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“Russian Artists vs. the Russian Government”
“Religion and New Realities, Moscow, Kiev, and Shanghai”
“The Golden Age of Russian Guitar”
“Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business : Community Participation in Healthcare”
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.
“Creating Alternative Worlds in Animation”
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.
“Healthcare Delivery in Developing Countries”
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.
“Iowa’s Role in Agriculture and International trade: Why Tariffs and Trade Agreements Matter”
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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“The Baltic States, NATO, and Russia”
Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador-in-Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea. Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in over 100 countries. In Burma he worked closely with Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. He helped prevent civil conflict in Fiji. He was shot at in Sri Lanka, and helped train mongooses to detect heroin. He took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa’s Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. Amidst his foreign assignments, Ron served for three years as Visiting Professor at the Military Academy at West Point, where he taught International Relations and Comparative Politics. He was Diplomat-In-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin from 2010 to 2012. He has
authored many scholarly works and is a three-time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. A native of Northwood, Iowa, he earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
The Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia – each contain large ethnic Russian minorities, share a border with Russia,
and are highly susceptible to Russian influence through media and money. These factors transform the Baltics into today’s front-line against Russian aggression. The presence of NATO forces within the Baltic states is both misunderstood by the public and contested by regional politics, yet NATO is essential to the security of the Western border against Russian expansionism.
“Young Entrepreneurs Fostering Transformative Changes in Africa”
Luana 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.
Charles, 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.
Saeed 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.
Awa 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.
“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.
“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.
“Reaching Out to the World Through Non-Fiction Film”
Kevin Kelley has been a documentary filmmaker for over three decades. His work has been honored with two regional EMMY Awards, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards and Three New York Festivals World Medal. His work has been screened at The International Documentary Film Festival in Los Angles, The Newport Beach Film Festival, The New Filmmakers Festival in New York and aired on HBO, PBS and qualified in 2001 for the Short Documentary Category for the Academy Awards. Kelley has mentored other young filmmakers for over three decades who have gone on to work professionally for Oprah Winfrey, Warner Brothers, Lions Gate and Saturday Night Live.
Kevin is currently the Artistic Director for New Mile Media Arts, a non-profit that ‘educates and inspires through the art of filmmaking, presenting unique stories of common people in uncommon situations.’ His current project, “Stout Hearted: George Stout, The Man Who Saved Art.” The documentary tells the story of the University of Iowa art student who became the leader of the Monuments Men, a military special forces unit assigned to retrieve art stolen art by the Nazis. It also explores Stout’s pioneering efforts in art conservation, which elevated the discipline into the world of modern science. Many of his discoveries are used globally to restore masterworks and protect them from deterioration.
“Health Care for Underserved Populations in South India”
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.
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.
“The Basque Country — Language, Culture, and Politics: A View from the Inside”
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.
“South African Politics & Their Constitution: 20 Years Plus After Apartheid”
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.
“Surviving Hurricanes in Puerto Rico”
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.
“Political Conflicts Among Ethnic Minorities in China”
Elise Pizzi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. Currently, she is teaching a graduate level course on Chinese Politics and an undergraduate course on Comparative Environmental Policy. Past courses she Elise taught at the University of Iowa concerned political violence and global development. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 2015. Before attending graduate school, she taught English in Sichuan, China and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia (2005-2007). Her research primarily focuses on less developed regions and countries, in particular in China. She studies distributive politics, including government provision of public goods and services, and natural resource management. Her ongoing research focuses on ethnic politics and poverty alleviation in rural China. Elise received a Fulbright grant to study drinking water access in rural China in 2013. She regularly returns to China for ongoing research and to indulge her love of spicy sour soup.
Who are China’s ethnic minorities? Professor Pizzi will discuss the identity and political status of China’s ethnic minority groups and minority autonomous regions. She also will present ongoing research related to political action by ethnic minorities in China.
“Here and Abroad: Three University of Iowa Seniors Speak to the Relevance of Their International Experiences ”
As ICFRC interns, Maggi, Valentin, and Chong assist the organization in bringing local and international experts into Iowa City and witness how the professional world engages with global topics. Additionally, as International Studies students, they are equipped through their coursework to critically engage with the world and its different cultures. Each student has a unique blend of international experience, extracurricular activities, and academic backgrounds that led them to engage with the global community in different capacities. They will share the importance and impacts of their international experiences, both abroad and within campus organizations.
Rachel Maggi is an International Studies major focusing in South Asian Studies and East Asian Studies with a minor in Global Health and certificate in Sustainability. Her international travels include study abroad and interning in India, as well as miscellaneous travels to France, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Canada. She has recently been awarded a Fulbright to conduct research on breast/cervical cancer knowledge and perceptions in Karnataka, India. She hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Health in the future.
Daniel Valentin is an International Studies major focusing on Development and Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, with a minor in Arabic and a Writing Certificate. He has studied abroad in Fes, Morocco and Pondicherry, India. In his time as an undergraduate, he has held positions in the Daily Iowan, the Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, the Human Rights Student Collective, Secular Students at Iowa, and the University of Iowa Student Government.
Ashley Chong is an International Studies major focusing in East Asia and Post-Colonial/Diasporic Studies, with a minor in Anthropology and a Writing Certificate. She has moved a total of seven times across South-East Asia and North America before coming to Iowa. Beyond academics, she is a member of a string quartet within the School of Music that will tour Iowa this summer, curates collaborations across disciplines, is part of the executive board of the Translate Iowa Project, and performs at local venues and events as one half of the Dashi Project.