The UN’s Approaching 100, Looking Back and Ahead: A Program to Honor Tom Weiss

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Friday, April 28, 2023

12:00 pm — 5:30 pm

9100: Skylight Room

Internal Event

We will honor Professor Tom Weiss by offering a program with different presentations on his legacy in mentoring students and younger colleagues over the years, and on the relevance of his scholarship and analysis for use by International Organization.

Banner photo of Proessor Thomas Weiss with background of CUNY Grad Center and covers of books authored by Professor Weiss
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To RSVP, please send an email to by April 15. Space is limited.

Program Schedule

Light Luncheon and Conversation
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m 

Whither UN Ideas and Norms? 
: Alyson Cole
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Danielle Zach, ”Human Rights,”
Ariel G. Mekler, “Whither LGBTIQ+ Rights,”
Giovanna Kuele, “Anniversaries, Norms, and Ideas,”
Nicholas Micinski, “Migration and Refugees,”

First reactions
Savita Pawnday,
Eli Karetny,

Break and Coffee
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

UN Operations Comparative Advantages and Disadvantages?
: John Torpey
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Tatiana Carayannis, “The Relevance of the ‘Third’ UN,”
Jenna Russo, “The Peace Operations Problematic,”
Sally Sharif, “Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration,”
Peter J. Hoffman, “People in Peril, Humanitarian Action,”
Soohyun Kim, “Navigating UN Inter-agency Affairs,”

First reactions
Simon Adams,
Melissa Labonte,

“Comments on Panels and TGW” or “A Short Transition to Liquid Refreshments”
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Rorden Wilkinson,
Rama Mani,

TBA Reception in Skylight Room
5:30 p.m.


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