Fall 2014 Activities

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University

Fall 2014 Speaker and Film Series

All events are free and open to the public


September 16: Derek Wilson
Topics: The Scottish Referendum on Independence: Bravehearts or Faint Hearts?
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC and Drake Law School

Derek Wilson is a law professor at the University of Nantes, France and Assistant Director of the Drake Law Summer in France Program. During the fall of 2014, Wilson is serving as Global Practitioner-in-Residence in the Drake Law School. He graduated from Glasgow University with a LL.B. degree.

September 17: Khalil al-Anani
Topic: Upended Path: The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Dr. Khalil al-Anani is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, Egyptian politics, and democratization in the Middle East. He was a Resident Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute, and also served as a scholar of Middle East politics at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK, as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and as a senior scholar at Al-Ahram Foundation in Cairo. He is the author of many books in both Arabic and English, including “Unpacking the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics” (forthcoming), “Elections and Democratization in the Middle East” (co-editor, Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming), “The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Gerontocracy Fighting against Time” (Cairo: Shorouk Press, 2007), and “Political Islam in the Middle East: Past, Present, and Future” (Cairo, International Center for Strategic and Future Studies, 2007). He writes a bi-monthly column in the pan Arab newspaper Al-Hayat and in the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly and is a frequent commentator on Arab and international television channels, including Al Jazeera, BBC, Al Arabiya, and Alhurra.

September 23: International Writer's Program (University of Iowa)
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Reading Series, Des Moines Social Club

  • 3:30 to 5 pm:  "Being A Writer in the World" panel discussion with IWP poets and writers, Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake campus
  • 7 to 9 pm:  Literary reading at the Des Moines Social Club, reception to follow 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines 50309

Visiting poets and writers from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa take to the road each fall to share their work with audiences across the state.  In partnership with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Des Moines Social Club, the Series will feature several 2014 IWP award-winning guests for an afternoon panel discussion titled "Being a Writer in the World," followed by an evening literary reading & reception at the downtown Des Moines Social Club.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Roundtrip downtown transportation is available for Drake students.

October 7: Diego Zavala
Topic: TBD
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC, Humanities Center

October 15: Heartland Global Health Conference
Topic: Climate, Nutrition and Health
Location: Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Heartland Global Health Consortium, PFGCGC

Register to attend the conference (lunch provided) at: http://www.heartlandconsortium.org/6th-annual-global-health-fall-conference-climate-nutrition-and-health/

October 15: James Hansen
Topic: Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientist's Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis and Opportunity
Location: Sheslow Auditorium 
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Heartland Global Health Consortium, Iowa Renewable Energy Association, and PFGCGC

James E. Hansen is an American physicist known for his research in the field of climatology and his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the climate change issue. Hansen formerly headed the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, which is a division of Goddard Space Flight Center's (Greenbelt, MD), Earth Sciences Directorate. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 and he received the Heinz Environment Award for his research on global warming in 2001. He was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the Time 100 (2006) list and, in 2007, he was awarded the Dan David Prize. On April 5, 2008, Hansen received the PNC Bank Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service for his outstanding achievements in science. Dr. Hansen is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

October 21: Jim McCaughan, Indraneel Karlekar and Robert Blecker
Topic: Panel Discussion on Trade
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and Principal Financial Group

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.

Indraneel Karlekar is head of Global Research for Principal Real Estate Investors. Karlekar has held senior research positions at a number of real estate investment management firms, including Cole Real Estate Investments, ING-Clarion and AIG Global Real Estate. Prior to AIG, he worked as an economic analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. After graduating from St. Stephens College in India, he received his Masters of Business Administration at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and later earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England.

Robert Blecker is a professor in the Department of Economics at American University. Blecker’s research interests include international trade, open economy macroeconomics, the value of the dollar and the US trade deficit, economic integration in North America, the Mexican economy, the limits to export-led growth strategies in developing countries, and U.S. trade policy. His teaching fields include international economics, macroeconomics, history of economic thought, and political economy.

November 12: Ronald McMullen
Topic: TBD
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Ronald McMullen, currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  Ron has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countries.  In Burma he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. While posted in Fiji he helped prevent civil conflict after an armed takeover of parliament.  He was shot at during a riot in Sri Lanka and helped train mongooses to detect heroin.  He survived a voodoo curse in the Dominican Republic and took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa’s Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.  Between 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 2010-2012.  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 B.A. from Drake University and his doctorate in political science from the University of Iowa.

November 18: Zachary Nunn
Topic: Cyber Power as State Power: The Role of Cyber as an Instrument of National Influence
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National
Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential
Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government.  A career
intelligence officer, Zach stood-up the Director on National Intelligence's
Counter-Intelligence Office for Cyber - prioritizing US resources against
hostile foreign state actors. Formerly, as Chief of Operations for Embassy
Security, Zach supervised $25 billion in new embassy construction in
Beijing, London, Moscow and Guangzhou. Awarded the Director's Exceptional
Service Medallion, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 2014, Zach
experience prior to working with the nation's secrets, includes flying 700
combat hours with the USAF over Iraq and Afghanistan, and teaching US
Government to America's high school students. Zach is now a cyber
entrepreneur - helping 500 public-private partners find creative solutions
to security challenges 'on the internet.' Zach's hometown is right up the
road in Altoona, Iowa. After graduating Drake University in 2002, he earned
a master's with distinction at the University of Cambridge.

November date TBD: Anna-Britt Coe
Topic: TBD
Location: TBD
Time: TBD
Sponsor: PFGCGC and Department for the Study of Culture and Society

December 4: Saidu Yusuf Yakubu
Topic: Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Sponsor: PFGCGC and IRIS

Dr. Saidu Yusuf Yakubu is a peacemaker and a Medical Doctor by profession. He was born in Kano, Nigeria and attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria where he obtained an MBBS Degree in 1997. He served as the Coordinator of Education Program of National Gamji Club, as House Officer, ABU Teaching Hospital (Ahmadu Bello Univ, ABUTH), as Medical Officer at Multi-Clinic Nigeria Ltd. and Medical Officer General in the Out Patient Department, ABUTH. Currently, he is a Registrar and a Resident Doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia ABUTH, Kaduna, National Deputy Chancellor of the International Association of Educators for World Peace Nigeria Chapter, Member Conflict Resolution Stake Holders Network of Nigeria and the Coordinator of a peace NGO named Action for Religious Tolerance & peace (ART & PEACE Kaduna).

Saturday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meditation Fair
First Christian Church 2500 University Ave, Des Moines
Thursday September 18, 7:00 p.m.
When Expression Is Expressed, Non-expression Is Not-expressed: a Zen Buddhist Approach to Talking About the Ineffable
Lecture by Gereon Kopf, Professor of Religion, Luther College
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Thursday 10/9, 7:00 p.m.
That From Which All Words Return: The Distinctive Methods of Language Utilization in Advaita Vedanta
Lecture by Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies at Saint Olaf College
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Thursday November 6, 6:00 p.m.
Using a Net to Catch the Air: Poetry, Ineffability, and Small Stones in a Shoe.
Reading by Christopher Janke, Independent poet and artist
Cowles Library Reading Room
Friday, November 7, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Opening Event for the Ineffibility Exhibition
Anderson Gallery, Weeks Gallery, Sheslow Auditorium
All events are free and open to the public.
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University News
July 15, 2014
Three Drake alumnae were honored in the Des Moines Business Record’s 2014 Women of Influence awards. The awards celebrate women who have made a difference in their community.