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”

Steve Schulz, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

      “Travel Bans: Uncertainties and Real World Consequences” Watch this program! Steve Schulz is the Senior Director for the Global Talent Acquisition and Mobility organization at Rockwell-Collins.  His responsibilities include all recruiting efforts across the globe, foreign national employee strategy, contract labor, relocation, mobility, short and long-term assignments, K-12 STEM efforts, and external diversity partnerships.  SteveContinue reading “Steve Schulz, Wednesday, October 4, 2017”

Stella Burch Elias, Thursday May 11, 2017

“Immigration and the Trump Administration’s First 100 Days” Watch this program During the 2016 presidential elections, candidate Trump made immigration law and policy a cornerstone of his campaign. Since assuming office on January 10, 2017, the Trump Administration has begun a far-reaching program of immigration reforms. The immigration policy choices that the new administration hasContinue reading “Stella Burch Elias, Thursday May 11, 2017”

Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017

“The Election 2016: Was It Hacked?” Watch this program In the lead-up top the presidential election of 2016, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were quoted saying “the system is rigged.”  They meant very different things, but the as the election grew closer it became evident that hackers, probably Russian, were actively attempting to breakContinue reading “Douglas Jones, Thursday March 9, 2017”

Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016

“Post-Election Perspectives for International Relations” Watch this program James A. Leach joined the Iowa College of Law after serving most recently as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leach is best known for his 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee,Continue reading “Jim Leach, Thursday December 15, 2016”

Janice Weiner, Wednesday November 16, 2016

“The Sad State of Turkish Democracy: Why We Should Care” Watch this program Just a few short years ago, Turkey was viewed as an anchor of stability in the Middle East, a situation that is now changing rapidly. Following coups in 1960, 1971, and 1980, a new constitution designed to bring democracy and stability wasContinue reading “Janice Weiner, Wednesday November 16, 2016”

Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016

“Seven Myths About Immigration” Watch this program Immigration flows and their regional impacts are increasingly taking center stage in global politics. With mainstream journalism focusing more on the reaction to immigration than on its causes, the result is that immigrants are widely vilified as (potential) criminals or even ‘rapists’, or more specifically as people whoContinue reading “Michael Zmolek, Thursday November 3, 2016”

Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016

“U.S.-Kosovo Relations” Valon Murtezaj was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo in March 2016. Dr. Murtezaj was appointed to this position after a long and successful, professional and academic, experience. Before being appointed to this position, Murtezaj was Principal Advisor for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff to theContinue reading “Valon Murtezaj, Friday October 14, 2016”

Marina Zaloznaya & Bill Reisinger, Wednesday September 14, 2016

“Everyday Corruption in Russia & Ukraine; Who, Why and With What Consequences?” Watch this program Zaloznaya and Reisinger have conducted first-of-their-kind surveys that reveal how Russian and Ukrainian citizens interact with a variety of officials and how often corruption plays a part. They will share their findings about which patterns emerge and why they matterContinue reading “Marina Zaloznaya & Bill Reisinger, Wednesday September 14, 2016”

Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016

“Chinese Political Culture and Authoritarian Regime Resiliency” Watch this program Traditionalism. Communism. Liberalism. All these values and more are evident in current Chinese political culture, but with the coming of China’s political modernization or lack thereof the cohesion of these ideologies will forever change the future of China and her global influence. ICFRC presents a master ofContinue reading “Wenfang Tang, Tuesday August 23, 2016”

Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016

“An Interest Group with Chinese Characteristics—The Role of National Oil Companies in the South China Sea” Watch this program Jeffrey Ding was born in Shanghai, China and raised in Iowa City since age three. Jeffrey is a UI Senior majoring in Political Science, Economics and Chinese. Jeffrey is the recipient of several prestigious academic awardsContinue reading “Jeffrey Ding, Tuesday May 3, 2016”

Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016

“Preserving the Magic and Poetry of Havana: A Delicate Dance” Watch this program Joan Kjaer directs the Communications and Relations unit of the International Programs at the University of Iowa.  She exercises strategic oversight and daily management of all facets of internal and external communications for the International Programs, international alumni relations, event management, andContinue reading “Joan Kjaer, Tuesday April 26, 2016”

Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016

“Iowa, Heroin, and Afghanistan” Watch this program This presentation will focus on the connection between U.S counter-narcotics policy, the deteriorating rule of law situation in Afghanistan, and Iowa’s surge in opioid and heroin abuse. Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador in Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  Ron hasContinue reading “Ron McMullen, Wednesday April 13, 2016”

Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016

“Foreign Policy and the Role of the Public” Watch this program Nicholas Martini is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2012. His research focuses on the intersection of international relations and political behavior. His current research explores theContinue reading “Nicholas Martini, Thursday March 10, 2016”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016

“The Global Humanitarian Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: What, Why, Who and Where” Watch this program Dr. Maureen McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively around the world as a physician, researcher, and peace maker. She served as physician to 500 US and Soviet Citizen Diplomats during the Cold War walking from Leningrad to MoscowContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, Wednesday February 10, 2016″