• Global Public Health

    Agenda 10:15AM                     Welcome & Coffee 10:30AM                     Introductions                 Jamie Bender Center for International Studies ’Sola Olopade Global Health Initiative 11:00AM                     Presentation I               ’Sola Olopade Global Health: What is it and why are there USA and UCMC GHI Initiatives? “Area of study, research and practice that places a priority on […]

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  • Food (In)Security – Governance and Accountability

    In the final event of the series, we considered issues of governance and accountability with Julie Howard, Chief Scientist of the USAID Bureau for Food Security and Emily Alpert of ONE, an advocacy group fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Julie Howard “From L’Aquila to Camp David:  Feed the Future and the […]

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  • Human Garbage Lives Here

    Danny Hoffman Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology University of Washington Major General Human Garbage, like thousands of former fighters from the wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia, leads a precarious urban existence.  All over Freetown and Monrovia are interstitial spaces in which young men temporarily shelter.  “Barracked” in the ruins of government buildings, in graveyards, […]

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  • Food (In)Security – Food, Agriculture, and Development

    In our fourth event of the series, Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration and International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and former Chief Executive of the United Nations World Food Program, joins Christopher Delgado, Program Manager of the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and of […]

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  • Food (In)Security – Food Security and Food Sovereignty

    Hannah Wittman, Philip McMichael, and Rachel Bezner Kerr discuss gaps between the framework of food security as defined by international organizations and the more challenging  grass-roots notion of food sovereignty.   Food sovereignty, as articulated by groups such as La Via Campesina, is the right of people to define agricultural and food policy, including prioritizing local […]

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  • Food (In)Security – Hunger and Nutrition

    Professor Craig Gundersen of UIUC and Sophie Milam, Senior Policy Council at Feeding America, will explore problems of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food close to home. Food insecurity is one of the leading public health issues facing the United States today.  It has become an important issue due to the magnitude of the […]

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  • The 2012 Farm Bill – Your Food, Your Water, Your Money: Why The Farm Bill Matters

    Read the Chicago Maroon’s coverage of Ken Cook’s talk: Ken Cook defends food stamps as Farm Bill looms Prominent environmental advocate Ken Cook assessed standing legislation and advocated for changes to the 2012 Farm Bill Tuesday in Swift Hall. Cook, the president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environmental advocacy group, […]

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  • Mayan Cultural Politics and the Guatemalan Dream

    Carlos Escalante, Intercultural Coordinator, Sustainable Development for Guatemala (DESGUA) Brown bag lunch discussion – drinks were provided. Carlos Escalante is a Mayan spiritual guide and the Intercultural Coordinator of Sustainable Development for Guatemala (DESGUA), a bi-national non-profit organization based in Guatemala and the United States working towards economic and educational development for a sustainable Guatemala. He is […]

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  • Iran, the West and Israel – Moving Toward a Decision

    The Iranian regime is under immense pressure. The West appears more determined than ever to pose crippling sanctions on Iran that target the two bases of Iran’s economy – the oil sector and the banking sector. In the background are Israel’s statements regarding a military strike and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s assessment that an Israeli attack […]

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  • No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn

    Although most strategists recognize that the dominance of the West is on the wane, they are confident that its founding ideas—democracy, capitalism, and secular nationalism—will continue to spread, ensuring that the Western order will outlast its primacy. In No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Charles Kupchan challenged this view, […]

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