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For World Diabetes Day,   Professor Tallier, “Diabetes and the Impact on the Older Adult” 

Fundamental Etiologies of Ethnic Federalism in Ethiopia” Dr. Zelalem Kibret, a scholar from Sub-Saharan Africa spoke to a group at a program called “The Power of Literature” about his life as an imprisoned writer. The focus of Dr. Kibret’s thesis for his Ph.D. was the “ and has published in numerous academic journals. He expressed his interests in human rights law, conflict studies, governance and development in Africa, federalism, traditional institutions and the law, and African studies.   

International Day for Tolerance On , we welcomed panels from the School of Education, and Departments of Occupational Therapy and Communication Disorders to discuss the subject of “Creating a Just, Inclusive World: Combating Intolerance.” They spoke about disabilities and encouraged an open discussion within the audience about their thoughts on the topic in today’s society.

Professor Elise Arnold-Levene  -- --showed the Chilean film Machuca, which is a story of two friends, one who is very poor and one who is privileged. The boys are a part of a social integration project and witness a political coup in Chile.

On World Prematurity Day-- --Professor Kathleen Kenney-Riley gave a presentation regarding premature babies around the globe. She talked about the health issues that are linked with prematurity and the importance of raising awareness and taking action in the movement to give babies a chance at living the life they deserve.

World Toilet Day  Professors Davida Smyth and Irina Ellison presented “How the Toilet has Changed the World” on to discuss hygiene conditions on an international level. They spoke about the ways that many countries are forced to cope when toileting is inaccessible or nonexistent.

 International Human Rights Day, On Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a Mercy College student, presented “Memoirs of a War Child” – a personal and powerful story of her life as a refugee and surviving armed conflicts in Africa. The students and faculty were appreciative of her willingness to be so honest about the brutality she faced and were inspired by her strength. She wrote a book about her experiences, titled How Dare The Sun Rise, which will be published this May. 




May 14, 2020

The Center for Global Engagement featured, as part of its International Speakers Series, a presentation by the Honorable Ahmed Kamal: COVID-19 & Its Impact on Globalization Mr. Kamal is Ambassador (ret.) and former Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations; Senior Fellow (ret.), United Nations; President, The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations; and Board Member, International Association of Permanent Representatives (IAPR). The program can be viewed via Zoom.

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International Speaker Series
May 13, 2020

The Center for Global Engagement will featureed, as part of its International Speakers Series, a presentation (click to view),The Role of the Private Sector in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) by Dan Bena, former Head Global Sustainable Development and Corporate Water Steward, Pepsico; and present Board member of UNA-USA Westchester.

Global Events during COVID-19

2017 International Women's Day

Now that the Women's Marches are Over, What's Next for Women?

International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8, means different things to different people.  For some it's a celebration; for others it's a call to action to accelerate gender parity; and for many it's an opportunity to align and promote relevant activities. International Women's Day is the perfect moment for gender-focused action.

The Center  planned a conference with the theme "Now that that Women's Marches are Over, What's Next for Women?".  There was be a panel of Mercy faculty who presented about an international women's issue related to this day.

The  conference was open to the Mercy and local community. 

Ambassador Series

Mercy College regularly hosts a discussion between former United Nations Ambassador Ahmad Kamal (Pakistan) and current United Nations Ambassadors from around the globe.  On April 24, 2017, we will have Ambassador Flores Flake from Honduras speak about "The Role of Honduras in the Western Hemisphere and at the United Nations."  Recent Ambassadors speaking at Mercy College include:

  • Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Mexico (Fall, 2016)
  • Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, Botswana (Spring, 2016)
  • Ambassador Nazifullah Salarzai, Republic of Afghanistan (Fall, 2015)
  • Ambassador Philbert Johnson and Consul General Bernard K.B. Quantson, Republic of Ghana (Spring, 2015)
  • Oh Joon, Republic of Korea (Fall, 2014)
  • Bekim Sejdiu, Kosovo (Spring, 2014)
  • Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Romania (Fall, 2013)