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July 2020
  • “COVID-19 and Atrocity Prevention: Factors for Risk and Resilience”

    May 21, 2020 by

    By Kelsey Paul Shantz & Jessica Kline on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Kelsey Paul Shantz is program officer for mass violence and atrocities at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, where she supports the center’s work to build resilience to the worst kinds of violence by building global networks and providing policy leaders, government representatives,… Read more

  • “Teaching and Learning with Refugees and Immigrants in Iowa City”

    May 15, 2020 by

    By Peter Gerlach on Wednesday, April 2020 Dr. Peter Gerlach is Summer Institute Coordinator at the International Writing Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Iowa. He received his BA and MA degrees in English from Ripon College and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively. After serving in the US Peace… Read more

  • “Coronavirus Response in South Africa”

    April 27, 2020 by

    By Jackie Curnick on Thursday, April 30, 2020 A link to join the online program will be sent to the email address you provide with your registration. The program will also be streamed live on the ICFRC Facebook Page! As projections and fears rise about how COVID-19 will impact sub-saharan Africa, South Africa has instituted… Read more

  • “Can Youth Reduce Their Risk of Joining a Gang If Their Families Are Stronger? A 4-Year U.S. Government-Funded Project in Honduras Says Yes”

    April 17, 2020 by

    By Robyn Braverman on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Robyn Braverman is a proven leader with more than 30 years of experience in international development. She has worked directly in a developing country context, including in Honduras, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, and Cuba, for more than 20… Read more

  • “Scaling Up Our World View in the Face of COVID-19”

    April 10, 2020 by

    By Janice Weiner on Thursday, April 16, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Janice Weiner is a graduate of Iowa City West, Princeton University and Stanford Law School. She practiced law before joining the U.S. State Department in 1987. Her postings included East Berlin, Turkey, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Mexico, as Consul General in Düsseldorf,… Read more

  • “Observations from Afar: Recent Elections in Taiwan and Implications”

    April 6, 2020 by

    By Dave Wu on Thursday, April 9, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Dave was born in Taiwan, and grew up in Canada.  Dave’s professional training was focused on Engineering and Business Management – Ph.D. in Mechanical  Engineering from the University of Toronto, and Master of Business Administration from the Arizona State University.  He… Read more

  • “The Inevitable Pandemic of COVID-19”

    February 19, 2020 by

    By Dr. Hans House on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Hans House, MD, DTMH is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa and serves as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine.   Dr. House attended medical school at USC and completed a combined… Read more

  • “African Elections as a Testing Ground: Cambridge Analytica in Nigeria and Kenya”

    February 14, 2020 by

    By Brian Ekdale on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Associate Professor Brian Ekdale studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa.Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist,… Read more

  • “Overcoming the One Inch Barrier: Experiencing the World Through Foreign Film”

    February 9, 2020 by

    By Rebecca Fons on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Rebecca Fons is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City’s premiere art house theater, and also serves as the Development and Programming Director for the Iowa Theater – a multi-disciplinary film and performance center in her hometown of Winterset, IA. Rebecca was the… Read more

  • “How Climate Change is Changing International Politics”

    January 30, 2020 by

    By Rei Tang & Mark Conway on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Rei Tang is the program officer for climate change at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, where he oversees the climate team’s work to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Through policy dialogues,… Read more

  • “Europe’s Radical Right”

    January 22, 2020 by

    By Lisa Heineman on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Lisa Heineman has been at the UI since 1999 and teaches courses on Germany, Europe, gender, and human rights. Her research has examined gender, war, and memory; welfare states in comparative perspective; the significance of marital status for women; the erotica… Read more

  • “The New Nuclear Landscape: What You Need to Know”

    January 6, 2020 by

    By Rachel Bronson, Thursday, January 16th, 2020 Click Here to Watch This Program! Rachel Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, Bronson served as… Read more

  • “Climate and Culture Change: Archaeology at Castillejo del Bonete, Spain”

    December 6, 2019 by

    By Katina Lillios, Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! Katina Lillios is an archaeologist and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Katina has a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University and a BA in Archaeology and Art History from Boston University. She has taught at… Read more

  • “Discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy and Its Ties to Iowa”

    December 5, 2019 by

    By Abshir Omar, Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mr. Omar has a fascinating past as a refugee from Somalia, an activist for more inclusive politics, and now as Iowa Political Coordinator for a current presidential campaign. He looks forward to sharing his story, and will hold a discussion about U.S. Foreign Policy, its important ties to… Read more

  • “China’s Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia: Interests and Challenges”

    November 14, 2019 by

    By Bo Xu, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! As a great power on both the regional and global levels, China’s foreign policy has unique impact on Northeast Asian affairs. What is Beijing seeking through its policy toward Northeast Asian states? What does it mean for the Sino-U.S. relationship? This presentation will provide an overview of these… Read more

  • “An Australian’s Perspective on U.S. Politics”

    November 10, 2019 by

    Chloe Angyal, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! Chloe Angyal is a journalist from Sydney, Australia, living in the Iowa City Area. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Prior to January 2019, Angyal was the founding Deputy Opinion Editor at Before launching the Opinion section, she spent two… Read more

  • “Bread and Circuses: The Female Patrons of Ancient Pompeii”

    October 27, 2019 by

    By Brenda Longfellow, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! Brenda Longfellow is an associate professor and Head of the Art History division at the University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan, and her research is focused on the art and architecture of… Read more

  • “What Should We Know About Russia and Its Foreign Policy?”

    October 18, 2019 by

    By Bill Reisinger, Thursday, October 24, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! William M. Reisinger is Professor of Political Science at The University of Iowa.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985.  His research concerns politics in the former communist states, especially Russia.  His… Read more

  • “The United Nations and Human Rights”

    October 12, 2019 by

    By Debra DeLaet, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! Debra L. DeLaet is Professor of Political Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She serves as the David E. Maxwell Distinguished Professor of International Affairs. Her major research interests are in the area of human rights, global health and gender issues… Read more

  • “The Crowd-Chinese Contemporary Theater”

    October 4, 2019 by

    By Nick Yu, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Click Here to Watch This Program! 喻荣军, or Nick Yu, joins us this fall from the People’s Republic of China. His professional titles include: Artistic Director of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Artistic Director of the Shanghai International Comedy Festival, and Co-director of the Shanghai Performing Arts Group. Yu has… Read more

  • “Immigration and Asylum: A View from the Border”

    September 26, 2019 by

    By Yolanda Rivera, Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 Watch This Program! Yolanda Rivera received her BA in Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania before pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas in El Paso. Yolanda worked as a 5th/6th grade teacher at the American Institute of Monterrey in Monterrey, Texas before moving… Read more

  • “Floods, Tariffs, Deals: An Update for Global Agriculture”

    September 12, 2019 by

    By Chad Hart, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Watch This Program! 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… Read more

  • “Whither Democracy in Brazil and Venezuela?”

    September 5, 2019 by

    By Amy Erica Smith, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Watch This Program! Amy Erica Smith is an associate professor of political science and Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor at Iowa State University. Her research examines politics at the citizen level. She investigates how people around the world understand, interact with, and shape their democratic and… Read more

  • “Challenges of International Experiences and Entrepreneurship”

    August 29, 2019 by

    Watch This Program! By Pol Herrmann, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Pol Herrmann is the Bob and Kay Smith Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management at the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University ISU). Pol has a Civil Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic National School in Quito, Ecuador; a Master’s degree in… Read more

  • Mandela Washington Fellows, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    July 18, 2019 by

    “Africa’s Future Opportunities” Watch this program! Ernest Lefu Atem is an award-winning agri-tech entrepreneur born into a family of growers who co-founded an agro-hub to assist farmer access to the marketplace. He has worked in over 300 communities and made an impact with over 61,000 farmers across West and Central Africa. Ernest champions the construction… Read more

  • Alberto Puliafito & Giovanni Zagni, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    June 28, 2019 by

    “Disinformation in Social Media; Building Trust with Audiences & Promoting Ethical Journalism” Watch this program! Disinformation was a hot topic in European and U.S. media and policy circles in the run-up to Italy’s January – March 2018 election season and through the three-month government formation. During the first half of 2018, the Italian media regularly… Read more

  • Dan Caplan and University of Iowa Students, Thursday, May 9th, 2019

    May 2, 2019 by

    “University of Iowa Students’ Experience with the International Student Observership Program in India” Watch this program! Dr. Caplan participates in intramural dental practice and studies outcomes related to endodontic treatment; decision-making in endodontics; relationships between oral and systemic diseases; and evaluation of diagnostic tests. He has put together numerous global research programs for University of… Read more

  • Adam Knight, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

    April 25, 2019 by

    “The Need for International Voices in American Theater”  Adam Knight, Producing Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre, will speak about his activities bringing international plays to the American theatre. In particular, his work developing Russian and Georgian works in translation and his association with Red Lab Productions, an international collective dedicated to cultural diplomacy through performance.… Read more

  • University of Iowa Fulbright Student Awardees, April 25th, 2019

    April 18, 2019 by

    University of Iowa Fulbright Student Awardees Discuss Their Future Assignments Watch this program Jeffrey Clark Bio: Jeff was born in Virginia on December 6, 1996, to a Korean mother and an American father. He did not speak Korean growing up, but he traveled to South Korea from 2017-2018 through a University of Iowa study abroad… Read more

  • Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp and Caitlin Chenus, Thursday, April 18, 2019

    April 11, 2019 by

    “The Relationship Between Mental Health Access and International Human Rights Standards” Watch this program Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp will earn her MSW from the UI School of Social Work in May with an emphasis in access to mental health resources and creative mental health interventions. She also earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has… Read more

  • Chris Buresh, Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

    April 3, 2019 by

    “Update on the Current Condition in Haiti”           Chris Buresh works as an ambassador to Haiti through the Haiti Community Health Initiative (CHI). He specifically continues to invest healthcare resources into the rural community of Arcahaie, Hiati, with 5 medical and 2 surgical trips per year along with a CHI staff… Read more

  • Jonathan Carlson, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

    March 28, 2019 by

    “The End of Multilateralism and the Post-WWII International Order?” Watch this program! For nearly 75 years, the United States has championed a world order based on multilateral cooperation and the rule of law. While U.S. policies have never matched U.S. rhetoric over that time period, it would be fair to say that the United States… Read more

  • Edith Parker, Thursday, March 28th, 2019

    March 21, 2019 by

    “Public Health is Global Health” Watch this program!           Nationally recognized expert in community-based participatory behavior Dr. Edith Parker promotes innovative ideas to improve major social determinants of health and health disparities. She is a renowned researcher in community-based participatory analysis, which emphasizes the active involvement of community members in all… Read more

  • Gabriele Villarini, Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    March 7, 2019 by

    “Flooding and Rainfall Associated with Tropical Cyclones” Watch this program!           Rainfall associated with landfalling tropical cyclones plays a crucial role in terms of rainfall extremes and climatology in many areas of the world, from the tropics to the mid-latitudes. The flooding caused by these storms have been responsible for significant… Read more

  • Danielle N. Lussier, Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    February 28, 2019 by

    “Political Elites in Putin’s Russia: Ideology, Foreign Policy and Public Support” Watch this program!           Danielle N. Lussier uses thought-provoking analysis on why democracy succeeds in some countries but not others, such as comparing the post-transition experiences of two cases of contemporary democratization: Russia and Indonesia. Following authoritarian regimes, democracy eroded… Read more

  • Menevis Cilizoglu, Thursday, February 28th, 2019

    February 21, 2019 by

    “Imposition and Termination of Economic sanctions: Their Domestic and Economic Effects” Watch this program!          Just over the last year, sanctions on Iran and North Korea led to troubling economic and humanitarian consequences. Professor Menevis Cilizoglu researches the results of sanctions imposed on such countries. She draws from current events, researching high-profile… Read more

  • Keith Sahm, Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

    February 14, 2019 by

    “Saving the World’s Coral Reefs” Watch this video!           For over the last 20 years, Keith has been in a managerial role of Sunset House in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is an accomplished diver, strategist, hotelier & marketer. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, he is a… Read more

  • T. Bram Elias & Stella Elias, Thursday, February 14th, 2019

    February 7, 2019 by

    “Immigration in the Era of Trump and Brexit” Watch this program! Professor Bram Elias joined the clinic in 2014 and has directed the Clinic’s immigration practice since 2015. He previously worked as an immigration attorney in private practice in downtown Iowa City, where his work focused on federal immigration law, removal defense, immigration-related family law… Read more

  • Blake Rupe, February, 6th, 2019

    January 23, 2019 by

    “Plastics in the Oceans” Watch this program        Blake is the Sustainable Water Development Program Coordinator in IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering. She comes to the College of Engineering after a background in startups and conservation.        Blake received her Master’s degree in International Studies and focused her research on the different… Read more

  • Dimy Doresca, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

    January 16, 2019 by

    “Trade and Small Businesses in Africa” Watch this program!        Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He sits on the following boards and councils: Iowa District Export Council Department of Commerce, Engage Cuba Coalition, State of Iowa Council, National Association of Small Business… Read more

  • John Reitz, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

    January 9, 2019 by

    “The Chinese Model of Democracy is a Major Competitor to Liberal Democracy” Fluent in French and German, conversant in Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, and currently studying Chinese, Russian, Persian, and Turkish, as well as a variety of ancient languages, Professor Reitz’s love of foreign languages led him to focus his professional career on comparative law… Read more

  • Mercedes Niño-Murcia, Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

    December 5, 2018 by

    “How Mass Migration Is Changing Our Understanding of Language and Bilingualism” Watch this program! With people, languages, and cultures in motion everywhere, sociolinguists are learning to take mobility rather than territorial language community as its baseline assumption. Services, information, networking and communication run teeming across all frontiers. Nothing stays put. Language-oriented social scientists are embracing… Read more

  • Don Gurnett, Thursday, December 6th, 2018

    November 28, 2018 by

    “The Search for Life in the Solar System and Beyond” Don Gurnett started his science career by working on spacecraft electronics design as a student employee in The University of Iowa Physics Department in 1959. After completing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Iowa, he transferred to physics, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D.… Read more

  • Sunny Ho, Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

    November 21, 2018 by

    “A Multicultural Perspective to See Mental Health: Theories and Applications” Sunny Ho is a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Counseling Psychology Program. His research interests are social justice issues and multiculturalism in mental health settings, such as race/racism, class/classism, etc. In addition, he is interested in studying barriers and challenges Asian international individuals encounter in… Read more

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