The Kozmetsky Center seeks to deepen understanding of the complex
challenges of an increasingly integrated world community—

Providing a Forum for Analysis & Dialogue on Critical Global Issues Fostering Educational & Professional Networks Among the St. Edward’s University Community, Austin & the World

Featuring Contributions of Leading Academic Experts & Practitioners

Supporting the mission of St. Edwards University in promoting global engagement & understanding, peace & social justice—


The Kozmetsky Center will hold all Fall 2020 events and programs virtually utilizing ZOOM Webinar and Meeting platforms. Although we look forward to returning to in-person programming hosting our speakers on campus post-pandemic, we are committed during the coming months to strengthening our virtual capabilities allowing for enhanced global expert contributions and international participation in our sessions. We hope to continue to serve as a resource for providing a diversity of local and global academic and professional perspectives and networks in support of the educational experience of St. Edward’s University students during the challenging global pandemic period.
On Tuesday September 22, 12:00-1:30 PM we will feature our first ZOOM Webinar lecture event for the 2020-2021 academic year with Andrew S. Natsios, Executive Professor at the George H. W. Bush School of Government at Texas A & M University and Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs on the topic “Coping with COVID19.” Professor Natsios previously directed the U.S. Agency for International Development leading USAID’s emergency disaster management. Natsios has extensive policy and research experience on pandemics and has called for creating a new global early-warning system that would have been effective in early detection of the COVID19 virus threat. He recently released a report entitled “Preparing for a Collision” focused on the escalating challenges posed by the spread of COVID19 with seasonal influenza offering specific recommendations to avoid overwhelming medical capacity.

The Kozmetsky Center will host a major international conference event on Monday-Tuesday September 28-29, 9:30-3:00 PM on the topic “Exploring Private Sector Contributions to Sustainable Development Among Emerging Economies of European Union and Aspiring EU Nations in South Eastern Europe.” This session will be the sixth in our annual collaborative multi-year conference series in transatlantic security held in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin funded with support of a grant by the United States Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program. For this event, we are also delighted to welcome our participating partners including the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, World Affairs Council Austin and the Texas-EU Business Summit. This international conference to be hosted via ZOOM Webinar from our campus will bring together academic experts on emerging economies, representatives of the American and European policy communities with leaders of the local Austin and global private sector/investment worlds to share professional experience, vision and research. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School, Tufts University and Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context; Dr. Lourdes Casanova, Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University; Dr. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic, Ambassador of Montenegro to the United Nations and former Minister of Defence of Montenegro; Vuk Jeremic, President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development in Serbia, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia and President of the United Nations General Assembly 67th Session; Mayor

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