John Seager, November 2, 2012

“World Population – Seven Billion and Growing Rapidly” Watch the program here. 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 childrenContinue reading “John Seager, November 2, 2012”

Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012

“Conflict Minerals and the Ongoing Agony of Eastern Congo” Watch the program here. 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. ProfessorContinue reading “Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012”

Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 2012

“Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Small Country with a Big Government” Watch the program here. 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 inContinue reading “Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 2012”

German Zarate-Durier, October 8, 2012

“Free Trade Agreements’ Impact on Colombians” Watch the program here. 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 onContinue reading “German Zarate-Durier, October 8, 2012”

Greg Churchill, October 17. 2012

“Ten Realities of Doing Business Globally” Watch the program here. Gregory S. Churchill is the Executive Vice President of Rockwell Collins International and Service Solutions, an organization that combines all of Rockwell Collins’ International and Service operations into one entity. He will be sharing a high level overview of some basic, but very real, truthsContinue reading “Greg Churchill, October 17. 2012”

Ramaswami (Balu) Balasubramaniam, October 5, 2012

“Living with Indigenous People” Watch the program here. Dr. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is the founder of one of India’s largest development organizations, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and has lived and worked with the indigenous people in the forests of the state of Karnataka, India. He will be sharing his experiences of the last 25 yearsContinue reading “Ramaswami (Balu) Balasubramaniam, October 5, 2012”

Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012

“Never Again: How Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Can Be Prevented” Video Unavailable. More than six decades after the Holocaust, ongoing violence in Syria is a vivid reminder that the systematic targeting of civilians remains a consistent reality of global politics. In 2005, the full array of global leaders at the United Nations World SummitContinue reading “Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012”

Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012

“New Geographies in African Art: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Museum and the Field” Watch the program here. One of the challenges of curating the so-called non-Western arts in a North American museum space is thinking about how to connect diverse audiences with the unique objects on display and their complex and sometimes unfamiliar histories.Continue reading “Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012”

Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012

“The Cost of War, The Price of Peace” Watch the program here. Following a month-long trip to Afghanistan, Kelly will speak to the ICFRC about Afghan Peace Volunteers, their perspectives on their country’s future relationship with NATO and the ISAF, and methods of nonviolent resistance used by Afghans to demonstrate against US warfare. Kelly, co-coordinatorContinue reading “Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012”

Sally Mason, August 28, 2012

“The University of Iowa as a Global Institution” Watch the program here. President Mason, fresh from a UI recruitment trip to several cities in China and Taiwan, lectured the audience on the importance of expanding international ties between students and universities – as well as how much the UI has done in that arena.”International education and theContinue reading “Sally Mason, August 28, 2012”

Alan Brody, June 7, 2012

“Human Rights Hypocrisies in the ‘Holy Land’” No video available. Alan Brody will present excerpts from the memoir of his youth, most of which describe the experiences of his 1967 trip to Europe and Israel. He will also reflect on his present-day thoughts about the continuing conflict between Israelis and their Palestinian and Arab neighbors.Continue reading “Alan Brody, June 7, 2012”

William M. Reisigner, May 3, 2012

“Putin’s Re-election and Russia’s Political Future” No video available. Although re-elected handily, Vladimir Putin faces steeper challenges than ever. He must modernize Russia’s economy and society while holding together the political regime he has forged. Can he do it, and what will his efforts mean for Russia’s role in world affairs? William M. Reisinger isContinue reading “William M. Reisigner, May 3, 2012”

Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012

“The Importance of Global Nuclear Security” Watch the program here. On Wednesday, April 11, Jennifer Smyser gave a lecture on the state of the on-going international and domestic efforts at guaranteeing worldwide nuclear security. As a Program Officer in Policy and Outreach at The Stanley Foundation, Ms. Smyser is a member of Fissle Materials Working Group (a nongovernmental coalitionContinue reading “Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012”

Wojciech Przyblyski, April 6, 2012

Wojciech Przblyski “The Political Scene in V4 Countries and the Perception of the USA” Watch the program here. As President of the Res Publica Foundation (and Editor-in-Chief of the Res Publica Nowa Quarterly), Mr. Wojciech Przyblyski belongs to the Free Speech Partnership, a network of editors from intellectual and cultural journals in former Soviet Republics established to undertakeContinue reading “Wojciech Przyblyski, April 6, 2012”

Ambassador Stephen Rapp, April 3, 2012

“Diplomacy for Global Justice: The Tools for Establishing Truth, Accountability, and Reconciliation After the Commission of Mass Atrocities” No video available. Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa is Ambassador-at-Large, heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his dutiesContinue reading “Ambassador Stephen Rapp, April 3, 2012”

War Veterans, March 27, 2012

“Telling Iowa City: War Veterans’ Experiences: Putting Our Stories on Stage” Watch the program here. Telling: Iowa City was created from the stories of local veterans whose military experiences ranged over 40 years, from Vietnam to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unlike other shows, this play was performed by the veterans themselves, eachContinue reading “War Veterans, March 27, 2012”

Prof. Frank Salomon, March 20, 2012

“Peru: Mountain Life and Modernity” Watch the program here. Since 1992 the Andean countries, once troubled by poverty, racial exclusion and political warfare, have burst forward with striking growth and innovation. A lifetime of research into the culture of the Quechua-speaking peoples (heirs of the Inkan Empire) brings to life products and ideas unique toContinue reading “Prof. Frank Salomon, March 20, 2012”

Asst. Prof. Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, March 6, 2012

“Blue Birds from the Dreamland (Iceland’s Modern Economy)” Watch the program here. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Runar H. Vignisson is a distinguished author and translator who has been the recipient of a number of illustrious awards for his work, including The Icelandic Translation Award for his translation of J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace”Continue reading “Asst. Prof. Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, March 6, 2012”

Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012

“The Artist and the Haitian Art Relief Fund” Watch the program here. Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié gave a talk on “The Artists and the Haitian Relief Fund” where he discussed his own activities as a part of the Haitian relief effort, in addition to presenting a selection of his most recent artistic productions.Continue reading “Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012”

Rubie Watson, February 16, 2012

“Effects of Low Fertility Rates in East Asia” Watch the program here. Dr. Rubie Watson attended the University of Iowa in the 1960s, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the London School of Economics, and has taught anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. Her research interests include gender, family organization, and memoryContinue reading “Rubie Watson, February 16, 2012”