Monday, March 21: Mehmet Ali Birand, journalist and commentator for CNN Turk, is to speak at the Tull Auditorium at Emory University’s law school beginning at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is to focus on relations between Turkey, Europe and the United States. The program is sponsored by the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning. For more information, call (404) 727-7504 or go to

Thursday, April 14: The Southern Center for International Studies is to hold a breakfast briefing on “America and the Global Economy,” beginning at 7:45 a.m. Guest speakers include Jay Bryson, global economist, Wachovia Corp.; Don Ratajczak, consulting economist and Andrew Ward, Atlanta correspondent of the Financial Times.

The cost to attend for non-members is $20, for regular members, $15 and for young professionals, $10.

RSVP to (404) 261-5763 or send an e-mail to

Sunday, April 17: The U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Assocation, Atlanta chapter, and the China Research Center at Kennesaw State University, is to co-sponsor a “Meet the Authors” forum and reception, which is to be held in Lower Evans Hall on the Agnes Scott College campus, 141 East College Ave., Decatur, Ga., 30030, at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Two associates of the China Research Center are to discuss their recently published books and respond to questions from the audience.

They are Professor Fei-ling Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology who has investigatged China’s household registration system, and Professor Rong Cai of Emory University who has studied the presentation of the self in recent Chinese literature.

For more information, call Peggy Roney, president, USCPFA-Atlanta Chapter at (404) 292-0714 or send an email to Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29: The French American Chamber of Commerce is to celebrate its 20th anniversary and is to host the annual meeting of all the chapters of the chamber located in North America at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.

Jean-David Levitte, the French ambassador to the U.S., is to attend the event.

The French chamber gala has been organized annually since the chamber was formed in 1985. It also is to take place at the Intercontinental Hotel on Friday, April 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend for FACC members is $85 and for nonmembers, $100.

For more information, call the chamber at (404) 846-2500 or send an email to