"Discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy and Its Ties to Iowa"

By Abshir Omar, Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mr. Omar has a fascinating past as a refugee from Somalia, an activist for more inclusive politics, and now as Iowa Political Coordinator for a current presidential campaign. He looks forward to sharing his story, and will hold a discussion about U.S. Foreign Policy, its important ties toContinue reading “"Discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy and Its Ties to Iowa"”

“The United Nations and Human Rights”

By Debra DeLaet, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! Debra L. DeLaet is Professor of Political Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She serves as the David E. Maxwell Distinguished Professor of International Affairs. Her major research interests are in the area of human rights, global health and gender issuesContinue reading ““The United Nations and Human Rights””

“Whither Democracy in Brazil and Venezuela?”

By Amy Erica Smith, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Watch This Program! Amy Erica Smith is an associate professor of political science and Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor at Iowa State University. Her research examines politics at the citizen level. She investigates how people around the world understand, interact with, and shape their democratic andContinue reading ““Whither Democracy in Brazil and Venezuela?””

“Challenges of International Experiences and Entrepreneurship”

Watch This Program! By Pol Herrmann, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Pol Herrmann is the Bob and Kay Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University ISU). Pol has a Civil Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic National School in Quito, Ecuador; a Master’s degree inContinue reading ““Challenges of International Experiences and Entrepreneurship””

Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp and Caitlin Chenus, Thursday, April 18, 2019

“The Relationship Between Mental Health Access and International Human Rights Standards” Watch this program Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp will earn her MSW from the UI School of Social Work in May with an emphasis in access to mental health resources and creative mental health interventions. She also earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She hasContinue reading “Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp and Caitlin Chenus, Thursday, April 18, 2019”

Jonathan Carlson, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

“The End of Multilateralism and the Post-WWII International Order?” Watch this program! For nearly 75 years, the United States has championed a world order based on multilateral cooperation and the rule of law. While U.S. policies have never matched U.S. rhetoric over that time period, it would be fair to say that the United StatesContinue reading “Jonathan Carlson, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019”

Danielle N. Lussier, Thursday, March 7th, 2019

“Political Elites in Putin’s Russia: Ideology, Foreign Policy and Public Support” Watch this program!           Danielle N. Lussier uses thought-provoking analysis on why democracy succeeds in some countries but not others, such as comparing the post-transition experiences of two cases of contemporary democratization: Russia and Indonesia. Following authoritarian regimes, democracy erodedContinue reading “Danielle N. Lussier, Thursday, March 7th, 2019”

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”

T. Bram Elias & Stella Elias, Thursday, February 14th, 2019

“Immigration in the Era of Trump and Brexit” Watch this program! Professor Bram Elias joined the clinic in 2014 and has directed the Clinic’s immigration practice since 2015. He previously worked as an immigration attorney in private practice in downtown Iowa City, where his work focused on federal immigration law, removal defense, immigration-related family lawContinue reading “T. Bram Elias & Stella Elias, Thursday, February 14th, 2019”

Chris Rossi, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

“The Migingo Dispute between Uganda and Kenya: What the world’s tiniest island tells us about international law and relations.”  Watch this program! Christopher Rossi directs Humanities Iowa and is an adjunct faculty member at the Iowa Law College. He has a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and law degrees fromContinue reading “Chris Rossi, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018”

John Norris, Thursday, October 18th, 2018

“Political and Policy Obstacles to Feeding the World” Watch program John Norris has over three decades of political, policy and administrative experience at the highest levels of state and federal government on energy and agricultural issues. Prior to becoming a Partner and Co-Owner of the State Public Policy Group (SPPG) based in Des Moines, Iowa,Continue reading “John Norris, Thursday, October 18th, 2018”

Alisa Ganieva, Thursday, October 11, 2018

“Russian Artists vs. the Russian Government” Watch this program! What’s the current relationship between the Russian government and the country’s cultural figures and institutions? The case of the Russian PEN Centre illustrates a broader collapse of freedom of speech, and revisions of recent history have become normal. What aims are being pursued? And what willContinue reading “Alisa Ganieva, Thursday, October 11, 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”

Ron McMullen,Wednesday, August 22, 2018

“The Baltic States, NATO, and Russia” Watch this program! Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador-in-Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea. Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in over 100 countries. In Burma he worked closely with Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. HeContinue reading “Ron McMullen,Wednesday, August 22, 2018”

Mark Kende, Thursday, April 19, 2018

“South African Politics & Their Constitution: 20 Years Plus After Apartheid” Watch this program! Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law at the Drake University Constitutional Law Center. He has served as a Professor of Law at the University of Montana in addition to serving as a Visiting Professor of Law atContinue reading “Mark Kende, Thursday, April 19, 2018”

Debora Matthews, Thursday, March 1, 2018

“Guarding Against Forgetting – Breaking the Silence: A Story of Political Awakening and Activist Archives in South Africa” Watch this program! Debora Matthews worked for seven years as Archival Coordinator in the Struggles for Justice Programme at the South African History Archive (SAHA), an independent activist and human rights archive in Johannesburg. SAHA is an independent humanContinue reading “Debora Matthews, Thursday, March 1, 2018”

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz, Thursday, February 8, 2018

“Stranger in a Strange Land: Personal and Philosophical Reflections of an EU National in Brexit-Referendum Britain” Watch this program! Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz (1978) was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She spent the majority of her childhood in southern Spain. After completing her high school education, she moved back to the Netherlands where she obtained her M.Sc. (MasterContinue reading “Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz, Thursday, February 8, 2018”

T.B. Bram Elias,Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“Immigration Hits Home: How New Immigration Policies Affect Iowa City and How Iowa City is Responding” Watch this program! Professor Bram Elias is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa’s College of Law and directs the Clinic’s immigration practice. Bram received his BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from The Queen’sContinue reading “T.B. Bram Elias,Wednesday, November 15, 2017”

Elizabeth Menninga, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

“Mediation to End Civil Wars: Assembling the Dream Team” Watch this program! Elizabeth Menninga is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, specializing in International Relations and Political Methodology. Her researchContinue reading “Elizabeth Menninga, Wednesday, November 8, 2017”

Andrea Cohen, Thursday, October 26, 2017

“The UN is Our Greatest Hope for the Future” Watch This Program! Andrea Cohen is a passionate human rights defender and supporter of the UN. She is Executive Director of the Iowa United Nations Association whose mission is to promote, educate about, and advocate for the entire United Nations system. Ms. Cohen attended the UnitedContinue reading “Andrea Cohen, Thursday, October 26, 2017”