Monday, March 6, 2017
The political history of the Middle East faces a process of continuity and change. Identities and borders remain the foremost issues. Ambassador Haim Koren, former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, believes that the new framework for thinking about the region should include the role of globalization, a shifting of terminologies, and an understanding of the clash of world views between Islam and the West.
Haim Koren (Klein) served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Republic of Egypt between 2014 and 2016. He previously served as Ambassador to South Sudan and as the Director of the Middle East Division in the Center of Political Research in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure with the Ministry, his positions included serving as Director of the Political Planning Division and as Deputy Spokesman of the Press Division. He has also served in various other diplomatic capacities in Chicago, USA; Alexandria, Egypt; and Kathmandu, Nepal.
Ambassador Koren earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen in Norway. He is an expert in the Arab World, including the Arabic language, media, and extremism. Since 2011, he has been a member of Advisory Board of IFIMES (The Slovenian Institute of Middle East and Balkan Studies) and from 2016 a member of the Board of the Ezri Center for Research of Iran and the Persian Gulf at Haifa University.
Between 1992-1994 Ambassador Koren was a member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. From 2008 to 2011, he was Instructor at the National Defense College of Israel. He has given lectures and seminars on Arabism and Islam, the Ideology of Radical Islam, the Global Dimension of the Foreign Policy in Israel, and New Framework for Thinking on the Middle East.
Ambassador Koren's Athenaeum talk is made possible in partnership with the Claremont International Relations Society.
Human trafficking is a problem that impacts all communities across the United States: How can this complex global crime be tackled at the local level? Maria Trujillo ’01 has been working to combat human trafficking locally for over a decade and will share the on-the-ground realities of this work.
Maria A. Trujillo ’01 serves as the Human Trafficking Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs. In this role, Trujillo coordinates the efforts of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council that was legislatively established by the Colorado General Assembly. Trujillo joined the division in December 2014 after spending the previous six years in Houston as the executive director of the non-profit organization, United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), whose mission is to prevent and confront human trafficking by raising public awareness, training front-line professionals and empowering the community to take action. Prior to her time at UAHT, Trujillo lived in Washington, DC where she worked for the international development organization, Health Volunteers Overseas.
Trujillo has served as a speaker and expert technical advisor on the issue of human trafficking at the national, state and local levels, including at the White House. She has also been recognized for her work combating human trafficking as a “Circles of Change” honoree by Building Bridges for Peace (2012) and a “Table Talk” honoree by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies (2015).
Trujillo graduated with an IR major from Claremont McKenna College in 2001. She obtained her master’s degree in International Communications from American University.
Ms. Trujillo’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.