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Events unfolding thousands of miles away reverberate around the globe in minutes.

When that happens, society relies on the people on the ground - many of them international correspondents willing to risk their lives - to tell us what's going on, why it matters, and what it may mean for the rest of us.

At Stony Brook, the Colvin Center helps to answer those questions for our community by convening international reporters and experts to discuss issues and answer questions. 

Together, we try to make sense of current events and their aftershocks.

 

 

Putin's End Game in Ukraine 

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine more than seven months ago, Ukrianian forces are on the offensive and Putin called up reserves. 

What do these events mean for the war in Ukraine?

Hear from:

  • Ecaterina Miscisina, IREX Community Solutions Program Fellow and Moldovan media content creator
  • Jonathan Sanders, former CBS News Moscow correspondent and journalism faculty

Moderator: Sarah Baxter, Colvin Center director and London Sunday Times reporter

2022 Elections in Brazil

A conversation on the new "Pink Tide" in Latin America

Populist president Jair Bolsonaro faces a challenge from former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Panelists included:

  • Vince Bevins, LA Times and Washington Post; author of The Jakarta Method
  • Ana Clara Costa, reporter for piaui, Brazil's premier political magazine
  • Murillo de Aragao, Columbia University professor

Moderator: Pablo Calvi, associate director for Latin America, Colvin Center and associate professor of journalism

Ukraine Teach-In

Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the Colvin Center hosted international reporters and other experts for a conversation about the early days of the war. 

Speakers:

  • Michael Slackman, New York Times foreign editor
  • Simon Ostrovsky, PBS special correspondent in Ukraine
  • Louise Callaghan, Sunday Times foreign correspondent in Ukraine
  • Alexander Orlov, material science and chemical engineering professor
  • Jonathan Sanders, journalism professor and former CBS News Moscow correspondent
  • Leonie Huddy, political science chair
  • John Frederick Bailyn, linguistics professor and former co-director, New York-St. Petersburg Institute

Watch the Recorded Conversation

Video, left, from NBC News, New York