Dr. Viraj P. Thacker, March 14, 2013

“Perspectives on the Myth of Prosperity” Watch the program here. 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.Continue reading “Dr. Viraj P. Thacker, March 14, 2013”

Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012

“The Eurozone Debt Crisis” Watch the program here. 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 reminiscentContinue reading “Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012”

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”

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”

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”

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”