Margaret Mills, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“From Soviet Supremacy to Major Restructuring: Health Care Issues in Russia Today” Watch this program Russia is going through a health care crisis.  Population decline, re-emerging infectious diseases, a growing HIV/AIDs epidemic, tobacco and alcohol-related deaths, low life expectancy and declining birth rates are plaguing the nation.  Individual attitudes toward “health” and social responses to reducedContinue reading “Margaret Mills, Wednesday, December 10, 2014”

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”

Ron Reed, Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An International Comparison of Health Care Systems: Coverage, Cost & Quality The US health care system in the most expensive in the world.  But does the quality of the care outweigh the cost?  Thousands of Americans go bankrupt each year due to medical bills, and childbirth in the US costs twice as much as any other country.Continue reading “Ron Reed, Wednesday, November 19, 2014”

Elizabeth Heineman, Thursday, November 13, 2014

“Gendering International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law” Watch this program According to international humanitarian law, sexual violence is a grave crime in times of war.  Yet many states have inadequate laws to protect women from intimate partner violence.  Other domestic issues covered under the human rights framework, ranging from girls’ right to an education toContinue reading “Elizabeth Heineman, Thursday, November 13, 2014”

Hans House, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

 “Ebola: Lessons From the Hot Zone” Watch this program Ebola has captured attention as a major health crisis.  From West Africa to the United Kingdom and United States, the spread of Ebola has become  increasingly pervasive.  Hans House will examine the current Ebola outbreak in and around Guinea and review the history of Ebola as aContinue reading “Hans House, Wednesday, November 5, 2014”

Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014

 “Climate & Sustainability: The Defining Challenge of Our Century” Watch this program  According to NASA and the National Climate Data Center, August 2014 has gone in the record books on a world-wide scale as the hottest August to ever be  recorded.  Climate change is a pressing issue that requires national action by the United States and internationalContinue reading “Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014”

Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Iowa and the United Nations” Watch this program As we mark the 69th anniversary of the United Nations Charter on October 24, Jim Olson will describe the many connections of Iowan, past and present, with the United Nations system.  At a time when the United Nations – and the world – face unprecedented challenges and opportunities,Continue reading “Jim Olson, Thursday, October 23, 2014”

Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“Children on the US-Mexico Border” Immigration along the US-Mexico border has been a major American issue for decades.  In recent years, the plight of immigrants’ children have made national headlines.  State and National politicians debate whether these children are economic migrants or political refugees.  Professor Valerio-Jiménez will discuss these questions, addressing the historical roots ofContinue reading “Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Tuesday, October 7, 2014”

Alan Riach, Thursday, October 2, 2014

“Reflections on Scottish Literature, Nationalism, Referendum, & Recent Elections” Watch this program The distinction of Scotland in literary identity was claimed in the 1920s by Hugh MacDiarmid as the rebuilding of political sovereignty in the country. Now, almost a hundred years later, the independence referendum focuses our attention on the relations of artistic exploration andContinue reading “Alan Riach, Thursday, October 2, 2014”

Nathan Miller, September 23, 2014

“The More Things Change: The Old Politics of South Sudan’s New War” Watch this program here Sudan has been in civil war since the mid-1950’s.  Although punctuated by brief bouts of peace, that war persisted through South Sudan’s independence and continues today.  It is as much, if not more, about political participation and control overContinue reading “Nathan Miller, September 23, 2014”

Jovana Davidovic, September 18, 2014

“The Changing Character and Theories of War” Watch this program In the past few decades war has changed drastically so as to little resemble classic examples of Just War theory and international humanitarian law. The character of war has changed with constant technological advancements. What is less obvious, however, is the change in the natureContinue reading “Jovana Davidovic, September 18, 2014”

Elizabeth Bowen, September 9, 2014

“Climate Change in the Arctic Region specific Challenges” Watch this program The issue of climate change is something we all hear about, but nowhere is it more of a reality than in the Arctic. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, with devastating consequences for the people and animalsContinue reading “Elizabeth Bowen, September 9, 2014”

Ana Merino, September 2, 2014

“Graphic Novels and Comics in Spain & Latin America” Watch this program A nation’s culture is often characterized by the history, politics and literature it creates.  Within literature, many overlook comic books and graphic novels as a key ingredient to cultural development.  When their presence is noted, comics are still often seen as a uniquelyContinue reading “Ana Merino, September 2, 2014”

Judy Polumbaum, August 28, 2014

“Coming to America: The Chinese Student Experience in the United States” Watch this program Since 2007, the University of Iowa has actively recruited international students and the results are reflected most dramatically in the growth of the undergraduate population from the People’s Republic of China. Of more than 4,000 international students at Iowa in the fall ofContinue reading “Judy Polumbaum, August 28, 2014”