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Spring 2014 Activities

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Spring 2014 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public

February 19, David Skidmore
Topic:  Thirst: China’s Water Crisis
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC

Professor David Skidmore serves as Director of The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs and teaches in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Drake. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and taught at Hamilton College and the University of Notre Dame before arriving at Drake in 1989. During the 1996-97 academic year, Skidmore taught at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. More recently, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong for the 2010-2011 academic year. His other travels have taken him to Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, Macau, England, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Brazil. Skidmore has had past supervisory experience related to the Drake Curriculum, the First Year Seminar Program, the International Relations Program, and the Drake Undergraduate Social Science Journal. His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of international political economy, American foreign policy, international relations theory and Latin American politics. Skidmore is author, co-author or editor of six books and has published numerous academic articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Unilateralist Temptation in American Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2011). He is currently working on a co-authored textbook dealing with international political economy.                                                                   

Feb. 25, Kavi Chawla
Building a Business in the Heartland of the Taliban: Peshawar 2007 – 2010
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and the College of Business and Public Administration

Kavilash Chawla is an international finance and corporate strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive and ethical deployment of investment capital in growth and emerging markets.  He has lived and worked in five different continents, including working in the Middle East since 2004, where he has been involved in global and local efforts to alleviate poverty through market and enterprise based solutions.  Through May 2014, Kavilash will be serving as the Global Practitioner-in-Residence in the College of Business and Public Administration and with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University.    Kavilash earned his BA in Economics, History, and Political Science at Drake University, his Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.      

March 4, Kavilash Chawla
Topic:  Social Entrepreneurship and the Arab Spring
Location:  Downtown Des Moines library, 1000 Grand Ave.
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Iowa International Center Dialogue Series, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer

(see above for bio)        

March 10, Branko Milanovic
Topic: The Haves and the Have Nots: Examining Global Inequality
Location: Sussman Theater
Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Sponsor:  Engaged Citizenship Program and PFGCGC at Drake

Presidential fellow at City University of New York. He was lead economist in World Bank Research Department (1991-2013); College Park professor, University of Maryland (2007-2013); long-term visiting professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (1997-2007) and senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005). He is the author of numerous articles on methodology and empirics of global income distribution and effects of globalization. His most recent book The Haves and the Have-nots:  A Brief  and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, was published in December 2010, translated in seven languages, and selected by The Globalist as 2011 Book of the Year.

March 26: Panel discussion “Currency Wars? The Dollar, the Euro, and the Yuan”
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: The Principal Financial Group, College of Business and Public Administration, and PFGCGC at Drake

Moderator: Thomas Root, Associate Professor of Finance, College of Business and Public Administration

Panelists:  Jim McCaughan, CEO, Principal Global Investors
                  Bob Baur, Chief Global Economist, Principal Global Investors
                  Inchul Suh, Associate Professor of Finance/Dept. Chair, Drake CBPA

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.

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.

Inchul Suh is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Finance in Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration. He received his BA in finance from Korea University, MBA from Indiana University at Bloomington, and PhD in finance from University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined Drake in 2002 and teaches international finance, seminar in finance and corporate finance courses. His main research areas are corporate investment, governance and financial distress. 


April 2: Panel on Careers in Public Health (See National Public Health Week activities below)

April 5, Chris Whatley
The UN and US National Interests
Location:  Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time:  2 – 3:30 p.m.
Sponsors:  PFGCGC and the Iowa United Nations Association

Chris Whatley serves as Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States.  He leads UNA-USA’s national staff in New York and Washington and heads up the Associations’ efforts to advocate on behalf of strong US leadership within the UN and to educate the next generation of UN supporters within the United States.   Chris previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Council of State Governments, representing the interests of elected officials in all 50 states on Capitol Hill and serving on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee of USTR.  He served for over six years as a program officer and field-based representative for the International Republican Institute running democracy assistance projects in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.  He has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, and MSNBC and been quoted frequently in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other print publications.  Chris holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and a BA from Angelo State University in West Texas.

April 2, 7 and 9 Global and National Public Health Week (GNPHW)

April 2: Panel on Careers in Public Health
Panelists: Laura Jackson, Executive Vice President, Wellmark
Julie McMahon, RN, MPH, Ret. Div. Dir., IA Dept. of Public Health
             Michael Bousselot, MAc, JD, Health Policy Advisor to the Governor
             Andy McGuire, PhD, CEO/President, Meridian Health Plan of Iowa
Location: Olmsted Center, Rooms 312-313
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Interactive web discussion following the panel with students from DMU

April 7: (film) Born into Brothels
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

April 9: Dr. Vijay Chawla, Mayo Clinic Health System, Pediatrics
Topic: Experiences and Encounters with Child Abuse: A Pediatrician’s Perspective     
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 3
4 p.m.

April 9: 
Panel Discussion: Encourtering and Preventing Child Abuse
Dr. Vijay Chawla, Mayo Clinic Health System, Pediatrics
                Dr. Kenneth McCann, Blank Children’s Hospital
                Laurie Gherke, RN, Blank Children’s Hospital
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 4 – 4:45 p.m.

April 9: Health Science Student Poster Presentations
Location: Harvey Ingham hallway
Time 56 p.m.

Sponsors: PFGCGC, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Heartland Global Health Consortium 


April 9, Salvador Leetoy
Topic: Cosmopolitanism and Participatory Publics: The Construction of Glocal Citizenship in the Digital Era
Location:  Cowles Library, Reading Room
Time:  7 - 9 p.m. with a reception to follow
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Drake Student Senate, Drake Center for the Humanities, Department for the Study of Culture & Society, Research Group of Applied Ethics and Citizenship (ITESM - Guadalajara)

Dr. Salvador Leetoy is a professor in the Department of Communication and Digital Arts at the Guadalajara Campus of Monterrey Technological University in Mexico.  He is also the head of the research group on Applied Ethics and Citizenship Studies. 

"Participatory publics" promote debate over crucial citizenship issues outside the limited dynamics of the market and the state. Leetoy examines the importance of communicative action and cultural agency in the construction of global solidarity networks. Within this realm, citizens use creative practices to destabilize the status quo to form global emancipatory politics. Leetoy argues that what we term globalization is actually a number of social, political and economic discourses interacting, colliding and hybridizing one another. His lecture presents globalization as a pluralistic and challenged concept constantly avoiding closure, which multiple meanings are dialectically constructed by a diversity of global and local social imaginaries.

April 11, Workshop
Topic:  "Global Citizen Diplomacy: How to Be More Relatable, Likeable, and Employable"
Location:  Cowles Library, Room 201
Time:  1 - 5 p.m.
Sponsors:  U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs, PFGCGC

How can individuals change the nature of international relations? What does it mean to be a truly engaged global citizen? What action steps can you take on campus today to develop your global leadership skills? Why should you care about any of this?

These ideas and many others will be explored at a student workshop that deconstructs the theory of citizen diplomacy: the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultural differences and help create shared understanding through person-to-person interactions. 

The Center for Citizen Diplomacy is excited to partner with the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute at Drake University to present this workshop on Friday, April 11 in Cowles Library, Room 201 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For details and a registration link, go to:  If you have questions, please contact Matt Clark or


April 11-12: Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
Location: Meredith Hall on Friday, Medbury Honors Lounge on Saturday
Time: 5:30 - 9 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday

Sponsor: Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs
For details and a registration link, please visit:

April 11, Todd Sechser
Topic: Nuclear Weapons and Crisis Bargaining: Should We Be Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?
Location: Meredith Hall, Room 101
Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Sponsor: Nelson Institute (See above - this conference keynote is open to the public)

Todd S. Sechser (B.A. Drake University, 1999; Ph.D., Stanford, 2007) is Assistant Professor of Politics specializing in questions of international security. His research interests include military coercion, reputations in international relations, the strategic effects of nuclear weapons, and the sources and consequences of military doctrine. Sechser's work has been published in theAmerican Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. His dissertation won the 2008 Walter Isard Award for the best dissertation in peace science. Sechser has held research fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard), and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (Harvard). In 2011-12 he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

April 14, Live! at Cowles Library, The Drake Community Press
Location: Cowles Library, Reading Room
Time: 7:00 p.m. with reception and book signing following
Sponsors: Drake Center for the Humanities; Office of the Provost; The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship; The Slay Fund for Social Justice; American Association of University Women; The Martha Tye Foundation: Ron and Jane Olson Global Service Learning Endowment.

Join Carol Spaulding-Kruse, English Professor and Director of the new Drake Community Press, as Cowles Library hosts an event to celebrate the first publication of the Press. The Ones I Bring With Me/Los Que Llevo Conmigo: Iowa’s Young Latinas on Identity, Education, and Success is a collaborative book project between ¡Al Éxito! – a mentoring organization for young Latinas/Latinos, and the Drake Community Press, a college-curriculum-based, small-press publisher. In the book, girls and their adult mentors share stories about growing up Latina
in Iowa, with an emphasis on the importance of education as a path to achieve their dreams.
The Drake and ¡Al Éxito! participants who helped in the creation of the book will discuss the formation of the community press at this LIVE! at the Drake Library event. Autographed copies of the book will also be for sale before the event and during the reception that follows.

April 22, General James Jones
The Pipeline to National Security Discussion
Location: Sussman Theater, lower level of Olmsted Center
Time:  Reception 2:30 - 3:00, Presentation 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Iowa Energy Forum and PFGCGC

General Jones graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was commissioned into the Marine Corps and was eventually the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Jones led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Upon retirement, the combat veteran became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, served as the State Department’s Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security, and later served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor. This presentation is sponsored by the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship. There will be a reception just outside Sussman Theater, 2:30 – 3 p.m., prior to the presentation.

May 1, Eric Trager

Topic: The Rise, Fall and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood
Location: Sussman Theater, basement of Olmsted Center, Drake campus
Time: 7 -8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PFGCGC and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines

Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute, is an expert on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was in Egypt during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolts and returns frequently to conduct firsthand interviews with leaders inEgypt's government, military, political parties, media, and civil society. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, and The New Republic.

The Comparison Project*

The following events are sponsored by The Comparison Project and listed here as a courtesy.

Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center, 1150 28th Street
After Silence, That Which Comes Nearest: Music and Ineffability
Jonathan Bellman, Professor of Music History and Literature, University of Northern Colorado

Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room
“Names Are the Guest of Reality”: Apophasis, Mysticism and Soteriology in Daoist Perspective
Louis Komjathy, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Program Director of Contemplative Studies, University of San Diego

Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room
Translating the Ineffable: How Hunters Hear and Talk to the Dead in Côte d’Ivoire
Joseph Hellweg, Associate Professor of Religion, Florida State University

Friday, March 28, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Black Box Theater, Harmon Fine Arts Center
West African Dance Workshop
Diadié Bathily, dancer and Caph Guéï, drummer with introduction and interpretation by Joseph Hellweg

Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room 
Expressing the Inexpressible: Language and Experience in Sikh Mysticism
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College

*  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