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Fall 2007 Events and Activities

Speaker Series: Debating America’s Role in the World
Sponsors: Drake University Center for Global Citizenship and the Iowa National Security Network

This series is free and open to the public. See schedule for specific times and dates. The events listed are subject to change.

September 11: Andrew Nagorski and Christoph von Marschall
Topic: See Ourselves, As Others See Us
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Newsweek International Senior Editor Andrew Nagorski has spent much of his life writing and reporting overseas. Born in Edinburgh to Polish parents, he attended school abroad while his father served in the U.S. Foreign Service. Mr. Nagorski completed a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Amherst College as well as studied at the University of Cracow, Poland. Apart from his many contributions to Newsweek, Mr. Nagorski has also served as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., and as an adjunct professor at Bard's College's Center for Globalization and International Affairs. His most recent book is titled The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II.
    Christoph von Marschall has served as lead opinion editor at Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin since 1995. He also worked at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich as a correspondent in Hungary from 1989-1991. He has a Ph.D. in Eastern European history from Freiburg University and is fluent in Polish, French and English. In 1999, he was awarded Kellen Fellowship which allowed him to spend one month each working at The New Republic and The Wisconsin State Journal.

September 18:  Michael Kraig
Topic: Ensuring US and Global Security in an Inter-Connected World
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Dr. Michael Kraig is director of Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley Foundation in Muscatine, Iowa. In this role, he is currently managing the overall conceptual and substantive direction of several foundation initiatives: United Nations and Global Institutions; US and Global Security, US and Asian Security, US and Middle East Security, Rising Powers, and Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament. These ongoing programs are centered on widening the policy debate in the United States and within foreign capitols by discussing multilateral, cooperative policy options that could make both the United States and the world more prosperous and secure. Kraig has a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Buffalo, New York, with a concentration in international relations, US foreign policy, and comparative politics.

September 25: Wendy Sherman
Topic: The Costs of War
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Wendy R. Sherman brings extensive public and private sector executive-level management experience to her role as a Principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.  Ambassador Sherman served as Counselor and chief troubleshooter for the State Department, as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. She is a recognized expert on national security issues and serves as a frequent analyst in major news outlets.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Oxfam America and the Board of Advisors for the Center for a New American Security and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.  She is also a member of the US-India Strategic Dialogue and a regular participant of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue. 

October 2: Greg Thielmann and Lawrence J. Korb
Topic: Defense, Intelligence and Terrorism
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Before his retirement shortly before the start of the Iraq war, Greg Thielmann was the acting director of the Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs Office in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the State Department. One of his assigned tasks was to provide intelligence to the then  Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John R. Bolton.  Including his two tours in the intelligence bureau, Greg Thielmann served as a  U.S. Foreign Service officer for some 25 years.  He also had worked in the Office of Management and Budget and for Congressman John Culver (D-IA).   Thielmann was a graduate of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

   Lawrence J. Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1981 to 1985. Prior to his appointment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Korb was an advisor to the Reagan-Bush committee in 1980, following a stint as a professor of management at the US Naval War College and serving as an administrator for the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Lawrence Korb has earned an MA from St. John's University and a PhD from SUNY Albany and served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1966.

October 9: Thomas Lairson
Topic: Considering the Endgame in Iraq
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Thomas Lairson a Professor of Political Science, the Gelhman Professor of International Business, and Director of International Studies Center at Rollins College. He teaches courses in Asian Business, Global E-Business, and Asian political economy. Dr. Lairson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a Bachelor in Science (BS) in Economics from the University of Kentucky. He is particularly interested in technology and Asian business environments. In addition, Dr. Lairson was the first Ford Foundation Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam.

October 16: Former U.S. Congressional Representative James A. Leach (R, IA)
Topic: U.S. Relations with China
12:30pm-1:45pm, Meredith Hall, Room 101

    Former Congressman Leach served in Congress from 1977 to 2007, representing Iowa’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts. Congressman Leach received his B.A. from Princeton University before studying at John Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies and the London School of Economics. He is currently the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs and Co. Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He was recently appointed Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

October 17: Dr. Natalie Hahn
Topic: Making a Difference Through International Giving
3:30pm-4:30pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Dr. Natalie D. Hahn has 33 years of experience in international development, primarily with the United Nations System. She designed non-formal educational programs for rural youth, particularly young women, with the Food and Agricultural Organization and introduced women and banking initiatives for the International Fund for Agricultural Development. At the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), she introduced 11 improved food crops and new processing techniques to rural women in Nigeria.

She served as the UNICEF Representative to Malawi during the transition to democracy where the priority was on HIV/AIDS, water/sanitation and free primary education. At the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, she was the Deputy Director of the UNICEF Programme Funding Office and assisted with World Bank collaboration.

Most recently, she was the Senior Private Sector Advisor at the UN Fund for International Partnerships. She was the key organizer for UN conferences with the private sector on remittances, water/sanitation and tapping talents of nationals living abroad for Information Communication Technologies initiatives in the Caribbean. Dr. Hahn's visit is made possible by the World Food Prize Institute.

October 23: Samuel W. Lewis
Topic: America’ Role in the Middle East
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Samuel W. Lewis, a graduate of Yale  and Johns Hopkins Universities, spent 31 years as a career diplomat prior to his most recent government service as Director of the Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff in 1993 and 1994.   For the five years which preceded  his return to the State Department, he had been the first President and CEO of the newly created United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.Lewis’ Foreign Service career included tours of duty in Italy, Brazil, Afghanistan, Israel and Washington - where he held such senior posts as Ambassador to Israel for eight tumultuous years under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1977 to 1985,  a period which spanned  negotiation of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and the 1982 Lebanon War,  and  as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Senior Staff Member for Latin America at the National Security Council, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary Kissenger,  and  Charge d’affaires in Afghanistan. Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1985, Lewis has been closely affiliated with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as Counselor and now as a senior advisor; with the Brookings Institution,  the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute, and  with  research centers at Tel Aviv University and  the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Visiting Professor of International Relations at Hamilton College during the 1995 and 1997 academic years, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in 1996, and Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins(SAIS)  in 2005. He currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Israel Policy Forum; as Board member of the American Academy of Diplomacy,  Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Partners for Democratic Change  and  Search for Common Ground in the Middle East; and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Middle East Institute, the United Nations Association,  the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, the Institute of World Affairs,  and many other public service and environmental organizations. 

October 30: Craig Cohen
Topic: Smart Power and Stability in Pakistan
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Craig Cohen is deputy chief of staff at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a fellow in its Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project of the International Security Program. He is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a co-director of the CSIS Commission on Smart Power—an initiative intended to help rebuild the civilian instruments of national power and develop an integrated strategy for balancing these “soft” tools with the use of “hard” military force. At the same time, he is directing research on U.S. policy toward Pakistan, with a focus on the role aid plays in addressing conflict, instability, and growing extremism. He is author of the forthcoming CSIS report When $10 Billion Is Not Enough: Rethinking U.S. Strategy toward Pakistan. Previously, he managed a working group on monitoring and evaluation in post-conflict settings and authored the report Measuring Progress in Reconstruction and Stabilization Operations (U.S. Institute of Peace, April 2006). Prior to joining CSIS, he worked with the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations in Rwanda, Azerbaijan, Malawi, and the former Yugoslavia. Cohen received a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.

November 5: Rhoda Howard-Hassmann
Topic: Reparations to Africa for the Slave Trade
7:30pm-9:00pm, Sheslow Auditorium

    Rhoda Howard-Hassmann is a Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University (1976). Dr. Howard-Hassmann's most recent volume, Compassionate Canadians: Civic Leaders Discuss Human Rights (2003) was named 2004 Outstanding Book by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, she was named the first Distinguished Professor of Human Rights by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association.

November 6: Arvind Dandekar and Carl Czarnik
Topic: The U.S. in the Global Economy
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Arvind Dandekar is the CEO/President of Fastek International located in Hiawatha, Iowa. Fastek specializes in software engineering and automated testing systems. He previously worked for Rockwell International and serves on the Iowa Department of Economic Development Board.
    Carl Czarnik is the Vice President of Gerdau Ameristeel, Central Region. Gerdau Ameristeel is the fourth largest overall steel company in North America and own operations in Wilton, Iowa.

November 13: Peter W. Soverel
Topic: Energy and Climate Change
12:30pm-1:45pm, Olin Hall, Room 101

    Peter Soverel is the CEO and President of The Wild Salmon Center based in Washington state. A retired U.S. Navy captain, Mr. Soverel also served on NATO and White House staff.

November 27: Mary J.R. Gilchrist and Michael Schoenbaum
Topic: Plagues and Pandemics: From the Black Death in the Middle Ages to Bird Flu in the Age of Science
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center

    Mary J. Gilchrist earned her Ph.D. at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Following years of teaching and directing an array of health laboratories, Dr. Gilchrist currently is Director of the Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute. Her areas of expertise lie in Zoonotic Infections, Pandemic Influenza, and Bioterrorism Response. She has testified four times before committees of the U.S. Congress concerning bioterrorism response, antibiotic resistance and emerging infections.  She has provided guidance to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine numerous times, most recently serving on a committee to evaluate laboratory preparedness for pandemic influenza around the world.
    Michael Schoenbaum has served as a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation in Washington since 1997. Prior to this position Dr. Schoenbaum spent two years at California- Berkley as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in health policy. He studied at the University of Michigan and earned his PhD in Economics in 1995.


International Film Series
All films to be shown in Meredith Hall, Room 101
Sponsors: Drake University Language Acquisition Program and CGC

2:00 PM Sunday Oct. 7th, 2007
The Cup (Phörpa)
Presented by: Dr. David Skidmore
Length: 93 Min
Hindi/Tibetan with English Subtitles

2:00 PM Sunday Oct. 28th, 2007
City of God (Cidade de Deus)
Presented by: TBA
Length: 130 Min
Portuguese with English Subtitles

2:00 PM Sunday Nov. 11th, 2007
Grave of the Fireflies (Hokaru no Haka)
Presented by: Clayton Mitchell
Length: 93 min
Japanese with English subtitles

2:00 PM Sunday Dec. 2nd, 2007
Beijing Bicycle (Shiqi sui de dan che)
Presented by: Dr. Joseph Schneider
Length: 125 min
Mandarin with English Subtitles

Other Upcoming International Events at Drake:

"Selling the War: Poster of World War I"
September 7 through October 12
Anderson Gallery, Drake University, 2505 Carpenter Ave.
Related event: "Appealing Images: Posters of the Great War in Perspective, " a lecture by Libby Chenault of the University of North Carolina
September 20, 4:30pm, Anderson Gallery
Sponsor: Anderson Gallery
Free and open to the public.