Dr. Paul Greenough, April 4, 2013

“The Rise, Fall & Rise of International Studies on College Campuses” Watch the program here. The international landscape is one of constant change. Universities and scholars must adapt to meet the challenges of this ever-shifting international scene. Dr. Greenough will address changes and trends in the development of international studies programs. Dr. Paul Greenough isContinue reading “Dr. Paul Greenough, April 4, 2013”

Dr. Karim Abdel-Malek, March 5, 2013

“SANTOS: The Virtual Soldier” Watch the program here. Santos® is a computer program developed over the past 10 years by a large team of researchers at the Virtual Soldier Research Center at the University of Iowa. It is a human simulator that aids in the reduction of load for the US Marines, tests new equipment,Continue reading “Dr. Karim Abdel-Malek, March 5, 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”

Chaden Djalali, February 26, 2013

“Education Under Fire In Iran” Watch the program here. Members of  the Baha’i Faith in Iran have been the victims of relentless religious persecution. After the 1979 Revolution, the new Islamic government fired Bahá’í professors from all universities and expelled Bahá’í students. In response to these serious violations of human rights, the Baha’i community established the Baha’i InstituteContinue reading “Chaden Djalali, February 26, 2013”

Prof. Jerry Schnoor, February 19, 2013

“The Global Environment and Climate Change” Watch the program here. Humanity must collectively come to terms with the fact that global climate change has already arrived. The question that must now be answered is what can mankind do about it? Jerry Schnoor, who holds the Henry S. Allen Chair of Engineering at the University ofContinue reading “Prof. Jerry Schnoor, February 19, 2013”

Diana Rus, February 12, 2013

“Romanian Reflections on the EU” Watch the program here. In February 1992 the Maastricht Treaty laid the groundwork for what would soon become the European Union. From the very beginning, the EU rapidly became one of the largest and most influential intergovernmental unions in the world, and in 2013, twenty years on from its establishment,Continue reading “Diana Rus, February 12, 2013”

Frank Vogl, January 30, 2013

“The Challenges of Global Corruption” Watch the program here. In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now the leading global anti-corruption non-governmental organization, present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Frank Vogl, aContinue reading “Frank Vogl, January 30, 2013”

Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 2012

“China’s Leadership Transition” Watch the program here. The world has been watching with interest the recent 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) because it will bring in a new generation of leaders who will likely rule the world’s second largest economy, the most populous country, and the largest authoritarian state forContinue reading “Prof. Wenfang Tang & Prof. Brian Lai, December 4, 2012”

Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012

“The Eurozone Debt Crisis” Watch the program here. The current euro zone debt crisis centers on Germany and is an existential crisis about European Union political integration. Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that “if the Euro falls, Europe falls.” She described the challenge as “the most difficult since the Second World War.”  The Eurocrisis is reminiscentContinue reading “Former Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel, November 14, 2012”

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”

Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 2012

“Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Small Country with a Big Government” Watch the program here. Bosnia and Herzegovina and its capital city of Sarajevo, often called the European Jerusalem, has the most diverse demographic and political structure in Europe, and perhaps of any other country in the world. Placed in heart of the Balkan Peninsula inContinue reading “Dr. Anel Okic & Dr. Nina Jovanovic, October 24, 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”

Greg Churchill, October 17. 2012

“Ten Realities of Doing Business Globally” Watch the program here. Gregory S. Churchill is the Executive Vice President of Rockwell Collins International and Service Solutions, an organization that combines all of Rockwell Collins’ International and Service operations into one entity. He will be sharing a high level overview of some basic, but very real, truthsContinue reading “Greg Churchill, October 17. 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”

Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012

“New Geographies in African Art: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Museum and the Field” Watch the program here. One of the challenges of curating the so-called non-Western arts in a North American museum space is thinking about how to connect diverse audiences with the unique objects on display and their complex and sometimes unfamiliar histories.Continue reading “Catherine Hale, September 20, 2012”

Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012

“The Cost of War, The Price of Peace” Watch the program here. Following a month-long trip to Afghanistan, Kelly will speak to the ICFRC about Afghan Peace Volunteers, their perspectives on their country’s future relationship with NATO and the ISAF, and methods of nonviolent resistance used by Afghans to demonstrate against US warfare. Kelly, co-coordinatorContinue reading “Kathy Kelly, September 12, 2012”

Sally Mason, August 28, 2012

“The University of Iowa as a Global Institution” Watch the program here. President Mason, fresh from a UI recruitment trip to several cities in China and Taiwan, lectured the audience on the importance of expanding international ties between students and universities – as well as how much the UI has done in that arena.”International education and theContinue reading “Sally Mason, August 28, 2012”