Christopher Merrill, May 7, 2014

“Reading Walt Whitman in Tehran” Watch this program here Christopher Merrill will discuss the University of Iowa’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which he co-developed with Whitman scholar and Roy J. Carver Professor of English Ed Folsom. The course covered Walt Whitman’s famous poem, Song of Myself, and ran for six weeks. In addition, Christopher […]

Harilaos Stecopoulos, May 1, 2014

“Origins of US Cultural Diplomacy in the 1940s” Watch this program here. Some foundations of current day US diplomacy lie in the cultural internationalism of the 1940’s.  By way of diplomats, authors and thinkers, some obscure, but equally influential figures became its respected architects including William Fulbright, Archibald MacLeish,  and Sumner Welles.  Harilaos Stecopoulos examines […]

Chris Anderson, Elena Osinskaya & Jill Anderson, April 23, 2014

“Regional Views of Ukraine’s Current Crisis”  Watch the program here. The most urgent issue in international diplomacy continues to be the developing crisis in Ukraine.  policy makers and analysts around the world anxiously await developments to what some fear could become the largest forced annexation of European countries since the fall of the Soviet Union.  […]

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-time […]

Emily Wentzell, April 9, 2014

“Viagra, Aging, and Changing Masculinities in Mexico”  Watch this program here. Since the advent of Viagra in 1998, decreasing erectile function has become known and treated as “erectile dysfunction” (ED). However, individual men’s understandings of ED, and its subsequent treatment, are diverse and reflect their individual social contexts.   This talk presents findings from research with […]

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 the […]

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 to […]

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 and […]

Philip Lutgendorf, March 13, 2014

“Making Chai with a Fulbright” Lutgendorf was in India during 2010-11 as a Fulbright-Hays Senior Overseas Research Fellow. His research topic was the popularization of tea drinking in India and its evolution into the country’s (invented) “national drink”-chai, a distinctive spiced tea. This topic necessarily touches on colonial era and post-Independence history, the rise of […]

Robert Libra, February 27, 2014

“Fracking for Energy: Promises, Perils, Perceptions” Watch the program here. The technology called Hydraulic Fracturing – often termed “Fracking” – refers to the high-pressure injection of water and other materials deep underground to break rock and release hydrocarbons. Fracking has led to a boom in the production of natural gas and oil, but has also […]

Jose Morcuende, February 20, 2014

“The Worldwide Impacts of the Ponseti International Association” Watch the program here. Each year, 200,000 children worldwide are born with clubfoot, and about 80% of these children live in impoverished countries.  Without corrective treatment, these children face not only severe lifelong physical issues but may be cast aside and regarded as useless by their societies. The […]

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 areas […]

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, Drew […]

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 leading […]

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 contrasts […]