Jennifer Blair, Wednesday November 18, 2015

“Crossing Cultural Lines and Changing Students’ Minds: Tippie’s International Buddies Program” Watch this program In 2014 the Tippie College of Business was home to 498 international students, with a further 691 declared as pre-business majors.  Together, these students constitute around 22% of the business and pre-business population at the University of Iowa.  The rise inContinue reading “Jennifer Blair, Wednesday November 18, 2015”

Rochelle Potkar, Tuesday September 22, 2015

 “Putting Childhood Back into the Child: Rights and Realities of Children In India” Watch this program Rochelle Potkar is the author of The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories, and has three works in progress—a novel, a book of prose, and a book of poetry. Widely published online and in print, Rochelle is the co-editor of Neesah magazine,Continue reading “Rochelle Potkar, Tuesday September 22, 2015”

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015

“Foreign Policy Perspective from a New Zealand Point of View” Watch this program Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer served as the 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand from August 1989 until September 1990, leading the Fourth Labour Government. He was responsible for major reforms of the country’s legal and constitutional framework, such as the creation of the Constitution Act 1986, NewContinue reading “Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015”

Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“Publish or Perish: The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack & Freedom of Expression” Watch this program The January 2015 terrorist attacks  against French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, exposed the the acute tension between freedom of expression and respect for religious sentiments.  Newspapers around the world wrestled with the problem of whether to publish or not toContinue reading “Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015”

Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015

 “Bhopal (1984 – ?): The 30th Anniversary and the Ongoing Disaster” Watch this program Thirty years after Methyl IsoCyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, the disaster has claimed over 25,000 lives and over 150,000 people are chronically ill. Water and soil contaminationContinue reading “Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015”

Ric Lumbard, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Understanding the Role of Restoration in Human Trafficking” Despite movements advocating its abolition, the practice of slavery persists as a global injustice. In contrast to systems of free labor and chattel bondage in past centuries, human trafficking involves the abduction, coercion, sexual exploitation, and illegal trade of, primarily women and children. Despite its apparent domestic invisibility,Continue reading “Ric Lumbard, Tuesday, February 24, 2015”

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”

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”

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”

Adrien Wing, April 17, 2014

“Women’s Rights in Egypt After the Arab Spring”  Watch this program here In 2010, the small North African country of Tunisia received global attention when its citizens managed to overthrow their authoritarian government. The turmoil quickly spread to neighboring countries, resulting in massive protests and demonstrations across North Africa and the Middle East. In Egypt, long-timeContinue reading “Adrien Wing, April 17, 2014”

Nick Grossman, April 2, 2014

“The Future of Drones and Unmanned Systems” Watch this program here. In the last few decades, semi-autonomous killer machines have migrated from science fiction to a central role in real-world international relations.  The United States utilizes unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as “drones,” to strike targets both in and outside of military contexts.  Though theContinue reading “Nick Grossman, April 2, 2014”

Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014

“The Globalization of Air Pollution: Implications for Our Air, Water, and Food Quality” Watch this program here. Gregory R. Carmichael, is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa.  He is internationally known for work on international air pollution concerns. Carmichael’s studies have led to greater understanding of problems related toContinue reading “Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014”

Isabel Barbuzza, March 13, 2014

“Lithium and the Green Car: Social and Environmental Changes in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia”  Watch this program here. As energy hungry nations search for fossil-fuel alternatives, some look to lithium as a source for electricity. Bolivia’s salt desert, Salar de Uyuni, is 100 times the size of the famed Bonnevile Salt Flats of Utah andContinue reading “Isabel Barbuzza, March 13, 2014”

Rene Genadry, MD, February 11, 2014

“Reflections on the Development of a Collaborative Program in Niger” Watch the program here. Dr. Rene Genadry will share the process behind his proposal to develop a collaborative relationship with the Abdo Moumouni University School of Health Sciences through the International Programs at the UI. He will review a format of cooperation in the areasContinue reading “Rene Genadry, MD, February 11, 2014”

Drew Kitchen, February 6, 2014

“The Co-Evolution of Humans and Pathogens” Watch the program here. Pathogens and parasites have evolved in intimate relationships with their human hosts, and have often played central roles in human population history.  Notably, human pathogens evolve with surprising rapidity, quickly exploiting novel niches introduced by shifts in human behavior or ecology.  In this talk, DrewContinue reading “Drew Kitchen, February 6, 2014”

Mark Osiel, January 28, 2014

“The Uncertain Future of International Criminal Law ” Watch the program here. Since the Nuremberg trial following World War II, international criminal law aims to punish and deter genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave war crimes. It has made great strides in the last twenty years, but faces increasingly uncertain prospects. Professor Osiel, a leadingContinue reading “Mark Osiel, January 28, 2014”

Jeff Murray, January 21, 2014

“Differing Approaches to Pediatric Disease in International Settings” Watch the program here. Dr. Jeff Murray will describe his efforts to build programs which address the problems of newborn infants in low income settings, including birth defects and preterm birth.  He will address the challenges of building a basic and translational research program, and the contrastsContinue reading “Jeff Murray, January 21, 2014”

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″

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”