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Immigrants and Refugees: A Dilemma for U.S. Leaders and Society.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It seems that not a day goes by without reading or hearing about the topic of immigration, the refugee crisis and building the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. We are pleased to have Pamela Constable, the Washington Post Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as our speaker on April 4th. She will be addressing the international refugee crisis from the Middle East and its impact on the U.S. and Europe, and will also be addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Afghanistan and Pakistan remain states of United States foreign policy concern. Constable has provided extensive reporting since 1988 from Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as India and Iraq. Having resided in Kabul, Constable’s experiences regarding the region will inform the topic of her talk with us.

Pamela Constable has been the Washington Post bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan since the summer of 2016 and was formerly the deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Prior to joining The Washington Post in 1994, Constable was a foreign correspondent and foreign policy reporter for The Boston Globe, where she covered South and Central America, focusing on Chile and Haiti, as well as parts of Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Constable is the author of Fragments of Grace: My Search or Meaning in the Strife in South Asia (Potomac Books, 2004) and the co-author of A Nation of Enemies: Chili under Pinochet (W. W. Norton, 1993).

Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former member of the Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010; a former fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation; and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot prize. A graduate of Brown University, she was also a resident in the Pew International Journalism Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

This program will be held at Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield.

Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:15 p.m. , Program 7:30 p.m.



“NATO and the Relationship between Poland and the Illinois National Guard”

NATO has been in the news a lot lately. It is perhaps timely to hear from Major General Richard J. Hayes Jr. Major General Hayes is 39th Adjunct General of State of Illinois, principal advisor on military matters to Governor Rauner, and serves as Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs in the governor’s cabinet.

To help us better understand what is going on in the world, and how to participate in making the world a better place for our families and future generations, we are honored to have Major General Hayes Jr. with us this evening. He will discuss NATO along with the relationship between the Illinois National Guard and Poland.

Major General Hayes is the senior officer in the chain of command for both the Illinois Army and the Air National Guard. General Hayes, a highly decorated officer,
is responsible for the Illinois National Guard and oversees approximately 13,000 men and women in uniform and 230 in civilian employees in the Illinois Department of Military Affairs.

Some of the Major General’s awards include: National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Non-Article 5 Medal,Illinois Distinguished Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kansas University ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Major General Hayes holds a Master of Strategic Studies from United States War College, and Master of Business Administration, General Management from Touro University National.

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in , Program 7:30 pm in Club Room of the Hoogland Center for the Arts