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 looks forward to launching a new lecture series beginning in Spring 2022 focused on developments in space.  The series will feature expert lectures on new developments in astrophysics and other interdisciplinary research projects focused on private investment in space and the shift from government to commercial space exploration, critical infrastructure and space, cyber vulnerability, relationships between climate change and space, national competition and cooperation in space and exploring implications concerning the potential existence of life on other planets.  We are delighted to welcome our first speaker in the new series Dr. Nestor Espinoza, Astronomer currently affiliated at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore Maryland.  Dr. Espinoza’s lecture entitled “Our Place in the Universe:  New Directions in Exploring and Understanding Exoplanets” is scheduled for Tuesday February 22 at 12:00 noon (Central Time/Austin, USA).  Register for the lecture event here:

We will host a research and forthcoming book talk with SEU Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Dr. Angela Ju on Monday March 7, 12:00 noon (Central Time). Zoom Meeting link:

Dr. Ju’s lecture based on her current research and book project entitled “Immigrant Political Incorporation in Another America: Brazilians of Japanese and Jewish Heritage” explores how immigrant groups pursue different strategies of political incorporation in the Brazilian case.

On Wednesday March 23, 12:00 noon (Central Time), the Kozmetsky Center will host an expert panel followed by our annual student international virtual seminar devoted to Afghanistan.  Confirmed speakers for the panel session entitled  “Twenty Year War in Afghanistan:  Lessons, Consequences and the Future” include U.S. Army General (Ret.) combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan and Global Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center, U.S. Army Bridgadier General (Ret.) Peter Zwack; Dr. Theodore Karasik, Senior Analyst, Gulf Analytics; Dr. Ralph Roloff, Associate Dean, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and Mr. Sarang Shidore, Director of Studies, Quincy Institute and Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks. 

On Thursday March 24, Professor Andrey Kazantsev (Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer, MGIMO) and Professor Rafael Biermann, (Chair of International Relations, Friedrich Schiller University, Germany) have been invited to participate as faculty discussants for the student Austin-Moscow-Jena annual student videoconference seminar.

On Tuesday April 4 at 12:00 noon (Central Time), the Kozmetsky Center will host an open forum discussion session with Dr. Maria Luisa Alaniz, Professor Emeritus (Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences) of San Jose State University, San Jose, California to discuss the significance of the experience of leading 20th century labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta for advancing social justice and human rights from the local to global levels.

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