IAF season launches in person Thursday with Democracy vs. Autocracy event

Erica Frantz, PhDNorthwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum launches its 29th season on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & snacks.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism book coverDr. Frantz has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The event will be moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Political Science and Philosophy Departments at Northwestern Michigan College. John holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At NMC, he teaches moral and ethical philosophy and political science courses in a variety of disciplines. He has been promoting student and community engagement in world affairs for over two decades at NMC.

Tickets are required and available for purchase at TCIAF.com or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person.

Current students and educators receive free in-person admission with school I.D. or name badge. The event is available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

IAF: Grappling With Pandemics: Global Health Policy In The 21st Century

WED, SEPT 16 @ 5:00 PM EST via ZOOM

IAF logoDr. Julio FrenkWith the world still wrestling with the pandemic, the International Affairs Forum opens its 27th Season in conversation with Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, former Minister of Health of Mexico, former Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, former Executive Director of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization, and co-editor of Saving Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.

The discussion will be moderated by Ken Warner, former dean, professor, and researcher at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and current IAF board member.

Join us for a discussion on global responses to the pandemic and the future of public health and social wellbeing. Questions for discussion can be emailed to iaf@nmc.edu.

Join the discussion!

Register here or call (231) 995-1844 for more information.

IAF hosts discussion on climate change

The dramatic impact of a changing climate in the Antarctic

Thursday, May 21 @ 4 p.m. via ZOOM

“We can’t solve this problem if we won’t even talk about it.” – James McClintock

Join the International Affairs Forum for a timely climate crisis discussion. This virtual event will include a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. James B. McClintock, Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (more…)

IAF hosts Academic WorldQuest Feb. 6

The International Affairs Forum hosts its annual Academic WorldQuest competition at the Hagerty Center Thursday, Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Eighteen local high school teams will compete for the chance to take part in the national flagship youth education program of the World Affairs Councils in Washington, D.C. on April 22. (more…)