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Fall 2018 Activities

 The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Speaker and Film Series

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

October 3: Susan Ariel Aaronson
Topic: Data-based Technologies and Trade
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor of International Affairs and GWU Cross-Disciplinary Fellow at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior Fellow at the think tank Center for International Governance Innovation (GIGI) in Canada.  Aaronson was also the Carvalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project and the Minerva Chair at the National War College. Aaronson’s research examines the relationship between economic change and human rights. She is currently directing projects on digital trade and protectionism, and she also works on AI and trade and a new human rights approach to data.  Source:

October 8: Becoming American: Between Two Worlds  Exhibits and Events - Hometown Heritage Film Screening & Community Discussion 
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor:  Hometown Heritage 

This is part of Hometown Heritage's nine-week program series called “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience.”  The series features documentary films and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history. Hometown Heritage is one of 32 sites nationwide to host this program series which is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. For additional information, please visit

October 8:   Jenny Pacanowksi
Topic:  Assessing the damages of war: one female combat veteran's journey home

Location: Cowles Library 201
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Gender and World Politics
Sponsors: Slay Fund for Social Justice and Women's and Gender Studies

Hear the poetry and stories of Jenny Pacanowski, female combat veteran, poet, facilitator, and speaker.  Hosted by Gender and World Politics.

October 9: CHINA Town Hall featuring an interactive webcast with the Honorable Condoleezza Rice and on-site discussion with Prof. Wenfang Tang
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 5:00 p.m.

CHINA Town Hall provides Americans the opportunity to participate in a national conversation about issues in the U.S.-China relationship, via an interactive webcast and in-person discussion with leading experts. Join the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a conversation on China featuring the Honorable Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor.

The webcast will feature Secretary Condoleezza Rice, currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Standford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of Political Science at Stanford University.  She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.  From January 2005 to 2009, Secretary Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post.  She also served as President George W. Bush's Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

The webcast will be followed by an in-person discussion with Wenfang Tang, the Unversity of Iowa's Stanley Hua Hsia Professor of Political Science and International Studies. His current research focuses on public opinion and political change in contemporary China, as well as comparative political behavior. He has authored and coauthored several books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Stanford University Press, and many articles in academic journals including American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, Journal of Public Policy, China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, among others.

November 8: Eric Schmalz
"The Gauntlet has been thrown": Newspapers, op-eds, and American Responses to antisemitism* (*Editorial headline "The Gauntlet has been thrown" translated from Danish)
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors:  Principal Center for Global Citizenship, Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, Iowa Council for Holocaust Education, and Drake Hillel.

Eric Schmalz is the community manager for the History Unfolded project at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He oversees the review of newspaper submissions to the project website, assists participants with their questions, and helps educators effectively incorporate History Unfolded into various learning environments. Mr. Schmalz specializes in developing and deepening authentic human connections through his work. Before taking on his current position at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Eric taught high school social studies in Charlottesville, VA. He earned his BA in History at the College of William and Mary (2010) and his master’s degree in Teaching (Secondary Social Studies) at the University of Virginia (2011).  This Program is made possible by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller.

This talk addresses the landscape of the United States from the end of World War I to 1941, identifying the historical and social context in which Americans lived. It will also examine the role media played in what Americans knew about the world around them. It concentrates on three influential American leaders, Henry Ford, Father Charles Coughlin, and Charles Lindbergh, who were all involved with the America First Committee and who all spread antisemitic vitriol to millions of supporters. News articles, editorials and letters to the editor reveal how a number of Americans in various communities in the Midwest and around the country reacted to this antisemitic rhetoric. The talk concludes with generalizations from this period and lessons for the post-war era. 

November 9: Heartland Global Health Consortium conference
Topic:  Too Much, Too Little: Nutrition Around the Globe
Location: Sullivan Center at Mercy College of Health Sciences
                928 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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November 12 - 16: International Education Week
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November 27: Student Presentation

Topic: China and the World
Location: Meredith 103
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Students from the course China and the World will present publicly about their research into areas of conflict and cooperation between China and the rest of the world in the fields of the World Economy, Energy and the Environment, and International Security.

November 28: Panel Discussion
Topic: Assessing China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Moderator: Jeffrey Kappen (Drake CBPA)

Panelists: Kenn Yu (Principal), Robin Anderson (Principal), David Skidmore (Drake Professor of Political Science)
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Heralding China’s rise as a great power, Beijing has launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - a massive $1.5 trillion plan to bolster connections among sixty countries stretching from Southeast Asia to Europe through the construction of seaports, airports, roads, pipelines, electrical grids and other types of infrastructure. If successful, BRI could jumpstart economic growth across the region, promote the spread of the “China model” of political and economic development and cement China status as a central player in world politics. Yet BRI’s critics warn of wasteful spending, runaway debt, corruption and undue Chinese political influence on recipient countries. Panelists will weight these contending perspectives.

December 5: Public Program Led by Students (Schedule below)
Topic: Beyond the Headlines: The Political and Economic Realities of Global Trade Policy
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Students in Political Economy of Globalization will present on five issue areas in global trade policy that have been grabbing the headlines this year (Automobiles, Steel and Aluminum, US-China Trade War, NAFTA, and KORUS). Topics will include the relationship between the US auto industry and the global supply chain, the relationship between steel/aluminum and national security, the state of intellectual property rights in China, the prospects for passage of USMCA (the new NAFTA or NAFTA 2.0), and what lessons can be learned from the renegotiation of KORUS. This event is open to the public.

Presentation Schedule
6-6:10              Greeting and Introduction
6:10-6:45         Theme 1: Auto Industry
History of the Automobile Industry
Auto Industry Stakeholders
Automobile Trade Routes
Auto Industry Impacts from NAFTA
Effects of Domestic Policies and Tariffs
Auto Tariffs and Your Bottom Line: Effects on Consumers
6:45-7:15         Theme 2: Steel and Aluminum
Composition of the Global Steel and Aluminum Industry
Steel, Aluminum, and Protectionism
Steel, Aluminum, and Free Trade
Steel, Aluminum, and U.S. Domestic Politics
Steel, Aluminum, and U.S. National Security
7:15-7:45         Theme 3: U.S.-China Trade War
Overview of U.S.-China Trade and Status of Current
Intellectual Property Rights
Relationship between FDI and Market Access
Impact of Trade War on Chemical Industry and Scientific Research
Impact of Trade War on Iowa
7:45-8:15         Theme 4: NAFTA
Origins of NAFTA
U.S. Perspective
Canada’s Role in NAFTA
Mexican Perspective
Coca-Cola, Free Trade, and Obesity: A Case Study in Global
8:15-8:45         Theme 5: KORUS
What is KORUS?
U.S. Interests
Korea’s Interests
U.S.-South Korea Relations
Cultural Influences
8:45-9:00         Q&A