Menevis Cilizoglu, Thursday, February 28th, 2019

“Imposition and Termination of Economic sanctions: Their Domestic and Economic Effects” Watch this program!          Just over the last year, sanctions on Iran and North Korea led to troubling economic and humanitarian consequences. Professor Menevis Cilizoglu researches the results of sanctions imposed on such countries. She draws from current events, researching high-profile […]

John Reitz, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

“The Chinese Model of Democracy is a Major Competitor to Liberal Democracy” Fluent in French and German, conversant in Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, and currently studying Chinese, Russian, Persian, and Turkish, as well as a variety of ancient languages, Professor Reitz’s love of foreign languages led him to focus his professional career on comparative law […]

Robin W. Lovin, Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

“Religion and New Realities, Moscow, Kiev, and Shanghai” Watch this program Robin W. Lovin is a Visiting Scholar in Theology at Loyola University Chicago and University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of several books on religion and society, including Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of […]

Chad Hart, Wednesday, August 29 2018

“Iowa’s Role in Agriculture and International trade: Why Tariffs and Trade Agreements Matter” Watch this program! Chad Hart is an extension economist and associate professor of economics at Iowa State University. Chad is a native of southwest Missouri, growing up on a rural homestead near Stark City, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in economics and […]

Rubie Watson, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Watch this program! “Hollowing Out the Middle: Chinese and American Rural Depopulation”  Rubie Watson is a social anthropologist, now retired. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. She is author of “Inequality among Brothers: Class and Kinship in South China” and […]

Elise Pizzi, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“Political Conflicts Among Ethnic Minorities in China” Watch this program! Elise Pizzi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is teaching a graduate level course on Chinese Politics and an undergraduate course on Comparative Environmental Policy. Past courses she Elise taught at the University of Iowa concerned political […]

Karen Wachsmuth, Thursday, October 12, 2017

 “Why the Japanese School Year Begins in Cherry Blossom Time” Watch this program! Karen Wachsmuth will share her recent experiences as a Fulbright International Education Administrator awardee to Japan. While in the country, she met with Ministry of Education officials, top-level university administrators, professors, high school teachers, guidance counselors, students, and job placement agencies. She […]

Hans House, Thursday August 31, 2017

“Avian Flue H7N9 and the Risk of the Next Great Pandemic” Watch this program Hans House is Professor, and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa.  He received his undergraduate degree, Cum Laude, in Marine Biology from University of Southern California.  He then received his MD degree from USC […]

James “Woody” Watson, Thursday April 20, 2017

“Culinary Nationalism: Fighting with Food” Watch this program James Watson was one of the first students to study Chinese at the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in 1965, and received his Ph.D. in 1972 at UC Berkeley. He was, until his retirement in 2011, Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Anthropology at […]

Masa Yamamoto, Thursday March 23, 2017

“Bushido (Samurai Spirit) in Modern Japanese Culture, Sports, and Military” Watch this program Masamichi “Masa” Yamamoto is a lawyer qualified in New York, an Adjunct Lecturer of Keio University Law School in Japan, and a former Deputy Director of the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission of Japan. He is currently enrolled in the S.J.D. program […]

David Wu, Wednesday January 25th, 2017

“The Evolving Global Commercial Aircraft Industry; Emerging Competitors from China and Russia” Watch this program This presentation will provide an overview of the current global commercial aircraft industry and potential future evolution. The current Mainline aircraft market is dominated by Boeing and Airbus, while Bombardier and Embraer dominate in the Regional category. The lecture will […]

Janet Lyness, Liz Dupuich, David Gonzales, and Andy Rich, Thursday November 10, 2016

“Murder to Justice—Iowa to China: A Cross-National Collaboration” Watch this program “Tong Shao, a Chinese student, attending Iowa State University, was murdered in September 2014.  Her body was found on September 26, 2014 in Iowa City where her boyfriend, Xiangnan Li, lived.  The police investigation lead to the Johnson County Attorney’s Office obtaining an arrest […]

Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016

“Chinese Political Culture and Authoritarian Regime Resiliency” Watch this program Traditionalism. Communism. Liberalism. All these values and more are evident in current Chinese political culture, but with the coming of China’s political modernization or lack thereof the cohesion of these ideologies will forever change the future of China and her global influence. ICFRC presents a master of […]

Mandela Washington Fellows: Tochukwu Ikpegbu, Ameth Diallo, and Stephennette Taylor, Tuesday July 12, 2016

“China’s Emerging Influence in Africa” Watch this program The U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, started in 2014 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative created by President Obama, empowers young people from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. This year the Fellowship is providing 1,000 young ambassadors with the opportunity […]

Adam Bobrow, Wednesday May 11, 2016

“U.S.—China Cyber Agreement: Is It Enough of a Good Thing?” Watch this program Cybertheft is a popular issue. I will offer my reflections on the continued need for concrete action to match the rhetoric of the norm against cybertheft. Informed observers have not yet detected a decline in the intrusions from China focused on U.S. […]

Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016

“An Interest Group with Chinese Characteristics—The Role of National Oil Companies in the South China Sea” Watch this program Jeffrey Ding was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Iowa City since age three. Jeffrey is a UI Senior majoring in Political Science, Economics and Chinese. Jeffrey is the recipient of several prestigious academic awards […]

Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“Visionaries to the Grand Celebration in Beijing—The Iowa Xi Jinping Story” Watch this program “For me, you are America,” then-Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, told Sarah Lande during a 2012 return visit to Muscatine, Iowa. This visit brought Muscatine to the national spotlight, but the visionaries behind this landmark event and the benefits enjoyed […]

Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015

 “Bhopal (1984 – ?): The 30th Anniversary and the Ongoing Disaster” Watch this program Thirty years after Methyl IsoCyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, the disaster has claimed over 25,000 lives and over 150,000 people are chronically ill. Water and soil contamination […]

James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 “Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Postcolonial Developments Since 1997” Watch this program Will Hong Kong remain a distinctive, quasi-autonomous outpost on the southern tip of China, or will it become just another Chinese city?  This talk explores the history and cultural traditions of Hong Kong in an attempt to understand the recent pro-democracy demonstrations: […]

Ron McMullen, Wednesday, December 3, 2014

 “Elephants, Ivory & Yao Ming” Watch this program Africa’s remaining elephants are being machine-gunned so China’s burgeoning middle class can buy ivory knick-knacks for their living rooms.  Can 7’6” former center of the Houston Rockets, Yao Ming, save the day? Ambassador McMullen will explore the fate of Africa’s elephants in the hands of a former NBA […]