Beyond Borders: The UN in a Changing World
What is the role of the UN?
The Urgent Need for Justice Reform in America
Learn about the justice system— inside and out.
A Freedom Rider Remembers
Experience the Civil Rights Movement through a first-hand account.
The Life and Work of Andrew Wyeth
Find out what it’s like to grow up in the “first family of American art.”
The Lasting Impact of Child Maltreatment
How does chlildhood abuse impact life as an adult?
Linda Patterson Miller
Writers of the Lost Generation
How did the relationships of America’s great writers affect their work?
The Sex-Wise Parent
The way you talk with your children about sex could save them from serious harm.
The “T” Community
Gain a better understanding of what it means to be a transgender person.
America’s Role in the World
Learn about the relationship between foreign policy and nuclear weapons.
Discover what’s being done to stop the spread of infectious diseases.
- 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
- Activism/Civil Rights Movement
- American Indian Identity
- Art & Design, Publishing
- Art, Caregiving
- Art, Filmmaking
- Black Middle Class
- Child Abuse
- Chinese Culture
- Climate Change
Is the United Nations still relevant after all of these years? Why or why not?
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Gillian Sorensen has dedicated nearly thirty years of her life to the United Nations. Find out why she says “A strong UN makes the US safer,” as well as why she thinks it’s so important for us to be active participants in the organization we created.
For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Gillian Sorensen’s distinguished career in the UN has spanned the administrations of Kofi Annan, under whom she served as Assistant Secretary-General for External Affairs, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, for whom she served as Special Advisor for Public Policy. In the course of her service, she was responsible for 4,000 NGOs, she responded to other UN issues relating to the world at large, and she served as an emissary for the Secretary-General.
Sorensen is now a senior advisor to the UN Foundation and continues to address the world’s most pressing problems as she works to broaden UN support through advocacy, education, and public outreach.
More About Gillian Sorensen
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- President Obama’s first speech to UN
- UN Women
- UN Polio Eradication Initiative
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- Conversations from Penn State: Richard Butler
- World on Trial
PENN STATE CONNECTION
- Center for Global Studies
- Center for the Performing Arts
- Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge
WHERE TO WATCH
Thursday, December 27 at 8pm
ABOUT THE HOST
Veteran interviewer Patty Satalia hosts in-depth conversations with a broad range of remarkable people.