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The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University

Fall 2017 Speaker and Film Series

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, Sept. 20: Tyrus: documentary film
Location:  Meredith 101
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
East Asian Studies Minor

TYRUS is Pamela Tom's tour-de-force documentary about the late Tyrus Wong, a Guangzhou-born, L.A. based visual artist and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Kevin D. Lam, Assistant Professor of Urban and Diversity Education, and Emily Newman, Assistant Professor of Art & Design; to be moderated by Mary M. McCarthy, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations.

Thursday, Sept. 28: Naim Ateek
Location:  First Christian Church, 25th Street & University Avenue
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
World Languages and Cultures, Religion and Philosophy, Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Rev. Ateek is originally from Palestine, and is an ordained Anglican priest who has served as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and the founder and director of Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center in Jerusalem. His presence here will be a wonderful opportunity for the Drake community to hear a perspective that is seldom heard on the Palestinian issue, and one that is informed by deep theological reflection.

Friday, October 13: Heartland Global Health Consortium Conference
Theme:  Healthy Water, Healthy World - Water Sustainability for Global Health

Location:  Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Time: 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Heartland Global Health Consortium
(Member schools Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and William Penn University)

Visit for more information and to register. Cost is $5/student, $20/faculty or staff member, $40/community member

Tuesday, October 24: CHINA Town Hall: an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations that will include local speakers
Drake Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Host: National Committee on U.S.-China Relations,

The eleventh annual CHINA Town Hall, presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will be hosted by over 80 local partners nationwide. Attendees will submit questions to Ambassador Rice, and the Des Moines location's expert speaker on-site will be Dr. Ira Kasoff who will lead an interactive discussion titled "Are We on the Verge of the Chinese Century?"  The national webcast with Ambassador Rice will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

China’s emergence as a global power, role as an important trading partner and potential collaborator in key U.S. global policies ensures that U.S.-China relations will affect the lives of every American. CHINA Town Hall will help audiences around the country to understand the challenges and opportunities of what has been characterized as the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century.

Dr. Ira Kasoff is an author and senior counselor with APCO Worldwide.  He is a former deputy assistant secretary for Asia with the U.S. Department of Commerce, principal commercial officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, commercial counselor at the American Embassy in Tokyo, and senior commercial officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kasoff worked for the Boston Consulting Group, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and as the Beijing representative for the Fuqua World Trade Corporation.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.

For fifty years, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has been the leading national, non-partisan, nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.


Wednesday, November 29: Judaism in the Modern World
Location: Cowles Library Reading Room
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Drake Hillel

A panel of Jewish community leaders from Greater Des Moines will engage the audience in an introduction to Jewish culture and religion in the 21st century. All students are welcome to attend.


Monday, Dec. 4: Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations
Topic:  North Korea Nuclear Threat
Location:  Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: East Asian Studies Minor, Department of Political Science, and Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at CFR. He serves as co-chair of the advisory council of the National Committee on North Korea and has provided advice to NGOs and humanitarian organizations active in North Korea. His newest book is South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers (Columbia University Press, 2018).  For more information see