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″

Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013

“40th Anniversary:The 1973 Oil Embargo and its Aftermath” Watch the program here. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis or “shock.” The shock is mainly remembered for the Arab oil embargo imposed in the fall of 1973, but there were underlying structural problems within the oil industry that turned the embargo into aContinue reading “Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013”

Kurt Wall, November 15, 2013

“Witchcraft and Racism Threaten Tanzanians with Albinism” Watch the program here. People with albinism have faced widespread discrimination and violence in east Africa for centuries, but only recently has this problem garnered significant international attention. Nowhere is this human rights issue more pronounced than in Tanzania, where a half-hearted government response to the problem has failedContinue reading “Kurt Wall, November 15, 2013”

Vicki Hesli Claypool, November 6, 2013

“Egypt’s Revolution & Regional Dynamic: Current Status?” Watch the program here. Recently eyes have been turned to the Middle East. Not just the recent Arab Spring, but also the revolts in Egypt have people more interested in that part of the world. Since Mohamed Morsi was removed as president by the Army Chief General, AbdulContinue reading “Vicki Hesli Claypool, November 6, 2013”

Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 2013

“Green Governance: Ecological Stewardship through Human Rights and the Commons” Watch the program here. The vast majority of the world’s scientists agree:  We have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth’s life-sustaining capacity.  But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of theContinue reading “Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 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”

Prof. Fred Solt, September 26, 2013

“Economic Inequality and Democratic Performance Around the World” Watch the program here. Over the past three decades, economic inequality has risen in many democracies around the world.  As the rich grow richer relative to everyone else, do they also grow relatively more powerful, undermining democracy’s promise of political equality?  Patterns of political attitudes, behavior, andContinue reading “Prof. Fred Solt, September 26, 2013”

Chuck Peters, September 17, 2013

“Transforming a Local Business with Global Connections” Watch the program here. In an ever-globalizing world, maintaining a small, local business is increasingly difficult. Companies need to expand and use their global connections while remaining grounded within their communities. Chuck Peters, CEO and President of the Gazette Company, will discuss the variety of international initiatives theContinue reading “Chuck Peters, September 17, 2013”

Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013

“Reining in Phaeton’s Chariot: Principles for the Governance of Climate” Watch the program here. Climate engineering is generally defined as the deliberate modification of large-scale Earth systems in order to change the climate.  The most widely discussed form of climate engineering is the injection of particles into the stratosphere to block sunlight and cool theContinue reading “Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013”

Prof. Em. Joel Barkan, August 28, 2013

“South Africa After Mandela” Watch the program here. As South Africans and the world celebrate the life of one of the preeminent statesmen of the 20th century, South Africa still struggles to realize Nelson Mandela’s vision of a multiracial society based on justice and reconciliation. Mandela has in fact not governed the country since he steppedContinue reading “Prof. Em. Joel Barkan, August 28, 2013”

Prof. Gary Gleason, August 22, 2013

“An Iowa Solution to Malnutrition in Malawi, Zambia, and Rwanda” Watch the program here. Children in Malawi, Zambia, and Rwanda are suffering from malnutrition. As a major agricultural state, Iowa has the resources, techniques, and experience to assist in such countries. The talk will focus on a range of communication supports for “Scaling Up Nutrition” (orContinue reading “Prof. Gary Gleason, August 22, 2013”