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”

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. 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”

Peter Eichstaedt, April 9, 2013

“Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives” Watch the program here. Once international forces finally vacate Afghanistan in 2014, the hope for the country will lie solely with its people. Peter Eichstaedt’s new book, “Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak about Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen”, illuminatesContinue reading “Peter Eichstaedt, April 9, 2013”

Prof. Ahmed E. Souaiaia, March 25, 2013

“The Arab Spring: Syria & Bahrain” Video unavailable. The protests and demonstrations which began in Tunisia in December 2010 have swept across the Arab world, causing the overthrow of numerous governments and the transformation of societies. Professor Souaiaia will provide an overview of the transformative events of the Arab Spring, discussing the difference between theContinue reading “Prof. Ahmed E. Souaiaia, March 25, 2013”

Dr. Viraj P. Thacker, March 14, 2013

“Perspectives on the Myth of Prosperity” Watch the program here. Globalization creates some major imbalances in a world system increasingly based on market economics. The economic state of Third World nations remains extremely unsatisfactory, with very little “trickling down” to the poor majority. One third of the world ‘s poor are only getting poorer. Dr.Continue reading “Dr. Viraj P. Thacker, March 14, 2013”

John Seager, November 2, 2012

“World Population – Seven Billion and Growing Rapidly” Watch the program here. Rapid population growth impacts all areas of human life and the environment. Serious social problems are also exacerbated by rapid population growth. It is very difficult—if not impossible—for families to climb out of poverty when couples begin childbearing early and have more childrenContinue reading “John Seager, November 2, 2012”

Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012

“Conflict Minerals and the Ongoing Agony of Eastern Congo” Watch the program here. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a reputation as a failed state and a bottomless quagmire. There are many Congolese realities, however, separated by geographical factors, and some parts of the Congo are doing quite well at the current time. ProfessorContinue reading “Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012”

German Zarate-Durier, October 8, 2012

“Free Trade Agreements’ Impact on Colombians” Watch the program here. German is an International Peacemaker from Colombia and a peace and justice activist.  His efforts focus on the promotion of human rights. He works with social justice organizations, especially those devoted to victims of violence, and with the Presbyterian Accompaniment Program for Peace. Based onContinue reading “German Zarate-Durier, October 8, 2012”

Ramaswami (Balu) Balasubramaniam, October 5, 2012

“Living with Indigenous People” Watch the program here. Dr. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is the founder of one of India’s largest development organizations, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and has lived and worked with the indigenous people in the forests of the state of Karnataka, India. He will be sharing his experiences of the last 25 yearsContinue reading “Ramaswami (Balu) Balasubramaniam, October 5, 2012”

Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012

“Never Again: How Genocide and Other Mass Atrocities Can Be Prevented” Video Unavailable. More than six decades after the Holocaust, ongoing violence in Syria is a vivid reminder that the systematic targeting of civilians remains a consistent reality of global politics. In 2005, the full array of global leaders at the United Nations World SummitContinue reading “Rachel Gerber, September 25, 2012”

Alan Brody, June 7, 2012

“Human Rights Hypocrisies in the ‘Holy Land’” No video available. Alan Brody will present excerpts from the memoir of his youth, most of which describe the experiences of his 1967 trip to Europe and Israel. He will also reflect on his present-day thoughts about the continuing conflict between Israelis and their Palestinian and Arab neighbors.Continue reading “Alan Brody, June 7, 2012”

Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012

“The Artist and the Haitian Art Relief Fund” Watch the program here. Haitian-born painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié gave a talk on “The Artists and the Haitian Relief Fund” where he discussed his own activities as a part of the Haitian relief effort, in addition to presenting a selection of his most recent artistic productions.Continue reading “Edouard Duval-Carrié, March 2, 2012”