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~~ EVENTS ~~

The Past, Present, and Future of US-China Relations

Thursday, April 29 from 3:00pm-4:30pm CDT

The OU Institute for US-China Issues is hosting a Zoom webinar with Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs and co-director of the Center for International Security Studies at Princeton University. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a Senior Advisor to the National Bureau of Asian Research. Sponsored by the OU Institute for US-China Issues [Register at].

INSA Foundation Videocast on Adapting the IC Workforce

Tuesday, April 27 from 1:00 – 2:00pm CDT (2:00-3:00pm EDT) 

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Kin Moy, and Assistant Director of National Intelligence and IC CFO, Trey Treadwell, will discuss "Adapting the IC Workforce: Recruiting, Retaining, Training, and Re-Skilling." The videocast examines how we can reimagine the traditional IC work model and use lessons learned from the pandemic to build and grow a diverse, talented workforce. Sponsored by INSA [Register at] 

Ethnographies of Iran: Dignity, Power, and Transnational Politics

April 15, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm CDT 

The OU Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies is hosting a virtual conversation on Zoom with Manata Hashemi, Farzaneh Family Assistant Profesor of Iranian Studies, OU College of International Studies; Negar Razavi, ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University; and Shawhin Roudbari, Assistant Professor, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder. The discussion will be moderated by Afshin Marashi, Farzaneh Family Chair of Iranian Studies, OU College of International Studies.  Sponsored by OU Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies [to Register].

2021 Military Support Forum

The Heart of the Matter: American Cardiology and Cold War Diplomacy, 1955-1965 

April 6, 12:00pm-1:00pm CDT
Dr. Sarah Tracy will host this OU Humanity & Health webinar on Zoom focusing heart disease, diplomacy, and Cold War political cooperation. In the early years of the Cold War, heart disease, much like American jazz, became a vehicle for transnational diplomacy between the United States and the Soviet Union. This webinar will examine the global scientific and diplomatic agendas of two prominent cardiovascular disease researchers: nutritional physiologist Ancel Keys and President Eisenhower's cardiologist Paul Dudley White, as they built connections between Communist bloc nations and the United States as part of a "Health for Peace" program. [Sponsored by OU Humanity & Health to register]

April 8 at 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The OU Green Zone Faculty/Staff Leadership Team invites you to attend the 2021 Military Support Forum for a panel discussion via Zoom among a select group of Tillman Scholars—current and former veteran students who are mental health professionals. With the end of the semester approaching, this time of year can present compounded and complex challenges for students and especially veteran and military-affiliated students will address the best practices to use, best resources to employ, and best approaches to ensure the wellness of all of your students. All OU faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Sponsored by OU Green Zone Faculty/Staff Leadership Team [Register online at]. 

Distinguished Speaker Day: Gen Robin Rand, USAF (Ret.)

Hosted by the Jerry Holmes Leadership Program
Tuesday, Mar. 23 at 11am & 3pm via Zoom

The keynote talks are open to all OU students, faculty, and staff, so invite your friends! 

Keynote Address at 11:00 am
Meeting ID: 965 4290 7760 | Passcode: 15174070

Keynote Address (repeat of earlier talk) at 3:00 pm
Meeting ID: 987 7332 9206 | Passcode: 73035162

U.S. Army TRADOC G-2 Mad Scientist Initiative “Climate Change – Threats, Resilience, and Adaptation” Webinar Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM CDT, Mad Scientist’s next webinar on Tuesday

The U.S. Army Mad Scientist Initiative is hosting a free virtual event featuring a group of experts from across academia and government to explore issues of climate change policy, threats, resilience, mitigation, and adaptations. This event will help discern and expound on the Army's role in combating climate change and how it will conduct operations while being challenged by climate change impacts on the future operational environment. Sponsored by Army Mad Scientist Initiative [Register at].

The Nobel Prize Summit: “OUR PLANET, OUR FUTURE”

Inspired by Alfred Nobel’s belief in celebrating achievements that contribute “the greatest benefit to humankind,” the Nobel Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research/Stockholm Resilience Centre invite you to engage in an optimistic exploration of the best version of our collective future. The first Nobel Prize Summit will convene talks from Nobel laureates and conversations among experts from the science, policy, arts, and youth activist communities. It will bring together the world’s brightest and most creative thinkers to focus on three key areas critical to the future of humanity: Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss; Reducing Inequality; and Technologies with the Power to Transform the Way We Live and Work. 


This free, online summit is a global platform for the exchange of ideas and the source of change-making approaches that will engage and entertain, motivate and embolden. Special performances by world-class artists combined with opportunities for dialogue and networking sessions round out the summit experience. Sponsored by the Nobel Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research/Stockholm Resilience Centre [visit to register for the virtual event].

U.S. Air Force ROTC Information Sessions

Monthly every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 5 to 6 pm

Zoom link | Meeting ID: 924 3768 0178 | Passcode: AFROTCZoom

Engineering students are highly sought after by the U.S. Air Force because of the knowledge and skill they possess. Learn more about the many opportunities that the AFROTC program affords engineering students. Lieutenant Colonel Hennies will be conducting these zoom information sessions.

Distinguished Research Lecture Series

March 19, 2021 at 12:00pm CDT 

E. Michael Campbell, the director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, will summarize the present state of nuclear power (fission and fusion) and a vision for the future in a lecture on “Nuclear Energy: Today and Tomorrow” via Zoom. As the world evolves to carbon-free energy – in addition to renewables – central, concentrated energy sources that can be placed in proximity to cities will also be required. Advanced nuclear fission sources that require no active safety systems, that can be economical at output powers less than 100 MW, and can be deployed within a decade will almost certainly play a major role in a “reduced carbon” future. In the longer term, significant advances in nuclear fusion, both with magnetic and inertial confinement approaches, have also occurred and will increasingly become part of the “energy dialogue for the future.” Sponsored by Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships.

To reister for thie  Distinguished Research Lecture Series Register online.


OU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week

March 21-27, 2021 

The University of Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a series of events to promote the importance of making OU a place of true belonging for all. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in DEI Week events and to reflect on how we can all build lasting change at OU. For more information and to see a complete listing of events for the week, visit

2021 Center for New American Security (CNAS) National Security Conference: A New American Security

June 8, 10, 15, and 17, 2021

The CNAS 2021 virtual National Security Conference will explore the new challenges, ideas, and voices transforming America's national security landscape. It will feature a series of interactive online sessions on issues such as technology and economic competition, the future of defense, and challenges to democratic values. The conference will showcase a new generation of national security voices, including “The Pitch,” the Center’s annual competition of ideas, held before an interactive audience and distinguished panel of judges. Sponsored by CNAS [for information about when registration opens:]


Public Invited To Attend Virtual Lecture On El Chapo

Next installment in the DEA Museum’s lecture series

WHAT:                       The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum presents its next lecture: 

                                   Taking Down El Chapo

WHEN:                       Wednesday, March 17th, 10-11:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE:                     Streaming live from the DEA HQ Auditorium with free reserved tickets.

                                   Streaming link will be emailed to all ticket holders.

                                   Also Streaming on YouTube and

WHO:                         Hosted by DEA staff; moderated by Josh Edmundson, Curator of

                                   Education for the DEA Museum, with a panel of DEA agents who participated

                                   in the operation.


Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, commonly known as “El Chapo” (shorty in English) founded the Sinaloa cartel in 1980 and smuggled hundreds of tons of illicit drugs into the U.S. for decades until his final capture in 2017. His ruthless career left scores dead in his wake, and he raked up a fortune worth at least 12 billion dollars along the way.

Guzmán escaped from maximum security Mexican prisons in 2001 and 2015. He maintained his grip on power and evaded law enforcement for years through savage murders by his sicario (hit men), extortion, and corruption that notoriously involved the complicity of many Mexican authorities at all levels. He was once named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world, and his long criminal career only came to an end after a multi-year joint investigation and pursuit by Mexican authorities, DEA, and other U.S. authorities.

In this installment of the DEA Museum & Visitor’s Center lecture series, the panelists will discuss what it was like to be there during the pursuit of El Chapo, and their contributions to the capture of this notorious figure. Sign language interpreters will be available for this presentation.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum produces a series of educational lectures annually. The lecture series is designed to inform and educate the public in matters related to the mission of DEA and the DEA Museum & Visitors Center. Lecture topics include drug trends, science and forensics, collection objects, the exploits and accomplishments of the men and women of DEA, and more. For more information, go to

Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Spring Symposium

April 7-8 | 2:00-4:00 pm ET 

INSA's Spring Symposium, “OSINT: Thinking Outside the SCIF,” will span two afternoons. Both days will feature a keynote and panel discussion focused on OSINT policy issues and mission imperatives and how the IC can use OSINT effectively. The Hon. Ellen McCarthy, former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, and The Hon. Sue Gordon, former PDDNI, will each moderate a panel discussion. Sponsored by INSA and free registration for students [To register]

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Virtual Lecture On “Taking Down El Chapo”

Wednesday, March 17, 10-11:30 a.m. EDT 

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum presents a lecture hosted by DEA staff on “Taking Down El Chapo” and moderated by Josh Edmundson, Curator of Education for the DEA Museum, with a panel of DEA agents who participated in the operation. Streaming live from the DEA HQ Auditorium with free reserved tickets. Streaming link will be emailed to all ticket holders. [Sponsored by DEA to Register go to ]. 

Fullbright Program Info Session

Thursday, Mar. 4 | 4 - 5pm CST | Zoom

Sponsored by the US Dept. of State, the US Fullbright US Student Program offers fellowships abroad for one academic year to graduating college seniors, grad students and young professionals. Program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research h, or English teaching in K-12 schools or universities.

This virtual session is open to all OU students and recent alumni interested in learning more about the program and the application process. Speakers will include ambassadors from the Fulbright US Student Program as well as the OU Fulbright Program Adviser. 

To attend, please register. To learn more about Fulbright, visit

Insights from NSA Intelligence Analysis

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3PM Central (4PM EST) – Curt Z. from Intelligence Analysis and Tim M. from Intelligence Analysis will provide insights into the life/experiences of an Intel Analyst and the education/experiential foundation for setting up one's self for success at the agency. Each with a combined 40+ years of intelligence Community experience will entertain questions at the end of the presentation.

[Hosted by NSA, register]. 

Capabilities Team at NSA Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3PM Central (4PM EST) – Panel of all female technical experts will discuss the Capabilities Mission at the National Security Agency (NSA) along with opportunities at NSA’s Texas location; how NSA protects information, manages risks, and develops mission capabilities; and available opportunities, the application process, and the security clearance process.

[Hosted by NSA, Register]. 

Student Programs Co-Op Information Session

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3PM CENTRAL (4pm EST) – Meet with the Program Managers of NSA's Student Programs to discuss Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op). The presentation will provide details about the Co-Op Program's requirements and benefits, the application process, and the security clearance process.

[Hosted by NSA, register]. 

NSA L!VE Broadening Perspectives: Career Talks with NSA

Thursday, December 3 at 9:30am – 4:00pm CT (US): Career Talks session with National Security Agency leaders in the fields of research and technology to learn more about specific NSA career fields and ways that you can contribute to the agency’s contributions to the national security mission. Sponsored by the National Security Agency [Register here for NSA L!VE Broadening Perspectives: Career Talks with NSA] 

Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering

Friday, December 12 at 12:00pm CT (US): Distinguished Research Lecture by Neal F. Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology, Rice University’s Baker Institute and Norman F. Augustine, retired CEO and Chairman of Lockheed Martin who co-chaired an American Academy of Arts & Sciences study committee that wrote "Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering" will summarize the study’s findings and recommendations. Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research and Partnerships. [Register here for Perils of Complacency]

GEOINT Community Forum: The Convergence of Commercial Content with AI/ML to Provide Clarity

Monday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 18, 2020 virtual event from 8:00am to 3:00pm Central Time/9:00am – 4:00pm ET (US): USGIF's GEOINT Community Forum: The Convergence of Commercial Content with AI/ML to Provide Clarity virtual technical workshop. Sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. [Register here for USFIF's GEOINT Community Forum] 

Privacy in a Pandemic: How Employers, Insurers and Government Actors Collect and Use Your Data.

Monday, October 19: Geospatial Ecosystem Job Fair sponsored by US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. [Register here for Geospatial Ecosystem Job Fair]

Geospatial Ecosystem Job Fair

Firday, October 16, 8:45am to 12:15pm Central Time (US): Privacy in a Pandemic: How Employers, Insurers and Government Actors Collect and Use Your Data. Oklahoma Law Review Symposium sponsored by University of Oklahoma College of Law. [Register here for Privacy in a Pandemic]

Defining Terrorism: IFTRIP Livestream 2020

Tuesday, October 13, Wednesday, October 14 & Thursday, October 15 at 4:45am to 7:15am Central Time (US): Defining Terrorism: IFTRIP Livestream 2020 sponsored by International Forum of Terrorism Risk (Re)Insurance Pools. [Register here for Defining Terrorism]


Leadership Perspectives Distinguished Speaker

Tuesday, October 13 at 11:00 am Central Time (US): Leadership Perspectives Distinguished Speaker: General Larry O. Spencer (USAF, Retired).             Zoom ID: 99760021757         Password: 2NxZrD.u 

Sisterhood of Spies

Friday, October 9 at 11:30am Central Time (US): Sisterhood of Spies sponsored by Cipher Brief Academic Incubator. [Register here for Sisterhood of Spies]

CSPS-Hayden Center Distinguished lecture: Andrew McCabe and Michael Morrel

Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am Central Time (US): CSPS-Hayden Center Distinguished Lecture: Andrew McCabe and Michael Morrel sponsored by Center for Security and Policy Studies and Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy & National Security, George Mason University.  [Register here for CSPS-Hayden Center Distinguished Lecture]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Virtual U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

Thursday, October 1 at 2:00pm CT/ 3:00pm ET: Virtual U.S. Foreign Policy Forum. Juju Chang will moderate a discussion with Reuben E. Brigety II, Richard N. Haass, Jami Miscik, and Frances Fragos Townsend on the foreign policy challenges awaiting the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Sponsored by Council on Foreign Relations. [Register here for Virtual U.S. Foreign Policy Forum]


The Spymasters: A Conversation with Chris Whipple

Thursday, November 5 at 6P Central Time: Chris Whipple's first public discussion of his book The Spymasters with former CIA Director, General Michael Hayden. Sponsored by George Mason University’s Hayden Center and moderated by Hayden Center director Larry Pfeiffer. 

[Register her for Spymasters:]