Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Dr. Jeff Murray will describe his efforts to build programs which address the problems of newborn infants in low income settings, including birth defects and preterm birth. He will address the challenges of building a basic and translational research program, and the contrasts in approaches used by federally-funded work and that of private foundations. He will also examine the unique opportunities and challenges of both approaches. Dr. Murray has been at the University of Iowa for 28 years. He holds a primary appointment in Pediatrics and joint appointments in Epidemiology, Nursing, Dentistry and Biology. His lab researches the genetic and environmental causes of birth defects and preterm birth. His work has involved international studies in the Philippines, India, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Lebanon and Japan. He has contributed to over 400 peer-reviewed publications, is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and was President of the American Society of Human Genetics. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a strong supporter of his work on preterm birth in low and middle income countries.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The relationship between China and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has traditionally been quite close. The two countries share a long border and trade extensively with one another. In 2011, Myanmar began a series of democratic reforms. Zeyar Lynn will discuss the evolving relationship between Myanmar and China since these reforms began. Zeyar Lynn is a poet, writer, and translator widely regarded as the most influential living poet in Myanmar. He is the author of seven poetry collections, including Distinguishing Features (2006), Real/Life: Prose Poems (2009) and Kilimanjaro (2010). He has translated John Ashbery, Charles Bernstein, Donald Justice, Sylvia Plath, Wisława Szymborska and Tomas Tranströmer, as well as many Chinese, Japanese, Australian, East European and Russian poets. Since 2005 he has organized and hosted the annual UNESCO World Poetry Day event in Yangon. He is also one of the editors of the quarterly Poetry World. He teaches English at a specialized language school. Zeyar is visiting Iowa City under the aegis of the International Writing Program. He is one of about thirty IWP residents visiting Iowa this year.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Santos is a computer program developed over the past 10 years by a large team of researchers at the Virtual Soldier Research Center at the University of Iowa. It is a human simulator that aids in the reduction of load for the US Marines, tests new equipment, and helps design new vehicles for the manufacturing industry. Santos operates inside a computer and can check for all types of scenarios before the equipment or vehicle is built, thus reducing cost and time. Dr. Karim Abdel-Malek is internationally recognized in the areas of robotics and human simulation. He is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is also the Director of the Center for Computer Aided Design, a world renowned research center consisting of 6 units. Dr. Malek leads projects with all branches of the US Military (US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and the US Marines), and several industry partners including Ford, GM, Chrysler, Rockwell Collins, Caterpillar, and others. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in robotics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Jordan. Dr. Abdel-Malek serves on several national and international conference committees and also serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Human Modeling and Simulation.
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Special thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Over the past three decades, economic inequality has risen in many democracies around the world. As the rich grow richer relative to everyone else, do they also grow relatively more powerful, undermining democracy's promise of political equality? Patterns of political attitudes, behavior, and policymaking in democracies around the world support the answer that yes, political equality does depend on economic equality. Frederick Solt is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. His primary research interests are in comparative politics and focus on the consequences of economic inequality for political attitudes and behavior. His work on this topic has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and other journals. To facilitate this research, he created and maintains the Standardized World Income Inequality Database (SWIID), which provides the most comparable data available on income inequality for countries around the world over the past half-century.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis or "shock." The shock is mainly remembered for the Arab oil embargo imposed in the fall of 1973, but there were underlying structural problems within the oil industry that turned the embargo into a full-blown crisis. The inability of U.S. production to compensate for supply shortages, combined with the loss of the major oil companies' control over Middle East production and prices, created a shock that reshaped the international petroleum industry and world affairs in ways that still reverberate today. Tyler Priest (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Associate Professor of History and Geography, University of Iowa. He is a specialist in the history of oil and energy. He is the author of The Offshore Imperative: Shell Oil's Search for Petroleum in Postwar America (Texas A&M Press: 2007) and is working on a new book titled, Deepwater Horizons: Managing Offshore Oil and Gas in the United States. In 2010-2011, he served as a senior policy analyst for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The protests and demonstrations which began in Tunisia in December 2010 have swept across the Arab world, causing the overthrow of numerous governments and the transformation of societies. Professor Souaiaia will provide an overview of the transformative events of the Arab Spring, discussing the difference between the uprisings that ended the rules of Ben Ali and Mubarak, the armed rebellions in Libya and Syria, and the potential for an new order in the Gulf States. He will further address the current situations in Syria and Bahrain. Professor Ahmed E. Souaiaia holds joint appointments in International Studies, Religious Studies, and the College of Law at the University of Iowa. His primary research and teaching interests are Islamic law, social justice in Islamic society, women in Islamic societies, and the politics and religion of Islamic civilization. He is the author of a number of books, articles, and essays. He serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals and professional institutions. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the "Journal of Islamic and Judaic Multidisciplinary Studies."
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The triple disaster at Fukushima did not have a simple beginning, middle or end. Tensions, misunderstandings, and lack of consensus between political, economic, scientific, and social interests began long before the disaster and continue unabated almost 3 years later. Populations in, around and far beyond Fukushima continue to struggle for resolution and understanding balanced between belief and fear, suspicion and science. Using the frame of health and human rights, this presentation explores the boundaries of medical science and social responsibility as circumstances unfold for Japan and the world within an increasingly unstable climate and degraded global environment. Dr. Maureen McCue is a founding member, faculty, and former director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program as well as a founding board member for the UI Center for Human Rights. As Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Dr. McCue has been teaching Health and Human Rights courses since 1997. Before coming to Iowa, she worked as a primary care provider with marginalized communities and has worked for a local women's clinic for the last 16 years. She has coordinated the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility for the last 10 years. Dr. McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively as a peace maker, researcher, and physician.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) If America is the world's largest exporter of culture, China is certainly the world's largest importer. Peter Gries will discuss the role of popular culture in improving attitudes toward America in China and increasing the desire for friendlier US policy. Peter Gries is a professor at the Institute for US-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of China's New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy, co-editor of Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market and State and Society in 21st-Century China: Crisis, Contention, and Legitimation, and has written dozens of academic journal articles and book chapters. His work focuses on nationalism, the political psychology of international affairs, and China's domestic politics and foreign policy. Peter received a BA in East Asian Studies from Middlebury College, an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mershon Center for Security Studies at Ohio State University. He directs a research lab on the political psychology of US-China relations.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The vast majority of the world's scientists agree: We have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth's life-sustaining capacity. But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of the problem is limited; we treat "the environment" as its own separate realm, taking for granted prevailing but outmoded conceptions of economics, national sovereignty, and international law. Green Governance: Ecological Survival, Human Rights, and the Law of the Commons is a direct response to the mounting calls for a paradigm shift in the way humans relate to the natural environment. It opens the door to a new set of solutions by proposing a compelling new synthesis of environmental protection based on broader notions of economics and human rights and on commons-based governance. Going beyond speculative abstractions, the book proposes a new architecture of environmental law and public policy that is as practical as it is theoretically sound. Burns H. Weston is the Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Senior Scholar of the Center for Human Rights at The University of Iowa. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and a long-time -- now honorary -- member of the Board of Editors of theAmerican Journal of International Law. In recognition of his human rights scholarship and programmatic innovations bridging human rights and the environment, he was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Law (LL.D.) by Vermont Law School in 2009
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) People with albinism have faced widespread discrimination and violence in east Africa for centuries, but only recently has this problem garnered significant international attention. Nowhere is this human rights issue more pronounced than in Tanzania, where a half-hearted government response to the problem has failed to stem waves of attacks against members of the albinism community. In the summer of 2012, Kurt Wall spent 11 weeks in Mwanza, Tanzania to try to determine what must be done to adequately address the unique social and healthcare-related issues facing this vulnerable population. He will share his experiences as a medical student at a healthcare clinic in rural Tanzania. Kurt Wall is a third-year MD/MPH candidate at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and College of Public Health. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a major in Neuroscience. This spring he will be conducting an international health practicum project as part of his Master of Public Health degree.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Children in Malawi, Zambia, and Rwanda are suffering from malnutrition. As a major agricultural state, Iowa has the resources, techniques, and experience to assist in such countries. The talk will focus on a range of communication supports for "Scaling Up Nutrition" (or SUN), an initiative started in 2009. SUN programs have particular emphasis on the policies of national nutrition strategies in countries in Africa, supporting the "1000 Days" concept to prevent childhood stunting. Professor Gleason received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication here at Iowa. While here he focused on Communication for International Development, an emphasis that later evolved into a graduate program. Currently, he is Director of Communication for the International Nutrition Foundation, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, near Boston, where he lives with his wife. Professor Gleason joined UNICEF after graduating and began a career as a UN staff member and consultant. His work assignments took him to over 30 countries in Africa, the Middle-East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Far East. Through his affiliation with the International Nutrition Foundation, since 1998 he has been a global leader in the prevention of iron deficiency anemia and universal iodization of salt. Gleason has applied his expertise in communication to a diverse range of development assistance including project design and evaluation, national policy development, design of information systems for decision-making, agriculture, child and maternal health, water, hygiene and sanitation, and primary education for HIV/AIDS.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Globalization creates some major imbalances in a world system increasingly based on market economics. The economic state of Third World nations remains extremely unsatisfactory, with very little "trickling down" to the poor majority. One third of the world 's poor are only getting poorer. Dr. Thacker will address globalization and international relations as they relate to North-South economic imbalances, and will also t ouch upon social justice perspectives that are specifically affecting Nepal . Dr. Thacker has served as the International Executive Director for Manushi Sustainable Development, an international NGO in Katmandu, Nepal for the past 15 years. Dr. Thacker, a graduate of Luther College and Iowa State University, received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has published three books, the most recent being "Perspectives on the Myth of Prosperity", which deals with the severe economic disparities between the Northern and Southern nations and was introduced at the "World Canvas" at the University of Iowa.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Google and other American global information technology companies are caught between two worlds. They are tethered to their American umbilical cords-networks, servers, business models, and legal frameworks-and yet have to live with the realities of lucrative markets like China, whose culture of freedom of expression differs from that of the United States. Google has had to live with China's elaborate system of Internet censorship- the so-called "Great Firewall of China." Lyombe Eko is associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also co-Director of the African Studies Program. He teaches courses in media law and ethics, comparative and international communication. He has published two books: Case Studies in Comparative Communication Law and Policy (2012); and American Exceptionalism, The French Exception and Digital Media Law (2013). He has also published numerous articles in law review and refereed international communication journals. Prof. Eko recommends these short documentaries if you're more interested the topic: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7118055n http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTTrSANnal8
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) In early 2010, WikiLeaks, a non-profit whistleblower organization, began releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables. By the end of 2011, over 250,000 cables had been leaked, constituting the largest security breach in U.S. State Department history. The cables were widely disseminated and provoked significant criticism of U.S. foreign policy. Ambassador Ron McMullen will discuss the circumstances leading up to these events and their subsequent impact on U.S. diplomacy. McMullen, currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea. Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries. In Burma he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. While posted in Fiji he helped prevent civil conflict after an armed takeover of parliament. He was shot at during a riot in Sri Lanka and helped train mongooses to detect heroin. He survived a voodoo curse in the Dominican Republic and took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa's Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. Between foreign assignments, Ron served for three years as Visiting Professor at the Military Academy at West Point, where he taught International Relations and Comparative Politics. He was Diplomat-In-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin 2010-2012. He has authored many scholarly works and is a three-time recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award. A native of Northwood, Iowa, he earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital city of Sarajevo, often called the European Jerusalem, has the most diverse demographic and political structure in Europe, and perhaps of any other country in the world. Placed in heart of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina has always been a place of numerous conflicts and wars. During the aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the years of 1992-1995, both Dr. Jovanovic and Dr. Okic remained in the country, but Dr. Okic experienced the difficulty of being a refugee apart from his family. Nina Jovanovic and Anel Okic are both medical doctors and graduates of the University of Sarajevo School of Medicine. Dr. Jovanovic is a resident in Ophthalmology at the County Hospital of Zenica and a Junior Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health in the College of Public Health in Zenica. Dr. Anel Okic is a resident in the Surgery department at County Hospital of Zenica and a lecturer at the Nursing High School in Zenica. Dr. Okic also holds a Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Travnik. Both doctors were actively involved as leaders of the Medical Student Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and officers in IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students Associations). They are both very active in organizing numerous student, medical doctor and health worker activities. They have visited more than 50 countries all around world, organizing and attending different educational projects and trainings. In September of 2012, Jovanovic and Okic organized a conference on trauma and injury prevention on behalf of the University of Iowa that attracted 200 participants and was the first international conference of its kind to be held in Zenica. Currently they are both visiting scholars at the University of Iowa studying trauma and injury prevention in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Jim Leach will address the United States' relationships with key countries in the context of a global setting in which weapons of mass destruction have proliferated and terrorism has been globalized. Such countries include: Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea. He will conclude by emphasizing the role of the United Nations and of diplomacy in general. Following a thirty-five year Congressional career, Jim has been very active. Since leaving Congress, he has taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and at Princeton. He served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2009 until earlier this year. This fall, Leach, 70, has returned to Iowa. He has joined the faculty as a visiting professor in the UI College of Law as the University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs. He will work with the UI Center for Human Rights, advise law students, and help secure field placements in Washington, D.C. He also drives a black and gold Mini Cooper, which he's owned for several years, proving his Hawkeye bona fides pre-dates his membership on the UI faculty.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The international landscape is one of constant change. Universities and scholars must adapt to meet the challenges of this ever-shifting international scene. Dr. Greenough will address changes and trends in the development of international studies programs. Dr. Paul Greenough is a professor of modern Indian history and environmental and global health history at the University of Iowa. In addition to his keen interest in public health, specifically immunization, he is also an expert in the social and environmental history of India. Dr. Greenough will be sharing his insights on international studies programs on college campuses, a topic with which Dr. Greenough has significant experience. In the late 1970′s he helped establish the Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) at Iowa, a forerunner of International Programs. His first National Resource Center work, in the late 1980′s, fed into a federal grant of $60,000 to support the Center of International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH). He helped establish the interdisciplinary Global Health Studies program program and directed it from 1994-2007 He worked closely with the Ford Foundation to create the UI-Grinnell Bridging and the Crossing Borders Program, ambitious programs which benefit faculty and graduate students from different fields with international implications.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Since the beginning of the War on Terror, the U.S. has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to remotely target enemy militants. In recent years these attacks have escalated; hundreds of non-combatants have died in countries which are not formally at war with the U.S. This drone strike policy, as it has come to be known, has led to a rise of anti-American sentiment, as well as various contentions within the U.S. Mr. Naiman will discuss key problems with the drone strike policy, what we know about public opinion, the state of efforts to open up the drone strike policy to public scrutiny, and opportunities for increased pressure on Congress and the Administration. Robert Naiman is the Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post. He is president of the board of Truthout. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has master's degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois. In October, he participated in a peace delegation to Pakistan to protest the U.S. drone strike policy.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) In February 1992 the Maastricht Treaty laid the groundwork for what would soon become the European Union. From the very beginning, the EU rapidly became one of the largest and most influential intergovernmental unions in the world, and in 2013, twenty years on from its establishment, its 27 member states stretch from Cyprus to Scandinavia. However, in recent years the global economic downturn has left its mark on the European community, and what has become known as the "Euro Crisis" has left many wondering if the EU has done more harm than good. Diana Rus is a Fogarty Scholar at the Injury Prevention Research Center, University of Iowa, as well as a researcher at the Center for Health Policy and Public Health at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Diana's research focuses on injury and violence prevention, specifically injury surveillance systems and road safety. She's actively involved in several European Commission funded research projects and joint actions in the field of safety, including "JAMIE: Joint Action to Monitor Injuries in Europe" and "TACTICS: Tools to Address Childhood Trauma, Injuries and Childhood Safety." Diana will present her views on Romania's role in the EU, and if EU membership has helped or hurt Romania. Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, is one of the newest members of the community and its success or failure in wake of the financial crisis will be crucial in determining the future success of the European Union as a whole.
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Special thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 for this video (http://citychannel4.com/) Climate engineering is generally defined as the deliberate modification of large-scale Earth systems in order to change the climate. The most widely discussed form of climate engineering is the injection of particles into the stratosphere to block sunlight and cool the Earth. Increasingly, scientists and policymakers are seriously considering the use of climate engineering techniques to cool the Earth and offset the warming impact of rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. This talk discusses the dangers posed by climate engineering and argues that it should be subject to an international governance regime rather than being controlled exclusively by national governments. Professor Jonathan Carlson is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and McGill University, and also a proud native of North Dakota. He has lived in Iowa and taught at the University of Iowa College of Law for 30 years. His current teaching and research interests are focused on how international law can be effectively used to address pressing global environmental problems.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The current euro zone debt crisis centers on Germany and is an existential crisis about European Union political integration. Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that "if the Euro falls, Europe falls." She described the challenge as "the most difficult since the Second World War." The Eurocrisis is reminiscent of two European conflagrations lasting three decades, the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and the two twentieth-century World Wars (1914-1945). Over the past two decades, a united Germany has accepted its EU integration responsibility to move toward a European Monetary Union, to introduce the euro, and now to resolve the current Euro crisis. There is little doubt that Germany is obligated to support EU integration: constitutionally, historically, and morally. In a recent article published in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel discussed the Eurozone debt crisis and its importance to the global economy, and he will share his views on the crisis for this ICFRC program. Ambassador Bindenagel is an expert on German politico-military history and policy. He is a former U.S. Ambassador and career diplomat who served in East, West and united Germanys during the end of the Cold War. He had a part in the reunification of Germany, the Balkan Wars, debates on North Atlantic Treaty Organization security policy and expanded membership, and in German national security from 1972 to 2002. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. He was a consultant and interviewed as an eyewitness for "The Wall: A Country United". A Houston PBS documentary about the fall of the Berlin Wall, produced, written and directed by Eric Stange.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) North Korea is a mysterious, occasionally threatening country to the outside world, to its neighbors and even to its primary economic supporter, China. The extent of China's support for North Korea and the cause of North Korea's dependence on China will be reviewed. The effectiveness of economic sanctions led by South Korea, Japan and the United States for resolving the nuclear threats will be discussed. Fittingly, in this photo, Professor Jeongsik Ko is shown near the border between South and North Korea. In the course of his academic and trade studies he has visited North Korea several times. Professor Ko is a veteran negotiator for the singular Kaesong Industrial Zone, a North Korean border city where more than 125 South Korean companies employ over 55,000 North Koreans. In addition to his faculty position at Pai Chai University in Daejeon, South Korea, Dr. Ko is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Iowa's Center for Asia and Pacific Studies. He has enjoyed serving in a number of economic and trade associations within China and Korea and previously served within the Korean Ministry of Unification. He has published several books and papers on the Chinese economic system, foreign investment and commerce's role to resolve conflicts. He first came to Iowa twenty-two years ago and we are pleased to welcome his presentation.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Recently eyes have been turned to the Middle East. Not just the recent Arab Spring, but also the revolts in Egypt have people more interested in that part of the world. Since Mohamed Morsi was removed as president by the Army Chief General, Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, the idea of democracy has been threatened. Vicki will talk about the departure of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's 30-year dictator; the rise, via democratic elections, and fall, via military coup, of the Muslim Brotherhood; the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood in the aftermath of the coup; and the regional realignments occurring in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Vicki Claypool is a professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. She has served in numerous UI service positions over the years including Chair of the University of Iowa Research Council and Chair of the Faculty Assembly. She created and then coordinated the University of Iowa Middle East and Islamic World Studies Group. She serves on the editorial board of the flagship journal of the American Political Science Association. Her publications include six books, numerous book chapters, and over forty peer-reviewed journal articles.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now the leading global anti-corruption non-governmental organization, present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world's collective conscience and bring about change. Frank Vogl, a co-founder of Transparency International, will present the key findings of his new book: "Waging War on Corruption". Fifteen years ago he came to Iowa to highlight the challenges before the new anti-corruption movement and now he returns with a message of surprising optimism . In addition to his work with Transparency International, Frank has also worked as an economics journalist for Reuters and Times of London, the Director of Information & Public Affairs at the World Bank, and in 1990 he established his own international public relations firm, Vogl Communications. He is a member of the International Council of the New Israel Fund; an advisory council member of the United Nations Association of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area; a member of the "Wisemen" public relations organization, and a former Board member of the Ethics Resource Center. Frank has served as the Vice Chairman of Transparency International (TI), Member of the TI Advisory Council and Advisor to the TI Managing Director. Frank is also Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), which has funded over 200 anti-bribery projects across the developing world.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) German is an International Peacemaker from Colombia and a peace and justice activist. His efforts focus on the promotion of human rights. He works with social justice organizations, especially those devoted to victims of violence, and with the Presbyterian Accompaniment Program for Peace. Based on his experience in community organizing, he believes profoundly in peace based on justice to resolve political, social and agrarian economic conflicts. He will focus on resolution of conflict rooted in the physical displacement, abuse, and economic inequities imposed upon Colombians by multinational companies in subversion of the Free Trade Agreement; the violence situation within Colombia and new changes for hope and peace; participative citizenship for peaceful change; and justice and Christian faith in the Colombian context.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) In an ever-globalizing world, maintaining a small, local business is increasingly difficult. Companies need to expand and use their global connections while remaining grounded within their communities. Chuck Peters, CEO and President of the Gazette Company, will discuss the variety of international initiatives the Gazette Company currently has underway. Chuck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gazette Company, a company owned by a trust for the benefit of the employees (ESOP), and doing business as Iowa SourceMedia Group, consisting of The Gazette newspaper, KCRG -- TV9, an ABC affiliate, Hoopla, and numerous online sites; Fusionfarm, a digital services agency and ColorWeb Printers. He is on the board of directors of the Newspaper Association of America. A lawyer by training, Chuck graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law. He spent a decade in the appliance business, five years as President of Amana Refrigeration and until 1998 as Vice President -- Administration of Maytag. Between appliance assignments, he was the CEO of Breakthrough, an Iowa City start-up software and consulting company engaged in developing effective early literacy programs for school systems.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The world has been watching with interest the recent 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) because it will bring in a new generation of leaders who will likely rule the world's second largest economy, the most populous country, and the largest authoritarian state for the next 10 years. Professors Wenfang Tang and Brian Lai will discuss the leadership transition in China and its significance for US-China relations. Wenfang Tang is the Stanley Hua Hsia Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Iowa. His current research focuses on public opinion and political change in contemporary China, as well as comparative political behavior. He has authored and coauthored several books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Stanford University Press, and many articles in academic journals including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Policy, China Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary China, among others. Brian Lai, also from the University of Iowa's Political Science Department, is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies. His areas of emphasis are International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Terrorism and Conflict Processes. He has contributed articles to academic journals including, Conflict Management and Peace Science, American Journal of Political Science and Journal of Conflict Resolution.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a reputation as a failed state and a bottomless quagmire. There are many Congolese realities, however, separated by geographical factors, and some parts of the Congo are doing quite well at the current time. Professor Hoover will be talking about Eastern Congo and the very real tragedy of the areas neighboring the west branch of the Rift Valley. They owe as much or more to the technology of mining coltan, gold, and other minerals of this area than to Congolese capacities to form an effective administration in the area. Dr. J. Jeffrey Hoover earned his Ph.D. in African History from Yale University, specializing in Tribal Structures in the Congo. His doctoral research was on the origins of the Lunda political system during the 17th through 19th centuries, doing pioneer work with historical linguistics in investigating how a multilingual commonwealth could spread over a thousand miles of African savanna without modern transportation and communications. He also has a degree from Luther College, in Iowa. He and his wife Ellen, also a Yale Ph.D. in African History, have taught and raised a family in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1979. He is a senior professor in the Department of History at the University of Lubumbashi, and the Director of University Libraries. He also teaches at Katanga Methodist University at Mulungwishi and has served as dean and library head there. In 1985-1991 he served as director of a medical infrastructure rehabilitation project funded by USAID in western Katanga, and has been a consultant to various international organizations and companies. The Hoovers are employed by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) As South Africans and the world celebrate the life of one of the preeminent statesmen of the 20th century, South Africa still struggles to realize Nelson Mandela's vision of a multiracial society based on justice and reconciliation. Mandela has in fact not governed the country since he stepped down as its president in 1999. Mr. Barkan will discuss South Africa during Mandela's administration and its present struggle to overcome the legacies of apartheid. Joel D. Barkan is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Iowa and is currently Senior Associate at the Africa Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. A specialist on issues of democratization, governance and political economy across Anglophone Africa, he served as the first regional democracy and governance advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa at USAID from 1992 to 1994. Since then he has straddled the worlds of academe and the policy community by consulting extensively for DfID (Department for International Development), the National Endowment for Democracy, the Department of State, USAID and the World Bank. After retiring from Iowa in 2005, Joel has taught at Princeton University (2006-2007) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (2010, 2011). He has also been a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2005-2006), and the University of Cape Town (2004 to present). His latest book is Legislative Power in Emerging African Democracies (2009).
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) Rapid population growth impacts all areas of human life and the environment. Serious social problems are also exacerbated by rapid population growth. It is very difficult—if not impossible—for families to climb out of poverty when couples begin childbearing early and have more children than they can afford to educate. And to complete the cycle, less educated children tend to grow up and have their own large families. Global population grows by approximately 80 million people annually. What can we do? This talk will give an overview of root causes, impacts and ways to meet the population challenge and will illustrate the intersections between population stabilization, the environment, social equity, and women's empowerment. John Seager is the President and CEO of Population Connection, the preeminent grassroots group for population education and advocacy. He joined the organization for the first time in 1996 and previously served with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. Seager was also Chief of Staff for former U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer (D-PA), a senior member of the House of Foreign Affairs and Interior committees. A graduate of Trinity College (CT) with a B.A. in Political Science, John travels throughout the country making presentations on global population growth. John has written articles on population stabilization, including its connections to poverty, its future outcomes, and the concern about population decline in some highly developed nations. He has lectured and presented at the University of Chicago, Smith College, and the University of California, San Diego, and many others.
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Special Thanks to Iowa City's City Channel 4 (http://citychannel4.com/) More than ever before, today's business students are graduating into a global economy. In addition to the challenges of technology and the global movement of goods and services, students must also be able to work -- sometimes virtually, sometimes face-to-face -- with persons from a variety of cultures, languages, and political/economic systems. What are the skills required for business students to be successful in such an environment? Learn how the UI Tippie College of Business is addressing these needs, both now and in the future. Dean Gardial, a native of Hot Springs, Ark., earned a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. She earned a PhD in Marketing from the University of Houston. Dean Gardial is trying to instill in her students a global mindset. Twenty-two percent of the UI Tippie College of Business undergraduate students are from non-U.S. countries, with most from China, Malaysia, and India. Such international students clearly benefit from education and immersion in U.S. culture, but she is trying to help U.S. students benefit from international students as well. Dean Sarah Gardial enjoys her free time. She is a huge rock 'n' roll fan; some of her favorite singers are Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks. She was once lead singer of a rock 'n' roll outfit, Air Supply Chain. She also loves to explore new parts of the country on her motorcycle.
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