Friday, November 4, 2016
"The U.S. Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Korean Studies
is professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and Marshall School of Business. He is also director of USC Korean Studies Institute and director of the USC Center for International Studies. Kang's latest book is
East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribut
e (Columbia, 2010). He is also author of
China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia
Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines
(Cambridge, 2002), and
Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies
, with Victor Cha (Columbia, 2003). In this event, Kang will explain why East Asia actually more peaceful than the conventional wisdom might suggest. Read more and register at
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"Ruling the Market: Economic Geography, Electoral Institutions, and Redistribution"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
is associate professor at London School of Economics. She studies international trade. Currently, she is researching non-tariff barriers to foreign trade, including state subsidies and discriminatory public procurement practices. She is a member of the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and the editorial board of the journal
. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to discuss various events in the global economy, including the leadership contest at the World Trade Organization. In this event, Rickard will discuss why politicians redistribute more in some democracies than others in the context of particularistic economic policies, which selectively assist small groups of citizens at the expense of many. Read more and register at
Monday, November 14, 2016
Undergraduate Research Forum
"Recipe for Success: Basic Ingredients for Undergraduate Research"
5 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Please join a panel of Mershon Center affiliated faculty and the Undergraduate Research Office for an interdisciplinary discussion on the basic ingredients of a good undergraduate research project. Panel members will cite examples of good undergraduate research projects and address such questions as:
- How do you develop good research questions?
- What types of methodologies should you use in your research?
- What foundation do you need to have before undertaking a research project?
- What theories and facts do you need to know? What classes do you need to take?
- How can undergraduates work with the Institutional Review Board? How can undergraduates make connections with faculty members?
Spotlight: Mershon-funded graduate student research
Timothy Leech, Ph.D. candidate in History
"Crossing the Rubicon: The Establishment of the Continental Army and the Decision to Seek Independence, 1774-1776"
The American Revolution has been considered from a wide variety of critical perspectives, but the institution-making process that originated the Continental Army remains largely unexamined. Previous scholarship focused on the causes of the Revolution, the political process of establishing civilian government of the new United States, the strategies and tactics employed in the War of Independence, the evolving process of state-formation (especially after 1787), and how various groups of people experienced this tumultuous alternation.
An understanding of the decision to establish the Continental Army as an institution for managing violence in the American Revolution contributes a new insight into the history of the United States. And it provides as useful case for comparison in consideration of other decision-making and institute-building processes during situations where the existence of a nation-state is in flux.
Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science
"Fear and Loathing in the Fatherland: How Xenophobia Affects Immigrant Political Engagement"
There is no question that anti-immigrant sentiment and racism have become centrally important issues in western European politics. Intensified debate on the issues surrounding immigration has coincided with growing anti-immigrant sentiment across Western Europe, manifested in increased support for radical right parties, as well as xenophobic tendencies among the general population.
Yet the consequences of heightened anti-immigrant sentiment remained unexamined. Most existing research focuses on the effects of immigration on support for radical right parties but few, if any, studies examine how anti-immigrant sentiment affects immigrants' democratic political engagement. Carolyn's research asks: How, and under what conditions, does anti-immigrant sentiment affect immigrants' political engagement?
Yesterday Timothy and Carolyn presented their research to Mershon Center faculty for feedback and suggestions.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
7 p.m., Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High Street
Sponsored by Environmental Humanities
You've heard of the Jurassic, Cambrian, Pleistocene, Holocene. Now a group of world-renowned scholars is debating whether to declare a new geological epoch - the
. Mankind has so changed Earth, they state, that we've created our own geological layer. In our film, key members of the group, for the first time on camera, tell the story of the Anthropocene - from the Time of Fire to today's Great Acceleration and beyond. And ask ... how will our story end? And should it make us laugh or cry? Stay after the screening for a live Q and A with director
Friday, November 4, 2016
"NSA Bulk Metadata Collection: Evaluating Privacy Through the Lens of Contextual Integrity"
12-3:30 p.m., 352 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
In May 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor employee with the National Security Agency (NSA), provided journalists with unauthorized access to extensive details of NSA warrantless domestic surveillance programs that had started during the George W. Bush Administration. One previously secret program, started in 2006, involved the bulk collection of telephone metadata. Such information includes the numbers at which phone calls originate and terminate, identity of the communications devices involved, telephone lines used, and time and duration of each call. The NSA defended its practice in part on the ground that because the agency was not intercepting the actual contents of each phone call, the gathering of metadata allegedly posed no threat to privacy.
The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to advance registrants. Read more and register
Co-sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society and the Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance, with support from the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies.
Monday, November 7, 2016
"Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography"
4-6 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 S. Oval Dr.
Sponsored by Institute for Japanese Studies
Why did Showa Japan march to the Pacific War? What were the keys to Japan's policy failures? To shed light on these questions 70 years after the war, five panelists will offer the most up-to-date research findings using the recent historiography featured in
Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan
. The panelists will cover Japan's foreign policy, party politics, and public opinion in the early Showa period and place them in the broader context of modern history. The Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture/Japan Library has organized the U.S. tour of this panel discussion, and will have
Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan
available during the reception. This event at Ohio State is hosted by the Institute for Japanese Studies and East Asian Studies Center.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
"Redefining the Path to Health Equity"
3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture Program
, M.D., Ph.D., is the second person in history to simultaneously hold the positions of U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health. In these dual roles, he encouraged public debate about the importance of a balanced healthcare system and a wide range of related topics, including mental health, suicide, cloning, sex education and AIDS. Serving under both President Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush, he led efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Dr. Satcher earned a B.S. degree from Morehouse College and an M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Read more and register
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
4:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium, Kuss Science Center
Wittenberg University, Springfield
(Ph.D. in Political Science, Stanford, 1990) is a professor of international relations at Haifa University in Israel. A leading scholar on intelligence history and foreign policy decision making in the world, he is the author of six books, including
The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel
(HarperCollins 2016, now being turned into a Hollywood movie); and
Intelligence Failure and Success: A Comparative Study
(Oxford 2017, forthcoming). In addition, he has published more than 80 book chapters and refereed journal articles in leading academic and policy journals such as
Foreign Affairs, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Political Psychology, Journal of Strategic Studies, Political Science Quarterly,
Armed Forces and Society
. Co-sponsored by Wittenberg University Political Science, International Studies, Russian and Central Eurasian Studies, East Asian Studies, American International Association, and Faculty Endowment Fund Board.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6 p.m., 348 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society
The Alexander Hamilton Society will be hosting
Robert Lieber (left), professor of government and international affairs at
Georgetown University and author of
Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order
(Cambridge, 2016), and Wright State University Professor
for a debate over the future and necessity of the EU and its member states. AHS faculty advisor and military history professor
will serve as the moderator for the debate. As usual, free wings and Coke products will be provided!
International Education Week: November 14-18
The week of November 14-18, 2016, marks the 16th annual celebration of
International Education Week
. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses. Connect with IEW 2016 via
and see the
full schedule of events
both on campus and online at the Office of International Affairs website.