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Spring 2015 Activities

The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University
Spring 2015 Speaker and Film Series
All events are free and open to the public

Feb. 5: International Film: Ip Man* (China; subtitled)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, World Languages and Cultures (WLC) and PFGCGC

Feb. 19: International Film: In the Heat of the Sun* (China; subtitled)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

March 5: Panel Discussion, “Doing Business Across Cultures
Claudia Schabel, Matthew Mitchell, Barbara McKenzie, Renee Schaaf, Jeffrey Kappen
Location: Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC and Principal Financial Group

Matthew Mitchell, Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake, is an author, consultant, executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice, and the chair of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. Mitchell earned his PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina—the world’s leading program in international business. His research investigates the relationship between firm strategy politics and religion in different global markets. He has written many conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles on these topics. For example, his most recent research projects have investigated 1) the returns of conventional vs. Sharia-compliant stock indices, 2) the interpretation of intellectual property protection efforts by religious communities in East Asia, and 3) the evolution of the life insurance industries in India and China among others.  Mitchell has traveled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries and has been invited as a consultant and guest lecturer at companies, NGOs, and universities around the world.

Barb McKenzie, Senior Executive Director - COO & Boutique Operations at Principal Global Investors, LLC, is responsible for three boutiques: Principal Global Equities, Edge Asset Management and Morley Financial Services, Inc. In addition, she is responsible for the development and efficient operation of business processes to facilitate the growth of the firm globally. This includes oversight of compliance, operations and IT. McKenzie joined the company in 1984 as a commercial real estate representative. She was promoted to regional administrator in 1988 and to senior regional administrator in 1990. She was elected an officer and named assistant director - Commercial Real Estate in 1993. In 1996 she was promoted to director – Research and Portfolio Management, to senior managing director in 1999, and to executive director – International Investments 2004. McKenzie received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and her master's degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She is a Fellow of the Life Office Management Institute.

Renee V. Schaaf, Vice President - Strategic Planning and Business Development for Principal International, is responsible for advancement of PI member companies’ strategic planning and business development, including product, marketing, distribution and customer experience.  Schaaf joined the company in 1980 as a management trainee in the Group department.  She was promoted to assistant underwriter in 1982, assistant manager in 1983, senior underwriter in 1985 and manager in 1986.  She was elected an officer and named assistant director in 1988, associate director in 1991 and director – Large Group Operations in 1994.  Schaaf was named second vice president - Group National Accounts in 1998 and vice president in 1999.  She became vice president, SMB Marketing in 2000, vice president, Retirement and Investor Services Marketing and Strategy Development in 2002, vice president, National Accounts Division in 2009, and assumed her current position in 2011. An Iowa native, Schaaf earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Ames and her master's from Drake.

Claudia Schabel, a Brazil native, is a Diversity Consultant with DuPont Pioneer providing services and employee engagement process support while developing and maintaining strong working relationships with business managers. She also designs and implements diversity strategies that impact attraction and retention of talent. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Drake and has served in multiple board positions like Latinas/ Latinos Al Éxito and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. Claudia is a recipient of the 2008 Forty Under 40 Business Record Award and the 2010 Robert D. Ray Iowa Latino Ambassador Award.

Jeffrey Kappen holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Beloit College in International Relations and Modern Languages, an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. He has spent ten years working with companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100, which included over three years working and studying in Europe and South America. An assistant professor at Drake University, he is currently working on research examining integration efforts among emerging markets such as the BRICS, transnational institutions and governance, and the role of language and conflict resolution in multinational firms.

March 25: Willy Mafuta
Religion, Race and Identity: The Role of the Churches in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Location:  Meredith 101
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: PFGCGC at Drake

Many around the world have come to know South Africa as the rainbow nation, yet this notion has been subject to enormous critiques. Mafuta argues that the rainbow nation as it was conceived by the Government of National Unity that came to power in 1994 failed to materialize. Post-apartheid South Africa has yielded a nation where race and ethnicity never receded  but are no longer pathological and have become normative and typifications of the overarching identity. Churches, in particular have been playing a major role in this identity formation.

Willy Mafuta was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He received undergraduate degrees in theology and Biblical studies and a Masters degree in International Development. Willy holds a doctorate degree in Theology and Ethics (Th.D) from the University of South Africa and another doctorate degree in Religious Studies (Ph.D) from the University of Ottawa.  Mafuta is currently an associate research Fellow at the Institute of Religion and Governance, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, an affiliate professor in International Studies at Coe College, and the senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Mafuta has strong passion for global ministry and social justice and believes that the Church is the place where we are given the most precious gift of all: the opportunity to love and to pour the love of God we have received back into the world that so desperately needs it.

March 30: Film: The Good Lie
Location:  Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Sponsors:  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and PFGCGC

The Good Lie
is a recent Hollywood movie starring Reese Witherspoon as a resettlement employee in the U.S. helping four Sudanese Lost Boys relocate in America. The movie will be followed by a brief discussion among attendees.  The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants may be collecting donations at the door for local refugee and immigrant families.

April 2:  International Film; Like Father, Like Son* (Japan; subtitled)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

April 3: Sonia Nazario
Topic: Enrique's Journey and America's Children Immigration Dilemma

Location: Meredith 101
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-2:50 p.m.
(12:30 p.m. lecture will be in English; there will also be a Spanish language discussion of her book La travesia de Enrique in Meredith 101, 2:00-2:50 p.m.)
Sponsors: PFGCGC, Drake Center for the Humanities, World Language and Cultures, Study of Culture and Society and Simpson College.

Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S.--hunger, drug addiction, and immigration.  Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enrique’s Journey / La travesía de Enrique, won more than a dozen awards, among them the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. In her book Nazario provides a provocative look at one of the most vulnerable populations amongst us: children who come to the US illegally and alone.

Sonia, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, and began her career at the Wall Street Journal, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.”

April 9: International Film: Departures* (Japan; subtitled)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

April 6-12, 2015, Global and National Public Health Week (GNPHW)

April 6: Anthony Bourdain “Parts Unknown - Season 1, Episode 8"
Location: Cline 206 (location update)
Time:  6-7 p.m.

Season 1, Episode 8 chronicles Anthony Bourdain's boat trip in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the setting of one of his favorite books, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and the basis for one of his favorite movies, the classic Apocalypse Now.  He writes, "No show I've ever made has been more difficult, more frustrating, more uncertain, maddening or dangerous. It is a country, a subject, so large, so complicated as to defy explanation or any summing up in a sentence, a volume, an hour of television or even ten hours of television."

April 8: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Samir Koirala, MBBS, MSc
"Ebola Outbreak and A Visit to Sierra Leone"
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time:  1:00 p.m.

Dr. Koirala is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) Division of ADPER and Environmental Health, Bureau of Family Health, HPCDP Iowa Department of Public Health.  He will provide a keynote address on the Ebola crisis and his experience working on this problem in West Africa.

April 8: Panel on Careers/Masters in (Global) Public Health
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Lexie Just, Assistant Director, Master of Public Health Program, University of Iowa
Rachel Reimer, Director, Master of Public Heatlh Program, Des Moines University
Taylor Antolik, student, Master of Public Health Program, Des Moines University
Jessica Tschirren, Director, Office of Educational Services, College of Pubic Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

April 8: Student Poster Presentations
Location: Lower Level, Olmsted Center
Time:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsors: PFGCGC (offering a Global and Comparative Public Health concentration), College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Heartland Global Health Consortium 

April 10-11: 2nd Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
Sponsor: Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs at Drake

Faculty/Student registration at:

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 10 (Meredith 106)

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Group Simulation in U.S. Foreign Policy facilitated by Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Dinner Social with International Appetizers
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Address (open to public)

John Owen, University of Virginia (
"Political Islam: What the West Can Learn from Its Own History"

Saturday, April 11 (Medbury Lounge)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00am-10:15am: External Intervention and Political Change

Michelle Avrutin (George Washington University), “The EU and Ukraine: Possibilities for Accession”

Megan Streit (Drake University), “Hopes for a Hybrid: The Missed Potential of Czechoslovakia”

Allison Smith (Beloit University), “International Actors in Ukraine’s Revolution to Democracy from 2004 to 2014”

Adam Smith (Drake University), “Children of the Caliphate: The Threat Posed by the Islamic State School System”

10:30am-11:45am: Corruption, Political Institutions and Civic Identity

John Wingert (Drake University), “Corrupting Emerging Democracies: A Review of the Literature”

William Heaston (Drake University), “Agency and Inertia: Organizational Theoretic Perspectives on Procurement Corruption in the United Nations”

Nathan Leys (George Mason University), “Profitability Through Superior Firepower: Defense Industry Election Spending After Citizens United

Cecelia Panella (Drake University), “How Much Will This Arm Go for on the Black Market? An Expansion on Snowden and the Mass Production of the Modern Citizen”

Noon-1:15pm: Transnational Flows of People and Ideas

Michael Hoyt (Drake University), “The Humanitarian Crisis of 2014: Realist and Constructivist Views of International Migration”

Taylor Donaldson (Drake University), “Sex Trafficking in the Balkans”

Joshua Duden (Drake University), “Political Satire: From Politics to Efficacy and Everywhere in Between”

Madeline Geobel (Drake University), “From the Eyes of the Little Guys; Exploring Family Farming in Cameroon”

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sit down/buffet lunch  
Luncheon Speaker:

Iowa Representative Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government.  

Best Presentation Award: $200 gift certificate 

April 28: Guoguang Wu
Topic: China’s Rise and Its Global Implications in Human Security

Location:  Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time:  7 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsors:  PFGCGC

Guoguang Wu is a Professor of Political Science and Chair Professor in China & Asia-Pacific Relations at University of Victoria, Canada. He received his BA from Peking University, MA from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, MA, and PhD from Princeton University. He once had a career in journalism and politics in China as an editorialist for the People’s Daily in Beijing and a policy advisor/speechwriter to the national leadership of China. Subsequently, he has held appointments as Nieman Fellow (Harvard University, 1989-90), Luce Fellow (Columbia University, 1990-91), Wang An post-doctoral fellow (Harvard University, 1995-96), and Assistant/Associate Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Wu's research interests cover institutional change, political economy, globalization, elite politics, media and politics, and foreign policy and regional security, with empirical references to China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He is author, co-author, and editor of 25 books in English or Chinese, the latest of which include an individual anthology Paradoxes of China’s Prosperity: Political Dilemmas and Global Implications (World Scientific, 2015), an edited volume China’s Transition from Communism in New Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming 2015), and a research monograph China’s Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015), and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces.

*International Film Series
made possible by a gift from the Evans Foundation

Feb. 5: International Film: Ip Man (China; subtitled)
Introduced by Cyndi Chen
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Language:  Cantonese
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

Ip Man is adapted from the life story of Ip Man, the grand master of the Wing Chun style of kung fu and sifu (master) of legendary kung fu superstar Bruce Lee.  Wing Chun has a history of more thean 200 years.  It was founded by Yim Wing Chun, took root in the hands of Leung Chun, and prospered with Ip Man.  The art of Wing Chun has now become very popular with martial arts enthusiasts, especially overseas.  It is a traditional Chinese martial art with a formidable reputation internationally.

Feb. 19: International Film: In the Heat of the Sun* (China; subtitled)
Introduced by Kirk Martin
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Language:  Mandarin
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

This Chinese film which chronicles the rites-of-passage of a group of adolescent men is based on Wang Shuo's 1991 novella and includes additional autobiographical anecdotes from writer/director Jiang Wen. The film is set in summertime Peking during the early '70s. The boys live in a military school compound. When not skipping their classes, they are getting into fights with rival groups and girl watching. Much of the story focuses upon group leader Liu Yiku and Monkey Ma (who is based on Jiang Wen). Liu Yiku is having a sexual relationship with the free-wheeling Yu Beipei who is interested in Monkey Ma. Monkey Ma is too interested in the older gal, Mi Lan to notice.

April 2: International Film: Like Father, Like Son (Japan; subtitled)
Introduced by Chinatsu Sazawa

Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Language:  Japanese
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

In this 2013 drama directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

April 9: International Film: Departures (Japan; subtitled)
Introduced by Matt Mitchell and Jeffrey Kappen
Location:  Aliber 101

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Language:  Japanese
Sponsors: Evans Foundation, WLC and PFGCGC

Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful and sensitive journey into the heartland of Japan and an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage. 

Spring 2015: The Comparison Project**
The following events are sponsored by The Comparison Project and listed here as a courtesy.

Thursday, February 12, 7 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
The Sayings and Missayings of Samuel Beckett
Craig Owens, Associate Professor of English, Drake University 

Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Kabbalah, Language, and Transcendental Mysteries
Steven Katz, Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair of Jewish & Holocaust Studies, Boston University

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Love Is to Renounce Naming the Beloved: Muslim Mystic al-Rabi’a and Her Teaching of the Ineffable
Dr. Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Undergraduate Certificate of Islamic Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Philosophizing Ineffability: Comparative Reflections on Our 2013-2015 Theme and Events Timothy Knepper, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Leah Kalmanson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Drake University

 **  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.