreach, is a multilingual, international educator who is fluent in French with some Wolof, Haitian Creole and Korean. She has lived and worked in Europe, West Africa and Asia, and recently worked for Bridge Refugee Services and the International Rescue Committee. Regan brings passion for relationship building, and will work with us to increase partnerships and sponsorships. She also will apply her experience as a former English teacher in Senegal and Germany to help manage our Student Fellows Program.

Noah Zaleman is a second year student at St. John’s College. This summer he is working as an intern at Global Santa Fe to pursue his interest in international relations. He grew up in a French-speaking household and culturally considers himself to be both American and French. He looks forward to working with professionals on international relations and participating in the diverse projects that Global Santa Fe offers.
 
We also wish to thank Brooke Minnich for her many contributions to the education programs over the past year. Brooke is moving on to pursue a lifelong passion for food justice as Agency Partnerships Coordinator at The Food Depot. “I have worked as an educator for six years and have loved every minute of it! Global Santa Fe has connected me with high school students in such a meaningful way, and I have been inspired by their ambitions to change the world. I’m excited to take what I’ve learned to address hunger and inequity in my local community.” 

Hope to see you soon!

Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
globalsantafe.org
lisa@sfcir.org
Global Santa Fe News Digest
Thursday, June 23, 2022

A Message from Lisa Ellis

Dear Friends,

This week, the global community marked World Refugee Day. The UN Refugee Agency reports that a record-breaking 100 million people are currently displaced or seeking refuge as a result of conflict, natural disasters and disease. This means that 1 in every 78 people on earth has been forced to leave their home, security and livelihood. Some 24 million Ukrainians, of which 15 million are inside the country, are in need of humanitarian assistance. More than 30 million Africans are either internally displaced, refugees, or asylum seekers. Just yesterday, Afghanistan was hit by a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 1,000 people and displaced and injured more than 1,500. The numbers just keep growing and are so massive that it can be hard to get our minds around them.

This fall, Global Santa Fe will host a program to explore the global trends in population displacements, the humanitarian response and ways to help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

A number of nonprofits here in New Mexico are supporting refugees, and there are many ways to get involved. (I invite you to visit the links below.) Global Santa Fe is grateful to these and other community groups for their good work, and also for generously sharing their expertise with the international visitors we bring to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Dreamers Project 
United Church of Santa Fe
Lutheran Family Services

Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque  
PROGRAM UPDATES

A TALK WITH JEFFREY ENGEL
Putin and the Presidents 


Wednesday, July 20
5:00 pm pre-talk social hour including wine and
hors d’oeuvres followed by the talk at 6:00 pm
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Estancia Primera Clubhouse, 450 Avenida Primera S.
Members – $15, Nonmembers – $25


US-Russian relations are at a new post-Cold War low. But those tensions go far beyond the current crisis over Ukraine. Russian-American antagonisms stem instead from long-standing geopolitical differences–different worldviews, really–held by American and Russian leaders since the Cold War’s End. Only by understanding how today’s conflicts began, can we hope to plot a path forward.

Jeffrey Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and a Professor in the Clements Department of History. Engel has authored or edited twelve books on American foreign policy, including Cold War at 30, Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy, which received the Paul Birdsall Prize from the American Historical Association.

Click here for more information and to register.

GLOBAL SANTA FE SUMMER MEMBER GATHERING


We are thrilled to announce that our traditional summer gathering will be an early evening social at the fabulous Randall Davey Audubon Center Pavilion in August.

We’re still nailing down the details, so please stay tuned!


WHICH SPEAKERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR FROM?

So many of our members and supporters have extraordinary experiences, expertise and connections with other experts who might speak on a wide range of topics related to world affairs. We are always eager to receive your input on potential speakers and other program ideas. Which topics are you longing to learn more about? We value your feedback, so please take a moment to complete this short five-question survey 

2022-23 STUDENT FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS LIVE!


The next Fellowship round will focus on global topics that are relevant in New Mexico – such as immigration, food justice, and Indigenous rights – and will also explore careers, media, and current events related to international affairs. Fellows will meet regularly from September through April and have the opportunity to meet experts in the field, engage with students from other schools, attend Global Santa Fe events, and work on a long-term project related to a global passion or interest. For more information about the Fellowship application, click here.

Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
globalsantafe.org
lisa@sfcir.org
Global Santa Fe News Digest
Thursday, June 9, 2022

A Message from Lisa Ellis 

Dear Friends,

Each month, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) features one of its 90 councils across the US as Council of the Month. Global Santa Fe was selected as the June Council and will be highlighted each week in the WACA email for the month of June 2022. 


As a WACA member, we are grateful to collaborate with other councils to share programming and shape public discourse on a range of critical global issues, from national security and human rights, to the economy and international trade, to global health, energy and the environment. Board Member Jim Falk will represent Global Santa Fe at WACA’s Spring Leadership Meeting in Colorado Springs this weekend. 
 For those who missed our 2022 Annual Gala, you can now listen to Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch interviewed by Ambassador Mark L. Asquino on May 18, 2022.
PROGRAM UPDATES

SEBASTIAN MALLABY
Last week, Jim Falk moderated a Cover to Cover conversation with Sebastian Mallaby, author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Listen to the talk here.



SAVE THE DATE! JEFFREY ENGEL, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, will be joining us live for an event in Santa Fe on Wednesday, July 20. Details to be announced. 

WHICH SPEAKERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR FROM?

So many of our members and supporters have extraordinary experiences, expertise and connections with other experts who might speak on a wide range of topics related to world affairs. We are always eager to receive your input on potential speakers and other program ideas. Which topics are you longing to learn more about? We value your feedback, so please take a moment to complete this short three-question survey 

2022-23 STUDENT FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS LIVE!


The next Fellowship round will focus on global topics that are relevant in New Mexico – such as immigration, food justice, and Indigenous rights – and will also explore careers, media, and current events related to international affairs. Fellows will meet regularly from September through April and have the opportunity to meet experts in the field, engage with students from other schools, attend Global Santa Fe events, and work on a long-term project related to a global passion or interest. For more information about the Fellowship application, click here.


We look forward to seeing more of you this summer!
Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
globalsantafe.org
lisa@sfcir.org
Global Santa Fe News Digest
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
A Message from Lisa Ellis

Dear Friends,
Thank you to Global Santa Fe’s members and friends for joining us for our Gala last week – a full house, a riveting guest speaker, the launch of our new brand, and the celebration of our awardees!

       
We’ll be posting a video of Ambassador Yovanovitch’s conversation with Ambassador Mark L. Asquino on our website soon. In the meantime, I invite you to listen to the KSFR Interview with Ambassador Yovanovitch, watch her KOAT-TV interview, and read the post-Gala article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

While she was in Santa Fe, Ambassador Yovanovitch told students at Capital High School that now is the time to consider a career in diplomacy. She believes young people are full of idealism and ideas and that, no matter the challenges, she sees a “whole generation coming up that is ready to address them.”


Global Santa Fe Student Fellow Amelia Clark told Gala guests that her fellowship experience made her “more confident in how we can make a difference in the world as global citizens.”

In his remarks at the Gala, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber lifted up Global Santa Fe’s work and the timing of our event as an “inflection point.” He told us: “We are confronting again an old, hard lesson: We have to think the unthinkable, because the unimaginable is happening. We are witnessing more than an attack on Ukraine. We are witnessing attacks on truth, on facts, on fundamental values—on reality itself.” Read the Mayor’s complete remarks here.

If you were not able to attend our Gala, but would like to make a donation to Global Santa Fe, click here. With your help, we can continue to support student fellows like Amelia, host speakers like Amb. Yovanovitch, and connect New Mexicans with international visitors. Let’s stay informed, join in courageous conversations, and stay connected. Let’s do it together. Global Santa Fe will help.

Lisa

PS: We encourage COVID-19 testing as a precautionary measure after our gala and all large gatherings during this time of increased cases. UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

VIRTUAL PROGRAM FEATURING HAL BRANDS
The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today, moderated by Jim Falk

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 pm MDT
Zoom Meeting – The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.
Global Santa Fe Members – FREE with code (BRANDS), Nonmembers – $10
This event is cosponsored with Phoenix Committee on Foreign Affairs.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

SEBASTIAN MALLABY, Paul Volcker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Post columnist and author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future, will share the stories of venture capitalists at high profile firms. Malaby’s book explores the history of tech incubation and considers the most iconic triumphs and infamous disasters in Silicon Valley history, from the comedy of errors at the birth of Apple to the avalanche of venture money that fostered hubris at WeWork and Uber.

Thursday, June 2, 12:00 pm MDT
FREE livestream interview in World Affairs Councils of America’s COVER TO COVER series.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

GLOBAL SANTA FE IS HIRING! 

Global Santa Fe is at an exciting juncture with the launch of our new name, brand identity and website, representing years of organizational transformation. The Associate Director for Development and Membership and the Program Officer for International Exchange will draw on this momentum to leverage our new brand to bring Global Santa Fe into its next stage of growth and impact locally, nationally, and globally. Please forward cover letter and resume to: susan@sfcir.org.

Gratefully,
Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
globalsantafe.org
lisa@sfcir.org
Global Santa Fe News Digest
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
A Message from Lisa Ellis

Dear Friends,

We’ve let you know it’s coming. Now the time is finally here! This week, we’re excited to be formally launching our new name, “Global Santa Fe,” and tagline “Connecting Our World,” along with our new website, globalsantafe.org: We’ve also updated our social media handles on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. We’re official! 

We will celebrate our new brand at Global Santa Fe’s annual gala on Wednesday, May 18th, featuring a conversation with former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Read the article about Ambassador Yovanovitch in Sunday’s Santa Fe New Mexican.

During the Gala, Global Santa Fe also will pay tribute to a select group of dedicated people who have worked tirelessly to help connect New Mexicans with the world: 
 ●     Dialogue & Diplomacy Award – Jim Falk, Global Santa Fe Board Member and former Interim Executive Director, for significantly enhancing programming by recruiting marquee speakers who imparted knowledge and gave context to current and emerging global issues. 
●     Cultural Exchange Award – Somos un Pueblo Unido, for their crucial work in promoting immigrants’ rights in New Mexico, as well as the group’s rich history of participating in Global Santa Fe’s International Visitor Leadership Program. 
●     Student Engagement Award – Amy Page, social studies teacher at Moriarty High School, for serving as an advocate for rural schools and a champion in consistently delivering Global Santa Fe’s education programs to Moriarty students.
●     The Judge Chuck Case Lecture on International Law – Chuck Case, Global Santa Fe’s Immediate Past Board President, for his devotion to international law and the pursuit of civil institutions in emerging democracies, with the establishment of the Judge Chuck Case Lecture on International Law. 

Read more about the brand, gala, and our esteemed awardees in the press release.

We’re also pleased that twelve international visitors from the Near East and North Africa and four escort/interpreters will be joining us at the Gala reception. The group, which arrives today, will spend the week here as part of their U.S. State Department program, Preserving Cultural Heritage and Combating Trafficking of Conflict Antiquities. Through our cultural exchange programs, we help to create connections that deepen global
understanding.Visitors from the Near East and North Africa, who will be joining the 2022 Global Santa Fe Annual Gala
Join us in advancing New Mexico’s intellectual and global leadership. Help us spread the word about Global Santa Fe’s new name and brand, and our continued work to empower members, like you, as well as educators, students and communities to be informed and engaged global citizens.We couldn’t do it without you!
Gratefully,
Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
globalsantafe.org
lisa@sfcir.org
Global Santa Fe News Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
A Message from Lisa Ellis

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, journalism organizations marked World Press Freedom Day with renewed calls for the safety of journalists. A free press, one of the essential components in advancing democracy, is not to be taken for granted. Courageous journalists fight and sometimes die to tell the stories that governments don’t want told. From Russia and Belarus, to China and the Philippines, to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, governments censor, threaten, detain, imprison and even assassinate journalists.

Comedian Trevor Noah asked this question of American journalists at the recent White House Correspondents Association dinner: “If Russian journalists are fighting to report on what their own government is doing, if they had the freedom to write any words to ask any question, if they had basically what you had, would they be using it in the same way you do? Ask yourself that question every day.”

The First Amendment is the cornerstone of a government by, for and of the people. Yet many Americans can’t list the five freedoms it guarantees. So here’s my question for us: What if we could no longer count on our rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition?

Want to learn more about the importance of strengthening democratic institutions around the world? There’s still time to register for the Ben Rhodes’ talk tomorrow at 7pm, to hear about his new book, After the Fall: The Rise of Authoritarianism in the World We’ve Made.

Through our programs, including our Under Fire series, Global Santa Fe will explore the topic of democracy, including the role of an independent media. We will convene New Mexicans of all ages, international visitors from all regions, and speakers from across the globe, to promote dialogue and expand our thinking. It’s our democracy. Join us.
SOLD OUT!  To be added to a wait list, please email: jessie@sfcir.org
Presenting Diamond Sponsor Diana MacArthurPROGRAM UPDATEBOOK TALK WITH BEN RHODES
After the Fall: The Rise of Authoritarianism in the World We’ve Made

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME!
Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm MDT
New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.
Members – $25, Nonmembers – $35

A live in-person evening talk and book signing. 
This event is cosponsored with the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and with the support of Global Santa Fe member Jim Clay.

Ben Rhodes is probably best known today as co-host of Pod Save the World, but that is just one of his many activities. He is currently a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC and a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama. His most recent book, After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made, is the result of years of traveling to dozens of countries where he had the opportunity to speak with activists and politicians who are confronting rising nationalism and authoritarianism. From 2009-2016, Ben served as Deputy National Security Advisor, overseeing the President’s national security communications, speechwriting and public diplomacy. He was a key player in the reestablishment of relations with Cuba. As listeners to the Pod know, Ben is as thoughtful as he is eloquent. 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

UPCOMING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

LIVESTREAM CONVERSATION WITH LECH WALESA
An Evening with Lech Wałęsa, former president of Poland,
Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, and founder of the Lech Wałęsa Institute.  


Tuesday, May 10, 5:00 pm MDT (7:00 pm EST)
Virtual Livestream by ZOOM – $10 
This event is co-presented with World Affairs Council of Connecticut

Join our sister Council the World Affairs Council of Connecticut in conversation with the former president of Poland, Lech Wałęsa. President Wałęsa is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Lech Wałęsa Institute. The program will be moderated by WAC Connecticut CEO Megan Torrey. Ticket proceeds for this event, both virtual and in-person, will be used by the Institute to aid Ukrainian refugees.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

VIRTUAL PROGRAM FEATURING HAL BRANDS
The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today, moderated by Jim Falk

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 pm MDT (12:00 noon  MST)
Zoom Meeting – The link for this webinar will be included in your registration confirmation email.
Members – FREE with code (BRANDS), Nonmembers – $10
This event is cosponsored with Phoenix Committee on Foreign Affairs.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

COMMUNITY EVENTS




Diversity, Professional Development and International Exchange
May 13 – 15, Albuquerque, NM (in-person) 

Global Santa Fe Executive Director Lisa Ellis will moderate a panel on Women Diplomats on Saturday, May 14, 11-11:45 am MDT.


Presented in partnership with Global Ties U.S., this event is designed to provide U.S. ExchangeAlumni with skills, resources, and ideas to grow professionally from interactive workshops on team building, mentorship, and persuasive communications, to panels on inclusive programing, international business, and more. NOTE: To participate in Career Connections and Career Connections Global+ programming, attendees must be U.S. citizen Exchange Alumni and registered on the International Exchange Alumni website at www.alumni.state.gov. Registration is now open on the Exchange Alumni website at www.alumni.state.gov.

 Lisa Ellis
Executive Director
www.sfcir.org
lisa@sfcir.org