William M. Reisigner, May 3, 2012

“Putin’s Re-election and Russia’s Political Future” No video available. Although re-elected handily, Vladimir Putin faces steeper challenges than ever. He must modernize Russia’s economy and society while holding together the political regime he has forged. Can he do it, and what will his efforts mean for Russia’s role in world affairs? William M. Reisinger isContinue reading “William M. Reisigner, May 3, 2012”

Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012

“The Importance of Global Nuclear Security” Watch the program here. On Wednesday, April 11, Jennifer Smyser gave a lecture on the state of the on-going international and domestic efforts at guaranteeing worldwide nuclear security. As a Program Officer in Policy and Outreach at The Stanley Foundation, Ms. Smyser is a member of Fissle Materials Working Group (a nongovernmental coalitionContinue reading “Jennifer Smyser, April 11, 2012”

Wojciech Przyblyski, April 6, 2012

Wojciech Przblyski “The Political Scene in V4 Countries and the Perception of the USA” Watch the program here. As President of the Res Publica Foundation (and Editor-in-Chief of the Res Publica Nowa Quarterly), Mr. Wojciech Przyblyski belongs to the Free Speech Partnership, a network of editors from intellectual and cultural journals in former Soviet Republics established to undertakeContinue reading “Wojciech Przyblyski, April 6, 2012”

Ambassador Stephen Rapp, April 3, 2012

“Diplomacy for Global Justice: The Tools for Establishing Truth, Accountability, and Reconciliation After the Commission of Mass Atrocities” No video available. Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa is Ambassador-at-Large, heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by President Obama, confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his dutiesContinue reading “Ambassador Stephen Rapp, April 3, 2012”

War Veterans, March 27, 2012

“Telling Iowa City: War Veterans’ Experiences: Putting Our Stories on Stage” Watch the program here. Telling: Iowa City was created from the stories of local veterans whose military experiences ranged over 40 years, from Vietnam to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unlike other shows, this play was performed by the veterans themselves, eachContinue reading “War Veterans, March 27, 2012”

Prof. Frank Salomon, March 20, 2012

“Peru: Mountain Life and Modernity” Watch the program here. Since 1992 the Andean countries, once troubled by poverty, racial exclusion and political warfare, have burst forward with striking growth and innovation. A lifetime of research into the culture of the Quechua-speaking peoples (heirs of the Inkan Empire) brings to life products and ideas unique toContinue reading “Prof. Frank Salomon, March 20, 2012”

Asst. Prof. Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, March 6, 2012

“Blue Birds from the Dreamland (Iceland’s Modern Economy)” Watch the program here. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Runar H. Vignisson is a distinguished author and translator who has been the recipient of a number of illustrious awards for his work, including The Icelandic Translation Award for his translation of J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace”Continue reading “Asst. Prof. Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, March 6, 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”

Rubie Watson, February 16, 2012

“Effects of Low Fertility Rates in East Asia” Watch the program here. Dr. Rubie Watson attended the University of Iowa in the 1960s, received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the London School of Economics, and has taught anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University. Her research interests include gender, family organization, and memoryContinue reading “Rubie Watson, February 16, 2012”