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:Continue reading “James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015”

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 NBAContinue reading “Ron McMullen, Wednesday, December 3, 2014”

Robin Hemley, July 22, 2014

“Exporting American Universities, MOOC’s and Yale in Singapore” Watch this program here Exporting American universities—including the University of Iowa and others through MOOC’s—holds considerable fascination today. Robin Hemley will talk about his newest employer, Yale—NUS, Singapore’s first liberal arts college. He will share his thoughts and experiences with this new and exciting venture. Robin HemleyContinue reading “Robin Hemley, July 22, 2014”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013

“Health and Human Rights in the Shadow of Fukushima” Watch the program here. 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 andContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013″

Jim Leach, October 24, 2013

“What is Old, New, and Unprecedented in America’s Relationships with the World” Watch the program here. 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 NorthContinue reading “Jim Leach, October 24, 2013”

Peter Gries, October 17, 2013

“Hollywood in China: How American Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the USA” Watch the program here. 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 USContinue reading “Peter Gries, October 17, 2013”

Zeyar Lynn, October 9, 2013

“Myanmar and China Since 2011” Watch the program here. 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 MyanmarContinue reading “Zeyar Lynn, October 9, 2013”

Prof. Lyombe Eko, October 2, 2013

“Google This: The Great Firewall of China” Watch the program here. 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 expressionContinue reading “Prof. Lyombe Eko, October 2, 2013”

Dean Sarah Gardial, July 18, 2013

“Developing a Global Mindset: Successes and Opportunities at the UI Tippie College of Business” Watch the program here. 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-faceContinue reading “Dean Sarah Gardial, July 18, 2013”

Prof. Jeongsik Ko, June 20, 2013

“The Implications of North Korea’s Strengthening Economic Ties with China” Watch the program here. 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 beContinue reading “Prof. Jeongsik Ko, June 20, 2013”

Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 2012

“China’s Leadership Transition” Watch the program here. 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 forContinue reading “Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 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”

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”