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Piotr Kobielski, a fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center --11 April 2013

http://www.stjacademy.org/uploaded/Press_Releases/April_13/piotr_kobielski.jpg?1365090377234Mr. Kobielski has served most recently as counsel with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. In this position, he was responsible for defending more than one hundred cases brought by Polish nationals against Poland. Previously, he worked for the Ministry of Justice. Educated at the University of Warsaw, he holds master’s degrees in law and in international relations. Since 2007, Mr. Kobielski has lectured in the area of public international law at the Institute of International Law, University of Warsaw, where he is continuing his Ph.D. studies on expropriation in international law. While at Harvard, he will pursue research on the boundaries of state responsibility under international law with respect to the nationalization of foreign assets, with a focus on the nationalization of these assets by Poland after 1945.

Maive Rute, European Commission Director for Biotechnologies, Food, and Agriculture Research --21 January 2013

An Estonian expert on agricultural economics will visit St. Johnsbury Academy January 21 as the school’s Colwell Center for Global Understanding begins its annual guest speaker series.

Maive Rute, the European Commission’s Director for Biotechnologies, Food, and Agriculture Research, will discuss “An Estonia Journey – From Soviet Backwater to European Limelight” during a 7 p.m. presentation, free and open to the public, in the Academy’s Grace Stuart Orcutt Library, located in the Mayo Center.

Before joining the Commission, Ms. Rute served as chief executive officer of the Estonian Credit and Export Guarantee Fund KredEx.

She was educated as agricultural economist at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, earned her MBA from Danube University (Krems, Austria), and received an MA in international politics from CERIS, Brussels. 

The Academy partners with Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs to provide many of the Colwell Speaker Series guests.

Rute is currently a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center, comparing innovation policies for biotechnology, food and environment for “smart and green growth.”

Hosts for the series include members of the Academy’s Colwell Scholars program, designed to encourage students’ interest in international issues and cultures, and provide them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world, Glenn Ehrean, the Colwell Center’s director, said.    

Stephen J. Mariano, USA, Colonel--6 February 2012

A U.S. Army expert on strategic military planning and policies will visit St. Johnsbury Academy February 6 as school’s Colwell Center for Global Understanding begins its annual guest speaker series.

Colonel Stephen J. Mariano, who most recently served in Vicenza, Italy, as director of strategic plans, policies, and assessments for Army interests in Africa, will discuss “Transitions: In War and Peace” during a  7 p.m. presentation open to the public in the Academy’s Grace Stuart Orcutt Library, located in the Mayo Center.

Earlier, he served in a similar capacity at the Multinational Security Transition Command in Baghdad, Iraq, and as military advisor to NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, Concept Officer at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and Chief of the Coalition Planning Group at U.S. European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Prior to his overseas assignments, Mariano was an assistant professor of military strategy and comparative military systems at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

He is currently conducting research as part of the Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, focusing on U.S. civil-military relations and American post-Vietnam attitudes about “small wars.”

The Academy partners with the Weatherhead Center to provide many of the Colwell Speaker Series guests. Others are participants in the Sauvé Scholars Program, created in 1931 at McGill University in Montreal, to recognize “young leaders from across the globe who want to change the world, and have demonstrated skills as agents of change.”

This year’s Colwell Speakers Series guests also include a Venezuelan media analyst who also works with an organization promoting total disarmament in that country (March 14); a Sri Lankan journalist, publisher, and peace activist who was named a “prisoner of conscience” by the Amnesty International organization in 2008 (April 11); and a Guatemalan career diplomat who has served in Paris, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and South Korea (May 2).

Hosts for the series include members of the Academy’s Colwell Scholars program, designed to encourage students’ interest in international issues and cultures, and “provide them the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world,” Melissa Burroughs, the Colwell Center’s interim director, said.

“Without a doubt, the highlight of this program is the opportunity our scholars have to meet and converse with these esteemed guest speakers while here at the Academy,” she added.

Soave Scholars--17 Febraury 2012

On Friday February 17th we will be again hosting six Soave Scholars from McGill University.  This year our guests hail from Kenya, China, Bhutan and Canada.  You can read the interesting bios of Paul Omange, Yimin Jiang, Simangele Mabena, Stephanie Jenson-Cormier and Esmael Njuguna on the Jeanne Sauve Foundation website.  These young people were chosen for this program because they have demonstrated real initiative and leadership in their home countries on a whole host of issues from wetland management to independent media/storytelling to human rights and HIV/AIDS. 



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