Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign policy, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. He was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 25 most influential voices on foreign policy in Washington DC in both 2021 and 2022.
Andy Thayer is a co-founder of the Chicago Committee Against War & Racism and the LGBTQ Gay Liberation Network, which takes an intersectional approach to organizing including supporting abortion rights, anti-racist organizing, immigrant rights, pro-Palestinian and anti-war activism. He has helped organize many large protests in Chicago and as part of GLN’s internationalist activism, he has been arrested at LGBT rights demonstrations in Moscow, Russia and participated in solidarity delegations to Honduras. His many articles include “Why Stonewall Matters Today,” “The LGBTQ Movement is an Intersectional Fail” and “Can Bernie Save the Left?“
CAPA’s students chapters at Loyola, Depaul, and U of IL-Urbana Champaign bring their amazing activist and peacebuilding skills throughout their campuses and beyond. With direct action campaigns, legislative advocacy, and grassroots organizing, they are showing what is possible for a just, sustainable, and peaceful future.
The CAPA Climate Group tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time, working in solidary with movements to protect land and water, stop pipelines, divest from fossil fuel-investing banks, and change harmful U.S. climate policy.
CAPA’s Foreign Policy Working Group is engaged in several exciting campaigns to resist U.S. militarism locally and globally. We collaborate with incredible partners like the Midwest Nuclear Disarmament Coalition, Dissenters, Codepink, World BEYOND War, as well as multiple Palestinian rights and Filipino rights groups among others.
(Thanks to Peace Action’s Kevin Martin for these recommendations!)
Austria Gruner Veltliner (may be hard to find but if you go to a good
wine shop they should have it. Ask for a recommendation)
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Spain has many varieties
-Cava, a sparkling wine!
Australia Shiraz and Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend
New Zealand Pinot Noir
Spain Rioja (a region in Spain),Tempranillo or Garnacha (these are grape varietals)
South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab/Shiraz blend
Argentina Malbec or Malbec/Syrah blends
Chile Cabernet Sauvignon (a good one is Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
6:30 Program Begins
6:45 Digital Cocktail Conversation
7:10 Student presentations
7:20 Presentation of Robert A Cleland Award to Andy Thayer
7:30 Keynote from Trita Parsi
8:00 Event Concludes