Conversations at The Carter Center

Our "Conversations at The Carter Center" series brings you up close with Carter Center experts, policy makers, and other special guests to discuss the issues that shape your world. Following their discussion, panelists take questions from the audience. All Conversations are webcast live and archived for future viewing. You can register online to attend an event in person at the Carter Center's Ivan Allen Pavilion. Some events may require an online ticket purchase. The free live webcasts do not require registration.


Complete 2013-2014 Schedule:

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A Conversation with the Carters
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. (EDT)

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter discuss recent Carter Center peace and health initiatives around the world.


Peace in the Sudans
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. (EDT)

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In 2011, South Sudan celebrated its independence after more than two decades of war, but conflict in the region continues. An expert panel discussed the Carter Center's efforts to strengthen peace and create a lasting understanding between the two countries, including most recently a series of dialogues between prominent leaders from Sudan and South Sudan.

Panelists included two members of the Carter Center's dialogue group, Ambassador Nureldin Satti and Professor Jok Madut Jok. Brief bios are below. The event was moderated by Itonde Kakoma, assistant director of the Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program and manager of the Center's Sudan-South Sudan Dialogue Group.

Ambassador Nureldin Satti is director of the National Library of Sudan and serves as co-chair at the Woodrow Wilson International Center's Sudan Working Group. Previously, he was director for the UNESCO cluster offices in Addis Ababa (2007-2008) and Dar Es Salaam (2001). He also served as deputy special representative at the U.N. Political Office for Burundi.

Professor Jok Madut Jok is the undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youths, and Sports for the Government of South Sudan. Jok also is executive director of the Sudd Institute and a professor in the Department of History in the Loyola Marymount University in California. Previously, he was a J. Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute.


Using New Technology for Peace
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. (EST)

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Information and communications technology is quickly changing the ways in which nongovernmental organizations such as The Carter Center do their work. What are the inherent risks, challenges, and opportunities of using these tools? How is the Center harnessing technology to promote peace? Watch a panel discussion by Carter Center technology experts.

Connie Moon Sehat manages the Center's ELMO initiative, a software system designed to streamline and advance the field of election observation. It allows observers to submit data via tablet, cell phones, or online, and enables The Carter Center to make quicker and more accurate assessments of an election. Dr. Sehat previously developed software for a Lockheed Martin/NASA International Space Station project, and she has addressed the intersection of technology and social scientific research at George Mason and Emory universities. 

As a Carter Center intern, Christopher McNaboe developed what is now the 
Syria Conflict Mapping project, and he joined the program to formalize and expand the project in 2012. McNaboe documents and analyzes information found through social media to understand the players and structure of rebel groups in Syria. He extracts the data to draw a sophisticated conceptual map showing the connections among and evolution of armed groups. The Carter Center provides the information to neutral parties working toward a peaceful end to the crisis. The Center is among the first to use social media mining for the Syrian conflict in such a comprehensive way.

Sean Ding designs and manages Carter Center China Program projects in online awareness raising, access to information, Chinese corporate social responsibility in Africa, and U.S.-China relations. This also includes overseeing programmatic websites, and, which aim to spur conversation and debate.

This Conversation is moderated by Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs Dr. John Stremlau.

Neglected Tropical Diseases and Bringing Up the Bottom Billion
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. (EDT), webcast only

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Neglected tropical diseases afflict the poorest of the poor in some of the world's most remote and isolated communities. Yet they are not as obscure as many people think – the blinding bacterial disease trachoma existed in the United States and Europe until the early-20th century, and river blindness was brought to the Americas from Africa through the slave trade. Through nearly three decades of work at the grassroots, The Carter Center has seen firsthand how fighting these horrific, yet easily preventable illnesses can make a tremendous impact on poverty and improve overall global health.


  • Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, vice president for health programs, The Carter Center
  • Dr. Frank O. Richards, director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, Schistosomiasis Control Program, and Malaria Control Program, The Carter Center
  • Kane Farabaugh (moderator), Voice of America correspondent

Search for Identity: Reflections on Human Rights Abuses During Argentina's Dirty War
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7-8:30 p.m. (EDT)

All seats for this Conversations event have been reserved. Please email Deborah Hakes at to be placed on the waiting list. You will be contacted if seats become available.

If you are unable to join us in person for this free event, we hope you will watch the live webcast on July. 16. No reservation is required to watch the webcast.
Note: A link to the webcast will be posted here about 10 minutes prior to the event.

Tens of thousands of individuals were arrested, tortured, and killed during Argentina's "Dirty War" from 1976-1983, which then U.S. President Jimmy Carter protested by withdrawing U.S. economic and military support. This Conversation will start with the 45-minute documentary "Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity," which describes efforts to track down grandchildren missing as a result of the atrocities. A discussion featuring central figures in the film will follow, led by President Carter, whose focus on human rights continues today through The Carter Center.

Panelists include:

  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
  • Dr. Charlie Tuggle, producer of "Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity"
  • Hodding Carter, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs
  • Tex Harris, former U.S. Embassy officer in Argentina
  • Bob Cox, former editor of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald

The event will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center's Americas Program.

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