Below is a list of our 2019 Java Café--Global Conversation Series topics. We hope you enjoyed our 2019 series and hope to see you at more in the future! 

JAVA CAFÉ--GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS SERIES

Our January 8, 2019 topic:

What Has the United Nations Done for Me Lately?

Our first Java Café Global Conversation of 2019 guest speaker was Terence Blackburn. Click here for notes from the conversation! 

Terence Blackburn is the current chair of the national Education Committee of UNA-USA and one of three Regional Representatives from the Great Lakes Region to the National Council of UNA-USA.  He is the former Dean of Michigan State University College of Law and the Founding Dean of the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy nd International Relations in New Jersey and of the KIMEP University School of Law in Almaty Kazakhstan.   He served as Country Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Cairo, Egypt from 2009-10 and 2012-15 and of the ABA-ROLI program in Morocco in 2008.  Earlier in his career he was a civil rights lawyer, a corporate lawyer and a professor of law.

7 pm - 8:30 pm

East Lansing Public Library 

Large Meeting Room


Our February 19, 2019 Topic: 

The Global Pathogens Project - a UN and MSU Partnership  

Join us for a discussion with guest speaker Professor Joan B. Rose. Professor Rose (NAE member) holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University in the Depts of Fisheries & Wildlife and Plant, Soil and Microbiological Science. She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety and currently leads of the Global Water Pathogens Project in partnership with UNESCO www.waterpathogens.org; http://www.rose.canr.msu.edu/. She has published more than 300 manuscripts. Her work addresses the study of viruses, source tracking markers and protozoa in the water environment; use of new molecular tools for surveying and mapping water pollution for recreational and drinking water, irrigation water, coastal and ballast waters ; assessment of innovative water treatment technology for the developed and developing world; and use of quantitative microbial risk assessment. She is the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She is the 2001 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and was awarded Honorary Citizenship in Singapore for her contributions to water quality, water education and Singapore’s water security 4-taps program. Dr. Rose earned her B.Sc. (Univ. of Arizona) M.S (from Univ of Wyoming) and Ph.D. (1985) in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

East Lansing Public Library

950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Large Meeting Room

Overflow parking available at All Saints Church

800 Abbot Road, just south of the library




Our March 26, 2019 topic:

The U.N. and our Global Environmental Issues

David S. FavreJoin us for a discussion with guest speaker Professor David Favre. Professor Favre has taught International Environmental Law for over twenty years at Michigan State University College of Law. He became immersed into the topic in the 1980’s when he began attending the bi-annual conferences of the Convention on Endangered Species (CITES), writing the first legal text on the Convention and several articles on the wildlife treaty, and on ivory trade. Beginning in the 1990’s he has had his students focusing on the sad story of global warming and the twin issue of sustainable development.



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

East Lansing Public Library

950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Large Meeting Room

Overflow parking available at All Saints Church

800 Abbot Road, just south of the library



JAVA CAFÉ GLOBAL CONVERSATION - MAY 14, 2019

What is the UN and UNA doing to make the

world a better place for women?

Guest speaker for this event was London Bell, Midwest Representative to the National UNA Council CEDAW representative. London J. Bell is a native Detroiter, a lawyer, community organizer, activist, and humanitarian with specific educational training in international human rights law and policy and international business and trade law. London has focused her career advocating for policy changes on behalf of diverse communities. She is the Founder and President of Bell Global Justice Institute, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Detroit focused on advancing and promoting the human rights of women and girls. London is a member of the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) and serves as a 2018-2020 UNA-USA National Council Member (Great Lakes Region). She is also the President of the Greater Detroit UNA Chapter.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Refreshments and Networking 6:30 - 7 p.m.

East Lansing Public Library

950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Large Meeting Room

Overflow parking available at All Saints Church

800 Abbot Road, just south of the library.

Note: gate directly to the library from church parking lot. 



JAVA CAFÉ GLOBAL CONVERSATION - OCTOBER 1, 2019

Food Industry and Food Justice:

Food Industry Consolidation: Drivers and Impacts on Sustainable Development Goals

Nearly every day brings news of another merger or acquisition involving the companies that control our food supply. This presentation explores which firms have become the most dominant, why these trends are occurring, and their potential impacts on UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Featured Presenter:  Dr. Phil Howard,  Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, and a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He is the author of Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Refreshments and Networking 6:30 - 7 p.m.

East Lansing Public Library

950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

Large Meeting Room

Overflow parking available at All Saints Church

800 Abbot Road, just south of the library.

Note: gate directly to the library from church parking lot. 









gluna@msu.edu

P.O. Box 1853
East Lansing, MI 48826

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software