“China’s Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia: Interests and Challenges”

By Bo Xu, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! As a great power on both the regional and global levels, China’s foreign policy has unique impact on Northeast Asian affairs. What is Beijing seeking through its policy toward Northeast Asian states? What does it mean for the Sino-U.S. relationship? This presentation will provide an overview of theseContinue reading ““China’s Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia: Interests and Challenges””

“The Crowd-Chinese Contemporary Theater”

By Nick Yu, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! 喻荣军, or Nick Yu, joins us this fall from the People’s Republic of China. His professional titles include: Artistic Director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Artistic Director of the Shanghai International Comedy Festival, and Co-director of the Shanghai Performing Arts Group. Yu hasContinue reading ““The Crowd-Chinese Contemporary Theater””

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-profileContinue reading “Menevis Cilizoglu, Thursday, February 28th, 2019”

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 lawContinue reading “John Reitz, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019”

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 ofContinue reading “Robin W. Lovin, Thursday, October 4th, 2018.”

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 andContinue reading “Chad Hart, Wednesday, August 29 2018”

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” andContinue reading “Rubie Watson, Thursday, July 12, 2018”

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 politicalContinue reading “Elise Pizzi, Wednesday, April 4, 2018”

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. SheContinue reading “Karen Wachsmuth, Thursday, October 12, 2017”

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 USCContinue reading “Hans House, Thursday August 31, 2017”

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 atContinue reading “James “Woody” Watson, Thursday April 20, 2017″

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. programContinue reading “Masa Yamamoto, Thursday March 23, 2017”

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 willContinue reading “David Wu, Wednesday January 25th, 2017”

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 arrestContinue reading “Janet Lyness, Liz Dupuich, David Gonzales, and Andy Rich, Thursday November 10, 2016”

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 ofContinue reading “Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016”

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

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.Continue reading “Adam Bobrow, Wednesday May 11, 2016”

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 awardsContinue reading “Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016”

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 enjoyedContinue reading “Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015”

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 contaminationContinue reading “Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015”