Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 9 , 2015
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
"Hamilton County ordered to keep polls open later"
WCPO-TV Cincinnati
November 4, 2015
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
"Ohio strikes blow against gerrymandering"
The Conversation
November 4, 2015
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Mershon Events
Thursday-Saturday, November 12-14, 2015

Symposium: Responsibility, Morality, and Costs of War
Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive.

Kevin McClatchy The Responsibility, Morality, and Costs of War symposium blends performing and visual arts with leading research to explore the costs of war. Jonathan Shay, author of A chilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, will deliver the symposium's keynote address. Renowned Czech designer Simona Rybáková leads the creation of a performance/installation and delivers the Ohio State Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute lecture. Assistant Professor Kevin McClatchy (pictured) performs his new solo play, Scrap Heap, about a Special Forces veteran with PTSD. Other notable participants include Mershon affiliate and decorated veteran Peter Mansoor, Ohio State endowed chair of History Bruno Cabanes, founder of American Women Veterans Genevieve Chase, and award-winning playwright and actor Bianca Sams. Read more and register at
Monday, November 16, 2015

Ishan Ashutosh
2 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall

Ishan Ashutosh Ishan Ashutosh is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situation in migration and area studies. The first research project focuses on transnational politics of South Asian diasporas in multiple urban centers in the United States, Canada and Britain. The second research project examines the constructions of South Asia in the social sciences as a site of knowledge production. This talk examines the shifting relations between the Indian nation-state and the South Asian diaspora. Read more and register at
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

David Edelstein
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

David Edelstein David Edelstein is associate professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University. His research and teaching focus on international security, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. His first book is Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation (Cornell, 2008). He is currently engaged in two major research projects. One is on the time horizons of political leaders in international politics, and the other examines exit strategies from military interventions. In this talk, Edelstein will explore what past cases of rising great powers might lead us to expect in the case of China. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Cardinal Peter Turkson

Cardinal reflects on ecology with Ohio State community
Mershon Auditorium was nearly filled to capacity with a crowd that gave Cardinal Peter Turkson a standing ovation after his discussion about world ecology on November 2.
Turkson visited the campus of Ohio State University, talking to students who showed them their work in ecology, touring Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, and capping off the day with a presentation on Pope Francis's Encyclical on Ecology, "Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home."
The community discussion on global sustainability included Turkson's explanation of the encyclical, released by the Roman Catholic Church this spring, and then a roundtable discussion with University President Michael Drake and Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Questions were submitted by the audience via Twitter and Facebook.
"Sustainability is a reminder of the power of a place like Ohio State," McPheron said in his welcome address. "We are one of the world's most comprehensive universities - a place to discuss, debate and solve these grand challenges."
Turkson explained that, through the encyclical, the Pope is inviting all people into a dialogue about the similar concerns we have about our common home. "Every voice and every opinion deserves to be heard in this," he said, adding that the main thrust of the encyclical is to emphasize care for our creation - meaning both our environment and our population.
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Other Events
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Terry Tickhill
"OMG We're Not in Ohio Anymore: The 1969-1970 Women's Expedition to Antarctica"
3 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave Mall
Sponsored by Byrd Polar Research and Climate Center

While it is commonplace for women to conduct fieldwork in Antarctica today, this was not always the case. With funding from the National Science Foundation and facing skepticism from the U.S. Navy, a team from Ohio State's Institute for Polar Studies (now called the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center) arrived in Antarctica in 1969. The expedition received much attention for breaking the gender barrier, but undertook serious research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Terry Tickhill, one of the members of the team, pursued studies in ecology following the expedition and recently retired from a career in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. Read more
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Joshua Sanborn
12:15 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall, 230 W. 17th Ave.
Sponsored by Department of History and Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Joshua Sanborn Joshua Sanborn is head of the Department of History and chair of the Russian and East European Studies Program at Lafayette College. He is author of Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire (Oxford University Press, 2014); Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics, 1905-1925, and, with co-author Annette Timm, Gender, Sex, and the Shaping of Modern Europe. Pizza and refreshments will be served.
Other News
North Korean romantic comedy to debut in Columbus

Comrade Kim Goes Flying movie poster Join the East Asian Studies Center and Institute for Korean Studies for a screening of a North Korean romantic comedy, Comrade Kim Goes Flying (2012, 81 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles). Producer/director Nicholas Bonner will introduce the film and hold a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of the screening.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the first movie ever made by a joint North Korean-Western team of producers and directors. It is also the first North Korean movie shown in South Korea in two decades, and the first North Korean "girl power" movie that reflects western artistic traditions.

Film Synopsis: Comrade Kim Yong Mi is a North Korean coal miner. Her dream of becoming a trapeze artist is crushed by the arrogant trapeze star Pak Jang Phil who believes miners belong underground and not in the air. Comrade Kim Goes Flying is a heartwarming story of trying to make the impossible possible.

The showing takes place Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St. Admission is free.

For further information, contact Mitch Lerner, Director of Ohio State's Institute for Korean Studies, at
Office of Academic Affairs announces grant program

We are pleased to announce the 2015-16 Connect and Collaborate Grants Program. These grants will provide more than $1 million to fund teaching and research activities across a broad range of academic interests.

Information and application materials are available at the Connect and Collaborate Grants Program webpage. In addition, an information session will be held Thursday, November 12, 11 a.m., Room 110A, Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave., Columbus.

The Connect and Collaborate Grants will provide funding for Ohio State students, faculty and staff to catalyze engaged collaborative teaching and research that addresses compelling 21st century challenges. Teams are encouraged to seek opportunities that create sustainable, lasting change through proposed projects which may align with the Discovery Themes.

Funding opportunities include:
  • Humanities and the Arts Discovery Themes Block Grants ($320,000)
  • Impact Grants ($330,000)
  • International Affairs Academic Enrichment Grants ($150,000)
  • OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants ($80,000)
  • Service-Learning Grants ($40,000)
  • Undergraduate and Faculty Community-Based Research Grants ($90,000)
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