Innovators. Trail Blazers. Boundary Breakers. These are the people you will meet on the Breaking Boundaries podcast. This podcast series from Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, illuminates how leaders and experts across sectors, national borders and cultural identities are joining forces to tackle our greatest global challenges and achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Gender Discrimination and International Human Rights with Juliet Sorensen, JD
On this episode of Breaking Boundaries we welcome Juliet Sorensen, a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law and the director and founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project. Sorenson is an international human rights champion whose work is changing the lives of women and girls around the world.
Gender justice is a foundation of all the UN’s sustainable development goals. It figures as SDG #5, Gender Equality, but is also a critical part of how we think about every goal, from health to poverty, to education, to inequality, to climate action because sustainability is impossible without gender justice. Sorensen talks about her career and her recent work with the Clooney Foundation for Justice to bring international attention to women in El Salvador who were convicted and imprisoned after suffering an obstetric emergency related to pregnancy.
Insight on Russia-Ukraine Tensions with Ambassadors Ian Kelly and Steven Pifer
In recent weeks, Russia has assembled tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine, actions that led to a phone call on Dec. 7, 2021, between President Biden and Vladimir Putin about consequences should Russia plan any attack. On this episode of the Breaking Boundaries podcast, two former U.S. ambassadors weigh in on the current tensions and provide context and opinions on the current situation.
Steven Pifer, a William J. Perry Research Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Previously, he was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council.
Ian Kelly is the Ambassador in Residence at Northwestern University. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, State Department spokesperson, and director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington,D.C.
Feature Films and Global Crises with Rana Kazkaz
Using the power of narrative film to explore a current global crisis is not only a delicate art, but a personal passion for Rana Kazkaz. She is an award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at Northwestern University in Qatar where she teaches narrative filmmaking. Her work focuses on Syrian stories with many of her short films recognized at the world’s leading film festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca.
She recently screened and discussed her first feature film, The Translator, at Northwestern as part of her appointment as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies in the Program of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. In this episode she talks about her path to filmmaking and the ten year journey to making The Translator.
Humanistic Thinking in the Age of Big Data with Christian Madsbjerg
Breaking down silos, trying to help people to work together across boundaries of discipline, profession and culture, is a difficult job and one that Christian Madsbjerg has spent much of his career trying to accomplish with much success. Madsbjerg is the co-founder of the consulting company, ReD Associates, Professor of Applied Humanities at The New School and has just launched a new venture called Lateral Data.
On this episode, Madsbjerg talks with Annelise Riles about diagnosing silo problems and removing them in business, health care and other industries. He also discusses the silos that exist at research universities, which he calls the “mother of all silos.” Madsbjerg, author of Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm, also talks about artificial intelligence, algorithms and the need for an infusion of humanistic approaches into algorithms or as an alternative to algorithms.
Indigenous Rights and COP26 with Reynaldo Morales, PhD
The Northwestern delegation that attended COP26 in Glasgow is back on campus. Of the many topics discussed at COP26, climate change and the roles and rights of Indigenous peoples was top of mind for our delegation.
Here to discuss this topic is Reynaldo Morales. He’s a member of our delegation and an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He is also a faculty fellow here at Northwestern Buffett.
Law and the Climate Crisis with Hari Osofsky
Righting injustices in energy and climate change regulation is an important part of addressing the global climate crisis. Hari Osofsky, Dean of Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, talks about working with business, government and nonprofit leaders to make bipartisan progress on climate, energy and equity issues.