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Spring 2017 Activities

 The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake University‚Ä®
Spring 2017 Speaker and Film Series‚Ä®
All events are free and open to the public

Tuesday, February 7: Li Yang
Topic:  China's Economic Miracle: Exploring Past Successes and Future Prospects
Location:  Sussman Theater
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Li Yang is a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Drake’s CBPA.  She an associate professor in the School of International Trade and Economics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.  Her areas of research and expertise include World Trade Organization law,  international trade policies and logistics.  She teaches on the Chinese economy and WTO rules and has a PhD in Economics.

Monday, February 13:  Consul General Xhavit Gashi (Kosovo)
Topic: Iowa and Kosovo: The Importance of Partnerships in State Building
Location:  Sussman Theater
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Consul General Gashi serves at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Des Moines, Iowa.  He served as the first ever Kosovo Security Force Attaché to the United States. He retired from the military as a Brigadier General after completing almost 20 years of service. He was Senior Officer in the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), with a proven academic record and more than 10 years of experience in security sector reform. As Chief of Cabinet for the Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC), he was intimately involved in Force Development projects linked to the Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement and the creation of the KSF. General Gashi was directly involved in the ISSR process in Kosovo and a representative of KPC in the ISSR Secretariat. He also was an active member of NATO Operational Planning Team Workshops. He served in a lead role in Working Groups on the Dissolution of KPC and the establishment of the future Kosovo. He previously served as Director of Security Cooperation Department working with Euro-Atlantic partners on bilateral security development and capacity building programs. As a key member of the Minister for KSF and Commander of KSF’s immediate staffs, he contributed to a wide range of conceptual and doctrinal development to support the KSF Vision. He was also a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Feb. 14: Minkyu Sung, PhD
Topic: The Rhetoric of “Eat-ins”: The Body in Pain in Post-Sewol Ferry Liberal Democratic South Korea
Location: Medbury Honors Lounge
Time: 1 p.m.
Co-sponsors: PCGC, Department for the Study of Culture and Society and the Women's and Gender Studies program at Drake

Sung is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. Sung will explore the way in which rhetorical sufficiency of the body in pain is problematized. The Sewol ferry sinking disaster killed 299 passengers and 10 crew members in South Korean.  This led to hunger strikes by friends and family members asking the South Korean government to enact a special law to thoroughly investigate. Ultra-conservatives mocked the bereaved Sewol families' hunger strikes with a one-day binge-eating spree of pizza, fried chicken, etc. This public "eat-in" caused an intense controversy about the ethics of mourning for tragedies that critics believe should be empathized among the community members. See for more information on the guest speaker.

Tuesday, March 21: Sheila Smith
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Relations Under the New Trump Administration

Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: PCGC, Department of Political Science, and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

Sheila Smith is Director, Japan Studies Program, Council on Foreign Relations, and author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). She is currently researching how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices and working on a new project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management; a contributor to; and writer on CFR’s Asia Unbound

Thursday, March 23, Harvest of Grief film, also part of the Engaged Citizen documentary series; featuring an introduction by Rekha Basu, daughter of film-maker Rasil Basu
Location: Olin 101
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Principal Center for Global Citizenship; Engaged Citizen Experience

The north Indian state of Punjab was once a land of plenty, considered the breadbasket of the nation. Since the mid-1990s, however, unable to bear the burden of escalating agricultural costs, declining soil fertility, dwindling yields and mounting debt, small and marginal farmers are killing themselves. The government’s official figures put the suicide count in Punjab to date at a little over 2,000. However, experts put the number well over 40,000 in 20 years. As the suicide rate mounts, policy-makers fail to alleviate the plight of the debt-ridden small and marginal farmers and, more broadly, to rescue agriculture from the clutches of moneylenders and big industry.

Mounting male suicides have also had traumatic consequences for women. As a result of the farming community’s patriarchal structure, women are ill-equipped to cope with the abrupt and violent loss of the male breadwinners and the challenges and responsibilities that confront them. Often farms are confiscated because of women’s inability to repay high-interest loans. Widows, who become the sole breadwinners, are harassed by money lenders. Children suffer by being forced to leave school and work at early ages.

Harvest of Grief, a 66-minute documentary, chronicles the victims' untold stories. It is shot in four villages in Sangrur, a relatively poor district of Punjab. The film touches upon the human and social cost of "solutions" to hunger such as the Green Revolution. It explores the severe agricultural crisis caused by economic liberalization, globalization, and the myopic business strategies of profit-seeking multinational corporations.

March 28, Bassem Youssef
Topic:  Revolution for Dummies
Location:  Sussman Theater
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Drake Arabic Club and Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” was the host of the popular TV show AlBernameg, which was the first political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, AlBernameg grew to become the most watched television show across the region, with 30 million viewers every week.  Youssef was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in 2013, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and he was recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a global thinker during the same year. Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE), and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).

Wednesday, March 29: Panel on the Trump Presidency and U.S. Foreign Policy
Panelists: Ambassador Ronald McMullen, Professors Mary McCarthy and Kieran Williams; Moderator Professor David Skidmore
Location: Meredith 106
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Ron McMullen, currently the University of Iowa’s Ambassador in Residence, served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.  McMullen has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 105 countries.  In Burma he worked closely with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy groups. While posted in Fiji he helped prevent civil conflict after an armed takeover of parliament.  He was shot at during a riot in Sri Lanka and helped train mongooses to detect heroin.  He survived a voodoo curse in the Dominican Republic and took Hillary Clinton on a tour of South Africa’s Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.  Between foreign assignments, McMullen served as a Visiting Professor at the Military Academy at West Point, where he taught International Relations and Comparative Politics, and was Diplomat-In-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has authored a number of scholarly works and is a three-time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.  In 2015 he received the University of Iowa’s Honors Program Teaching Award.  A native of Northwood, Iowa, and a graduate of Drake University, he earned his PhD in political science from the University of Iowa.

Mary M. McCarthy is an associate professor of politics and international relations at Drake University. She specializes in Japan’s domestic and foreign policies and has published on topics including the Japanese media and cooperation and conflict between Japan and China in the East China Sea. She is also the editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Japanese Foreign Policy. Her current research examines the historical legacies of the Asia-Pacific War on Japan’s foreign relations. Dr. McCarthy is a Mansfield Foundation US-Japan Network for the Future Scholar and was a 2014 Japan Studies Resident Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, DC. She received her BA in East Asian studies and her PhD in political science from Columbia University.

Kieran Williams is a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science at Drake University. Previously he taught for nine years at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where he was an associate professor in politics and a frequent consultant to the UK Foreign Office. He received his A.B. from Princeton and D.Phil from Oxford. His most recent book is a biography of the Czech writer and statesman Václav Havel, published by Reaktion Books in the UK and distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press.

April 5-8Nelson Institute Conference: Full ScheduleRegister
-    April 5, Ambassador Stephen Rapp
     Topic: Bringing War Crimes Perpetrators to Justice

     Location:  Sussman Theater
     Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
-    April 6: Fulbright event

     Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room            
     Time: 2pm-4:30pm
-    April 7: Global Connectivity Launch
     Location:  Shivers Hospitality Suite
     Time: 5:15pm-8:00 p.m.
-   April 8:
  Student research panels and other presentations
     Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room
     Time: 9 a.m-12:30 p.m.

April 10: Film: Command and Control
Followed by panel featuring Mayor Frank Cownie, David Drake, Maureen McCue and David Skidmore
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7pm-9:15pm
Sponsors: PCGC and Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Directed by Robert Kenner (FOOD, INC.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION), COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense— chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

April 11: Globalization, Technological Change and the Rise of Populist Politics
Panelists: Jim McCaughan, John Merante, David Skidmore
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship

Jim McCaughan is chief executive officer of Principal Global Investors. He also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

John Merante, CFA - Economist & Macro Strategist - Principal Portfolio Strategies. John is an Economist & Macro Strategist for Principal Portfolio Strategies, a specialized boutique that engages in the creation of asset allocation solutions. As a member of the investment team, he is responsible for evaluating global economic developments, constructing economic scenarios and risk analysis, and assessing the opportunities and challenges they create. Based upon the analysis, he will provide recommendations on portfolio strategy and positioning for the Dynamic Outcome strategies. Prior to joining Principal®, John was the Product Specialist for the International and Emerging Market Equity teams at Neuberger Berman. Previously, he was an Investment Banker with Lehman Brothers, providing economic and financial advice to sovereign clients including the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and Central Bank. John was a Foreign Service Officer and Economist with the U.S. Department of State. He has extensive experience in economic and financial modeling and financial communications. He received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.S. in Finance from George Washington University.

David Skidmore is a Professor of Political Science at Drake University and Directs the Principal Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and INternational Affairs. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Skidmore is the author of The Unilateralism Temptation in American Foreign Policy (2011) and co-author (with Thomas Lairson) of International Political Economy: The Struggle for Power and Wealth in a Globalizing World (2017).

Saturday, April 15: Africa Night: Roots and Routes
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm Dinner/Cultural Show
Location: Parent Hall, Olmsted Center
Sponsors: PCGC, African Student Association, UNITY Roundtable

The "roots" aspect of this event refers to traditional and contemporary, indigenous African culture - our African roots. The "routes" refer to African diaspora and the passages taken out of Africa to give birth to alternative forms of African culture and tradition. Students with ‘African roots’ and ‘routes into African Diaspora’ will put on a cultural performance for Drake University and its community, to tell stories about ourselves: our history, culture and identities. 

Africa Night will take place on the 15th of April, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm. The evening will start with an array of performances and about an hour into the event, a 15-minute intermission will occur. After the end of the interval, performances will continue and then the event will end with a dinner served for all the guests. You won't want to miss this! See you there !

Ticket Price (excluding processing fees): $8 for non-Drake community members

The Comparison Project's Spring 2017 events

The following event is sponsored by the The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University and is listed here as courtesy:

Wednesday, Feb 22, Chigozie Obioma
Topic: The Fishermen
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Cowles Library Reading Room (2nd floor)

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria. He has lived in Cyprus, Turkey, and now the United States where he is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His debut novel, THE FISHERMEN, won the inaugural FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction and the NAACP Image Award for Debut Literary Work, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize 2015.  THE FISHERMEN was also included on the “best of 2015” lists for The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, and has been published in 24 languages. Additionally, Obioma is a recipient of Hopwood Awards in fiction and poetry, his fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and Transition, and he was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Influential People of the year in 2015.

The following event is sponsored by the Engaged Citizen program and is listed here as courtesy:

Wednesday, April 19: Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: Japanese War Brides (documentary film)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center

Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II.  They landed in 1950s America  knowing no one, speaking little English and often moving in with stunned in-laws. In brutally honest conversations with their daughters, they reveal the largely untold story of the Japanese war brides.