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Drake University Center for Global Citizenship
Spring 2010 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 4: Rethinking South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
7:30pm-9:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Adam Sitze

Adam Sitze is assistant professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, where he teaches courses on jurisprudence, law and literature, psychoanalysis, and South African apartheid.  He has published essays on these same topics in journals such as American Imago, South Atlantic Quarterly, New Centennial Review, English Studies in Africa, Law and Critique, and Law and Humanities.  With Timothy Campbell, he is editing Biopolitics: A Reader, which is forthcoming from Duke University Press.  He is currently working on a book manuscript for The University of Michigan Press called The Impossible Machine: A Genealogy of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  In 2008, Sitze received in support of this study an International and Area Studies Fellowship funded by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Sponsors: CGC, Drake University Center for the Humanities and Department for the Study of Culture and Society

Tuesday, February 16: Internationalizing Drake
5:30pm-7:30pm, Olmsted 310-311
Speakers: Ronaled Troyer, Bradley Meyer and Annette Wilson

This is an members-only meeting of the International Traders of Iowa.

Wednesday, March 10: Survivorship Stories from 30 Years of Wars
7:00pm-8:30pm, Sheslow Auditorium
Speaker: Jane Olson

Jane Olson has devoted her life to international peace and justice and humanitarian work.  She has chaired the board of trustees of Human Rights Watch, the largest US-based international human rights organization for seven years, having worked on behalf of HRW since 1988.   She also has chaired the board of Survivor Corps for the past 12 years since it was founded as Landmine Survivors Network.  LSN and HRW were among the five organizations to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Landmine Ban Treaty. Jane is a board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  For many years she served as vice chair of the Women’s Refugee Commission, which is based at the International Rescue Committee in New York. Extensive travels on behalf of various human rights and humanitarian organizations have taken her to Nicaragua and El Salvador during the Contra Wars, to the former Yugoslavia during the 1990’s ethnic cleansing of Bosnia, and to the former Soviet Union, especially the Caucasus countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia during conflicts in the 1990s. Other missions took her to many countries in Africa, Asia and South America to look at problems with refugees, human rights issues, HIV/AIDS and landmines. Jane has received numerous awards, including the inaugural 2005 Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Feminist Majority and the “Women Making History” Award from California Senator Barbara Boxer in January, 2010. She and her husband, attorney Ronald L. Olson, live in Pasadena, California.  Jane got her BA from the University of Nebraska in 1964.  Ron is a 1963 graduate of Drake University, who received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1966.

Sponsor: Drake University Center for Global Citizenship

Thursday, March 25: Beyond the glamor and glory: How does China perceive its rise? A discourse analysis of People's Daily Editorials on Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Weidong Zhang

Dr. Zhang teaches language, culture and Chinese society in Global Studies Program, at Winona State University. He has a MA in Asian Studies and a Ph. D in Mass Communication, with a cultural-studies focus on Chinese culture and society, both from the University of Iowa. His BA is from Nanjing University, China.  His research interest lies at the intersection of language, media, culture, and Chinese society. His dissertation looks at the online presence of Chinese ethnic minorities, examining how people of a particular marginalized and underprivileged social group make meaning by using the new communication technologies of the Internet in their daily lives, and how they create a new space of hope to negotiate and articulate their cultural identity, and possibly bring about social changes in a globalizing world, issues related to ethnicity, identity and community. His other research interests include language acquisition and cultural learning, Chinese media, popular culture and social change, cross-cultural communication, the marginalized social groups in Chinese society and social justice.

Sponsor: CGC

Monday, March 29: Feminist Organizing and the Status of Women in Bolivarian Venezuela
6:00pm-7:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: Ines Rojas

Tuesday, March 30: AfroVenezuelan Women: Confronting the Triple Discrimination of Race, Class and Gender
noon-1:00pm, Central Des Moines Public Library, Locust St.
Speaker: Ines Rojas

Dr. Rojas is a political scientist whose areas of expertise are in gender and politics in Venezuela and processes of conflict mediation.  Her dissertation examined how feminist organizations engaged the Venezuelan government to advocate for women's rights. Her previous research examined the real-world practices of conflict resolution, with focus on the highly divided political actors in Venezuela during the process of conflict resolution following the attempted coup in 2002 and the negotiations up until the referendum in 2004.  She teaches courses on international organizations and human rights at the University of the Andes in Merida, Venezuela, where she is an Associate Professor in the school of Modern Languages.

Sponsor: CGC, Drake University Center for the Humanities, Iowa Council for International Understanding and Pioneer Hi-Bred

Tuesday, March 30: 9 Million Child Deaths: Where? Why? What Should be Done?
7:00pm-8:30pm, Bulldog Auditorium, Olmsted Center
Speaker: John Murray

Child mortality in the developing world remains a hidden epidemic, often neglected by policy makers and funders, despite the fact that simple, low-cost interventions to prevent or treat child illness are available.  This talk will review where children are dying, the most important causes, and how these deaths can be prevented.  It will then review why simple interventions to prevent deaths are not always reaching children who need them; and what approaches programs are taking to overcome barriers.

John Murray was born in Adelaide, South Australia.  He has an MD from the University of Adelaide and Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.  After training in pediatrics he joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specializing in epidemic dysentery and cholera in Africa and Asia.  Since 1995 he has worked full time on child health programs in developing countries, first with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and most recently as a consultant to WHO, UNICEF and several non-governmental organizations.  He has worked on the planning and development of child health programs in Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nepal and provided technical assistance to several other countries.  His special area of interest is the development and implementation practical program monitoring and evaluation methods for child health programs.

Sponsor: CGC

Wednesday, April 14: Role of Public Private Partnerships in Global Health.-An Industry Perspective
7:00pm-8:30pm, Meredith 101, Drake campus
Speaker: Renuka Gadde

Renuka Gadde is a Senior Director of Global Health at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). In this role, Renuka works with International Agencies, Thought Leaders and Governments to upgrade medical and clinical practices globally.  Renuka led the work at BD to promote safe injection policies that protect the patient and in developing unique product solutions for the emerging markets. Her current focus is to establish appropriate policies and standards for safe blood collection which remains to be a highly risky practice in most parts of the developing and emerging markets. 

Sponsors: CGC and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Tuesday, May 4: China Rising?
noon-1:00pm, Central Des Moines Public Library, Locust St.
Speaker: David Skidmore

David Skidmore is a Professor of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Drake University Center for Global Citizenship. He taught at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in 1996-97 and has returned to China twice since. He will spend the 2010-2011 academic year in Hong Kong on a Fulbright Fellowship. His talk will focus on the prospects and limits on China's rise and the implications for the United States and world order.

Sponsors: CGC, 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 in Spanish; shown with English subtitles.

2/7: Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes) (2005)

Winner of seven Goya Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor and Actress, Iciar Bollain's raw drama exposes the hard truths about domestic abuse. With her son in tow, battered wife Pilar finally flees her violent husband, Antonio, taking asylum at her sister Ana's home. Free from the clutches of her abusive husband, Pilar struggles to start a new life; problem is, she still loves Antonio.

3/7: En la Puta Vida (Tricky Life)  (2001)

Turf wars between Uruguayan hookers and Brazilian drag queens are just one of the highlights of Tricky Life, a serious but humorous look at women, poverty, and white slavery. When Elisa (Mariana Santángelo), a single mother of two, is kicked out of her mother's house in the middle of a rainstorm, she goes to her current lover, a married, middle-aged store keeper, for help. He finds her an apartment in Montevideo, where Elisa lives with her best friend Loulou. The two women want nothing more than to open their own hair salon, but can't find the necessary money to do so. Deciding prostitution is the easiest way to go for financing, they find a respectable brothel to call their workplace. Things go fairly smoothly until Elisa falls for Placido, an older, smooth-talking Spaniard who seduces her with his smooth manner and talk of riches to be had in Barcelona. Abandoning both her children and a good portion of her common sense, Elisa, with Loulou in tow, follows Placido to Barcelona, where she soon discovers that Placido is better at making promises than actually keeping them. Tricky Life was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

4/4: La Niña Santa (The Holy Girl) (2004)

Director and co-writer, Lucrecia Martel (Argentina, 1966), has certainly re-written the Lolita story. But this time, the older male finds a more complex younger female in his way. The world is small and certainly claustrophobic, mainly a hotel with mineral baths somewhere in the Santiago del Estero region in Argentina called Las Termas. Tourists come and go into this hotel where all employees form a kind of extended family. Amalia, played by María Alché,is a 15 year-old immersed in the study of catechism and sexual awakening. The great question becomes that of vocation, "what does God wishes me to do."