Friday  Oct. 18, 2019 
10:00 am
Providence United
Methodist Church


Dr. Harry I Chernotsky
Political Science
 & International Studies


 Great Decisons Topic

"Middle East: Regional Disorder"

How did the Middle East reach the crossroads it is today? The roots of the current disorder can be traced back to the aftermath of World War I when the region was carved up into six new states. A century after the maps of the region was decided by colonial powers, states that never achieved coherence or legitimacy are failing. There has been a crisis of leadership in the region that allowed groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda to carve out roles for themselves. What has been the role of the United States in these developments and our ability to shape the future?

Harry I. Chernotsky is Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and served as the founding chair of the department from 2009-2016. His previous positions included Director of International Studies and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  He is the recipient of UNC Charlotte’s Bank of America Teaching Excellence Award and its International Education Faculty Award. 


Chernotsky received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  He specializes in international political economy and American foreign policy and has published in a wide range of professional journals.  His most recent work (with Heidi Hobbs) is Crossing Borders: International Studies for the 21st Century (3rd edition, 2018) and he is currently preparing a 4th edition of the text and studying the global engagement of U.S. cities. 


Dr. Chernotsky is a leader in international studies education. He has spearheaded numerous initiatives at UNC Charlotte, including the development of the Model United Nations program and the interdisciplinary International Studies major. He was Director of the North Carolina Great Decisions public affairs series and lectures widely on international affairs. He has also served as President of the Southern region of the International Studies Association (ISA) and as Chair of ISA’s International Education section In 2019, he was Scholar in Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  He consults on international education issues and is currently working with the University of Cantabria (Spain) on a global studies certificate project.





OCT 18th

2020 Memberships will be available at our Friday meeting.
Please arrive early.
Renewals are $20 per person and new memberships are $30 (includes $10 for name tag). You can either pay by check made payable to Senior Scholars or pay in cash. If paying in cash please have the exact amount. Having to make change slows down the process and we have limited cash on hand.
You can speed up the membership process by bringing a completed membership form: orm_feb_1984528.pdf  

If renewing please give us any updated address, phone number or email if you have made changes.
Your 2019 membership card is good through the end of 2019.
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Lunch Bunch

October 25th

Ruth McDevitt

at the lunch table

November 21, 2019 

Leaving 10 AM from the Queens University Sports Complex


Learn about the founding of the institution, listen to music & watch videos from the greatest artists in North Carolina history. See exhibits from pioneering older artists to the memorabilia from some of today's most well known entertainers such as Charlie Daniels, Nina Simone, Chairman of the Board, Clyde McPhatter, Donna Fargo, Thelonius Monk, and Victoria Livengood. Learn about the rich tradition of great music and influential artists from North Carolina.  


The group will stop for a "Dutch Treat" lunch in Kannaoplis.

Save the Dates

April 27 to April 30, 2020

Wildacres Retreat

Registration opens January 2020

Cost: $250 per person Double Occupancy

Topics: TBD

2019 Kindle version  
now available to download
from Kindle for $12.99

Topics 2019

Refugees and Global Migration

The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Nuclear negotiations:
Back to the Future

The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S.-China Trade

India and Its Neighbors

Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics

The United State and Mexico: Partnership Tested

State of the State Department
and Diplomacy
Topics 2020

Climate Change and the Global Order 

India and Pakistan 

Red Sea Security 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

U.S. Relations with the
Northern Triangle 

China’s Road into Latin America

The Philippines and the U.S. 

Artificial Intelligence and Data 


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Sporting Events

Available on the card table in the back. 

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