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September 2019
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  • “Floods, Tariffs, Deals: An Update for Global Agriculture”

    September 12, 2019 by

    By Chad Hart, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Click Here to Register! 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… 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

  • Chris Rossi, Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

    November 8, 2018 by

    “The Migingo Dispute between Uganda and Kenya: What the world’s tiniest island tells us about international law and relations.”  Watch this program! Christopher Rossi directs Humanities Iowa and is an adjunct faculty member at the Iowa Law College. He has a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and law degrees from… Read more

  • Monica Gordillo, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    November 4, 2018 by

    “Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America”  Watch this program! Corporate social responsibility is an increasingly important and visible topic in the business world as evidenced by the many corporations that are adopting social responsibility actions into their business practices. One reason for this social developments is that companies have long been associating sustainability of business… Read more

  • Joelle Adda, Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

    October 25, 2018 by

    “The New Challenges Facing the European Union”  Watch this program! The immigration crisis has really changed the European Union in ways that were probably not foreseeable just a few years ago, and it is generating significant political effects. One major effect has been the rise of “illiberal democracies”, and more generally a redistribution of the… Read more

  • Josh Schamberger, Wednesday , October 24th, 2018

    October 18, 2018 by

    “Bringing International Sports Competitions to Our Community; Diplomacy, Logistics, and Challenges” Watch this program! Within the past 5 years, the Iowa City/Coralville area has become a hub of international sporting events. Wrestling has been on of the biggest draws. In 2012, the U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena smashed the attendance record… Read more

  • John Norris, Thursday, October 18th, 2018

    October 13, 2018 by

    “Political and Policy Obstacles to Feeding the World” Watch program John Norris has over three decades of political, policy and administrative experience at the highest levels of state and federal government on energy and agricultural issues. Prior to becoming a Partner and Co-Owner of the State Public Policy Group (SPPG) based in Des Moines, Iowa,… Read more

  • Alisa Ganieva, Thursday, October 11, 2018

    October 5, 2018 by

    “Russian Artists vs. the Russian Government” Watch this program! What’s the current relationship between the Russian government and the country’s cultural figures and institutions? The case of the Russian PEN Centre illustrates a broader collapse of freedom of speech, and revisions of recent history have become normal. What aims are being pursued? And what will… Read more

  • Robin W. Lovin, Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

    September 27, 2018 by

    “Religion and New Realities, Moscow, Kiev, and Shanghai” Watch this program Robin W. Lovin is a Visiting Scholar in Theology at Loyola University Chicago and University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of several books on religion and society, including Christian Faith and Public Choices: The Social Ethics of… Read more

  • Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

    September 18, 2018 by

    “The Golden Age of Russian Guitar” Watch their program! Oleg Vitalyevich Timofeyev, is an American musicologist and musician of Russian origin, specializing in lute and Russian guitar. He is best known for his pioneering work in the discovery, promotion, interpretation, and authentic performance of the repertoire for the 19th- and 20th-century Russian seven-string guitar. Timofeyev… Read more

  • Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    September 11, 2018 by

    “Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business : Community Participation in Healthcare” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Peter Chanthanakone,Wedensday, September 12, 2018

    September 5, 2018 by

    “Creating Alternative Worlds in Animation” Watch this program! 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,… Read more

  • Dr. John Canady, Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

    August 29, 2018 by

    “Healthcare Delivery in Developing Countries” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Chad Hart, Wednesday, August 29 2018

    August 22, 2018 by

    “Iowa’s Role in Agriculture and International trade: Why Tariffs and Trade Agreements Matter” 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… Read more

  • Over 200 ICFRC Programs now Available on iTunes and Apple Podcast

    August 21, 2018 by

    The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is happy to announce that our programs are now available for your listening pleasure, on iTunes and Apple Podcast. To find podcasts on iTunes, you can either click the  icon on the homepage, or click here . To listen to the podcast with Apple Podcast, please search for ICFRC on the… Read more

  • Ron McMullen,Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    August 15, 2018 by

    “The Baltic States, NATO, and Russia” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Mandela Washington Fellows, Tuesday, July 24th

    July 20, 2018 by

    “Young Entrepreneurs Fostering Transformative Changes in Africa” Watch this program 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… Read more

  • Lynda Barrow, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    July 13, 2018 by

    “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… Read more

  • Rubie Watson, Thursday, July 12, 2018

    July 10, 2018 by

    Watch this program! “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… Read more

  • Kevin Kelley,Thursday, May 10, 2018

    May 3, 2018 by

    Watch this program! “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… Read more

  • Ashleigh Wallace & Eesha Patel, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

    April 26, 2018 by

    “Health Care for Underserved Populations in South India” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Roz Frank, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    April 20, 2018 by

    “The Basque Country — Language, Culture, and Politics: A View from the Inside” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Mark Kende, Thursday, April 19, 2018

    April 12, 2018 by

    “South African Politics & Their Constitution: 20 Years Plus After Apartheid” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Mariola Espinosa ,Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    April 5, 2018 by

    “Surviving Hurricanes in  Puerto Rico” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Elise Pizzi, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    March 29, 2018 by

    “Political Conflicts Among Ethnic Minorities in China” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Rachel Maggi, Daniel Valentin, Ashley Chong, Thursday, March 29, 2018

    March 22, 2018 by

    “Here and Abroad: Three  University of Iowa Seniors Speak to the Relevance of Their International Experiences ” Watch this program! 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… Read more

  • Laura Kennedy, Thursday, March 22, 2018

    March 8, 2018 by

    “State of State: One Year into the Trump Administration” Watch this program! Laura Kennedy served almost four decades as a U.S. career diplomat. She spent much of her career working in or on the former Soviet Union and served in Geneva and Vienna (thrice) on multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation (conventional, nuclear and bio) as well… Read more

  • David Miles, Thursday, March 8, 2018.

    March 1, 2018 by

    “An International Rocket Field School at the Andøya Space Center in Norway” Watch this program! In January 2018 two University of Iowa undergraduate students travelled to the Andøya Space Center in northern Norway to complete a week long sounding rocket field school called CaNoRock (Canada/Norway Sounding Rocket Program). CaNoRock uses student rocket activities as a… Read more

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