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The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Spring 2013 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public

January 31, Nathan Brown
Topic: Islam and Constitutionalism in Egypt’s New Constitution
Location: Room 213, Cartwright Hall
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Sponsors: The Constitutional Law Center and The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) at Drake

January 31, Nathan Brown
Topic: Can Egypt's Revolution Survive its Constitution?
Location: Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: The Constitutional Law Center and PFGCGC 

Nathan J. Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University. His expertise is in the area of Islamist movements, Palestinian politics, and Arab law and constitutionalism. He is the author of several books on Arab politics including his latest, When Victory Is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics (2012). In 2009 Brown was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York; for the 2009–2010 academic year he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to his academic work, Brown has served on advisory committees for Human Rights Watch and the committees drafting the Palestinian and Iraqi constitutions. He has also served as a consultant to USAID, the United Nations Development Program, and several nongovernmental organizations.

February 19, Professor Mingxia Wang
Topic: Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Safety in China
Location: Harvey Ingham 104
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Chinese Cultural Exchange Program

Professor Wang is Vice-Director and Chief Pharmacist of the Pharmacy Department at the Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University.

Feb. 20, Kivanc Ulusoy
Topic:  Transformation of Turkey's Politics and Foreign Policy, 2002-2012
Location:  Meredith 101
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Kıvanç Ulusoy is an associate professor of political science at Istanbul University and is currently a Fulbright Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He was previously a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence and Fellow at the Madrid Diplomatic School. His areas of research include regime change and democratization, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations, and Spanish politics. Dr. Ulusoy has conducted studies in Turkey, Spain, Sweden and Japan and written extensively on topics including European governance and Turkish reform.

March 6, Michael Deibert
Topic:  Democratic Republic of Congo:  Between Hope and Despair?
Location:  Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Theater
Time:  7 p.m.
Sponsors:  Law, Politics, and Society; Philosophy/Religion; and PFGCGC

Deibert is a Miami-based international correspondent whose work is routinely visible on the HuffingtonPost, as well as The Miami Herald, al Jazeera, San Antonio Express News,, and many other print and website publications.  He is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Pace and Reconciliations (Coventry University) and tackles head-on the politics and possibilities of responsible journalism.  In his biographical statement, he writes, “I try to educate muself by devouring books in as many languages as I can, and by reporting form the field in places where I may be of some use to the struggle of economically and socially disadvantages people to lead more just and decent lives.”  His public address will be provocative and informative and will draw heavily on his recent time in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the forthcoming publication of his second book (Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair?; Zed books; 2013).

March 14: Dr. Ines Rojas
Topic: Why Hugo Chavez Matters for Venezuela and the Region
Location: Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Center
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC

Dr. Inés Rojas is Associate Professor of English and International Organizations at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She received her BA in English Literature and Language and her Masters in Linguistics from Universidad de Los Andes. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship 2002-2004 to attend Georgia State University where she obtained a Master and a PhD in Political Science. Her research interests include regime transition, the impact of democratization on women’s organizing and participation, gender policy reform, and the impact of third-party intervention in conflict resolution. Her main areas of teaching are International Organizations and Human Rights. She is currently a visiting scholar in the World Languages and Cultures Program of Drake University.

March 27: Brain Katulis
Topic: Afghanistan Endgame: What to Expect from the Upcoming Political Transition and Regional Diplomatic Efforts
Location: Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Center
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Sponsor: Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations and PFGCGC

Brian Katulis is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia. Katulis has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, private corporations, and nongovernmental organizations on projects in more than two dozen countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, and Colombia. From 1995 to 1998, he lived and worked in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Egypt for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Katulis received a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a BA in history and Arab and Islamic Studies from Villanova University. In 1994 and 1995, he was a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he conducted research on the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. Katulis has published articles in several newspapers and journals, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, and Middle East Policy, among other publications. He is co-author of The Prosperity Agenda, a book on U.S. national security published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008. Katulis speaks Arabic.

March 28: Dr. Hui Shen
Topic:  Chinese College Students and Their Religious Beliefs and Practice
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Chinese Cultural Exchange Program and PFGCGC

Dr. Shen received her PhD in Sociology in 2005 from Nanjing University and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Policy, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University.  Dr. Shen has taught “Introductions to Social Work” and “Medical Social Work” at the undergraduate level and “Mental Health” to postgraduates.  Her research is in the fields of social work and sociology, with a specific focus on social work and social services in China, drug addiction rehabilitation, and services for the elderly and disabled children.  

April 1-7, 2013: Global and National Public Health Week (GNPHW)
Sponsors: Global and Comparative Public Health program and PFGCGC

Tuesday, April 2: Film: “How to Survive a Plague”
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Theater

Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

Thursday, April 4, John Murray
Topic: Born Too Soon: The Emerging Global Problem of Premature Births
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Center

New data suggest that 15 million babies are born prematurely each year.  Premature birth is associated with increased risk of death and disability.  Rates have been increasing in many countries but affect developing countries disproportionately.  This talk will discuss the magnitude of the problem, countries affected, and what approaches programs are taking to prevent or manage prematurity.

John Murray was born in Adelaide, South Australia where he studied medicine and pediatrics.  He trained as a medical epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University.  In 1992 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 maternal and 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 non-governmental organizations.  He has worked on the planning and development of maternal and child health programs in Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nepal and provided technical assistance to several other countries.  His special area of interest is the development and implementation of practical program monitoring and evaluation methods for maternal and child health programs.

Thursday, April 4: Panel Discussion: Iowa Practitioners Working in Global Public Health
Panelists: John Murray, Mary Hansen, Denise Soltis
Time: 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Location: Sussman Auditorium, in the basement of Olmsted Center

John Murray, MD, MPH, is from South Australia, where he studied medicine and pediatrics. He is a consultant to WHO, UNICEF and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Mary Hansen, RN, MPH, PhD, was previously direction of Iowa Department of Public Health. Now she is chair and program director of the Master of Public Health program at Des Moines University. Denise Soltis, RPh, is Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs at Drake University.

Thursday, April 4: Health Science Student Poster Presentations
Time: 3:45- 5 p.m.
Location: Harvey Ingham Hallway

Thursday April 4: Panel Discussion: Careers in Public Health
Panelists: Laura Jackson, Jami Haberl, Michael Bousselot
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Location: Harvey Ingham 104

Laura Jackson received her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. She is Executive Vice President of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Jami Haberl, MPH, MHA, received her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education at Iowa State University. She is the Executive Director of Safeguard Iowa and Secretary of Iowa Public Health Association Board of Directors.  Michael Bousselot earned his BBA and MAc from the University of Iowa and his JD from Drake University Law School. He is the policy advisor on health care and taxation to the Governor of Iowa. 


April 10: Jackie Smith
Topic: Social Movements & Political Moments: Occupy Wall Street's Impact on Long-Term Movements for Social Change
Location: Sussman Theater, in the basement of Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

How do surges of activism, such as the recent Occupy Wall Street movement and its counterparts around the world, connect to the long-term organizing work of pre-existing social movements? While most movements constantly seek openings or opportunities to spur mass protests, when such uprisings occur, are they able to respond effectively? Smith discusses how activists in the United States and World Social Forum process have sought to engage activists who have been newly politicized by the wave of global anti-austerity protests, and how the distinctive logics behind these different movements shapes their prospects for convergence.

Jackie Smith is professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research. She also is co-organizer of the International Network of Scholar Activists (INoSA) and member of the National Planning Committee of the US Social Forum. Her research examines connections between globalization popular movements, including how social movements have worked to overcome resource inequities and internal differences to build national and transnational alliances. Her recent books include Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation (with Dawn Wiest), A Handbook of World Social Forum Activism (co-edited with Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, and Elizabeth Smythe), and Social Movements for Global Democracy.  She has co-edited a forthcoming book, Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding, which will be published in 2013.

April  16, Panel Discussion on Trade, Globalization, and Development
Panelists: Bob Baur, Jim McCaughan, and Professor Hunter Clark
Location: Meredith 106
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor: The Greater Des Moines Partnership and PFGCGC

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.

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His career began in 1974 as an actuary with Lane Clark & Peacock, London.  Currently, Jim oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal’s asset management business globally.

Professor Hunter R. Clark is founding director of Drake University Law School’s International and Comparative Law and Human Rights program.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1979, where he wrote for The Harvard International Law Journal.  From 1981 to 1986, Professor Clark served on the editorial board of Time magazine, writing weekly articles on world affairs and diplomatic developments.  He is the author of two books, Thurgood Marshall: Warrior at the Bar, Rebel on the Bench, and Justice Brennan: The Great Conciliator.  His academic writings include numerous law review articles about foreign investment and global economic development.  Professor Clark joined the Drake law school faculty in 1993.

April 25: Zachary Nunn
Topic: "Inside the National Security Council: Perspectives from a Drake Alumnus"
Location: Meredith 103
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Zachary Nunn works on the White House’s National Security Council as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy. He counsels both the President and National Security Advisor on courses of action to alert, respond and mitigate cyber borne threats against US national interests. Nunn has over ten years’ experience as a senior policy and intelligence officer – primarily in counterintelligence (CI), where he served as the Director of National Intelligence’s first national cyber CI officer, and previously as counterterrorism branch chief targeting Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb with the Department of Defense. Nunn led a number of special initiatives, including Presidential Policy Directive-21, signed by the President in February 2013, to protect then nation’s critical infrastructure by deploying safeguards for 185 million end-users and partnering with 500+ industry leaders to deny $80 billion from cyber espionage and defend against catastrophic cyber-attacks. His formative service includes experience as a Congressional legislative assistant, operations officer, and US Air Force intelligence officer where he flew over 600+ combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Iowa farm-kid at heart, Nunn lives in Washington, DC and is a proud graduate of Cambridge University’s masters program in International Security, and Drake University, with bachelors in International Relations, Political Science, and Law, Politics & Society.

April 30: Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey in Chicago
Topic:  Turkey's Foreign Policy and Relations with the United States
Location:  Levitt Hall, on the second floor of Old Main
Time:  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Sponsors:  The Turkish American Society of Iowa and The PFGCGC

Yildiz graduated from the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara.  He began his career at the Deputy Directorate for Balkan Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) as Attache.  He served at the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo as Third Secretary and as Third and Second Secretary at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Yildiz then worked as Second Secretary and First Secretary at the Cabinet of the Undersecretary of MFA and as First Secretary and Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.  He also worked as Chief of Section and Director and Head of Department at the Department of Human Resources at MFA.  Yildiz assumed his position as Consul General of Turkey in Chicago as of September 20, 2010.  He is married with one daughter.

The Comparison Project

February 14: Hector Avalos
Topic: Who Ended Slavery? Secularization in Context
Location: Olin 101
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor: The Comparison Project

Hector Avalos is a professor of religious studies at Iowa State University.  Jennifer Harvey, an associate professor of religion at Drake University, will provide a response.

March 7: Andy Fleming and Ruth Bachman
Topic: Creative Nonfiction Narratives of Recovery, Discovery, and Advocacy
Location: Reading Room, Cowles Library
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor: The Comparison Project

Two members of Above + Beyond Cancer will share their 2012 journey to the High Himalaya.

April 4: Steven Katz
Topic: Innovative Jewish Theological Responses to the Holocaust
Location: Olin 101
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: The Comparison Project

Steven Katz is the Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair of Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University.

April 17: Gereon Kopf
Topic: Suffering, Memory, and Compassion - A Variation on the Ethics of Memory
Location: Olin 101
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: The Comparison Project

Gereon Kopf is an associate professor of religion at Luther College.

May 7: Bradley Herling, Jin Y Park, John Thatamanil
Topic: Religious Responses to Suffering: A Panel Comparison
Location: Olin 101
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor: The Comparison Project

Bradley Herling is an 
associate professor of religious studies at Marymount Manhattan.  Jin Y Park is an associate professor of philosophy at American University.  John Thatamanil is an associate professor of theology and world religions at Union Theological Seminary. 

*  Funding for The Comparison Project is provided by PFGCGC, Drake University Humanities Center, Humanities Iowa, The Medbury Fund, Des Moines Area Religious Council, and Cultivating Compassion: The Richard Deming Foundation