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Thursday, 27 April 2017

The official SAIS Europe Alumni Weekend 2017 program begins on Friday, April 28.
Guests arriving earlier in the week are welcome to attend the following lecture:

18:30 Capitalism and Democracy in Central Europe: A Sequence of Crises?
Dorothee Bohle, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Part of the Understanding the New Europe Series, one of the faculty research seminar series organized by the Bologna Institute for Policy Research.

Friday, 28 April 2017 

10:30Check-in Begins for Registered Alumni and Guests

12:30Women's Perspectives on Peace and Security Challenges

Welcome and introduction to the Johns Hopkins SAIS Women Lead Initiative

  • Chelsea Sommer (MAIA Candidate), President, Global Women in Leadership (GWL) Student Club at SAIS Europe
  • Emily Howells Matson (B'07, '08), Global Chair, SAIS Women's Alumni Network (SWAN)
Discussion Between Alumni and Students
  • Ezgizu Biber (B'12, '13), Director of the Task Force Program, Global Relations Forum, Istanbul
  • Kent Davis-Packard (B'05, '06, Ph.D.'10), Adjunct Lecturer, Middle East Studies and Global Theory and History
  • Sarah Gardiner (B'12, '13), Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Madrid
  • Saskia Van Genugten (B'07, '08, Ph.D.'12), Senior Research Fellow, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, Abu Dhabi
Moderated by Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

This event is coordinated by SAIS Europe students from GWL, a SAIS association for the empowerment of women. All alumni and students are encouraged to participate.

15:00Back-to-Class Sessions  (Sorry, all sessions full!)

  • Abandoning Peace? Israel's Shift to the Right
    Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
  • U.S.-Russia Relations and the Future Security of Europe
    Masha Hedberg, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies
  • Populism and Foreign Policy
    Christopher Hill, Wilson E. Schmidt Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
  • The Geography of Jobs: The Lesson of the U.S. for the Future of the Eurozone
    Filippo Taddei, Director, Bologna Institute for Policy Research and Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk
  • Which Changes Can Rescue the EU?
    Vera Negri Zamagni, Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics
17:00 Welcoming Remarks
Michael G. Plummer (B'82), Director, SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics

Politics, Culture and the New Populism - A Tribute to Patrick McCarthy (1941-2007) - Panel and Discussion
Moderated by Erik Jones (B'89, '90, Ph.D.'96), Director of European and Eurasian Studies, and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

This event commemorates the 10th anniversary of Professor McCarthy's passing and is one of the McCarthy initiatives at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe.

19:00Cocktail Reception and Video Histories

22:00BC Fuzz Concert

Featuring Michael G. Plummer (B'82), Alan Kuperman ('96), Stephen Williams, Michael Brusha

Alumni and students are invited to attend this no-host dance party!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

9:00Alumni Career Advising Sessions with SAIS Europe Students

Pre-registration for both alumni and students required

11:00 Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Bologna Class of 1967

Reflections from:
  • Bonnie S. Wilson ('66, B'67, Ph.D.'71)
  • Lynne Foldessy Lambert ('66, B'67)
  • Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo (B'67)
Emerging Challenges Facing Asian, European and U.S. Leadership: Implications for SAIS Europe - Lecture and Discussion

Michael G. Plummer (B'82), Director, SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics

12:30Buffet Lunch and Class Photos

Class photos will be taken outdoors in front of the building. Times are posted in the lobby, together with class dinner locations.

Video Histories

Stop by to share memories of your year in Bologna

15:00 Transatlantic Relations and Europe's New Security Environment - Panel and Discussion
  • Christina Balis (B'99, '00, Ph.D.'05), Director Services & Products Strategy at QinetiQ Group plc, Paris
  • Aidan Lewis (B'02, '03), Senior Correspondent, Reuters, Tunis
  • Seamus Taggart (B'98, '00), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ukraine
  • Matthias Matthijs (B'02, '03, Ph.D.'08), Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
Moderated by Dana H. Allin (B'85, '86, Ph.D.'90), Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

17:00 Presentation of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service to Albert G. Koenders

Michael G. Plummer (B'82), Director, SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics

Keynote Remarks

Albert G. Koenders (B'80, '81), Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

18:00Alumni Meet Future Alumni - Panel and Aperitivo
  • Jill Craig (B'07, '08), East Africa Correspondent/Bureau Chief, Voice of America, Nairobi
  • Esteban Garcia de Motiloa (B'92, '93), Chief Advisor, Partido Popular Parliamentary Group, National Parliament, Madrid
  • Albert G. Koenders (B'80, '81), Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
  • Jolyon Naegele (B'77, '78), Political Director, Office of Political Affairs, United Nations Interim Mission, Pristina
  • Horacio Terraza (B'97, '98), Principal Urban Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
Moderated by Christina Toenshoff (MA Candidate) President, SAIS Europe Student Government Association (SGA)

Coordinated by the SGA, this event aims to help current students understand how the SAIS Europe experience has shaped the lives of its alumni.

The panel will be followed by an aperitivo in the Lobby and Bar. All alumni and students are encouraged to participate.

20:30 Class Dinners

Dinners are organized by class leaders. Visit the Class Reunions page for details.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

10:00 Sightseeing Tours

Alumni Weekend 2017 is a private event, parts of which will be photographed/recorded for use by the University. Program is subject to change.

A special thanks to the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna for the use of their space on via Belmeloro 14.