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.
Watch for the 2013-2014 Conversations at The Carter Center schedule, to be posted here in late summer.
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Venezuela's Political Future
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. (EDT), webcast only
Venezuela experts Margarita López Maya and Carter Center Americas Program Director Dr. Jennifer McCoy discuss the future of Venezuela in the wake of President Hugo Chavez' death and snap presidential elections on April 14. Venezuela controls the largest oil reserves in the world, including 10 percent of U.S. imported oil. For more than a decade, The Carter Center has conducted election observation, media training, and conflict resolution efforts in Venezuela as it has undergone profound transformations. Moderated by Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs Dr. John Stremlau.
Beyond Stigma: Bringing the Conversation About Mental Illness Forward
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 7-8:30 p.m. (EST)
Mental illnesses affect one in four people each year, yet they are some of the most poorly understood and stigmatized conditions. Many mental illnesses often develop in young adulthood, when stigma and discrimination against people with these disorders can have a significant impact on their ability to seek treatment and recover. Early intervention and community support can make a positive impact toward healing and recovery. Carter Center stigma expert Rebecca Palpant Shimkets moderated a discussion with Dr. Mark McLeod, director of Emory University Counseling Services; Billy Howard, 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism and Step Inside My Head creator; Alison Malmon, Active Minds founder and CEO; and Kimberly Minor, mental health advocate and president of Active Minds at Georgia Perimeter College.
A new generation of top Chinese national leadership will take the stage at the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2012. The struggle for power is fierce in the months before the Congress. The new leadership will have a huge impact in the next decade on China's political and social development, U.S-China relations, and the Carter Center's programming in China.
Panelists include Harvard law professor William P. Alford, a renowned U.S. legal scholar and expert in Chinese law; Boston University international relations and political science professor Joseph Fewsmith, who is highly recognized for his work on China's politics; and Carter Center China Program Director Yawei Liu, who has written and commented extensively on China's political developments and grassroots democracy. This Conversation will be moderated by Carter Center Vice President for Peace Program Dr. John Stremlau.
Hear from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter as they reflect on 30 years of the Center's peace and health initiatives around the world.