Mershon Center for International Security Studies
September 6 , 2016
In This Issue
Katherine Borland
Director, Center for Folklore Studies

Katherine Borland was awarded a Service-Learning Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences for the center's Ohio Field Schools project. These grants support the development of new and assessment of existing service-learning courses that will build student civic responsibility, enhance student learning through community engagement, and build the capacity of community partners. The project previously won a $100,000 grant from the Columbus Foundation.
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Mershon Events
Monday, September 12, 2016

Christiane Gruber
3 p.m., Research Commons, 3rd Floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave.
Co-sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies Center and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Christiane GruberIn June 2013, Gezi Park became the staging ground for the most serious challenge to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's decade-long rule in Turkey. When police brutally cleared the Istanbul park, five young men lost their lives, becoming official "martyrs" of the Gezi movement. Christiane Gruber, associate professor of Islamic art at University of Michigan, will examine the symbolic framings and functions of martyrs in a pluralistic society shaped by the desire to preserve a secular representative democracy in the face of increasing authoritarianism. Gruber will explore the rhetorical strategies and visual output of the Gezi Movement in slogans, chants, graffiti, digital art, Twitter posts, posters, banners, stickers, processions, sit-ins, and performances. Read more and register at
Thursday-Friday, September 22-23, 2016

Fall COMPAS Conference
11th Floor, Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave.
Organized by Center for Ethics and Human Values

COMPAS Fall 2016COMPAS is a series of year-long conversations on morality, politics, and society organized by the Center for Ethics and Human Values. The theme for the 2016-17 COMPAS program is inequality. It kicks off with a major interdisciplinary conference that aims to engage a general audience by focusing on four intersecting policy issues: mass incarceration, neighborhoods and social inequality, health disparities, and economic inequality and democracy. These issues raise important questions about poverty and opportunity, individual well-being and institutional justice, and the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. They also cause us to reflect on the social and political effects of class, race, gender, and other factors. Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (Bloomsbury, 2011, with Kate Pickett), will give the keynote address. Read more at
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kwame Anthony Appiah
5 p.m., Performance Hall, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Co-Sponsored by Office of International Affairs and Center for Ethics and Human Values

Kwame Anthony Appiah A world-renowned philosopher, cultural theorist and author, Kwame Anthony Appiah has published widely on moral philosophy, political theory, ethics, and African American literature and culture. A leading thinker on race and society, Appiah's current research centers on the roles of idealization and ideals in psychology, ethics and politics, and his talk will focus on ethics in higher education. Appiah holds an appointment at New York University's Department of Philosophy and its School of Law, where he teaches in New York and at the university's global centers. In 2009, Forbes Magazine named Appiah as one of the world's seven most powerful thinkers, and in 2012, he was one of eight scholars presented with the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Read more
Mershon News
Mandela Washington Fellows visit with Mershon faculty

The Ohio State University is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States that is hosting a cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellows are participating in a six-week academic and leadership institute on Ohio State's main campus.

Last summer the 25 Mandela fellows at Ohio State visited with Mershon faculty affiliates Paul Beck, John Carlarne, Rick Herrmann, and Dorothy Noyes to learn about American politics and international relations and to relay their thoughts about how U.S. foreign policy affects their countries. 

25 Mandela Washington fellows visited the Mershon Center in July
25 Mandela Washington fellows visited the Mershon Center in July

The Mandela fellowship provides 1,000 young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies organized programming for the institute that is focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance.  Read more
Other Events
Friday, September 9, 2016

Umut Korkut
"The Consolidation of Illiberal Politics in Hungary: Christianity, Anti-Modernism, Conservatism, and Europe"

11:30 a.m., 160 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road
Sponsored by Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Umut Korkut Umut Korkut is a reader at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is also a trustee for the executive committee of the Political Studies Association. His research interests include Eastern European and Turkish politics, migration, and religion, gender and politics. He is currently writing a monograph, "Politics and Gender Identity in Turkey: Centralised Islam for Socio-Economic Control" for Routledge. In this lecture, Korkut will explore the development and consolidation of illiberal politics amidst the global crisis of neoliberalism and democracy since 2008. He will concentrate on Hungary but will also discuss Poland, Slovakia, France, Turkey, and the United States, tracing anti-modern, Christian, and anti-humanitarian tendencies of illiberal democracy in the region.  Read more
Friday, September 9, 2016

"Data, Polarization, or Personality: Understanding the 2016 Presidential Election"
3:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Democracy Studies

John SidesThe current presidential election cycle has upended popular accounts on candidate selection, media effects, and the importance of money and campaign infrastructure. Will this historic cycle contradict yet more conventional wisdom in its final 10 weeks? Join two of the nation's most widely cited and respected political scientists, and a senior campaign official with extensive experience in this cycle, as they explain the trends that really mattered, the likely electoral outcome in November, and where American politics goes from here. Thomas Wood, assistant professor of political science, will moderate. Panelists include John Sides (left), George Washington University political scientist and founder of The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage; Luke Thompson, executive director of the New Analytics Company and former director of analytics at Right To Rise SuperPac; and Ken Goldstein, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. Read more and register
Friday-Saturday, September 23-24, 2016

Conference in Honor of John F. Guilmartin
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Department of History

John F. GuilmartinLt. Col. John F. "Joe" Guilmartin Jr., U.S. Air Force (Ret.), was a prominent member of the History Department at The Ohio State University for nearly three decades. He served two tours in the Vietnam War, logging more than 120 missions over Laos and North Vietnam in 1965-66 as a HH-3E "Jolly Green" helicopter pilot. Guilmartin, simply "Dr. G" to his students, was an authority on military and maritime history, airpower history, military technology, and the Vietnam War. At Ohio State he supervised 26 graduate students to completion of their Ph.D. degrees. He also sat on more than 270 student examination committees, the most of any other faculty member on record. On Friday the conference will include presentations from Guilmartin's fellow scholars and colleagues. The Saturday event is his celebratory Festschrift and will feature papers by his former doctoral students. Read more at
Monday, September 26, 2016

Alam Payind
"Update on Extremist Jihadi Groups in Afghanistan and the Middle East"
Noon, 100 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road
Sponsored by Middle East Studies Center

Alam PayindIn March the Middle East Studies Center sponsored a symposium on Jihadi groups with Amr Al-Azm, associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University; Alam Payind, director of the Middle East Studies Center; and Richard Herrmann, interim director of the Mershon Center. The symposium ( video here) addressed complex issues related to extremist jihadi groups in the Middle East, as panelists introduced the topic, provided background information on these groups and the area they operate in, and discussed the implications for U.S. foreign policy. In this event, Alam Payind will provide an update on the situation based on his recent fieldwork in Afghanistan.  Read more and register
Friday, September 30, 2016

Bill Shkurti
"Campus Chaos: OSU in the Sixties"
3:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by University Libraries

Bill ShkurtiJoin us for a panel discussion and book signing of Bill Shkurti's The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order (Ohio State University Press, 2016). Panelists include Bill Crandell, one of the leaders of the 1970 student strike; Mabel Freeman, president of the Women's Self Government Association, 1965-66; and Niki Schwartz, president of Students for Liberal Action, 1962-63. Bill Shkurti is a retired employee of Ohio State University and an alumnus. He received both his undergraduate ('68) and masters ('74) degrees from Ohio State. Shkurti served the university for 10 years as a vice president for finance and then another 10 years as senior vice president of business and finance. He currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. For more information about campus during this period, please see the online exhibition  Spring of Dissent: The 1970 Student Demonstrations
Other News
Alexander Hamilton Society to hold election debate

Nick Dowling
The Ohio State chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society is pleased to announce its inaugural debate for Fall 2016. 

The debate, to be held Wednesday, September 14, at 6 p.m. at Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave., will center on the foreign policies of each of the two major presidential candidates and their implications for the United States and the world. 

Speaking in support of the foreign policy of Hillary Clinton will be Nick Dowling (right), founder and president of national security firm IDS International. Speaking in support of Donald Trump's foreign policy will be Randy Schweller, professor of political science and Mershon affiliate.

Mershon affiliate and Hamilton Society adviser Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History, will moderate.

As always, free Wings Over and Coke products will be provided on what should be an exciting, informative, and pertinent night on the eve of the election. Read more and register
2016 Education Abroad Expo to be September 16

The 2016 Education Abroad Expo will be held on Friday, September 16, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Buckeye Reading Room in the Thompson Library. The Expo gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with education abroad experts and learn more about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Students will be able to explore programs for all majors and learn more about how to fund their prospective education abroad experience. Visit the Office of International Affairs website to learn more.
2017 BETHA grant proposals due November 22

Full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75% appointment for a nine or 12-month period) are invited to submit proposals to be considered for 2017 Battelle Endowment funding.

The Battelle Memorial Institute-Ohio State partnership fosters programs that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Emphasis is placed on educational and public service projects rather than pure research. 

Interdisciplinary collaborations within the university and collaborations with other institutions are especially encouraged. Projects that address engineering-related topics or feature collaborations between engineering and the social sciences or arts/humanities are particularly welcomed. Typically, three to six awards are granted, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000. 

Awards will be made in the spring of 2017 for projects to begin the following autumn semester. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 5 p.m. See application forms and instructions to learn more.
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