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Drake University Center for Global Citizenship
Fall, 2008 Speaker Series
All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 5: Assessing 30 Years of Reform in China
7-9pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Professor Ren Junfeng

Ren Junfeng is a Professor of Political Science at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He received his Ph.D. at Fudan and has held visiting positions at the University of Hong Kong and St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, England. He specializes in Western political thought and American political history.

Sponsor: CGC

Thursday, February 12: Restoring the Rule of Law to U.S. National Security and Foreign Policy
6:30pm-7:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Damon Terrill

Damon Terrill is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for International Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Integrated DNA Technologies (“IDT”) in Coralville, Iowa. Mr. Terrill received his JD from New York University School of Law in 1999. In the fall of 2002, Mr. Terrill joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. Before working with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where he handled the European Union and former Yugoslavia portfolios, Mr. Terrill’s responsibilities included international child abduction and “temporary refuge” matters, in connection with which he earned the Department’s Superior Honor Award in 2005. He also served as the Press Affairs Officer from 2003 through 2005. Mr. Terrill is most recently the author of Restoring the Rule of Law to American National Security and Foreign Policy, the American Security Project (, November 2008.

Sponsor: CGC

Friday, February 13: Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Secrecy, Shame and the Forgotten War
6:00pm-7:45pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Grace M. Cho

Grace M. Cho is assistant professor of sociology, anthropology, and women's studies at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. She is a contributing performance artist for the art collective Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War.

Sponsors: CGC, Drake University Humanities Center, Women's Studies and the Department of the Study of Culture and Society.

Student Presentation: Recent recipients of the Global Ambassador Global Service Grant will discuss their experiences doing volunteer work with NGOs overseas.
Sunday, March 1, 7pm-8pm, Medbury Lounge

Tuesday, March 10: The U.S., China and the Global Economic Crisis: Partnering for a Solution
6pm-7:30pm, Pomerantz Stage, Olmsted Center

What were the origins of the current global economic crisis?  What are the right solutions to the problems?   At this turning point of history, an alliance between the biggest developed country and biggest developing country in the world on the issue of free trade would not only save the international economy from slipping into a deep depression driven by the protectionist trends, but also rebuild both economies on much healthier grounds for the future.

Speaker: Bai Gao

Bai Gao is a Professor of Sociology at Duke University. He received his B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature in 1983, and M.A. in Comparative Higher Education in 1986 from Beijing University. He also received an M.A. in 1990 and a Ph.D in Sociology in January 1994 from Princeton University. Before entering the United States, Bai Gao worked as a research fellow at Beijing University. He has worked as visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, and the Yokohama National University. His major areas of research interest are economic sociology, political economy, comparative historical sociology, Japanese society, Chinese society, and East Asian capitalism.

Sponsors: CGC, Chinese Association of Iowa, Iowa Chinese in Agriculture

Thursday, March 12: Israel, Obama and the Palestinian Question
12noon-1pm, Central Library, Grand Ave.

Speaker: Robert Malley

Thursday, March 12: The Puzzle of U.S.-Iranian Relations
7-9pm, Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main

Speaker: Robert Malley

Robert Malley is Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa for the International Crisis Group. He previously served as Special Assistant for President Clinton for Arab-israeli Affairs, Executive Assistant to Samuel Berge, National Security Adviser and Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, National Security Council.

Sponsors: CGC and Harry and Pam Bookey

Wednesday, March 25: Microfinance: The Future in Their Hands
7:30pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Speaker: Sharon Benzoni

Sharon Benzoni  serves as the Executive Director of two sister international affairs organizations in Iowa City: the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities.

Sponsors: CGC, Students for Women's Issues, Amnesty International

Monday, March 30: From Artist to Abbess: The Power of Altruism
7:00pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center

Khenmo Drolma is the Abbess of the Tibetan Buddhist Vajra Dakini Nunnery in Vermont. She trained for many years with a number of well-known Tibetan Buddhist teachers of our time including H. H. Dalai Lama, H. H. Chetsang Rinpoche (the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage) and Venerable Pema Chodron. Previously Khenmo was a sculptor and professor of art at Maine College of Art for over a decade.

Sponsors: CGC, Philosophy Department, Art Department, Humanities Center

Drake University
Center for Global Citizenship
International Films Series

Sunday, February 1: Rashomon (Japan)
2-4 p.m., Meredith 101
Introduction by Professor Mary McCarthy

The film depicts the rape of a woman and the apparent murder of her husband through the widely differing accounts of four witnesses, including the rapist and, through a medium (Fumiko Honma), the dead man. The stories are mutually contradictory, leaving the viewer to determine which, if any, is the truth

Sunday, March 1: Rana’s Wedding (Palestine)
2-4pm, Meredith 101
Introduction by Professor Mahmoud Hamad

About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband from a preselected list of men, or she must leave Palestine for Egypt with her father by 4:00 that afternoon. With ten hours to find her boyfriend in occupied Jerusalem, she sneaks out of her father's house at daybreak to find her forbidden love Khalil.

Sunday, April 5: Battle of Algiers (Algerian)
2-4pm, Meredith 101
Introduction by Professor Vibs Petersen

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.