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Drake University Center for Global Citizenship
Fall, 2008 Speaker Series
All events are free and open to the public.
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Thursday, September 4:  Where do We Draw the Line? The Geopolitics of U.S. Foreign Policy
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Ambassador Ronald McMullen

Ambassador Ronald McMullen is a career diplomat with more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has lived, worked or traveled in 85 of the world’s 194 countries. McMullen has served as the U.S. ambassador to the State of Eritrea since November 2007. Other overseas assignments include serving as deputy chief of mission in Rangoon, Burma, where he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Prior to that appointment, he served in the Fiji Islands, where he was instrumental in putting Fiji back on the democratic path after an armed takeover of parliament. Other postings include South Africa, Gabon, and Sri Lanka

Sponsor: CGC

Tuesday, September 9: China on the Rise – What’s Next?
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Important questions surround the future of China’s relationship with the United States.  As China emerges as a potential economic and geopolitical rival, how should the U.S. balance its trade partnership with China’s human rights record?  How can and should the United States engage China on arms control, Taiwan and terrorism?

Speaker:  Robert M. Scher

Robert Scher, an Associate at Booz Allen, has over 17 years experience analyzing, formulating and implementing US security and foreign policy at the Departments of Defense and State.  He specializes in Asian bilateral security alliances and partnerships and has been deeply involved in US Government decision-making for military force structure and operations in Asia.  Prior to joining Booz Allen, he served as Chief-of-Staff to the Deputy Undersecretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, overseeing the operations of the OSD office responsible for bilateral and multilateral security relations in Asia.

Sponsor: CGC and National Security Network

Tuesday, September 9: Forum on Race and Ethnicity in Public Discourse
7:00pm-8:30pm, Performing Arts Hall, Fine Arts Center

Speakers: Rudy Simms Jr., human rights director of the city of Des Moines, and Cyndi Chen, division administrator of the Iowa Department of Human Rights Division on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage.

Sponsors: CGC and Anderson Gallery

Tuesday, September 23: Afghanistan: The Forgotten War
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker:  J. Alexander Their

J Alexander Thier joined the United States Institute of Peace as senior adviser in the Rule of Law program, one of the Centers of Innovation, in 2005. He is director of the project on constitution making, peacebuilding, and national reconciliation and co-director of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law. He is also responsible for several rule-of-law programs in Afghanistan, including a project on establishing relations between Afghanistan’s formal and informal justice systems. Thier was legal adviser to Afghanistan’s Constitutional and Judicial Reform Commissions in Kabul, where he assisted in the development of a new constitution and judicial system. Thier has worked as a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group, as a legal and constitutional expert to the British Department for International Development, and as an adviser to the Constitutional Commission of Southern Sudan.

Sponsors: CGC and National Security Network

Tuesday, September 30: Transnational Challenges to Security
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

How should the United States act to manage challenges to its security that are inherently transnational in nature - global warming, rising energy costs, poverty, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, in particular?  What would a U.S. foreign policy agenda designed to address relationship between global security and prosperity look like?

Speaker: Brian Katulis

Brian Katulis is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security policy with an emphasis on the Middle East, Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Pakistan. He is co-author of The Prosperity Agenda, a book on U.S. national security. Katulis has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, private corporations, and non-governmental organizations on projects in two dozen countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Colombia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.  His previous experience includes work on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department from 1999 to 2000.

Sponsors: CGC and National Security Network

Tuesday, October 7: International Terrorism12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

What lessons should the U.S. take from its efforts since 9/11 to combat international terrorism?  How should strategies change to take account of those lessons to decrease the risks to U.S. and global security posed by international terrorist networks?

Speaker: Roger Cressey

Roger W. Cressey served in senior cyber security and counterterrorism positions in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. He has been a crisis manager in Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He currently advises clients on homeland security, cyber security and counterterrorism issues and is an on-air counterterrorism analyst for NBC News. Previously, Mr. Cressey served as Chief of Staff to the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board at the White House from November 2001 to September 2002. From November 1999 to November 2001, Mr. Cressey served as Director for Transnational Threats on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for coordination and implementation of U.S. counterterrorism policy. During this period, he managed the U.S. Government's response to the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11th attacks.

Sponsors: CGC and National Security Network

Wednesday October 8: Shaky Past, Uncertain Future: U.S.-Iran Relations
4:00pm-5:00pm, Olmsted Center, upper level, rooms 310-311

Speakers: General William Hauser (U.S. Army, Ret.), Colonel Richard Klass (U.S. Air Force, Ret.), David Drake (Physicians for Social Responsibility)

William Locke Hauser retired in 1994 as director of executive development for Pfizer Inc. A career U. S. Army officer (1954-79) before entering business, he remains involved with the military as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as a fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society, and as a sometime consultant on officer development to the Department of Defense and to the armed forces committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives. A graduate of West Point, he later taught there, including a term as a Fulbright-Hays exchange fellow at the University of Singapore. He served with troops in the U. S., Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, holding battalion command in combat in Vietnam and brigade command in Germany. During general-staff service in the Pentagon, he participated in major studies on officer and NCO professional development; and, in lieu of war-college attendance, was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. On leave from Pfizer, he headed a military manpower team on the presidential Grace Commission on government effectiveness.

Colonel Richard L. Klass has been speaking about the war in Iraq, U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, and veterans’ issues for the past several years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Veterans’ Alliance for Security and Democracy after retiring from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, Col. Klass served as Assistant for Western Europe and Military Assistant to the Principal Deputy for International Security Affairs and Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Colonel Klass served in Europe for the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1976 after working as a White House Fellow from 1970-1972. As a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, Colonel Klass logged over 500 combat hours during the course of 200 missions. Since his retirement from the Air Force, Col. Klass has served as a consultant and held several leadership positions in the private sector, including General Dynamics Corporation, Raytheon Aircraft and kin, inc., as well as the non-profit sector, including as President of the Veterans Institute for Security and Democracy.

Dr. David Drake is a board member of the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a non-profit advocacy organization made up of medical and public health professionals who advocate for nuclear arms control and policies to help address global warming. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Des Moines University and has a family psychiatry private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. In late 2007, Dr. Drake traveled to Iran with an inter-faith religious delegation and met with government officials and Iranian citizens in efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding and citizen diplomacy.

Sponsors: CGC and Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Monday, October 13: "The Sparks Fly Upward: Learning About the Holocaust, Defying Genocide"
7pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Cathy Lesser Mansfield will give a presentation in anticipation of the world premiere on November 8, 2008 of The Sparks Fly Upward at Hoyt Sherman Place.  The presentation will examine how one seemingly civilized society degenerated into genocide in a few short years and the difference that a single individual can make to the survival of another in the midst of genocide.  The presentation will feature historical photographs of Berlin and Germany from the years before and during the Holocaust, a short film about a rescuer from the Holocaust and from Rwanda, and musical selections from The Sparks Fly Upward.  

Cathy Lesser Mansfield is a Professor of Law at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.  She teaches a variety of Consumer Law courses.  She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Americans for Fairness in Lending, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and has worked as a consultant for the National Consumer Law Center.  She lectures nationally about consumer law issues.  Her publications include Literacy & Contract, 13.2 Stanford Law and Policy Review 233 (2002)(with Alan M. White) and The Road to Subprime “HEL” was Paved With Good Congressional Intentions:  Usury Deregulation and the Subprime Home Equity Market, 51 S.C.L. REV. 473 (2000). 

Professor Mansfield is also a composer, librettist and Holocaust scholar.  She was a Silberman Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during June, 2007, and recently completed an opera entitled The Sparks Fly Upward.  The Sparks Fly Upward follows three German families in Berlin, two Jewish and one Christian, through the Holocaust, beginning in the autumn of 1938.  The story is told completely through music and is based on years of research in many Holocaust archives.  The Sparks Fly Upward will premiere on November 8, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. In July 2008 Professor Mansfield made a presentation about Sparks at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Museum, at the 6th International Conference on the Holocaust and Education.
Sponsor: CGC

Tuesday, October 14: Trends in Islam
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

What are the most important trends in Islamic thought and religious tradition that may affect the relationship between the United States and countries with significant Islamic populations?  What can or should either the United States government or non-governmental actors do to encourage trends favorable to improved relations between “Islam” and the “West.”

Speakers: Mara Rudman

Mara Rudman is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on national security issues and advises Middle East Progress. She is also President of Quorum Strategies, an international strategic consulting firm.

From 1997 to 2001, Rudman served at the White House, including as a deputy national security advisor to President Clinton and National Security Council Chief of Staff, where she coordinated and directed activities among the various federal departments and agencies with defense and foreign policy responsibilities. In that capacity, she also played a role on Middle East peace efforts. From 1993-1997, she worked as chief counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee under Chairman Lee Hamilton. Prior to her committee positions, Rudman was a litigation associate at Hogan & Hartson. Early in her career, Rudman clerked for the Honorable Stanley Marcus, now of the Eleventh Circuit, in the Southern District of Florida.

Rudman serves on the Middle East Investment Initiative board, the board of advisors of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, as a member of the Aspen Institute Middle East Strategy Group, and as an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. She is also a frequent media commentator. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College summa cum laude and her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of The Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Sponsors: CGC and National Security Network

Thursday, October 16: Food as a Human Right  – A Huge but Achievable Challenge
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Dr. Florence Chenoweth

Dr. Florence Chenoweth is a global agricultural expert with more than 20 years of experience developing policies and programs, training/educating on agriculturalconservation, reforms and rural development; and collaborating across political organizations at the local, state and international level. Dr. Chenoweth retired from the United Nations FAO in September 2007, and is currently on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, from which she received her Ph.D.

Sponsors: CGC and World Food Prize Institute

Wednesday, October 22: Alternatives to Economic Globalization
7:00pm-8:30pm, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main

Speaker: Lori Wallach

Lori Wallach is Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division. Public Citizen, founded in 1971, is a nonprofit citizen research, lobbying and litigation group based in Washington, D.C. Launched by Wallach in 1995, Global Trade Watch is a leader in the global citizen movement for fair trade and investment policy. Working closely with civil society, scholars, and activists in developing countries and with U.S. congressional, environmental, labor, and other allies, Wallach has played an important role in fostering the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, livelihoods and wages; the environment; public health and safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.A Harvard-trained lawyer, Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, and the media. Described as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile, “the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior” in the National Journal, and “Madame Defarge of Seattle” by the Institute for International Economics, Wallach has testified on NAFTA, GATT-WTO, and other trade issues before over 20 U.S. congressional committees, numerous other countries’ legislatures, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Global Trade Watch serves as a hub for an international network of citizen groups working on globalization issues. Wallach has served as a trade commentator on CNN, ABC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and regularly appears on such programs as All Things Considered and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Wallach’s most recent book is Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (The New Press, 2004). She has also contributed to numerous anthologies including Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible.

Sponsor: CGC

Tuesday, October 28: Keeping America Safe and Safeguarding American Values
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

How can the U.S. government act to keep Americans safe, bring terrorists to justice, and adhere to the values embodied in our Constitution?  Specifically, how can the United States better reconcile our critical national interest in fighting terrorism with our commitment to the rule of law, to humane treatment for prisoners of war and criminal suspects, and to the principles of justice that have united us as Americans and made us leaders of the free world?

Speaker:  Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Stephen Abraham

Civilian lawyer and Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Abrahams has twenty two years of experience in Armay intelligence. He was the first military officer to publicly voice objections to the proceedings and legal basis for the first military tribunals planned for Guantanamo detainees in 2004.

Sponsors: CGC and National Security Network

Wednesday, November 5: Forum on Global Migration
7:00pm-8:30pm Parents Hall, Olmsted Center

Speakers: T. March Bell and Richard Scott

T. March Bell serves as Senior Special Counsel for Trafficking issues in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Bell, a senior executive with extensive experience in criminal litigation, agency management, and policy development, provides leadership on trafficking policy and program design, coordinating with the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit on international anti-trafficking initiatives and legislative and policy issues. Mr. Bell served in a similar role within the Criminal Section since 2003. Before assuming that role, he served as Vice President for an international NGO dedicated to abolishing human trafficking and rescuing and restoring trafficking victims.

Mr. Richard E. Scott currently serves as the Regional Representative for North America and the Caribbean for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a Geneva-based international intergovernmental organization, based in the IOM office in Washington, DC.  He oversees liaison with Governments and other regional partners for IOM’s worldwide programs, and responds to regional migration challenges.  Mr. Scott has more than 30 years of experience responding to migration management and humanitarian response programs worldwide. From January 1977 to present, Mr. Scott has held posts with IOM missions in Kabul, Afghanistan; Amman, Jordan, Baghdad, Iraq (relocated to Amman Oct 2003); Moscow, Russia; Islamabad, Pakistan; New York, United States; Geneva, Switzerland; Bangkok, Thailand; Hong Kong, China, and Washington, D.C., United States.

Sponsors: CGC and Iowa Council for International Understanding, Kemin Industries, Pioneer Hi-Bred

Tuesday, November 11: Religion and Democracy in the New South Africa (Note changed date)
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Dr. Raymond Kumalo

Dr. Raymond Kumalo is a Lecturer at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and author of From Deserts to Forests: A Model of Practical Theology (2003). He is an expert on the role of religion in the transition to democracy in South Africa.

Sponsors: CGC and Burns Church

Thursday, December 4: The Economic Crisis: Thinking Locally and Globally
7pm, Meredith 101

Moderator: Professor Curt Cardwell

Panelists: Professor Tom Root (Finance), Professor David Skidmore (Politics and International Relations), Kevin Croft (WB Capital Management) and Kevin Waetke (Wells Fargo)

Sponsor: The Global Citizenship House

Tuesday, December 9: The Limitations of Compellent Threats as a Tool of Power
12:30pm-1:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Professor Todd Sechser

A Drake graduate, Todd S. Sechser (ABD, Stanford) is Assistant Professor of Politics specializing in international security. His current research investigates the effectiveness of compellent threats, particularly those issued by powerful states against significantly weaker adversaries. He finds that military power is paradoxically associated with the failure of such threats because it creates reputational incentives for targets to resist them. His other work along these lines examines the utility of bribes in supporting military threats and the types of devices available for demonstrating their credibility during international crises.

Sponsor: CGC

Drake University’s Center for Global Citizenship
International Films Series

Sunday, September 14: The Hidden Blade (Japan)
2-4 p.m., Meredith 101
Introduction by Professor Michael Chiang

Raised to respect traditions from the past and the demanding moral code of the samurai, circumstances have now forced Munezo, a low ranking samurai, to look to the future. Required to master Western military strategies, particularly the art of artillery, Munezo is ordered to find and kill Yaichiro, a former friend, samurai and brilliant swordsman. Munezo knows that he cannot beat Yaichiro with firepower alone, so he enlists the help of his old teacher, Kansai Toda, a master swordsman who entrusts Munezo with the secret and power of The Hidden Blade.

Sunday, October 12: Devils at the Doorstep (China)
2-4 p.m., Meredith 101
Introduction by Professor Mary McCarthy

Chinese peasant Ma Dasan and his neighbors in Rack-Armour Terrace resented giving a percentage of their grain harvest to the Japanese “devils” who invaded and occupied China in the 1930s but otherwise coexisted with them quite peacefully. Things began to change the night two prisoners of the anti-Japanese resistance were dumped on Ma Dasan’s doorstep. One was a Japanese soldier, the other a Chinese translator/collaborator. Ma was told to keep them hidden for a few days. But days stretched into weeks, and the weeks stretched into months. Unwilling to keep the prisoners any longer and unable to execute them, Ma Dasan decides to return them to the Japanese army in exchange for two carts of grain. The outcome of his scheme taught him the hard way that “devils” are not necessarily foreign and that war can turn the best of men into the worst.

Sunday, November 16: Earth (India)
2-4 p.m., Meredith 101
Introduction by Associate Provost John Burney

Deepa Mehta’s epic tale of the hateful religious and civil wars that took place in India and Pakistan in 1947 is told through the eyes of a little girl, Lenny, who has one leg in a brace. Lenny watches as the warring begins. A horrific trainload full of the bodies of massacred Muslims arrives in their town. Gangs march through the streets raging with violence. Hindu tenements are burned tothe ground. Lenny is terrified, and as she struggles to understand all that is happening — and why — the tragedy only gets worse. Earth is an intense and moving film that illustrates beautifully the terrifying political and cultural atmosphere of 1947 India.