Monday Briefing | September 26

Monday Briefing | September 26

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Courtesy of the Telegraph UK.

Stories to Follow

Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Drumpf, go head-to-head tonight at the first presidential debate. In what has been a presidential election rife with controversy, tonight’s debate and its repercussions into the coming week are not to be missed. There will be two more presidential debates following this one, in October, as well as one debate for vice-presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.

Today marks the fifth straw poll for the UN Secretary General elections. Following 10 years in office, current Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will step down by December 31. Current front-runner to replace him is Antonio Guterres from Portugal. Guterres has led each vote since July 29, despite the hope of many that the next Secretary General might be female and/or Eastern European for the first time in history.

On Saturday, September 24, Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney released videos of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Following Lamont Scott’s death, protesters took to the streets in Charlotte, North Carolina. The police officer who shot Lamont Scott, Brentley Vinson, has since been placed on paid administrative lead.

This Week in JPI

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Happening this Week

Conspiracy as Information: The Aftermath of Bad Ideas
Wednesday, September 28th at 12:30pm | 19 University Place, Room 222
As part of the international relations department’s Brown Bag Lunch Discussion series, Professor Eliot Borenstein will discuss the place of conspiracy in Russian culture. Borenstein will highlight both Russia’s intellectual history and meaning-making in a post-socialist environment, in the context of conspiracy. RSVP required.

The Secular and Sacred in Higher Education
Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30pm | Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
Tuesday night, The Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership, The Islamic Center at NYU, and The New York Community Trust are co-hosting a conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. John Sexton. Dr. Serene Jones will moderate the discussion. RSVP required.

In Your Free Time

At the closing of Zach Galifianakis’ most recent edition of ‘Between Two Ferns,’ he turns to Hillary Clinton and says “We should say in touch. What’s the best way to reach you? Email?” The two sit in and silence, attempting not to smile. In case you missed it, be sure to watch this irresistible reprieve from the negativity of the current election. Running at just six minutes, it’s the perfect timing for a quick study break.

This Monday Briefing brought to you by Clare Church.

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