Audio podcast of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council meetings from the City of Iowa City's Community Television Service.
ICFRC: COVID-19 and Atrocity Prevention: Factors for Risk and Resilience
Kelsey Paul Shantz is program officer for mass violence and atrocities at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security, where she supports the center's work to build resilience to the worst kinds of violence by building global networks and providing policy leaders, government representatives, and members of civil society with the most recent research and ideas related to violence prevention strategies. Prior to joining the Stanley Center, Paul Shantz was a researcher for think tanks and research institutions in Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands, including the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Paul Shantz has an MA in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. She also has a BA in international studies from the University of Evansville.Jessica Kline is program associate for the mass violence and atrocities prevention team at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. As program associate, she assists in the design and implementation of programming that engages a diverse network of stakeholders to help societies prevent, respond to, and recover from mass atrocities. Before coming to the center, Kline completed internships with the US Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Carter Center's Democracy Program, and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. She also studied in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Ecuador, allowing her to gain a greater understanding of regional human rights issues and response mechanisms. Kline focused her graduate studies on human rights law and gender analysis in international affairs, and wrote her thesis on the evolution of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. She holds an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BS in international affairs and modern languages from Georgia Tech.For more than 60 years, the Stanley Center for Peace and Security has brought together members of the global community to exchange ideas, foster innovation, and take collective action. Currently, the center works to address three global challenges: mitigating climate change, avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, and preventing mass violence and atrocities. To inform policy and action that fosters societal resilience to the worst forms of violence, the center builds collaborative networks of representatives from governments, civil society, and the private sector, and promotes evidence-based strategies for prevention and resilience.In their program, Kelsey and Jessica will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and government responses have deepened structural vulnerabilities and compounded existing risks for mass violence and atrocities in many societies. At the same time, the pandemic provides an opportunity for leaders to implement prevention-based policies that build resilience at the local, national, regional, and international levels. This virtual discussion will provide an insight into societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities, the impact of COVID-19 on early prevention of mass violence, and the ways civil society and policymakers are working to respond to risk and build resilience around the globe. For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.
ICFRC: Teaching and Learning with Refugees and Immigrants in Iowa City
Dr. Gerlach describes how his new course, Community Engaged Learning with Refugees and Immigrants in Iowa, fosters students' international education and benefits a local non-profit through service. The talk focuses on how the course was designed; the relationship between the class and community partner, the Refugee and Immigrant Association; and how the course was adapted midway through the semester to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Lessons learned and broader implications for teaching and learning are also shared.Dr. Peter Gerlach is Summer Institute Coordinator at the International Writing Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of Iowa. He received his BA and MA degrees in English from Ripon College and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively. After serving in the US Peace Corps in Mongolia, he earned a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Since 2004, he has taught a wide variety of courses in English, Education, and interdisciplinary departments. Dr. Gerlach's work as an international educator and his dissertation, current teaching, and research interests focus on the merits and limits of global citizenship, the need for understanding and empathy across cultures, the internationalization of higher education, and the lived experiences of university students, refugees, and immigrants in a globalized world. For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.
ICFRC: Combustion: A Feminist Perspective on Cookstove Improvement Campaigns in India
ICFRC hosts Associate Professor Meena Khandelwal from the Department of Anthropology at The University of Iowa for a lecture on the feminist perspectives on cookstove improvement campaigns in India. Meena Khandelwal is best known for her pioneering research on Hindu celibacy and monastic life that puts gender at the center. Her book Women in Ochre Robes (SUNY Press 2004) focuses on the everyday lives of women initiated into sannyasa-one of several traditions of Hindu renunciation. More recently, Khandelwal has turned her attention to a collaboration with applied scientists sparked by a chance conversation about a solar cooker project. A colleague in engineering took a group of students to visit a village in Rajasthan, India; they learned that women and girls were trekking long hours to find and haul firewood that was once available just outside their homes-simply to cook a meal. Availability of a solar cooker, they thought, would not only address the problem of deforestation but would also ease women's workload and put more girls in school. The engineers' consideration of perspectives from cultural anthropology and gender studies led to an awareness that the cook-stove problem is not only technological, but also environmental, cultural and political. The project now involves a multi-disciplinary group of colleagues conducting research on the complex nexus of forests, energy, gender relations, health, consumption and culture.Thus far, three publications have resulted from this collaboration. Khandelwal published an essay on veganism, vegetarianism and beef-eating titled "Cooking with Firewood: Deep Meaning and Environmental Materialities in a Globalized World" in Mapping Feminist Anthropology in the Twenty-First Century ed. by Lewin and Silverstein (2016). She has also published two co-authored essays. One is "Why Have Cook-stove Initiatives in India Failed?"(World Development 2017). "The Humble Cookstove" is included in a special edition of LIMN on Little Development Devices / Humanitarian Goods (2017) edited by Stephen J. Collier, Jamie Cross, Peter Redfield, and Alice Street.Khandelwal was recently awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Award to take a group of 12 faculty and students to Rajasthan for one months in Winter 2016-2017 to learn about the story of cook-stove interventions.For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.
ICFRC: The Inevitable Pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
ICFRC hosts Professors Hans House from the Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Iowa for a lecture on the burgeoning global pandemic that is COVID-19 or colloquially know as Coronavirus. Hans House, MD, DTMH is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa and serves as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. House attended medical school at USC and completed a combined Emergency Medicine / Internal Medicine residency at UCLA. He also attended the London School of Tropical Medicine and has a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has numerous publications on travel medicine, mass-gathering events, and emergency medical education. He lectures frequently on travel-related and emerging infectious diseases.For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.
ICFRC: African Elections as a Testing Ground: Cambridge Analytica in Nigeria and Kenya
Associate Professor Brian Ekdale studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa.Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer. His documentary 10 Days in Malawi was screened at 11 film festivals and won 8 awards.Since joining the UI faculty, Brian now teaches several courses that prepare students to be better consumers and producers of digital and social media. Brian is the faculty advisor for SJMC's Graduate Student Association. Brian's talk included two videos that copyright forbids us from including in our video. You can watch those trailers on YouTube: How Cambridge Analytica tried to intimidate Nigerian votersKenya in 2020 if Raila Odinga is elected President For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.
ICFRC: Overcoming the One Inch Barrier: Experiencing the World Through Foreign Film
Rebecca Fons is the Programming Director at FilmScene, Iowa City's premiere art house theater, and also serves as the Development and Programming Director for the Iowa Theater - a multi-disciplinary film and performance center in her hometown of Winterset, IA. Rebecca was the Education Director for The Chicago International Film Festival for nearly a decade and is a co-founder of Destroy Your Art, a yearly film/performance art event in Chicago. Rebecca received a Masters Degree in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature Studies from the University of Iowa and is a Steppenwolf Theatre Associate and member of the Gene Siskel Film Center's Community Council. She serves on the screening committees for the True/False Film Festival and the South By Southwest Film Festival, and as a juror at festivals around the country. Rebecca's talk included two trailers that copyright forbids us from including in our video. You can watch those trailers on YouTube: ParasitePortrait of a Lady on Fire For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.