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Drake University Center for Global Citizenship
Fall, 2009 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, August 7: 'Lessons in Leadership from JFK and LBJ for America's New Commander-in-Chief"
7:30-9:00pm, St. Catherine's of Siena Catholic Church
(located south of University Ave. next to Drake parking lot and behind dry cleaners)
Speaker: Gordon Goldstein

How important is it for us to understand why and how American presidents take our country to war? What lessons can we learn from the past? In his recently published book Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, Gordon Goldstein gives remarkable insight into the presidential mindset during one of the most critical foreign policy decisions in U.S. history.

Gordon Goldstein is the International Security Advisor to the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. He received his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in political science and international relations from Columbia University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Goldstein is an author and scholar of international affairs and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Co-sponsors: CGC, National Security Network and Ray Society

Thursday, August 27: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
7:00pm-9:00pm, Sheslow Auditorium
Speaker: William Taubman

Historian William Taubman is the author of the Puliltzer Prize-winning biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era. His presentation is one part of a series of events that will celebrate the 50th anniversity of Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to Iowa. For the full schedule of events, go to:

Co-sponsors (partial list): CGC, Iowa Council for International Understanding, Des Moines Public Library, White Rock Conservancy (for full list of co-sponsors, visit link above)

Tuesday, September 1: The Challenged Internet Censorship System in China: A Case Study of the Green Dam Youth Escort
Noon-1pm, Location Greater Des Moines Partnership Offices, 700 Locust St.
Speaker: Peiqin Zhou

Peiqin Zhou is an associate professor and deputy chair in the Department of Sociology in the School of Social and Behavioral Study at Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China. At present, she is a visiting Fulbright scholar in Drake University. She received her doctorate in mass communication from The University of Alabama and his master’s degree in journalism and bachelor’s degree in Chinese linguistics and literature from Nanjing University. Her research specialties are mass media and society. She has published in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Communication, China Media Research and Film Art. She has also published several book chapters on social effects of media and presented many research papers at international conferences.

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

Tuesday, September 15: Reaching Out to Children of Poverty in Kenya
7-8:30pm, Parents Hall South, Olmsted Center
Speakers: Peter Ndung'u and Lukas Olynyk

Peter Ndung'u is the Executive Director of Ngong Road Children Association.  He leads the Kenya-based operations supervising our staff of 9. In 2003 Peter was selected by Bishop Kahuthu of Nairobi to attend graduate school in the US.  In 2005 he completed a Master of Arts at Luther Seminary and returned to Kenya to become pastor at Nairobi Lutheran Internation Church.  After the founding of Friends of Ngong Road and Ngong Road Children Association Peter began to shift from congregational ministry to focus on his work with the children of Nairobi who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The organization is now supporting 220 children in the Dagoretti villages.

Lukas Olynyk is a second year, International Relations major at Drake University. He spent two months in Nairobi, Kenya this past summer as a volunteer intern for Ngong Road Children Association. He received a Global Service Grant from Drake University to help fund his trip.

Sponsor: Drake University Center for Global Citizenship

Monday, September 21: International Law and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Nancy Soderberg

With nearly twenty years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Ambassador Nancy Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. Ms. Soderberg achieved international recognition for her efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland; participated in a United Nations' mission to Indonesia and East Timor; negotiated key United Nations' resolutions regarding the Middle East and Africa; conducted shuttle diplomacy in Latin America; assisted in the development of the Administration's policies toward political and economic normalization with Vietnam; and advised on policies toward China, Japan, Russia, Angola, the Balkans, Haiti, as well as on a variety of conflicts in Africa. She served in the Clinton Administration on the National Security Council and as Alternative Representative to the United Nations.

Sponsors: CGC and the National Security Network

Tuesday, September 29: The Resurgence of Religion Under Globalization: Optics and Realities
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Peter Beyer

Peter Beyer is an expert in globalization, world religions and global systems. He holds a Ph.D in sociology of Religion from the Univesity of Toronto, Canada and currently teaching at the Universite of Ottawa, ON, Canada. His current research focuses on religious diversity and multiculturalism in Canada, especially as concerns recent immigrants and the second generation of these immigrants.

Sponsors: CGC and Burns Church

Monday, October 5: United States Relations with Cuba
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Jake Colvin

Jake Colvin is Vice President for Global Trade Issues at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to promote an open, rules-based international trading system. He is also a fellow with the New Ideas Fund, a group that supports progressive approaches to U.S. national security and foreign policy. Jake has written for a variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune,, Miami Herald and Comedy Central's Originally from Long Island, New York, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and the University of Richmond.

Sponsors: CGC and the National Security Network

Tuesday, October 6: Venezuela from the Inside:  The Chavez Era as Seen by Its Citizens
Noon-1pm, Location: Greater Des Moines Partnership Offices, 700 Locust St.
Speaker: Darcie Vandegrift

Darcie Vandegrift has recently returned from a Fulbright Fellow year in Venezuela, in which she completed a research project to examine how young adults view politics and society in their country.  Through interviews across the social stratum, observations in traditional and populist universities, and media analysis, she investigated the diverse citizen views towards the current government.  Vandegrift is currently working on two book projects, one comparing young adults' global perspectives in three countries and another comparing world views of pro- and anti-Chavez Venezuelans.  She is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department for the Study of Culture and Society at Drake University.

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

Tuesday October 13: The Global Food Crisis
3:30pm-4:30pm, Pomerantz Stage, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is an agricultural economist and founder of the 2020 Vision Initiative, a comprehensive research and dissemination program on global food security. In 2001, Pinstrup Andersen was recipient of the World Food Prize. He has written over 300 books, articles, and papers and his 2001 book Seeds of Contention has been published in five languages. The late Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate  noted Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen to be “one of the most influential economists and policy makers today” and “an outstanding spokesperson for effective economic policies for transforming agricultural production of food deficit nations".

Sponsors: CGC, World Food Prize Institute

Wednesday, October 14: Symposium on Global Health and Global Food: Healing and Feeding a Hungry Planet
11:30am-4:30pm, Des Moines University Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Ave.
Speakers: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Bill Foege, Senior Fellow, Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation

Sponsors: CGC, Des Moines University and the Heartland Global Health Consortium

Monday, October 26: Human Rights, National Security and the Guantanamo Detainees
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Paul Eaton

Major General Paul D. Eaton (ret.) served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia.  As a major general he was assigned to Iraq as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he developed, designed and began the training of the Iraqi military and security forces from 2003 to 2004. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army's Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army.

Sponsors: CGC and the National Security Network

Monday, November 2: Bulgarian Democracy: Internal Reforms and European Integration
Speaker: Ambassador Latchezar Petkov

Latchezar Petkov is the Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States. Has held senior diplomatic positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Acting Secretary-General (2007), Director of Human Resources Directorate (2006-2008), Acting Head of Western Europe and North America Division (1993-1994).

Sponsor: CGC

Tuesday, November 3: What Can the United States Learn from New Constitutional Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa?
Noon-1pm, Offices of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St.
Speaker: Mark Kende

Professor Kende’s presentation will discuss how the relatively new South African Constitutional Court has enforced a variety of rights that have helped with the nation’s transformation yet that are not generally recognized in the United States.  He will show how the U.S. has much to learn from the South African experience.

Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.  He has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Nantes, France. He has also lectured or published scholarship in Canada, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (as a rule of law consultant), Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, the United Kingdom (at Oxford University), and throughout the United States. In 2003, he served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Africa. In 2008, he served as chair of the Section on Constitutional Law.  Professor Kende's recent book, Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds, South Africa and the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2009.  Before entering academia, he practiced civil rights law in Chicago at the same law firm as Barack Obama.

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

Tuesday, November 3: We Refuse to be Enemies
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Daoud Nassar

Daoud Nassar is a native of Bethlehem, Palestine.  Daoud is a Palestinian Christian, fluent in Arabic, German and English, with a Degree in Biblical Studies from a Bible School in Austria, a BA Degree in Business from Bethlehem University, and a Degree in Tourism Management from Bielefeld University in Germany.Annually, nearly 2,000 international tourists visit the Nassar family's ancestral land - a 100-acre hilltop site situated between Bethlehem and Hebron in the West Bank. The attraction is the Tent of Nations, an open and free enclave that serves as an educational and cultural center for local Palestinians and Israelis, including the international visitors. Tent of Nations also offers summer camps for Arab and Israeli youth so that through shared activities they may learn about one another and how they share a common history. 

Sponsors: CGC and American Friends Service Committee

Saturday, November 7: The Race Card: Who holds the privileged hand? Overcoming Racial Privilege
9am-6pm, Drake Legal Clinic
Keynote Speaker: Peggy McIntosh

Peggy McIntosh, is well known for her 1988 article, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack", Dr. McIntosh has become one of the nation's leading speakers on systems of privilege. She has taught English, American Studies and Women's studies at Universities such as: the Brearley School at Harvard University, Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and Durham University in England.  As the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute and the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity), McIntosh helps educational institutions formulate gender and multi-cultural inclusive curricula. The conference will also includes faculty and student panels, breakout sessions and a Social and Community Resource Fair. Registration is required:

Sponsors: Students for Women Issues, Cowles Library, Drake Law school and Legal Clinic, The Center for Humanities, The Center for Global Citizenship, The Women's Studies Department, The Don V. Adams Leadership Institute, The President's Office, The Engaged Citizenship Program, Student Senate

Monday, November 9: Climate Change and National Security
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Bernard Finel

Bernard I. Finel is a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project (ASP) where he directs research on counter-terrorism and defense policy  He is the lead author of ASP’s annual report, “Are We Winning?  Measuring Progress in the Struggle against Violent Jihadism.”Prior to joining ASP, Dr. Finel was a professor of military strategy and operations at the U.S. National War College from 2004 to 2006.  From 1994 to 2004, he held various positions at Georgetown University, most notably as Executive Director of the Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies from 2001 to 2004.  He was also on the visiting faculty of the School of Foreign Service and a member of the core faculty of the M.A. Program in Security Studies.

Sponsors: CGC and the National Security Network

Monday, November 30: North Korea and the Six Party Talks
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder is Director of the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at The Asia Foundation and a Senior Associate at Pacific Forum CSIS. He is based in Washington, DC. He lived in Seoul, South Korea as Korea Representative of The Asia Foundation during 2000-2004. Previously, he served as a Program Officer in the Research and Studies Program of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and as Acting Director of The Asia Society's Contemporary Affairs Program.His latest book, China's Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security, was published by Lynne Rienner in 2009. His publications include Paved With Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea (2003), co-edited with L. Gordon Flake and Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior (1999).

Sponsors: CGC and the National Security Network

Tuesday, December 1: Oil and Conflict in the Niger Delta: a Reflection on the Metaphor of State Response to Armed Militancy
Noon-1:00pm, Offices of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St.
Speaker: Celestine Bassey

The Niger Delta is currently in the vortex of protracted social conflict, as crisis of regime legitimacy, political ostracism, and social marginalization have fueled armed rebellion with incalculable consequences for the stability of the Nigerian state. The current crisis is the result of both bureaucratic infighting under the Olusegun Obasanjo Umaru Yar’ Adua administrations and the rise of militant youth movements in the region. The military onslaught on the militant camps in the Niger Delta in May, 2009 marked a watershed in the praxis of state response through force. How this dialectics of force and resistance is played out will determine the future of Nigeria in the next decade: failed, collapsed or problem state?

Professor Celestine Bassey attended the Lancaster University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics in 1980. He subsequently enrolled at the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Relations in 1981, and later a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations and Strategic Studies in 1984. Since receiving his doctorate degree and accepting a teaching and research position at the University of Calabar, Professor Bassey has established himself as a leader in his chosen discipline. He serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and a Visiting Lecturer at the National Defense College in Abuja, Nigeria, and National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.  Dr. Bassey has presented papers at over seventy conferences and seminars, published three widely-used text books in his discipline and edited four other books. Similarly, he has also authored several dozen journal articles.  As a result of Professor Bassey’s scholarly output, he was invited to participate as a key presenter at the 2009 International Conference on the Niger Delta Crisis in Nigeria in November, 2009. He is currently spending the year at William Penn University on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Sponsors: Drake University Center for Global Citizenship, William Penn University, Iowa Council for International Understanding and Pioneer Hi-Bred


International Film Series
All films screened 2pm-4pm on designated Sundays in Meredith 101
All films this semester are from China; shown with English subtitles.

September 13:

Woman Demon Human (1987)

The fictional life and career of a famous actress in Chinese opera, a woman who goes against tradition by specializing in playing male roles, especially that of Zhang Kui, a benevolent ghost who appears in several Chinese operas. Although the actress's career brings wealth and fame, it is attained only through considerable struggle against an anti-female system and an unhappy personal life.

October 11:

Center Stage (1992)

This is the true story of Yuan Ling-Yu, the first movie star of the 1930s. Hailing from an obscure background, she became the prima donna of the Chinese screen. Students worshipped her as a cult symbol.

November 15:

Life Show (2002)

The story of a beautiful, single woman who runs a restaurant in inland China, delving into her battle to understand the rapid changes affecting society around her.