International Affairs Forum

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Interlochen Public Radio is pleased to announce a new eight-week series where we sit down with residents who moved to northern Michigan from across the globe. 


It’s fitting that we’re calling the show Our Global Neighborhood, as it takes news consumers into the lives of their neighbors who decided to reside in this part of the world after experiencing a much different life in another country. 


International Affairs Forum-Traverse City

Dexter Filkins is a fearless truth teller and one of the premier combat correspondents of his generation. After spending a decade reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, Filkins penned "The Forever War" a definitive account of America’s conflicts and a searing exploration of its human costs.  Filkins spoke with Bob Giles, former Curator of the Nieman Foundation of Journalism at Harvard University.

Filkins spoke in Milliken Auditorium, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.

NMC greatly expands study abroad

Feb 20, 2015

Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has more than doubled its study abroad program since 2012. Jim Bensley, director of international services, says the school plans to send 80 students to six countries this year – including Cuba.

“Obviously, it’s a country that’s been closed for so long to citizens from the United States, so just taking a step back, not only back in time, but into another dimension of government, essentially,” he says of the trip.

Cuban journalist lectures in Traverse City

Feb 19, 2015
International Affairs Forum

Cuban journalist, blogger and professor Elaine Díaz says Cuba is poised for big change as our two countries begin talks about ending a 50-year embargo and normalizing relations. But she also says the country is hardly frozen in time.

“It could feel really, really old,” she says of the old American cars in the street and the old buildings. “But actually it’s a really modern culture.”

Michigan's Increasing Ties To China

Jun 3, 2014

China is quickly becoming a key export market for Michigan businesses, and not just for large manufacturers.

“They are looking for supplies of cherries, blueberries and wine. And they are even interested in buying vineyards,” says Jack Segal.

The retired diplomat is co-chair of the International Affairs Forum. The group is hosting a business and education conference this Thursday and Friday in Traverse City.