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The Rise of Left-Wing Governments in Latin America - Great Decisions
Speaker: Dr. Michael Snodgrass is a specialist in Latin America history and serves as Director of IUPUI’s Global and International Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts. His research interests include US-Latin American relations and the history of Mexican emigration to the United States. He received his BA from the University of Iowa in 1987, his MA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. His academic interests include migration and labor issues in Mexico and the U.S.’s Alliance for Progress program in Chile and Brazil. He is recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Grant in 2007 and a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Dissertation Research Fellowship (U.S. State Dept., Mexican Foreign Ministry 1994-1995.) Dr. Snodgrass is author of Deference and Defiance in Monterrey: Workers, Paternalism, and Revolution in Mexico, 1890-1950, as well as essays in anthologies and the journals International Labor and Working-Class History and Latin American Research Review.
Great Decisions - Global Famine - #PreviewInterview Episode 6 Featuring Sylvie Brouder PhD
Go to bit.ly/ICWAFamine to register for our Zoom Event on April 18th 7 PM ET. Sylvie Brouder, PhD is our presenter and she is the Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security (PCGFS) and a Wickersham Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Research. The PCGFS’s mission is to elevate the global food and nutrition security agenda and to engage with our varied partners in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating hunger and nutrition insecurity by 2030 while conserving the natural resource base. Dr. Brouder graduated from Harvard University (BA, Biology) and the University of California – Davis (PhD, Ecology); she studies agricultural productivity and agriculture’s impacts on the environment in a changing climate and oversees research activities at the Water Quality Field Station, an in-field laboratory and Purdue University Core Facility. With expertise in soil health and climate smart agriculture, she works with various organizations and partners to develop, implement and assess public investments in science and capacity development. She has conducted in-depth reviews of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research Programs for the Food and Agriculture Organization and, with Purdue colleagues, designed graduate curricula for a World Bank-funded African Center of Excellence in Climate Smart Agriculture. Dr. Brouder recently served as President for the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) where she advanced an array of initiatives to increase the rate of translation of science into guidance for policy makers and for evidenced-based practice in agriculture. She is currently serving a second term on the Standing Science Advisory Board for US Environmental Protection Agency to provide expertise in ecology, climate change and agriculture. She is a Fellow of ASA and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Energy and GeoPolitics - Great Decisions Series - Dr. Kenneth Holland
Dr. Kenneth Holland is President Emeritus of the American University of Afghanistan and just returned to Indiana from three years as Professor of Law and Dean (Research, Academics, and International Affairs at O. P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India. Before accepting the presidency of the American University of Afghanistan he was the Dean of the Rinker Center for International Affairs and Executive Director of the Center for International Development at Ball State University. Prior to that appointment he was the Associate Provost for International Programs at Kansas State University. He was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont, and Assistant Professor at Luther College. He held visiting professorships at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and the University of Calgary and research fellowships at the Australian National University and University of Iowa. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Master’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Furman University. He was a Fulbright Professor of Law at Tohoku University in Japan and Fulbright Specialist at the Yangon School of Political Science in Burma. He has directed development projects in several countries including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Russia, and Mongolia, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of State, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Eurasia Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation. He is an expert in international relations and international law and has published eight books and more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.