To become the next generation of leaders, students must understand the forces that shape our world. The grand challenges of our time are borderless, so it’s critical that we learn from experts around the world to address shared issues like climate change, sustainability, cybersecurity and public health crises.
Carolina’s Diplomacy Initiative, led by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, expands opportunities for students to learn and apply skills needed for solving global challenges. Through Diplomacy Week, the Initiative brings the world of diplomacy to Carolina to prepare tomorrow’s leaders.
The second-annual Diplomacy Week held April 17 to 21, will cover a range of topics, including climate change, U.S.-China relations and careers in international affairs.
For those interested in climate change and environmental diplomacy, four Tar Heels will share their recent experiences at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt.
In Tackling Global Challenges with Carolina Global Problems Solvers on April 20, Carolina students who stepped into the shoes of policy analysts to produce professional-quality briefs will present their work and be recognized in a Policy Brief Competition awards ceremony. Carolina alumni judges will discuss their career paths to international affairs after Carolina. Immediately following, students can network with community members and alumni working in international affairs and business in a reception.
On Friday, April 21, Carolina Performing Arts will screen the award-winning documentary “Beethoven in Beijing,” introduced by CPA’s executive and artistic director Alison Friedman and followed by a Q&A with the documentary’s co-director and producer, Jennifer Lin. Mark Katz, UNC’s John P. Barker Distinguished Professor of Music and founding director of the Next Level Cultural Diplomacy Program, will host the discussion on cultural diplomacy.
“Beethoven in Beijing” documents the power of the arts to bridge nations when official channels are closed. In 1973, the Philadelphia Orchestra became the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic, precipitating the end of 25 years of isolation between the U.S. and China.