Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015

“Foreign Policy Perspective from a New Zealand Point of View” Watch this program Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer served as the 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand from August 1989 until September 1990, leading the Fourth Labour Government. He was responsible for major reforms of the country’s legal and constitutional framework, such as the creation of the Constitution Act 1986, NewContinue reading “Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015”

Margaret Carrel, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Hungry Planet: Threatened Geographies Of Food” Watch this program  In 2015, 13.1% of people on Earth are undernourished and at risk of starvation. While governments compete for diminishing oil, water, and other resources to fuel their economics, at least 20,000 children a day die from hunger. What we choose to put on our plates is theContinue reading “Margaret Carrel, Wednesday, May 6, 2015”

Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

“Publish or Perish: The Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack & Freedom of Expression” Watch this program The January 2015 terrorist attacks  against French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, exposed the the acute tension between freedom of expression and respect for religious sentiments.  Newspapers around the world wrestled with the problem of whether to publish or not toContinue reading “Leo Eko, Wednesday, April 29, 2015”

Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015

“Putin’s Game in Ukraine” Watch this program Why did Russia invade and annex Crimea last year and then aid and abet popular rebellion in eastern Ukraine?  The answer is that political changes in Ukraine were a “perfect storm” for Russia, whether we look at the threats to Russian security posed by Ukraine’s desire to joinContinue reading “Valerie Bunce, Thursday, April 23, 2015”

David Thoreson, Thursday, April 16, 2015

“Navigating the Northwest Passage” Watch this program 18 years ago, sheets of ice made the Northwest Passage impassable for David Thoreson and his sailing crew. However, global rises in air and water temperatures as a result of humankind-powered changes in climate have since made this area (and others) accessible to transit, and just five yearsContinue reading “David Thoreson, Thursday, April 16, 2015”

Ari Ariel, Thursday, April 9, 2015

“Illustrating Impacts of Foods on Identities & Migration: The Hummus Wars” Watch this program Some Middle Eastern nations are bringing the classic concept of ‘food fights’ to a new level—the Guinness World Records have inspired intense competition to craft the world’s largest dish of hummus, attempts have been made to trademark this Levantine delicacy which has capturedContinue reading “Ari Ariel, Thursday, April 9, 2015”

Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“How the Brazilian Worker’s Party Will Shape the Nation’s Future” Watch this program The 2014 presidential election in Brazil was the closest—and dirtiest—contest since the first elections in 1989, post-military-rule. At the election’s start, Brazilians were reeling from nationwide protests against government corruption, a failing economy, and the use of public funds for World Cup stadiums andContinue reading “Mariano Magalhaes, Wednesday, April 1, 2015”

Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

“Visionaries to the Grand Celebration in Beijing—The Iowa Xi Jinping Story” Watch this program “For me, you are America,” then-Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, told Sarah Lande during a 2012 return visit to Muscatine, Iowa. This visit brought Muscatine to the national spotlight, but the visionaries behind this landmark event and the benefits enjoyedContinue reading “Sarah Lande, Tuesday, March 24, 2015”

Anthony Sudarmawan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015

“Why We Should Care About Foreign Fighters and Paramilitary in the  Middle East” Watch this program Why should we care about foreign fighters and paramilitary forces in the Middle East? People tend to overlook the rationality behind the reasons why the number of foreign fighters and paramilitary forces has been increasing significantly in the last few years.Continue reading “Anthony Sudarmawan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015”

Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015

 “Bhopal (1984 – ?): The 30th Anniversary and the Ongoing Disaster” Watch this program Thirty years after Methyl IsoCyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, the disaster has claimed over 25,000 lives and over 150,000 people are chronically ill. Water and soil contaminationContinue reading “Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015”

Ric Lumbard, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Understanding the Role of Restoration in Human Trafficking” Despite movements advocating its abolition, the practice of slavery persists as a global injustice. In contrast to systems of free labor and chattel bondage in past centuries, human trafficking involves the abduction, coercion, sexual exploitation, and illegal trade of, primarily women and children. Despite its apparent domestic invisibility,Continue reading “Ric Lumbard, Tuesday, February 24, 2015”

Jerry Shnoor, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

“Environmental, Economic & Social Impacts of the Transoceanic Canal in Nicaragua” Watch this program The Nicaraguan government awarded a concession to build an inter-oceanic canal to a Hong Kong based company owned by a little-known Chinese billionaire. This concession was given without bidding, or completion of impact assessments. The project may damage regional biodiversity and rareContinue reading “Jerry Shnoor, Wednesday, February 18, 2015”

Kelsey Frisk, Thursday, February 12, 2015

“Indigenous Struggles: A Sámi Perspective” Watch this program The Finno-Ugric Sámi people of northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland are the only indigenous population to be recognized and protected in Scandinavia. Sámi people have inhabited Fenno-Scandinavia for over ten thousand years. But the combined forces of climate change, technology, increased industrial activity, and land-loss have led toContinue reading “Kelsey Frisk, Thursday, February 12, 2015”

James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 “Does Hong Kong Have a Future? Postcolonial Developments Since 1997” Watch this program Will Hong Kong remain a distinctive, quasi-autonomous outpost on the southern tip of China, or will it become just another Chinese city?  This talk explores the history and cultural traditions of Hong Kong in an attempt to understand the recent pro-democracy demonstrations:Continue reading “James L. Watson, Tuesday, February 3, 2015”

William Reisinger, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Vladimir: Russia’s Future Between East and West” Watch this program Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine challenge European security and raise questions about what might come next. The answers lie with President Vladimir Putin, who holds an uncommon degree of personal controlContinue reading “William Reisinger, Wednesday, January 28, 2015”