Fall 2013 Activities

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship
at Drake University
Fall 2013 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public

September 10, Jerry Gallucci
Topic: The Global Situation of the 21st Century
Location: Downtown Public Library, 1000 Locust
Time: noon-1pm
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Nelson Institute and Iowa International Center

Jerry Gallucci is a Diplomat-in Residence at Drake University through the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs. He has more than 30 years of experience as a foreign affairs professional. He held various senior management positions with the State Department throughout his career, including chief of mission in Brasilia and Khartoum. He also served at the White House in the National Security Council as director for South and Central America. His most recent assignment as chief of staff for the U.N. Mission in East Timor ended in June 2010. He retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in June 2005 and immediately began service with the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. As the U.N. Regional Representative for the Mitrovica Region, he was responsible for helping maintain the peace along the Ibar River that divided Serbs in the north from Albanians in the south. Gallucci received his doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught at various institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia Wesleyan College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and George Washington University.

 

September 19, Film: Warriors of Qiugang
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 8:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

In this documentary film, villagers in central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their land and water. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well.  It was nominated for an Academy Award.


September 30, Abeny Kucha
Topic: Tears of a Mother: A First-Person Account of Sudanese Survival, Sorrow, and Triumph
Location: Meredith 106
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC, School of Education, and Heartland Area Education Agency

Ms. Abeny Kucha, author of Tears of a Mother, will share her personal narrative, insights, and reflections as a refugee from South Sudan. Photos and video footage from three return trips to her former homeland will enhance audience understanding of the realities faced by Ms. Kucha and other refugees from the world's newest country.


October 3, Johnnie Carson
Topic: Africa: The Changing Face of the Continent
Location:  Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (reception following)
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Ambassador Johnnie Carson is a senior adviser at the United States Institute for Peace. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs from May 7, 2009 to May 29, 2013. Prior to this he was the National Intelligence Officer for Africa at the NIC, after serving as the Senior Vice President of the National Defense University in Washington D.C. (2003-2006).

Carson's 37-year Foreign Service career includes ambassadorships to Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997), and Uganda (1991-1994); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (1997-1999). Earlier in his career he had assignments in Portugal (1982-1986), Botswana (1986-1990), Mozambique (1975-1978), and Nigeria (1969-1971). He has also served as desk officer in the Africa section at State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1971-1974); Staff Officer for the Secretary of State (1978-1979), and Staff Director for the Africa Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives (1979-1982).

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Carson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania from 1965-1968. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Drake University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies at the University of London.

Ambassador Carson is the recipient of several Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State and a Meritorious Service Award from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The Centers for Disease Control presented Ambassador Carson its highest award, "Champion of Prevention Award," for his leadership in directing the U.S. Government's HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Kenya.  Prior to leaving office in January 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Ambassador Carson the State Department's Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest given to an American diplomat.

 

October 16: Heartland Global Health Conference
Topic: Food, Nutrition and Health in a Changing World
Location: Parents Hall, upper level of Olmsted Center
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Dupont Pioneer, World Food Prize, PFGCGC, Global and Comparative Public Health program and Heartland Global Health Consortium
(Program is free but pre-registration is required.)

Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Ruth Oniang’o has a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. She has taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also Adjunct Professor at Tufts University in the USA. Founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, a Kenya-based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups. As a member of Kenya’s Parliament (2003-2007), she worked to alleviate poverty and hunger, with special focus on science and technology, agricultural research and┬á┬á productivity, food security, nutrition, bio-safety legislation, use of fertilizer and other inputs, HIV/AIDS and gender issues. Professor Oniang'o served on the boards of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agriculture Strategy Advisory Committee, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). While at IRRI, she got involved with the CGIAR Change Process at the Board Level.  In Kenya, she has government appointments to Chair the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Board of Trustees and Food Security Programmes and Nutrition Thematic Group. She is founder of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).

Angie Tagtow is a registered dietitian, environmental nutrition consultant, and international speaker who educates eaters, organizations, opinion leaders, and policymakers on sustainable and resilient food and water systems that promote good health, vibrant communities, and environmental stewardship. Her consulting firm, Environmental Nutrition Solutions, takes an ecological approach to food and health by leveraging policies to build resilient and sustainable food systems that advance public health. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the Iowa Food Access and Health Working Group. Tagtow is the founder and managing editor of the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, which coalesces local, national and international hunger and environmental nutrition issues. Her “Good Food Checklists” – featuring dozens of everyday healthful and environmentally sustainable choices for families – has been distributed to audiences around the world. Tagtow has 20 years of experience working in public health nutrition and food system arenas. She has held leadership positions in many state and national organizations and currently leads a national work group in developing Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians in Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Food and Water Systems. Tagtow is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.

October 16, Tony Hall
Topic: Combatting Gobal Hunger
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Dupont Pioneer, World Food Prize, PFGCGC, Global and Comparative Public Health program and Heartland Global Health Consortium

Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world. From February 2002 to April, 2005, served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. He is currently serving as the executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio in the U.S. Congress for almost twenty-four years. During his tenure, he was chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Hunger. He founded the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors, and authored legislation that supported food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, microenterprise, and development assistance in the world’s poorest countries. Ambassador Hall also founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders. A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, Ambassador Hall served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. During this time, he initiated legislation enacted into law to fight hunger-related diseases in developing nations, helped to establish a clearinghouse that provided food through gleaning, and has worked to promote micro-enterprise to reduce joblessness. In his efforts to witness the plight of the poor and hungry first-hand, he has visited poverty-stricken and war-torn regions in more than 100 countries.

October 21, Gerard Gallucci
Topic: The Intelligence Community and U.S. Foreign Policy
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC and Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs

Jerry Gallucci is a Diplomat-in Residence at Drake University through the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs. He has more than 30 years of experience as a foreign affairs professional. He held various senior management positions with the State Department throughout his career, including chief of mission in Brasilia and Khartoum. He also served at the White House in the National Security Council as director for South and Central America. His most recent assignment as chief of staff for the U.N. Mission in East Timor ended in June 2010. He retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in June 2005 and immediately began service with the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo. As the U.N. Regional Representative for the Mitrovica Region, he was responsible for helping maintain the peace along the Ibar River that divided Serbs in the north from Albanians in the south. Gallucci received his doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught at various institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia Wesleyan College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and George Washington University.


October 30, Benard Wabukala
Topic: Business Opportunities in Emerging Africa
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time:  7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and College of Business and Public Administration

Benard Wabukala is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence this Fall Semester at the College of Business and Public Administration, Drake University.  Benard is co-teaching a graduate level course (Econ280) in CBPA with partial focus on Economic Growth in Africa’s emerging economies and  will in addition, be conducting the seminar classes for the BUS200.  Also, together with Drake’s business professors, they are integrating the macroeconomic and business lessons on African economies to a number of undergraduate courses. He is a Lecturer at Makerere University Business School, Uganda, teaching Development Economics, Macroeconomics and Regional Economic Integration. His research interests are; Productivity and Efficiency, Food Security, Trade and more broadly Economic Development of Sub Saharan Africa. In 2010, he received a (3)-Months Research Fellowship/Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa by the HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to undertake research in Agri-Food Trade in Eastern Africa.  In 2009, he worked as an Associate Economist at the United Nations Development Programme, Uganda Country Office, Kampala.  Specifically, the assignment was to produce the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) status and progress reports for the country office as well the government under the MDGs localization drive. Benard is currently working with three Drake University Students (Sarah Dellea; Samantha Brenner; and Arnold Austin) on their Service Learning Projects for the upcoming trip to Uganda in May 2014.


November 5, David Skidmore
Topic: Thirst: China's Water Crises
Location: Des Moines Public Library Central Branch, 1000 Grand Ave.
Time: nooon-1pm
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Dupont Pioneer and Iowa International Center

David Skidmore is a professor of Politics and International Relations at Drake University and Director of the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake. He has lived and taught for two years in China. Most recently, he offered a two week short course on China's water problems in Shanghai (August, 2013) for U.S. undergraduates studying in China.


November 7: Roundtable on Islamic Finance
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC and College of Business and Public Administration

Panelists:     Datuk Noripah Kamso, Advisor, CIMB Islamic

        Daud Vicary Abdullah, President, INCEIF

        Larry Zimpleman, President and CEO, Principal Financial Group

        Jim McCaughan, CEO, Principal Global Investors

Moderator:  Kavilash Chawla, Managing Director, Nur Global Strategies

Datuk Noripah Kamso is currently an Advisor to CIMB Islamic. She was previously the CEO of CIMB Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. Since 2008, she has successfully established a platform for the firm to extend its reach across the globe. Previously she served as the CEO of CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad, where she pioneered the listing of the world's first Regional ASEAN Exchange Traded Fund, "CIMB ASEAN 40 ETF" on the Singapore Exchange in 2007. She is a two-time winner of the Marketing Personality of the Year Award (2005 & 2006) by Asia Asset Management for the Asia Pacific region, CEO of the Year for Malaysia (2007) and Personal Achievement Award for contribution to Islamic Asset Management by International Takaful Summit, London (2012). Besides serving as a council member of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (FIMM), she was the past president of the Malaysia Futures Brokers Association (MFBA).   She is also the author of Investing In Islamic Funds (Wiley 2013).

Daud Vicary Abdullah is the President and Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance.  He has been in the finance and consulting industry for almost 40 years, with significant experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2002 he has focused exclusively on Islamic finance. Prior to INCEIF, he was the Global Islamic Finance Leader with Deloitte.  Daud holds an Economic and Social History Honours degree from the University of Bristol in England. He is a distinguished fellow of the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM) and a former Board member (2003 – 2007) of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). In 2008, he was awarded the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP).  He sits on the Board of Governors of both the International Academy of Financial Management and the Institute of Enterprise Risk Practitioners.  Daud started his career with Lloyds Bank, followed by Chemical Bank and Midland Bank, where he gained experience in Retail Banking Operations, Internal Audit, Back Office Systems, IT Support and Internal Consultancy. He spent 9 years as a Partner/Director with Deloitte Consulting where he was responsible for setting up the firm’s Global Centre of Excellence for Islamic Finance based in Malaysia and involved in developing and running Shariah Review Programs and the transformation of financial institutions to provide Islamic financial services.

Daud was the first Managing Director of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, where under his guidance the Group successfully transformed an Islamic banking window into a full-fledged Islamic banking subsidiary. During his time at Hong Leong he was also closely involved in the planning for and launch of Hong Leong Tokio Marine Takaful, where he was a Board member. Following that, Daud became Chief Operating Officer at Asian Finance Bank, a start-up Islamic bank, where he was responsible for establishing the infrastructure to support the business lines, opened new branches and established a representative office in Jakarta.  Daud has co-authored the book Islamic Finance: Why It Makes Sense, published by Marshall Cavendish. He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on matters relating to Islamic finance.

Larry D. Zimpleman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for overall management of the company.  Zimpleman joined the company in 1971 as an actuarial intern. From 1976 to 2006 he served in various management and leadership positions at the officer level in the pension department. He was named vice president in 1997, senior vice president in 1999, executive vice president in 2001, president of Retirement and Investor Services in 2003 and president and chief operating officer in 2006. He was named to president and chief executive officer in 2008 and to his current position in 2009.

Zimpleman serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Drake University. He is also vice chair of the Iowa Business Council and serves on the Financial Services Roundtable Board & Executive Committee; on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the ACLI Executive Committee, ex officio and additionally serves as chair of the ACLI Retirement & Financial Security Steering Committee. He is Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary. Additionally, he is a member of: American Academy of Actuaries, Des Moines Actuaries Club, Business-Higher Education Forum and Business Roundtable.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His career began in 1974 as an actuary with Lane Clark & Peacock, London.  Currently, Jim oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal’s asset management business globally.

 

Nov. 18, Raymond Kumalo
Topic: 
IN THE CHRISTIAN GOD’S NAME: Church and State Relations in South Africa
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Raymond Kumalo is a Lecturer at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and author of From Deserts to Forests: A Model of Practical Theology (2003).  He is an expert on the role of religion in the transition to democracy in South Africa. 

The aim of this presentation is to discuss the way in which the African National Congress (ANC) has used the Christian religion to sustain its dominance in the political sphere.  It argues that having been formed by prominent leaders of the church it has used that privileged status to domesticate the identity, vocation and witness of the church to serve its agenda.  This has led to two problems – the marginalization of other faiths in the public sphere and the weakening of the church in terms of its critical engagement with the state.


Nov. 25, Farid Zarif
Topic: 
United Nations Peace Operations: A Shared Responsibility
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs

Born in 1951, in Kabul, Afghanistan, M. Farid Zarif graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University in 1973 and entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the following year.  After completing the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy with honours, Mr. Zarif studied International Relations and Diplomacy at Oxford University, UK.  During his diplomatic service, Mr. Zarif served in various positions inside and outside Afghanistan, including Permanent Representative to UNNY from 1981 to 1987, Deputy Foreign Minister from 1987 to 1989, and Presidential Advisor on International Affairs from 1989 to 1991.  He then worked as Secretary-General of Economic Advisory Council of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Since joining the United Nations in 1993, Mr. Zarif has served at UN headquarters in New York as well as UN political, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in Eritrea, Liberia, South Africa, Iraq and Sudan in various capacities, including Chief of Section, Director of Division, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Chief of Staff, and acting D/SRSG. Since October of 2011, he has been serving as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).  He is married with two sons.


The Comparison Project*

The following events are sponsored by The Comparison Project and are listed here as a courtesy.

Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India will be on Drake University’s campus September 9–13, 2013, creating a sand mandala and participating in a series of special cultural events that are free and open to the public.

The creation of the sand mandala is an artistic tradition for Tibetan Buddhists. The mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe and its purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones.

The mandala is created with millions of grains of colored sand, which is applied using small tube-like straws, funnels, and scrapers. Once completed, the mandala is destroyed, symbolizing the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

Visitors may view the ongoing construction of the sand mandala Monday through Friday in the Collier Heritage Room in Cowles Library between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Additional special events are listed below:

Monday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. – Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony
Collier Heritage Room, Cowles Library

Monday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. – Path of the Bodhisattva, lecture
Cowles Library Reading Room

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. – An Evening of Sacred Music and Dance
Sheslow Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. – World Peace and the Unity of all Religions, lecture
Cowles Library Reading Room

Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. – Buddhist Community Dialogue
Cowles Library Reading Room

Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. – Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony  
Collier Heritage Room, Cowles Library

Other Comparison Project Events:

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room 
Ineffabilities and Conventional Truth in Jñānaśrimitra’s Buddhist Philosophy of Language Amy Donahue, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Kennesaw State University 

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room 
Paying Attention: The Fine Art and Neuroscience of Visual Awareness 
Barbara Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago 

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. Cowles Library Reading Room 
How To Speak About An Unspeakable God: The Christian Mysticism of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite 

Tim Knepper, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Drake University 

 

Constitutional Law Series

The following events are sponsored by the Drake University Constitutional Law Center and are listed here as a courtesy.

Monday, September 16  *  3 pm  *  Sussman Theater

2013 Drake University Constitution Day speaker:  Richard Pildes, Sudler Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

Topic:   “The Fundamental Transformation in the Law and Practice of Modern Warfare”

Thursday, October 3  *  3 pm  *  Drake Law School, Room OLL19

Drake Constitutional Law Center Distinguished Lecture Series: Laura E Gómez, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Topic:  “Three Centuries of Latinos in the U.S.: The Cyclical Dynamics of Nation-Building, Citizenship and Legal Personhood”

 *  Funding for The Comparison Project is provided by PFGCGC, Drake University Humanities Center, Humanities Iowa, The Medbury Fund, Des Moines Area Religious Council, and Cultivating Compassion: The Richard Deming Foundation

 

Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Series

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 3:30 p.m - "Being a Writer in the World: Writing as World Citizenship"
Location: Cowles Library Reading Room at Drake University

Supported by The Susan Glaspell Writers and Critics Series, Drake University Center for the Humanities, and The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship

Featuring four guests from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa:

Karim ALRAWI (playwright, fiction writer; Canada/UK/Egypt) writes stage plays in both Arabic and English. He is also the author of several radio and TV plays, and children’s books.

Shandana MINHAS (fiction writer; Pakistan) has been a columnist, a teacher, an actor, a screenwriter, a playwright, and more.

Mahsa MOHEBALI (fiction writer; Iran) is the author of the short story collections and  novels.

TONG Wei Ger (童偉格, fiction writer, playwright; Taiwan) is the author of a short story collection and novels.

 

University News
October 23, 2014
"everyday abstraction: contemporary abstract painting" is on view November 7 through January 23 in the Anderson Gallery.
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