​​​​​​​These Events will be a Series of Small Group, In-Person Lunches
All Luncheons will be In-Person, Only
​​​​​​​Availability Contingent Upon Membership Level

China Belt and Road Initiative
with Professor Alvin Camba
November 17, 2021 -- 12:00-1:00

Professor Alvin Camba is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is also faculty affiliate at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University and the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, as well as non-resident fellow at the Stratbase-Alberto Del Rosario Institute in the Philippines and the Paraminda Public Policy Institute in Indonesia. Dr. Camba has conducted indepth research on Chinese capital in Southeast Asia, published numerous perr-reviewed articles in top development journals, and been awarded multiple best research paper awards by sections of the American Sociological Association. His work has contributed to widely-circulated reports, and been presented at the World Bank, AidData, and the U.S. State Department.

What We Miss When We Do Not Consider Women's Participation in Political Violence
with Professor Hilary Matfess
December 02, 2021 -- 12:00-1:00
Hilary Matfess, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Korbel School at the University of Denver. She is a Ph.D. in Yale University's Political Science Department and a 2020-2021 United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Peace Scholar Fellow. Additionally, she is a Research Fellow at the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab, a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Africa Program, and a Fellow with the George Washington University Program and Extremism. In 2015, Matfess graduated with an MA in International Relations, with a focus on African Studies, from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her research is at the intersection of security, gender, and governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has conducted field work in Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia. She has been published in International Security, Security Studies, Stability, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and African Studies Review.​​​​​​​
Prior she worked as a research analyst for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), the National Defense University, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. As a freelance journalist, she has been published by Newsweek, IRIN, and Foreign Affairs, among others. Her first book, "Women and the War on Boko Haram", was published in 2017 with Zed Publishers. In 2020, she launched a podcast, "Say More on That", where academics talk about their policy relevant research.
Will China Rule the World?
with Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG
In Conjunction with Denver Branch of the English Speaking Union
March 08, 2022 -- 12:00-1:30
Sir Christopher Hum, KCMG joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1967 and much of his diplomatic career was connected with China. He studied Chinese at Hong Kong University and went on to spend a total of eight years in postings to the British Embassy in Beijing, culminating on four years as British Ambassador (2002-2005).

He also served in the Asian departments of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and for several years was closely involved in the negotations on the return of Hong Kong to China. Other overseas postings included Brussels (European Communities), Paris, the United Nations in new York and Warsaw (as Ambassador, 1996-1998). Between 2006 and 2012 Christopher Hum was Master of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he remains as a Life Fellow. He is a commentator on China in the media and has just completed a post-graduate degree in East Asian Art at the School of Oritental and African Studies, London University.