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Fall 2016 Activities

 The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University‚Ä®
Fall 2016 Speaker and Film Series‚Ä®
All events are free and open to the public

September 25: International film - No (No)*
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

October 5: Heartland Global Health Consortium conference
Topic: The Social Determinants of Health
Location:  Olmsted Center, upper level
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Heroin and Opioids:  A Community Crisis
  • Examining the Social Determinants of Childhood Obesity
  • Addressing Childhood Asthma Disparities: A Case Study of the Healthy Homes Des Moines Project
  • The Period Problem: Empowering Girls in the Developing World to Stay in School Past Puberty
  • Poverty Simulation’s Impact on Pharmacy Student Attitudes Toward Poverty
  • Understanding Cultures Through Product, Practice, Perspective
  • Tackling the social, economic, and ecological complexity of Iowa's water quality issues
  • Lessons Learned from and Next Steps for Implementation Following a Needs Assessment to Understand Water Quality in Rural Uganda

October 10: Martín Fernández
Topic: The Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras: Justice for Berta and Beyond
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsor:  Witness for Peace

Martín Fernández is the National Coordinator of the Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), which seeks to expose and combat state violence and corruption, while organizing communities around the principles of self-determination, ecological sustainability, and collective resistance. The grassroots organization has been routinely subjected to threats and intimidation due to their human rights work. Martín will discuss this work in the context of Honduras today, and how US policies and security aid contribute directly to the ongoing crisis.

The 2009 military coup in Honduras cemented the Central American nation as a hotbed of human rights abuses, the new frontier in the US-led War on Drugs, and an all-out plunder of national territory and resources. Those who resist are targeted and killed with a level of impunity unheard of in the 21st century in Latin America; the March 2nd assassination of beloved Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres is an example of state crime and impunity amongst many. Those who head North are often sent back to the very violence and poverty from which they fled. The heart of the crisis is the US policies of militarization, the legitimization of a brutal Honduran State, and the promotion of crony capitalism. For the Honduran people, the results are violent and devastating, but their inspiring resistance continues.  

October 12: International Film - Hija de la Laguna  (Daughter of the Lake)*
Location:  Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

October 13: Robert Wallace
Topic: Big Farms Make Big Flu (and Ebola and Zika and Yellow Fever and MERS and Q Fever)
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Next Course: Food Recovery Network at Drake

Robert G. Wallace, PhD, is an evolutionary biologist presently visiting the University of Minnesota's Institute for Global Studies. Among other topics, his research has addressed the evolution and spread of influenza as it relates to the economics of agriculture, Ebola in West Africa and the Philippines, the social geography of HIV/AIDS in New York City, the emergence of Kaposi’s sarcoma herpesvirus out of Ugandan prehistory, and the evolution of infection life history in response to antivirals. Wallace is co-author of Farming Human Pathogens: Ecological Resilience and Evolutionary Process (Springer) and Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (Springer), and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science (Monthly Review Press). He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October 23: International film - Los Colores de la Montaña  (The Colors of the Mountain)*
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center

Time:  2:00 – 4:15 p.m.

October 25: Jeffrey Ashe
Topic: Getting Ahead with Almost Nothing: What Immigrant Communities Can Teach Us About Achieving the American Dream
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Co-sponsor:  The Solidarity Foundation

Jeffrey Ashe is a Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, Research Fellow, Global Development and the Environment, Tufts University. Through March 2013 Jeff led Saving for Change at Oxfam America which grew to703,000 Savings Group members in Mali, Senegal, Cambodia, El Salvador and Guatemala. By training groups of about 20 to save, lend to each by the thousands these groups provide a better way to save and lend at a small fraction of the cost and complexity of financial institutions. Jeff previously founded and led Working Capital for several years this country’s largest microfinance initiative honored by President Clinton at the White House. While at Acción International he directed the PISCES studies, the first worldwide study of microfinance and introduced group lending with this model replicated worldwide. He has consulted to microfinance projects in more than 30 countries. Through Carsey Jeff is bringing Savings Groups to the USA building on immigrant savings circles, introducing savings groups through Conditional Cash Transfer programs in the Dominican Republic as he launches research on the long term survival of these groups. His book In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development published by Barrett Koehler has been well received. He teaches microfinance at Columbia and Brandeis Universities.

November 1, 2016
Topic: Evaluating the IMF and the World Bank: Are International Financial Institutions Still Relevant?
Panelists: Jim McCaughan (Principal Financial Group), Madelyn Antoncic (Principal Financial Group), and Eric Shimp (Alston & Bird LLP)
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Madelyn Antoncic joined Principal Global Investors in 2015 and is currently Global Head, Official Sector Partnerships. She has more than 25 years of economic and financial industry experience. Most recently, Madelyn was vice president and treasurer of the World Bank where she oversaw assets of official sector institutions, comprising central banks, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other international financial institutions, as well as of the World Bank Group’s pension. She also oversaw the World Bank’s derivatives portfolio; its funding program; its capital management; and several businesses including engaging with client countries on central bank reserves management, debt management strategies, banking and risk management solutions. Madelyn holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Finance from New York University.

Eric Shimp is a policy adviser at Alston & Bird LLP. He advises corporate and public sector clients on global trade, investment and regulatory strategies, and advises multinational corporations and investment funds on strategic acquisitions and political risk management issues in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Eric also works with trade associations and public companies to develop legislative strategies involving complex international regulatory issues in both the U.S. and European Union. Eric brings nearly a decade of experience gained as a U.S. diplomat and trade negotiator covering East and Southeast Asia. He has advised sovereign governments on a range of issues, including WTO accession, investment policy planning and the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. From 2000–2002, Eric served as the director for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Korean Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he managed trade policy toward ASEAN, Korea and South Asia. At the USTR, he handled an array of trade and investment issues, including the negotiations toward the Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, concluded in 2002. From 1994–2001, Eric served as a U.S. foreign service officer. During his tenure with the State Department, Eric was posted in China, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.

November 9: Diego Zavala
Topic: The Resurgence of Collaborative Documentary in the Internet Era: Communities, New Technologies and Social Narrative
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Diego Zavala is a member of the Department of Communications and Digital Arts, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara  campus, where he  teaches courses in film studies, screenwriting, and TV and film  production.  He has published articles and essays on documentary theory and Mexican cinema in academic journals, essay collections, and media publications.  In addition, he has presented papers at national and international conferences  in the United States, Mexico, France, Spain, and Portugal. 

Professor Zavala’s talk will be concerned with how traditional and interactive documentary has become important to social groups in their efforts to promote progressive social change.  Professor Zavala will illuminate how starting in the late twentieth century, economic conditions  and technological developments created pressures and possibilities conducive to social  groups using new forms of digital technology to make their concerns and narratives more visible  to policy makers, stakeholders and  institutions, and thereby become more active contributors to  discussion and debate in the public sphere.

November 9: Francis Kamuhanda
Topic:  Changing the Story of Disability in Africa: SURE Prospects School and Inclusive Education in Uganda
Location: Olin 101

Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Co-sponsor:  Delta Sigma Pi

Francis Kamuhanda is the founder and leader of Sure Prospects Institute in Uganda.  He received a BA in education and then his MA in Human Resource Management at Makerere University. Moreover, in 2006, he organized a meeting with the Federation of Uganda’s employers to address the issue of job discrimination against people with disabilities.  In 2007, he was one of the pioneer initiators of inclusive education in Uganda.  Kamuhanda is an advocate for the rights of children, especially those with disabilities. With expertise in conflict management and resolution, Francis is a change agent and has contributed to a significant amount of resource management work.  He won the 2014-15 vocational award from Sunrise Rotary Club for his dedicated work and commitment towards making a positive change in the lives of children with disabilities in Uganda.

November 10: Panel Discussion
Topic: Iowa and Africa: Expanding Engagement
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Moses Bomett, President and Founder of Hopeful Africa (, was born in America but raised in Kenya, Africa, for 12 years. Over those years he saw the challenges that face Kenya and Africa as a whole. He relocated to the United States in 2006 where he attended Valley High School in West Des Moines. It was at Valley that Moses started the first Hopeful Africa club. Eight years later, Hopeful Africa has invested over $115,000 at seven partner schools, impacting over 3,000 students in Kenya. Hopeful Africa seeks to work in equal partnerships with schools and communities in Kenya to help improve the quality of education to bring sustainable development. Moses graduated in 2013 from Iowa State University with degrees in Economics, Political Science and International Studies. He recently completed his Masters Degree at Drake University in Public Administration. 

Del Christensen is the Executive Director of Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS),( a nonprofit organization based in Ames that promotes international peace and understanding.  Since 1993, IRIS has coordinated internships, educational, and outreach programs for more than 1,900 participants from 52 different countries. Del has been involved with IRIS programs since 2002 and in 2007, became the Executive Director. He helped to establish the first State-department sponsored high school exchange program in Sub-Saharan Africa, coordinate the first American college football game on the continent of Africa, coordinate the first pan-African community health education training in Senegal, coordinate several health-related projects in Nigeria through Rotary International and has made more than 60 trips to countries around the world coordinating IRIS programs.

Phil Latessa (Empower Tanzania, has over 15 years experience in developing and managing international grants. He served as project director for two multi-year projects between Iowa and Russia. Currently, he is serving as U.S. coordinator for a collaborative project between the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the SE Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The current project is funded by PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and focuses on training community volunteers in Tanzania to deliver end-of-life care to terminally ill HIV/AIDS patients. Phil previously served as executive director of Iowa Sister States, an NGO responsible for conducting exchange programs with Iowa’s eight official Sister States: Yucatan, Mexico; Stavropol, Russia; Cherkasy, Ukraine; Hebei, China; Taiwan; Yamanashi, Japan; Terengganu, Malaysia and Veneto, Italy. He blogs about humanitarian efforts and international aid for the Huffington Post. 

Eric Idehen (Founder and CEO, Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage
Eric’s personal and professional travels took him from his home country of Nigeria to Ukraine, Spain, and finally the United States of America. During his long odyssey from Nigeria, he nursed the dream of opening orphanages in Africa (Nigeria & Sierra Leone). The Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage is the realization of that dream that began many years ago. Eric graduated from Federal Polytechnic Auchi (Nigeria) with Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (USA). Presently, he works for Wells Fargo Bank as Vice President of Community Development. Most recent companies and role included Bank of The West (Branch Sales Manager), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (Director). Eric sits on the board of the Political and Economic Research Council (PERC), Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen Academy Alumni Association Board (Omaha & Des Moines), Nigerian Association of Iowa, Grand View University Diversity Committee, and several Diversity Councils, where he continues his service to his community and shares his experience with others. Past board and Committee membership includes the American Red Cross Board of Central Iowa, the New Iowan Centers Community Advisory Committee, the Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Committee, Iowa International Center, etc.  He is a member of the Des Moines Rotary Club.

Dave Merschman (President, Medicine for Mali is President of Homemakers Furniture. He has been involved with MFM since 2002, serving as treasurer from 2004 to 2008 and president since 2008. Dave achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Simpson College in 1979  and manages  a local business.  During his many trips to Mali, his main areas of involvement have been clean water and microfinance.

Francis Kamuhanda is the founder and leader of Sure Prospects Institute in Uganda.  He received a BA in education and then his MA in Human Resource Management at Makerere University. Moreover, in 2006, he organized a meeting with the Federation of Uganda’s employers to address the issue of job discrimination against people with disabilities.  In 2007, he was one of the pioneer initiators of inclusive education in Uganda.  Kamuhanda is an advocate for the rights of children, especially those with disabilities. With expertise in conflict management and resolution, Francis is a change agent and has contributed to a significant amount of resource management work.  He won the 2014-15 vocational award from Sunrise Rotary Club for his dedicated work and commitment towards making a positive change in the lives of children with disabilities in Uganda. 

Annique Kiel is the Executive Director of Global Engagement and International Programs at Drake University.  As the senior internationalization officer, Kiel oversees the implementation of Drake’s Internationalization and Global Engagement Plan and Global Vision 2020, which aims to position Drake as a global knowledge hub. Over the course of her career in international education, she has presented at several regional and national conferences, primarily on strategic international partnerships and short-term education abroad program design. She has developed a specialization in programming related to sub-Saharan Africa and most recently successfully led efforts to bring the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to Drake University.  Drake was one of 36 institutions nationwide to be selected for this prestigious program. In addition, Annique is actively engaged in the Drake campus community, currently serving on the Strategic Diversity Action Team and the Women in Leadership Committee.  Annique received her BA in International Studies and French from Central College and an MA in French Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was named an Honorary Fellow in 2012.

November 13: International film - El Clan (The Clan)*
Location:  Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 16: Vandana Shiva
Topic: Who Really Feeds the World
Location: Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main
Time: 7 -8:30 p.m.
Sponsors:  Drake Environmental Action League, Slay Fund for Social Justice, PFGCGC, Humanities Center, Next Course: Food Recovery Network at Drake, Honors Program Hawley Lecture Fund, South Asian Student Association, Student Activists for Gender Equality, Engaged Citizen AOI, ENSP Department, and Women's and Gender Studies Program

We are repeatedly told that without chemicals and GMOs the world will starve. Yet, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 70% food is produced on small farms, using only 25% of the land. Industrial, fossil fuel, chemical intensive agriculture provides only 30% of the world's food, while destroying 75% of the soil, water, biodiversity, and contributing 50% of the greenhouse gas pollution leading to climate change. "Who really feeds the world" will set out an agenda for Seed Freedom and Food Democracy.

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist and eco feminist. Born in India in 1952, she is one of the Third World’s most eloquent and passionate voices on the environment, women’s rights, and sustainable development. The author of numerous books,  Shiva has sup"orted grassroots organizations in India and around the world in their struggles against clear-cutting of forests, large-scale dams, the industrialization of aquaculture, and the invasion of multinational agribusiness. One of the first she was involved with was the Chipko movement, a group of women who were defending their forests with acts of civil disobedience. Her recent work in India has focused on the protection of farmers’ rights to their own seed stock. Dr. Vandana Shiva has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Third World Network. She also serves on the boards of many organizations, including the World Future Council, the International Forum on Globalization and Slow Food International. She has received numerous awards, including 1993 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an "environmental hero" in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia.


*Fall 2016 International Film Series
made possible by a gift from the Evans Foundation
South American Politics and Human Rights
Countries:  Peru, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia
Language:  Spanish

September 25: International film -  No (No)
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet faced a referendum on his presidency. The vote would either extend Pinochet's rule for another eight years or end it.  The film covers the efforts of the "no" movement and their bold plan to wing the election with few resources and constant scrutiny by the dictator's minions.

October 12: International film - Hija de la Laguna  (Daughter of the Lake)
Location:  Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother.  A gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lies just beneath Nelida’s lakes and leads farmers and Latin America’s biggest gold producer into conflict. (from:

October 23: International film - Los Colores de la Montaña  (The Colors of the Mountain)
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center

Time:  2:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other in the area, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked off to a minefield, and he, Julián and their albino friend Poca Luz will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams. (from: Amazon)

November 13: International film - El Clan (The Clan)
Location:  Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

The Clan takes place in Buenos Aires in the early 1980s, when Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship that specialized in “disappearing” its suspected political opponents. Arquímedes, though he is proud of his government connections (and adept at exploiting them), has neither an official position nor any particular ideological commitment. He’s in it for the money, selecting his prey based on the ransom he can collect. Rather than targeting supposed leftists, he and his accomplices — principally his son Alejandro (Peter Lanzani) — focus on members of their own class and social circle, including a young man who belongs to Alejandro’s rugby club. (from: The New York Times)

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship provides support for The Comparison Project. For The Comparison Project's Fall 2016 schedule of events, please visit The Comparison Project.