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The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Spring 2012 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public.

February 9, Makram Haluani
Topic: Separating Smoke from Fire: National and Hemispheric Impact of Mexico’s Drug-War
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC and Fulbright Visiting Scholar program

Makram Haluani is professor emeritus of political science and international relations, in the Department of Economics and Business Administration at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. He is currently a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Connecticut. Professor Haluani has published three books and numerous articles on topics relating to domestic and international politics in the Americas.


February 10, Gong Chen
Topic: U.S. and China Trade Issues
Location: Cartwright Hall Room 205
Time: noon - 1 p.m.
Sponsor: Drake Law School

Gong Chen is an associate professor of law (PhD) at Sichuan International Studies University in China. She is a post-doctoral research scholar working with Professor Hunter R. Clark at Drake University Law School. Her post-doctoral research program is supported by the Chinese government through the China Scholarship Council.


February 13: Dan Jacobi
Topic: Global Business
Location: Medbury Honors Lounge
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Sponsor: Drake student chapter of International Traders of Iowa

Dan Jacobi is the vice president of the Asia Pacific, China, Europe, Africa and Global Supply Chain for Pioneer, a DuPont Business.  Dan will touch on a variety of international topics, including his experiences in various regions of the globe.


February 15, How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring (documentary film)
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 -9 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC and Engaged Citizen Program

This timely documentary investigates how social media influenced the Arab Spring and fanned the winds of political and social change from Tunisia to Egypt, Bahrain to Libya. Using video and still photographs shot on mobile phones, How Facebook Changed the World reveals how revolutions of the 21st century are being driven by the blogging, Facebook-ing and Tweeting generation.  For the first time in history, world-changing events were recorded hour by hour by the men and women on the streets. A unique filmed record now exists charting the downfall of tyrants in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and exposing the unimaginable brutality of embattled regimes in other parts of the Arab world.


February 21, Secrecy (documentary film)
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC and Engaged Citizen program

The "classification universe" is invisible to most of us, yet the production of governmental classified secret documents involves millions of people. And government secrecy is growing, vastly outpacing the circulation of open information. Now, 70 years after the builders of the bomb created a national information security system and just a few years after 9/11, a government secrecy crisis is looming. The combination of a declared war on terrorism and the curtailment of civil liberties sets the stage to ask some critical questions. When does security erode, rather than enhance, democracy? Can burying too much information actually undermine national security? Secrecy, the stylistically elegant and provocative new film by Robb Moss and Peter Galison, explores the hidden world of national security policy by examining the many implications of secrecy, both for government and individuals. Combining animation, installations, a mesmerizing score, and riveting interviews, the film takes us inside the inverted world of government secrecy as we share the experiences of lawyers, CIA analysts, and the ordinary people for whom secrecy becomes a matter of life and death.


February 27, Chu Jianfang
Topic: Making Traditions, Competing for Identities: China and Her Ethnic Members in the Modern World
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC and the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program

Chu Jianfang, associate professor of anthropology at Nanjing University, received his PhD from Peking University. He is currently serving as a Freeman Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published two books, numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Owing to a unique historical background and a series of special policies since 1949, China has established a characteristic structure of ethnic relationships in the modern world. Both dominant and minority Chinese ethnic groups commonly attempt to “discover” unique cultural ceremonies that are thought of as typical symbols of minority ethnic groups. The ceremonies are then made or produced as group traditions and broadcast as such all over China and the world.

Based on his field work and published work in this area, Chu argues that during this process, the ethnic minority groups are active agents in the making of traditions. This process, he argues, sometimes results in competitions within each minority group for the representativeness of the ethnic identities and ethnic culture the ceremonies represent.


February 28, Tsige Gebre-Mariam
Topic: Progress on Combating HIV/AIDS in Africa
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Professor Tsige Gebre-Mariam has served the School of Pharmacy (SOP) at Addis Ababa University (AAU) for over 25 years in various academic, administrative and research capacities. He has served as a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (1994-1995); Head Department of Pharmaceutics (1989-1993 and 1995-2003); dean, School of Pharmacy, AAU (2003-2005) and vice president for Graduate Studies and Research, AAU (2005-2010). He has received a number of academic recognitions and rewards for outstanding services and contribution to research and teaching including Humboldt Ambassador Scientist. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles and presented his work in various international workshops, symposia and conferences.


March 13: Bill Kelly and Mike Wunn
Topics: An Afghan Odyssey: Legal and Media Issues through the Eyes of Two Lawyers Deployed with Iowa National Guard
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC, International Law Society, and Military Law Student Association

Bill Kelly is a senior shareholder at the Davis Brown Law Firm, practicing in the Litigation Division.  He has been with the Iowa Army National Guard for 16 years.  In 2010, Maj. Kelly deployed to Afghanistan with the 2/34th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, "Task Force Red Bulls," as the brigade judge advocate.  In August 2011, Bill returned from active duty and has resumed his practice involving litigation cases, mediations, personal injury, insurance defense, worker's compensation and military law.  He also represents clients in divorce actions, adoptions, and modification of custody and/or support actions.  Bill is a certified mediator with the Polk County Bar Association and is also active with the Iowa State Bar Association, where he serves on the Military Affairs Committee. Bill earned recognition in The Best Lawyers in America (2012) for Family Law. Bill received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1990 and his law degree, with honors, from Drake University in 1999.

Major Mike Wunn, a three-time Drake graduate earning degrees in journalism, public administration and law, has served as a public affairs officer with the Iowa Army National Guard for 21 years.  In 2010, Wunn deployed to Afghanistan with the 2/34th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, "Task Force Red Bulls," where he provided media support and guidance to commanders and Soldiers during the state's largest deployment since World War II.  Working with community, state, national and international journalists, as well as local Afghan reporters, Wunn played an important role, keeping people informed about events transpiring in southeastern Afghanistan during this historic mobilization. After the deployment, Wunn returned to his position as the Iowa Guard's strategic communications officer and was recently selected to serve as the international partnership specialist where he will coordinate the state's partnership program with the Republic of Kosovo.


March 15: Sameena Nazir
Topic: Women's Rights: Organizing from the Ground Up in Pakistan Today
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Sponsors: CGC, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and International Human Rights Law Group

As Director of the International Human Rights Law Group's Pakistan Program, Sameena Nazir is a Pakistani-American human rights advocate who has worked extensively on NGO capacity-building in Pakistan and the region, particularly through the development and implementation of training programs centered around issues of empowerment. Prior to joining IHRLG, she worked at the Women Living Under Muslim Laws international secretariat in France, and at the Women, Law and Development International office in the United States. From 1990 to 1994, Ms. Nazir worked as a journalist in Pakistan for The Muslim. She has also been an active member of Women's Action Forum in Islamabad. She is president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Pakistan and received the Benazir Bhutto Humanitarian Award in 2010.


Global and National Public Health Week Events:

    April 2, Contagion (film)
    Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
    Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
    Sponsors: CGC and Engaged Citizen program

    Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the        
    fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the
    panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in
    a society coming apart.

    April 3, Maureen McCue
    Topic: A Review of Recent Developments in Global Health:  What's it Got to Do with Iowa?
    Location: Harvey Ingham 102
    Time: 3 - 3:45 p.m.
    Sponsor: CGC

    Maureen McCue is an adjunct assistant professor with the Global Health Studies Program at the
    University of Iowa. She has traveled and worked extensively as a peace maker, researcher, and
    physician, and has helped organize many forums on cross cultural, global health, and women’s health
    issues. She is the coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding
    member and former director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program, and also a
    founding member and executive committee member of the UI Center for Human Rights. She regularly
    interacts with international and domestic representatives of many programs, disciplines, and
    perspectives regarding global health issues including actively participating in several unique peace,
    health and human rights events in the former Soviet Union, Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, India
    and Bangladesh. Her most recent work has focused on climate change, coal and their related
    threats to health.

    April 3, Panel Discussion of Issues in Public Health: Iowa Practitioners in International Public Health
    Panelists: John Rovers, Drake University; Bob Mazur, Iowa State University; Mary Hansen, Des
        Moines University
    Location: Harvey Ingham 102
    Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
    Sponsor: CGC

    April 3, Student poster session on topics in global and national public health
    Location:  Outside Harvey Ingham 102
    Time:  5:15 - 5:45 p.m.
    Sponsor:  CGC

    April 4, Panel Discussion on Careers in Public Health
    Panelists: Tom Newton, former director of Iowa Department of Public Health and director of
        Network Engagement, Wellmark; Jami Haberl, director of Safeguard Iowa; Polly Carver-Kimm,
        public information officer, Iowa Department of Public Health
    Location: Cline 206
    Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
    Sponsor: CGC

    April 5, DrakeU_ONE Light Up the Night Walk
    Location:  Gray's Lake
    Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
    Hosted by DrakeU_ONE, this 2 mile community walk will benefit Nyamirama Health Center in    
    Rwanda. Come for food, fun, prizes and a live local student band. Participants will receive a free
    ONE water bottle with registration, paid at time of event. Cost is $5 for students and $10 for others.
    All proceeds will go to the FACEAIDS Adopt A Health Center Campaign run by Partners In Health
    (PIH), which uses 94 percent of donations for program activities and medicine. Contact with questions. Register at


April 4, Panel Discussion "Dissecting the European Financial Crisis"
Panelists: Bob Baur, Robin Anderson, and Professor Tom Root
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Sponsor: CGC and Principal Financial Group

Robert (Bob) Baur is the chief global economist for Principal Global Investors, the diversified asset management arm of the Principal Financial Group®. He has a PhD in economics and a BS in mathematics from Iowa State.  He completed post-doctoral study in finance and economics at the University of Minnesota. He speaks around the world, is frequently quoted by the financial news media, and appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg Television.

Robin Anderson is an Economist for Multi-Asset Advisors, an investment boutique of Principal Global Investors. Robin joined the firm in 2011.  Prior to her current role, Robin served as an Economist at the U.S. Census Bureau.  She received a PhD in Economics from University of Washington and a BS in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Root is an associate professor in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University where he teaches in the Finance Department. He works on the Uganda Study Seminar and has taken Drake students there each of the last five years.  He earned his BS, MA, and PhD in economics at the University of Kansas.  Root has been recognized for his teaching and was voted by students to receive the Graduate Teaching Award. He also received the College’s Harry L. Wolk Research Award. 

Date: April 10, Maged R. Aboulmagd
Topic:  Egypt: One Year after the Revolution
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: CGC

Maged Refaat is the consul general of Egypt in Chicago. He has been a diplomat with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry since 1988 and held positions in Belgium, Bahrain, Russia, and Nigeria as well as with the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations.  Maged Refaat's other special assignments and UN-related experience includes serving as an alternate representative to the UN Security Council and as an observer with the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa. He has a BA in English translation, faculty of languages and translation from Alazhar University in Cairo.


Date:  April 18, Drake UNICEF Hunger Banquet
Topic:  Poverty, including 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation
Location:  Parent's Hall South, Upper Olmsted
Time:  6-7:45 p.m.
Sponsor:  CGC

Founded by two Australians, the Global Poverty Project was launched at the UN High Level Event on the MDGs in September 2008. The Project's centerpiece 1.4 Billion Reasons launched to the world from Melbourne in July 2009 and has been seen by more than 60,000 people.  A simple yet ground-breaking presentation, 1.4 Billion Reasons is traveling the world, inspiring and empowering audiences in its path.  It exists to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty.

Daniel Skallman’s background is in strategic communication, journalism and international relations. After work as a reporter covering a range of issues on Capitol Hill, he worked for a global development NGO in Washington, D.C., focusing on communications strategy and proposal development for agricultural growth programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Women, Food, Agriculture Network (WFAN) is a community of women involved in sustainable agriculture as farmers, landowners, researchers, students, advocates, and mothers concerned about their families' health.  WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

Lynn Heuss is WFAN’s Program Coordinator. In mid-2003, she was hired as the executive director of The Connection Café, a volunteer-operated free-meal program for the homeless, low-income and working poor of Des Moines.  She went on to pursue work in the political arena and staffed several state and national political campaigns in a variety of capacities.  She was also a grassroots organizer for National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and championed mandatory funding for the farm to school program during the 2009 Child Nutrition Act.

This event is open to the public and includes FREE FOOD and MEALS.  For more information please e-mail


April 20, Lin Jing and Cui Jinlan
Topic: Cultures in Harmony:  From China to the West
Location: Sheslow Auditorium
Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Sponsors:  CGC, Chinese Cultural Exchange Program, Provost's Office, and The Iowa Arts Council

Lin Jing is a professor and master tutor at the Music College of Minzu University of China, Beijing. Cui Jinlan is an associate professor of piano and master instructor at the Music College of Minzu University of China, Beijing.  While at Drake, the visiting artists will give a variety of performances, culminating in a final concert at Sheslow Auditorium on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, “Cultures in Harmony: From China to the West,” will feature Cui and Lin performing Chinese folk songs, operatic arias, art song and Chinese piano repertoire. Drake students will also play selected Chinese pieces and Leanne Freeman-Miller, associate professor of voice, will perform a duet with Lin.

Other performances earlier in the week are free and open to the public and include:
•Dance Master Class with Professor Jin Xuan, Harmon Fine Arts Center room 44, 12-–1:45 p.m., April 18.
•Piano Master Class with Professor Cui, featuring Drake piano students performing Chinese modern and folk pieces, Sheslow Auditoruim, 1:30–3 p.m., April 18.
•Voice Master Class with Professor Lin, featuring Drake voice students performing operatic and art song repertoire, Sheslow Auditorium, 3–5 p.m., April 18.
•Dance Performance Exchange, featuring Professor Jin’s performance of the traditional Chinese “Fan Dance” with select Drake students, Studio Theatre in Harmon Fine Arts Center, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., April 19.


May 2: Tim Haughton
Topic: An SUV on a Road to Nowhere? Solidarity, Unanimity and Vulnerability in the European Union
Location: Bulldog Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Sponsor: CGC

Tim Haughton is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union. He is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.  He previously taught at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies and at Sheffield and Comenius Universities.  He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Institute of International Relations in Prague and at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.