Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 14 , 2016
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Shifting demographics in battleground states alter old rules"
Washington Times
November 6, 2016

"Is the election season stressing you out? You aren't alone"
WCMH-TV Columbus
November 7, 2016

"Kasich's political future linked to rejection of Trump"
Washington Times
November 8, 2016

"Election Day"
WOSU All Sides
November 8, 2016

"5 reasons Donald Trump won Ohio"
Dayton Daily News
November 9, 2016

"Rural voters in Ohio showed up, sparking a Trump upset"
Columbus Dispatch
November 10, 2016
Richard Herrmann
Interim Director,
Mershon Center

November 10, 2016
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

"What will a Trump presidency look like?"
November 10, 2016
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law

"Post-Election Analysis"
November 9, 2016

"Election Stress, Future of Obamacare, SCOTUS"
November 9, 2016
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Mershon Events
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?
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Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, 2016

"Race, Place and Capital"
Friday: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Saturday: 2130 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall

This workshop will look at a series of questions that have in common a theoretical concern with Race, Place, and Capital. Participants will address issues of empire, development, transnationalism, and policing.


12:30-2 p.m. - Lunch

2-3:15 p.m.
  • Chair: Andres Guzman (Indiana University)
  • Joshua Lund (Notre Dame): "Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982) and the poetics of primitive accumulation"
  • Olimpia Rosenthal (Indiana University): "The Racialization of Sex in Desmundo"
3:30-4:45 p.m.
  • Chair: Olimpia Rosenthal (Indiana University)
  • Ishan Ashutosh (Indiana University): "Triangulating Empire: The U.S. and Colonial India"
  • Amy Cohen (Ohio State): "The Right to Food and the New Supermarket in India" (with Jason Jackson)

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Chair: Ishan Ashutosh (Indiana University)
  • Daniel Nemser (Michigan): "Domination and the Racialization of Freedom in the Iberian Empire"
  • Leslie Alexander (Ohio State): "The Only Country on Earth where the Man of color walks in all the plenitude of his rights': Black Visions of Haiti in the Early Nineteenth Century"
12:30-2 p.m. - Lunch

2:15-3:30 p.m.
  • Chair: Amna Akbar (Ohio State)
  • Andres Guzman (Indiana University): "Ethnics of the Real: H.B. 2281 and the Alien(ated) Subject"
  • Sara Rodriguez Arguelles (Ohio State): "Across the Boarder and into the Cold: Hieleras and the Punishment of Asylum-Seeking Central American Women in the United States"
3:45-5 p.m.
  • Chair: Ines Valdez (Ohio State)
  • Amna Akbar (Ohio State): "Borderlands: Policing Reconsidered"
  • Jessie Speer (Syracuse): "'They all seem to be speaking louder than me': Homelessness and the Struggle to be Heard"
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice Research Center, Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, and Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Colin Camerer
"A Neurally-Informed Model of Habit in Consumer Choice"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Colin Camerer Colin F. Camerer is the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., where he teaches cognitive psychology and economics. Camerer earned a bachelor's degree in quantitative studies from Johns Hopkins in 1977, and an MBA in finance (1979) and Ph.D. in decision theory (1981, at age 22) from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Before coming to Caltech in 1994, Camerer worked at the Kellogg, Wharton, and University of Chicago business schools. He studies both behavioral and experimental economics. Read more and register at
Mershon News

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The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 20 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released today.

Ohio State ranks 8th among the nation's colleges and universities with 2,603 students studying abroad in 2014-15, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio State ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,461 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year.

The Mershon Center funds the International Security Scholarship for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad for about a dozen students each year. 

Ohio State ranks 18th in the nation with 7,117 international students enrolled in 2015 matching similar enrollment the previous year.

These findings were issued as part of the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

International students at Ohio State hail from 113 different countries including, China (4,337); India (735); South Korea (591); Malaysia (218); and Taiwan (165). Nationally, the leading home countries for international students are China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Canada.

The most popular destinations for Ohio State students to study abroad include the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Australia, Spain and Brazil. Nationally, the leading destinations for studying abroad aretheUnited Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China.

The 2016 Open Doors Report is released as part of the nationwide observance of International Education Week (November 14-18), a joint initiative established by the U.S. Departments of Education and State. Read more
Other Events
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
11:30 a.m., Franklin Park Conservatory, Veridian Room, 1777 E. Broad St.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Eytan Gilboa Join us for a discussion about current trends in the Middle East focusing on Iran, Israel, Syria, Turkey, ISIS and beyond. Expert analysis and dialogue will be provided by Eytan Gilboa and John Quigley. Eytan Gilboa (left) is professor of political science and communication and founding director of both the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University. He is a senior research associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and visiting professor of public diplomacy at USC. John Quigley is a President's Club Professor Emeritus of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Before joining Ohio State in 1969, Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. Quigley teaches international law and comparative law, and is active in international human rights work. Read more and register
Other News
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 Facebook and see the full schedule of events both on campus and online at the Office of International Affairs website.
Horowitz Foundation offers dissertation grants

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy is soliciting submissions for grants for 2016. The awards support scholars in the final stages of their PhD -- that is, in their research and dissertation preparation after their proposal has been approved by their committee. The deadline for 2016 proposals is January 31, 2017, though earlier submission is strongly encouraged. For more information on the application process, see the foundation's website.
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