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Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Michael Hall

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), commonly known as the UN Refugee Agency, estimates that there are currently more than fifteen million refugees who have had to flee their homeland.  Most visible in the American media are the more than two million Syrian refugees.
In 1938, to deflect criticism of restrictive US immigration policies, the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt organized a conference in the spa town of Évian, France to discuss the plight of German Jews.  Of the thirty-two nations that sent representatives to the conference, the Dominican Republic was the only nation that agreed to open its doors to German Jews fleeing Nazism.  The Dominican Republic, a nation of about 1.5 million people at the time, agreed to receive up to 100,000 European refugees.

Michael R. Hall, Professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia since 1997, teaches U.S. Foreign Relations and Latin American History. He received his B.A. in History from Gettysburg College in 1983, his M.A. in International Studies from Ohio University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in History from Ohio University in 1996. From 1984 to 1987, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He is the author of Sugar and Power in the Dominican Republic: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Trujillos (2000) and the Historical Dictionary of Haiti (2012). He is a former president of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) and the Armstrong representative for the faculty/student exchange program with the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic.


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Upcoming Programs - "Focus on the Americas"

October 17, 2013 - The Center for a Free Cuba's Executive Director Frank Calzon on "Cuba and U.S. Relations Under the Obama Administration's New Cuba Policy."


Nov. 21, 2013 - Dr. George W. Grayson, "What Success, If Any, Has There Been Battling Mexico's Vicious Drug Cartels?"

December 5, 2013 - Dr. Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science at Amherst College on "Venezuela After Chavez:  A Review of the First Year."


January 23rd, 2014 Terry Smith Labat, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration


March 6th, 2014 Todd Moss is vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development


Travel with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.


The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia coordinates several interesting trips per year.  It is an opportunity to travel to interesting locations with others who share your interest in world affairs.  They have forwarded the following information to us:

October 17 - November 1, Journey Through Vietnam: Don't miss your chance to discover Vietnam's captivating beauty, enduring traditions, and profound hospitality.  Highlights include Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Danang.  A 4-day/3-night post-tour extension to Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, Cambodia is available. $4,501, including airfare from LA!

November 16-23, Cuba People-to-People program featuring Havana and Trinidad: On this 7-night program we meet Cubans from across the social spectrum.  Stay at the Parque Central Hotel in Havana and spend two nights visiting the UNESCO town of Trinidad while staying at the Iberostar Hotel.  Approx $4,495 including charter from Miami to Havana.

For further information contact them directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 1-800-942-5004.