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2022 Great Decisions Series | The Quad Alliance
About the Program: "The Quad Alliance" As part of the U.S. pivot to Asia, the United States has been in dialogue with Japan, Australia, and India in an effort to contain China. Recently, the Quad countries held joint naval exercises in the South Pacific. How effective will the actions of this alliance be? About the Speakers: Sumitha Kutty Sumitha Narayanan Kutty is a Leverhulme doctoral fellow in the Centre for Grand Strategy (CGS) at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and an adjunct research associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. She works on issues related to security, foreign policy and rising powers with an empirical focus on South Asia, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific.
2022 Great Decisions Series | Industrial Policy
About the Program: "Industrial Policy" The current discussion of industrial policy in the United States is not simply about whether or not to support specific companies or industries, but about trust or mistrust of the government and its ability to manage the economy and deal with a rising China. The upheaval in supply chains during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in the international economy. What policies can the United States implement to deal with trade and the economy? About the Speaker: Dr. Sameeksha Desai Dr. Sameeksha Desai joined the faculty of the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2010. She specializes in entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and economic development policy. An associate professor, she is Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative, and Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies. Her research explores the conditions that influence entrepreneurship and regional economic outcomes of various types of entrepreneurial activity and opportunity. She has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants, while her work has been supported by government, nonprofit, and international organizations.
2022 Great Decisions Series | Changing Demographics
About the Program: "Changing Demographics" The world experienced remarkable demographic changes in the 20th century that continue today and have resulted in far-reaching social, economic, political, and environmental consequences all over the globe. These consequences are creating mounting challenges to development efforts, security, climate, and the environment, as well as the sustainability of human populations About the Speaker: Dr. Keera Allendorf Dr. Keera Allendorf is an Associate Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Indiana University. She is a demographer and sociologist whose research is at the intersections of family, gender, and health. She investigates how and why family behaviors and attitudes vary and change over time and how family behaviors shape well-being. Geographically, she focuses on India and Nepal but also has comparative work on the rest of Asia and the United States. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Population and Development Review, and Journal of Marriage and Family.
2022 Distinguished Speaker Series | Solutions for Today's Global Hunger Crisis
About the Program: "Solutions for Today's Global Hunger Crisis and Preventing the Next One" Instead of making progress toward the UN's goal of ending hunger by 2030, the world is facing a devastating hunger crisis. 44 million people in 38 countries, about the total population of California and Indiana combined, are facing extreme hunger. The conflict in Ukraine is making the situation even worse. The good news is that practical solutions can change the tide. Learn from Oxfam's Food Systems Director Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego on solving hunger and Indiana's special role in it. David Miner, chairman, board of directors, Indy Hunger Network will join the program to provide information on food insecurity in Central Indiana, its causes, consequences, and the work that is being done to address the issues. Contributions to this program to be shared with Oxfam America and Indy Hunger Network. Follow this link to donate directly to OXFAM America: https://www.oxfamamerica.org Follow this link to donate directly to the Indy Hunger Network: https://www.indyhunger.org About the Speaker: Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego currently serves as Oxfam America's Global Program Director for Food Systems with the goal to create an inclusive, resilient, sustainable, and healthy food systems for all. In addition, he leads key Oxfam America program operations, while also serving as vice-chair of Oxfam’s West Africa Governance Group. Before joining Oxfam, he spent 17 years with CARE International in various capacities in country, regional and global roles. Dr. Lawson-Lartego earned a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University in the US, with focus on innovative business strategies and value co-creation between Business and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). He also earned a Master's degrees in Economics & Business from the University of Lomé in Togo and and second Master’s degree in Social and Rural Development from Reading University in the UK. Dr. Lawson-Lartego has published many articles and book chapters including the recent on “Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems Transformation”
2022 Distinguished Speaker Series | Conspiracy Theories: History, Ubiquities, Causes, & Consequences
About the Program: "Conspiracy Theories: History, Ubiquity, Causes, and Consequences" Recent headlines claim that society has entered a new "golden age" of conspiracy theories, fake news, and misinformation. In this talk, we will explore how beliefs in conspiracy theories have changed over time, the common causes of beliefs in conspiracy theories, and potential consequences, as well as the role of social media and political leaders in fostering conspiracy beliefs. Particular attention will be paid to instances where intuition and popular narratives diverge from scientific work on the political psychology of conspiracy beliefs. About the Speaker: Adam Enders, Ph.D. Adam Enders is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisville where he studies and teaches on the psychology of conspiracy theories and misinformation and political polarization. He earned at PhD in political science from Michigan State University in 2016 and a BA in political science and public policy from Albion College in 2011.
2022 Distinguished Speaker Series | Uyghurs Today: What Happened to the Camps
About the Program: "Uyghurs Today: What Happened to the Camps" As we all watch the Russian invasion of Ukraine in horror and anguish, it's easy to forget that suffering continues in other places. In the course of the Q & A, I'd like to point out that the camps are still there, though other institutions have sprung up - still primarily aimed at punishing, and then erasing, religiosity and cultural difference. Though Uyghurs are the majority population, Kazakhs and others have been among the detained. Thus the forcible assimilation campaign appears to target all Turkic Muslims in the region. It will be good to consider the campaign in the context of an increasingly confident, and increasingly nationalist, Chinese Communist Party, and ultimately widen the view to take in Taiwan and Ukraine. About the Speaker: Dr. Gardner Bovingdon Dr. Gardner Bovingdon researches nationalism, identity politics, and ethnic conflict in China and Central Asia. His first book,The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land (Columbia, 2010) focused on the tumultuous history of Uyghurs and Xinjiang since the founding of the People's Republic of China. He is now writing a book on architecture, city planning, and identity in Kazakhstan, with a focus on the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Bovingdon earned his BA in politics from Princeton University and his PhD in Political Science and Government from Cornell University, and now serves as an Associate Professor at Indiana University.
Diplomacy Through Sports: The Globalization of Sport and Societal Change
About Few social activities have the ability to bring people together like sports. From the time of the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece, life and even wars were put on hold to create space for spirited but friendly competition. With the prospect of escaping the social isolation of the global pandemic, and with growing political and social polarization in the United States and around the world, many crave a return to the normal non-political “hysteria” of sports as a diversion and as a vehicle for bringing people together to further the larger social goals of peace, understanding, tolerance and sportsmanship. Therefore, ICWA believes that March is the perfect time to feature a program on “Diplomacy Through Sports: The Globalization of Sport and Societal Change”. Coming just as “March Madness” is tipping off in Indianapolis, this program promises to (1) address the ways that sports diplomacy aligns with US foreign policy goals to strengthen relationships between the United States and other nations, (2) discuss the growth of “world sports” and the opportunities they create to foster better understanding among people from different cultures and countries, (3) raise awareness of the opportunities available to American and international athletes to compete at the university and professional levels, (4) explore the evolving roles of athletes as cultural ambassadors and advocates for social change, and (5) acknowledge the impact that US inclusion policies have had on creating opportunities for girls and women to enjoy the benefits that sports teach, such as, communication, teamwork and leadership. Dr. Ashleigh Huffman Dr. Huffman joined the Office of Sports Diplomacy at the State Department in January 2020 from Athletes for Hope, where she was Global Director of Gender Equity. She is an experienced educator and entrepreneur in the global sports diplomacy and women’s empowerment movements. Throughout her career, Ashleigh has traveled the world, training more than 10,000 sports leaders from 75+ countries in sport for social change. Ashleigh is the co-founder of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, where she worked with government, corporations, universities, sports leagues, and nonprofits to align interests and combine powers in the sports diplomacy and social change spheres. As a former professor, Ashleigh also served as the lead faculty member for the VOLeaders Academy, a program created to empower student-athletes to use their platform as a force for good. Ashleigh is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a PhD in Sociocultural Studies and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. As an undergraduate, Ashleigh was the captain of her basketball team at Eastern Kentucky University. Detlef Schrempf Detlef is a German-American retired professional basketball player who spent 16 seasons in the NBA including 4 with the Indiana Pacers. He was a three-time NBA All Star and represented Germany in the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games. Detlef studied International Business at the University of Washington, where he was an All-American basketball player. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation supported Northwest children and their families for 25 years and built a diplomatic outreach program to Muslim countries. He was a founding board member of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership and now works with multiple charities on their fundraising efforts. He is also leading a campaign for racial justice. Greg Stremlaw Stremlaw is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Indy Eleven Professional Soccer and is helping to lead the new Eleven Park development project in Indianapolis. As CEO for Indy Sports & Entertainment, he is part of an executive team focused on the construction and design of an open air stadium, commercial and retail space, apartments, a boutique hotel, and other public spaces. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Western University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maine, an M.S. Ed in Sport Management from the University of Miami, Florida and he recently completed a Harvard Executive Education at Harvard Law School. Elizabeth Thompson Thompson is the associate director of international outreach and education for the NCAA Eligibility Center. She holds degrees in both International Relations and French from the University of Indianapolis. During her 11 years with the NCAA, Elizabeth has held various roles surrounding international student-athlete eligibility—from answering questions for NCAA member schools, students and parents, to overseeing the international academic certification process and relevant NCAA committees. Her current role, by far her favorite yet, entails educating prospective future international student-athletes and those who work closely with them on what it takes to become eligible for the NCAA and all of the opportunities in the U.S.
Emerging Trade and Investment Opportunities in Africa with Speaker Toyin Umesiri
About the Topic While all will find Ms. Umesiri's presentation enlightening, it will especially be pertinent to the many Indiana businesses that are interested in trade and investment opportunities in Africa. Further, through this webinar students of business, global affairs, and African studies will better understand the political and business trends in this dynamic continent. In her presentation, Ms. Umesiri will argue that the countries of Africa can no longer be ignored because: • After the passing of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the world’s largest trade bloc is in Africa. • The population on the continent of Africa is projected to double by 2050 from 1.1 billion people to about 2.2 billion. • Prior to COVID-19, Africa had 6 of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world, a burgeoning middle class, and a fast-paced rate of urbanization. • 60% of the world’s remaining arable land is in Africa. • With a youth-bubble of 70% of the population under 35, Africa is positioned as the next global economic engine. About the Speaker Ms. Toyin Umesiri is the CEO of Nazaru LLC and Founder of the Trade with Africa® Network. Ms. Umesiri spent over a decade in corporate America at Walmart and Whirlpool Corporations. She brings sector-specific market insights on trade with and investments in Africa. Further, Ms. Umesiri is regarded as a global influencer and serves as Intra-African Trade Ambassador by appointment of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and African Union (AU); governing body of the 55 African nations. She is an inspirational speaker featured as a Leading Woman in Technology on the platform the Spark Women, was published in the book: LEADING WOMEN, recognized as one of Nigeria’s 100 Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa and featured as one of the "Who's Who" of the Nigerian Diaspora.
Rwanda: A Tale of One Man's Courage in the Face of Genocide
About the Topic For over a decade, Carl Wilkens has been sharing stories around the globe to inspire and equip people to “enter the world of The Other.” He was the only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda throughout the 1994 genocide. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. Working with Rwandan colleagues, they helped save the lives of hundreds. His harrowing yet hopeful journey weaves together stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion in the midst of senseless slaughter. In 2011, Carl completed a book detailing his experiences titled "I’m Not Leaving." A 40-minute documentary by the same title has since been released. (Click here to check out the documentary trailer.) Carl’s storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience is the transformative belief that we don’t have to be defined by what we lost or our worst choices. We can be defined by what we do with what remains - what we do next after terrible choices. Each year he returns to Rwanda with students and educators to see for themselves how people are working together to rebuild their country and rebuild trust. Rwanda’s story is a powerful platform to launch meaningful conversations under the broad umbrella of learning to live together. Stories of the genocide are explored and how respect leads to empathy, resulting in inclusion (REI).