Category Archives: Past Events

Don Gurnett, Thursday, December 6th, 2018

gurnett-080616-1-tj-05_0“The Search for Life in the Solar System and Beyond”

Don Gurnett started his science career by working on spacecraft electronics design as a student employee in The University of Iowa Physics Department in 1959. After completing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa, he transferred to physics, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1963 and 1965. He spent one year, from 1964 to 1965, as a NASA Trainee at Stanford University, and was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa in 1965 with subsequent promotions to Associate Professor and to Professor in 1968 and 1972. He regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and astronomy. Among the awards he has attained, he received the M. L. Huit Faculty Award for outstanding service and dedication to students at the University of Iowa in 1990 and the Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 1994.
Don specializes in the study of space plasma physics and has participated in over 40 spacecraft projects, most notably the Voyager 1 and 2 flights to the outer planets, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He is the author/co-author of over 650 scientific publications, primarily in the area of magnetospheric radio and plasma wave research. Don has received numerous awards for his research. In 1998 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Sunny Ho, Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

“A Multicultural Perspective to See Mental Health: Theories and Applications”

Ho_professional picSunny Ho is a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Counseling Psychology Program. His research interests are social justice issues and multiculturalism in mental health settings, such as race/racism, class/classism, etc. In addition, he is interested in studying barriers and challenges Asian international individuals encounter in terms of seeking mental health services. He is currently working on his dissertation about Chinese indigenous healing methods. He is passionate about intergroup dialogue and social activism work for underrepresented students on UI campus.
YUNKYOUNG-GARRISON.jpgYunkyoung (Yun) Garrison is a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa under the mentorship of William Ming Liu, Ph.D. Yun moved to Iowa from South Korea in 2013. Her research looks at the dynamics of social class privilege and classism in the US and international communities as well as multicultural and vocational issues among international students, immigrants, and children of immigrants. Yun has gained clinical experiences with diverse clienteles, including children/adolescents at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), students at the University Counseling Service (UCS) at the University of Iowa and Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS) at Grinnell College, students/community members in Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), and middle school students in rural communities through career programing (Project HOPE).
Rosaline-web.jpgRosaline Lin is a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program. Her research interests are multicultural issues in mental health settings and career development of high-achieving students with disabilities. She is also interested in studying the function of creative arts in career and psychological interventions. Rosaline is passionate about working with underrepresented students on and off campus and supporting individuals in building strengths to cope with adversities in life.

 

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Chris Rossi, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

rossi photo“The Migingo Dispute between Uganda and Kenya: What the world’s tiniest island tells us about international law and relations.” 

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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 from the University of London and the University of Iowa. He worked on deterrence issues for the Arms Control Association, a division of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and on verification issues at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. He has taught at American University, UNI, the Mongolian Diplomatic Academy, and Pusan National University.

He served on the White House National Security Council as director of human rights and humanitarian affairs. He has published articles on the law of war, legal history, international courts and criminal tribunals, polar affairs, Latin America, and on the law of the sea. He has co-edited two books on international affairs and has authored three books, the latest titled Sovereignty and Territorial Temptation (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He has also edited a chapbook on the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, which was distributed to 20,000 5th grade students of Iowa history, and a documentary collection of Iowa photographs by the American master, David Plowden. His current research interest is on Whiggish International Law: The Monroe Doctrine, Elihu Root, and International Law in the Americas.

Migingo is a small island in the eastern waters of Africa’s Lake Victoria. It is half the size of the Hawkeye football field. For as long as anyone can remember, it was an uninhabited pinprick that happens to straddle the water boundary between Uganda and Kenya. Recent changes in the Lake Victoria’s water table have turned the island into a perfect waystation for hunting the much-desired Nile perch. This newly discovered value of the islet has turned it into a dangerous flashpoint in the deteriorating relations between Uganda and Kenya. Who owns this island? The answer presents unsettling questions about the history of international law, colonialism, genocide, and the future of the International Criminal Court in Africa.

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Monica Gordillo, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

monicag“Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America” 

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Corporate social responsibility is an increasingly important and visible topic in the business world as evidenced by the many corporations that are adopting social responsibility actions into their business practices. One reason for this social developments is that companies have long been associating sustainability of business models with socially responsible practices. However, social responsibility also has limitations and difficulties for firms, which present important questions. What are the benefits and costs associated with implementing corporate social responsibilities? What are companies doing to embrace social responsibility in Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Colombia?

Monica Gordillo is a Lecturer In Management and International Management, Iowa State University in Ames. Monica received her B.A. in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from University of San Francisco de Quito Ecuador in 1992. She received a Master of Philosophy in International Business from Cambridge University in 1996, and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from University of Kansas in 1998.

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Joelle Adda, Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

joelle-adda-sitting-down.png“The New Challenges Facing the European Union” 

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The immigration crisis has really changed the European Union in ways that were probably not foreseeable just a few years ago, and it is generating significant political effects. One major effect has been the rise of “illiberal democracies”, and more generally a redistribution of the cards in recent elections in the European Union, a redistribution that is weakening the traditional parties of the center-left or the center-right populist parties, and giving rise to populist extreme parties. The wave of asylum seekers during the past four years has contributed to the dangerous polarization of public opinion. How can the EU remain democratic, respect the rule of law and preserve the extraordinary legacy of peace and success that has characterized Europe over the past sixty years?
     Joelle Adda is an administrative judge in France. She is currently working part time in the National Court of asylum in France and is a visiting professor in the University of Iowa College of law. Until 2017, she was the president of the Administrative Court of Lille. Prior to joining this Administrative Court, she was president of the fifth chamber of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Paris.
     She graduated from the University of Paris and from the French National School of Administration (ENA). She was rapporteur and subsequently Commissaire du Gouvernement in proceedings before the Versailles administrative Tribunal (1989-1994), then rapporteur before the Court of auditors (1994-1996), rapporteur and subsequently Commissaire du Gouvernement in proceedings before the Paris Administrative Court of appeal (1996-2000 and 2002-2005), national expert to the European Commission at the Legal service (2000-2002), Legal Director at ARCEP, the French Telecommunications and Posts Regulator (2005-2009), Associate Presiding Judge of 2nd Chamber at Administrative Court of Paris (2009 2010), and Legal Director at Société du Grand Paris (2010-2013).

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John Norris, Thursday, October 18th, 2018

John Norris Headshot-1 _002_“Political and Policy Obstacles to Feeding the World”
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, Norris served as the Minister-Counselor for Agriculture for the United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Italy. He was appointed by President Obama in 2009 and 2012 to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In 1999, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack asked Norris to Chair the Governor’s Working Group on Electric Restructuring and Vilsack subsequently appointed Norris as Chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB).
Norris also was elected President of the Organization of Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) States and chair of the Demand Response Working Group for the MISO. He Co-chaired the FERC/NARUC Smart Grid and Emerging Issues Collaboratives, served on the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Iowa Power Fund and served on the Advisory Council of the Iowa Energy Center.
Norris has also owned a restaurant in rural Iowa, graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 1995, and worked as an adjunct professor of American Government and Constitutional Law at Simpson College where he received his undergraduate degree in political science in 1981. Norris lives in Des Moines with his wife Jackie, their three sons: Hunter, Cole & Sam; and dog, Boss.

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Alisa Ganieva, Thursday, October 11, 2018

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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 will be the consequences of these trends?
Alisa GANIEVA Алиса Ганиева (fiction writer, essayist; Russia) is the author of four books, including the novels Жених и невеста (2015), shortlisted for the Russian Booker, and Праздничная гора (2012) shortlisted for the Yasnaya Polyana literary prize; they appeared in English as Bride and Groom (2018) and The Mountain and the Wall (2015) and have been translated into eight languages. Her story collection Салам тебе, Далгат! [Salaam, Dalgat!] won the 2009 Debut Prize, to controversy and acclaim. Ganieva was a juror for the several literary prizes including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2017.

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Robin W. Lovin, Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

robin-lovin-325x325“Religion and New Realities, Moscow, Kiev, and Shanghai”

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Robin W. Lovin is a Visiting Scholar in Theology at Loyola University Chicago and University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of several books on religion and society, including Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of Barth, Brunner, and Bonhoeffer (Fortress Press, 1984) translated into Chinese, Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism (Cambridge University Press, 1995), Christian Realism and the New Realities (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and the forthcoming An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (Abingdon Press).
Dr. Robin W. Lovin (B.A., Northwestern University; B.D., Ph.D. Harvard University) is a Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics. In his academic/theological history, Prof. Lovin has served as Dean of the Perkins School of Theology from 1994 until 2002 and previously held teaching positions at Emory University and the University of Chicago. He was also Dean of the Theological School at Drew University. He is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and is active in local and national church events. His research interests include social ethics, religion and law, and comparative religious ethics. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Studies in Christian Ethics, and the Journal of Law and Religion, and he is an editor-at-large for the Christian Century.

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Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

tiimofeyev.jfif“The Golden Age of Russian Guitar”

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Oleg Vitalyevich Timofeyev, is an American musicologist and musician of Russian origin, specializing in lute and Russian guitar. He is best known for his pioneering work in the discovery, promotion, interpretation, and authentic performance of the repertoire for the 19th- and 20th-century Russian seven-string guitar.
Timofeyev comes from a musical family, being the son of cellist Natalia Timofeyeva. He began his study of the classical guitar in the early 1980s under the tutelage of Kamill Frauchi, about whom he later produced a documentary film, Frautschi (Timofeyev & Gölz 2008). He holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California (1993), and a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Duke University (1999) (Timofeyev 1999). Since 1983 he has been performing early music on authentic instruments of the plucked family (lute, guitar). In 1989 his musical interests brought him to the U.S., where he studied with Patrick O’Brien, James Tyler, and Hopkinson Smith.
Timofeyev has performed and taught widely in Europe and the United States. A recipient of numerous scholarly awards, including IREX and Fulbright fellowships, he has taught and lectured at Maimonides State Academy (Moscow), Duke University, the University of Kansas, Northwestern University, Princeton University, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and the Smithsonian.
  Since earning his doctorate he has worked for the revival of Russian music played with authentic technique on the seven-string guitar, often in collaboration with other artists, including the Russian Roma guitarist Sasha Kolpakov, the Kolpakov Trio (Timofeyev, Kolpakov Trio and Talisman 2005), and the American guitarist John Schneiderman (Timofeyev and Schneiderman 2006). Among the fruits of his research has been his rediscovery and recording the music of Matvej Pavlov-Azancheev (1888-1963), who was among the rare composers for the seven-string guitar in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

HIPPOCRATIC-POSTER“Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business : Community Participation in Healthcare”

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Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, a native of India, is both a palliative care physician and an anesthesiologist. He studied palliative care at Trivandrum Medical College and anesthesiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. Dr. Rajagopal held the position as Professor and Head of Anesthesiology at Calicut Medical College.

Following his time there he served as a professor and Head of Pain and Palliative Medicine at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. While holding this position, Rajagopal kickstarted the first university approved graduate program in India in Pain and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Rajagopal was also key in the formation of the Pain and Palliative Care Society in 1993. A decade later he created “Pallium India”, a charitable trust that created two Palliative care centers, and established palliative care services around the country of India. A 2018 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has been referred to as the ‘father of palliative care in India’ (first by the New York Times) in honor of his significant contribution to the Indian palliative care scene. Dr. Rajagopal was awarded the ‘Padma Shri,’ one of the highest civilian honors, by the government of India in 2018 and ‘Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism’ by Human Rights Watch in 2014.
Dr. Rajagopal was also named one of the “30 Most Influential Leaders in Hospice and Palliative Care” by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Rajagopal even has a feature length film that focuses on his life. The film Hippocratic follows the life of Dr. Rajagopal and his dream of creating a “pain free India.”

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Peter Chanthanakone,Wedensday, September 12, 2018

Peter_friendsCreating Alternative Worlds in Animation”

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Peter Chanthanakone is an award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films. He has won numerous film festival awards and his works has been selected in major film festivals around the world such as Germany, France, Austria, Canada, China, Belgium, S. Korea, Pakistan, India, Australia, Italy as a retrospective at the 2013 VIEW Animation Video Festival and on a giant screen in Times Square in the NYC International Film Festival. Cumulatively, his work has been selected in over 65 international juried competitions. He is also a jury member for the prestigious Electronic Theatre for Siggraph Asia and director and producer at RiFF Animation Studio in Bangkok, Thailand.

Peter is a perennial international speaker with talks at Siggraph Asia, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Asia Animation Forum, the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Dubai and Hong Kong, Society of Animation Studies in Toronto, London, and Singapore, and visiting artist talks at the world’s top animation schools, Sheridan College, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, at the University of Sao Paulo and biennial workshops at the Vientianale Film Festival and National University of Laos.

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Dr. John Canady, Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

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John Canady, a native of Jefferson, Iowa, received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grinnell College in 1980. Following graduation John enrolled in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Canady completed two residencies, the first in Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, was completed in 1988. He then completed a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Canady made his mark at Iowa as Professor of Plastic Surgery at UIHC, where he practice clinically, conducted research, and instructed medical students, residents, and fellows. John also served a one year term as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2008-2009. After departing UIHC, Dr. Canady became the Medical Director for Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Canady’s expertise has been valued by patients over the world including a current University of Iowa College Medicine student, Ethan Craig. Ethan, originally from Korea, was adopted by a family in Cedar Rapids. Ethan had a successful cleft lip and palate surgery by Dr. Canady. 

Throughout Dr. Canady’s career, he has always been deeply involved in volunteer medical services. Most notably, Dr. Canady is the Co-Founder and Medical team leader of Iowa MOST. Iowa MOST is a 501c3 group that travels to underdeveloped countries to provide life-changing surgical care to children in need of medical attention.

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Chad Hart, Wednesday, August 29 2018

Hart_2c Chad02“Iowa’s Role in Agriculture and International trade: Why Tariffs and Trade Agreements Matter”

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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 and statistics in 1999 from Iowa State University. His work has concentrated on crop marketing, crop insurance, international trade agreements, and bioenergy policy. Chad is also a partner in FarmRisk, an Iowa firm that develops revenue insurance products for agriculture.

Over the course of the past couple of years, there has been a lot of conversation about international trade and the benefits/costs from it. From the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the volley of tariff announcements between the U.S. and China, international trade policy is in a state of flux. That uncertainty has direct and indirect impacts for the Iowa economy, as Iowa’s (and the U.S.) agriculture sector has developed to meet international needs. In this discussion, we will explore the current set of trade agreements, disputes, and organizations; examine how Iowa agriculture fits in the global economic system; and outline the benefits and costs from international trade.

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Mandela Washington Fellows, Tuesday, July 24th

“Young Entrepreneurs Fostering Transformative Changes in Africa”

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image001Luana holds a degree in public relations and advertisements from the University of Istanbul. She currently works at Tiniguena, an NGO in Guinea-Bissau that works with biodiversity, where she assists with communication, youth, and civic duty. She hopes to start her own company and run it with the values of environment and sustainable development at its core.

image2Charles, CEO of “Akili Labs,” is currently completing a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from Rhodes University. Through his research on removal of toxic metals from waste water, he recognized the lack of medical diagnostics, which causes 12 million deaths annually in Africa. In response he built “Lab in Box”, which can perform medical diagnostics in the field.

image3Saeed founded “The Smile Shop Dental Clinics” to improve access to quality dental care in rural and urban communities. To make dental healthcare more affordable, he introduced an innovative dental savings plan. Saeed is currently working on adapting his current model for rural communities, where people can exchange farm produce or livestock. to pay for care.

image4Awa holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom SudParis. After working in France and Senegal, she founded the Lifantou project in 2016, which uses crowd-sourced geospatial data to link farmers with school canteens. Her goal is to secure food for public school children, reinforce food distribution, and boost the agriculture sector.

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Lynda Barrow, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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“Religion in a Globalizing World”

Lynda Barrow is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Coe College. She has been at Coe College since 1999, teaching a variety of courses on comparative and international politics. She received her Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary, and then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where she completed dissertation research on Protestants and politics in Mexico. She still travels frequently to Mexico for research. She has also participated in several panels on “Ethical Perspectives on the News” with KCRG. In her free time, Lynda is active in her church, as well as with Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer’s Association.

In this week’s program, Lynda will speak on the topic of religious resurgence as one of the many changes in the post-Cold War world. Religion is reclaiming its place in the public square and on the international stage. According to western theories, this was not supposed to happen; the world was secularizing and leaving religion in its wake. In the Muslim world, Islamism is, in part, a response to Western-style modernization, which is bound up with secularization. In this context, religion can be a source of conflict or cooperation.

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Rubie Watson, Thursday, July 12, 2018

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“Hollowing Out the Middle: Chinese and American Rural Depopulation” 

Rubie Watson is a social anthropologist, now retired. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. She is author of “Inequality among Brothers: Class and Kinship in South China” and has co-authored and edited books on Chinese society and culture.  Rubie is the former Director of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.  Currently, she is writing a book tentatively entitled “The Closers: Institutional Collapse in the Rural Midwest.” She grew up on a small Illinois farm and now lives in Iowa City and rural Illinois.

The U.S., China, and many other countries are experiencing significant rural depopulation. Recent changes in demographic trends will be discussed as well as consequences of depopulation on rural society and culture.

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Ashleigh Wallace & Eesha Patel, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Headshot“Health Care for Underserved Populations in South India”

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Eesha Patel is a second year student at the College of Pharmacy. She was born in London, England and spent her formative years living in Nairobi, Kenya prior to moving to the United States. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Eesha currently volunteers in the Emergency room as a student pharmacist, where she has the opportunity to interact with patients from many different demographics. In her free time, Eesha enjoys sipping on a cup of coffee and reading a good book.

Ashleigh Wallace is a third year pharmacy student here at the University of Iowa. She is originally from Northeast Texas. She completed pre-requisite education for pharmacy school at Iowa State University, and is currently working on a Global Health Studies certificate in conjunction with her PharmD. Her professional interests include working with underserved populations abroad and providing healthcare in low-access areas. She loves reading, baseball, hiking, and bike riding, and traveling to National Parks all over the United States.DSC_6638

This presentation will focus on the different perspectives and experiences from a summer spent in Saragur, India. Over the course of 8 weeks, our interns had the opportunity to learn, and grow, while contributing to a series of different projects. These projects were centered around many different areas of healthcare, and allowed both students to broaden their outlook as future healthcare practitioners.

 

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Roz Frank, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

elkar492“The Basque Country — Language, Culture, and Politics: A View from the Inside”

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Roslyn Frank obtained her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Post studies, she has used her credentials to serve the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, currently as a Professor Emeritus. Her research specializes in Basque Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, European ethnography, ethnomathematics, ethno- & archaeo- astronomy, informational technologies & orality, ecocriticism, Spanish civilization & Culture and Spanish Women Writers. Her knowledge of languages is extensive, being fluent in English, Spanish, Euskara, and having reading ability in French, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, and Russian.

Roslyn Frank will be sharing her experiences in the Basque Country (Euskal Herria) where for the past forty years she has carried out fieldwork and related investigations. The talk will begin with a brief overview of how the Basque Country is seen from the outside, for example, by visitors as well as how she originally saw it when she first went there and before she learned Euskara, the Basque language. The outside perspective often casts the Basque people, their language, culture and political beliefs—as if they represented the ultimate “outsiders” vis-à-vis the rest of Europe. Her research, facilitated by having learned Euskara, led to a truly remarkable discovery, namely, that the Basques used to believe they descended from bears, an indigenous belief system that appears to have been shared by other Europeans. In short, this revised perspective provides a lens through which an indigenous ecocentric worldview starts to come into focus.

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Mark Kende, Thursday, April 19, 2018

large“South African Politics & Their Constitution: 20 Years Plus After Apartheid”

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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 at several institutions including University of Paris II, University of Nantes, and Notre Dame. As a previous Fulbright Senior Scholar, Mark was invited to serve as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Mark’s areas of expertise focus on Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutionalism, Civil Rights, Cyberlaw, and Civil Procedure. His work in South Africa focuses on many of these topics. He has published book related projects and law review articles addressing South African politics, in particular the current state since the end of the apartheid period. Mark’s most notable work is Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa the United States (2009). His talk will address the current state of South African constitutional law.

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Mariola Espinosa ,Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mariola Head Shot“Surviving Hurricanes in  Puerto Rico”

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Mariola Espinosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa and an Associate Professor Adjunct in the Section of the History of Medicine at Yale University. She is a historian of medicine and public health in the Caribbean and Latin America. Her current research looks at medical understandings of fever in the French, British, Spanish, and U.S. Caribbean empires. The high level of language proficiency she possesses in English, French, and Spanish is understandably a great aid in this research.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Cuba; disease, public health, and empire; the history of medicine and public health in Latin America; disease in the Caribbean; global history of Latin American science and medicine; and readings on disease in the Caribbean.

Devastated by a string of hurricanes in 2017, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has struggled to recover from the widespread damage to lives and infrastructure. However, hurricanes are a regular occurrence in the Gulf of Mexico and Puerto Rico is no stranger to them. Mariola Espinosa will have a conversation on how the country has managed to cope with such hostile weather.

 

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