Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 7 , 2016
In This Issue
In the Media
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication

"Climate change isn't hot topic in presidential election"
Columbus Dispatch
October 30, 2016
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law

November 3, 2016
Herb Weisberg
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

November 2, 2016
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Mershon Events
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stephanie Rickard
"Ruling the Market: Economic Geography, Electoral Institutions, and Redistribution"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Stephanie Rickard Stephanie Rickard 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 International Organization. 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?
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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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Mershon News
Newell's 'Brethren by Nature' receives history book prize

Margaret Newell holds Col. Benjamin Church's sword, used in King Philip's War, at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Margaret Newell, professor and vice chair in the Department of History, has been awarded the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Prize for 2016 from the Massachusetts Historical Society for her book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2015). The book is began with a 2006 research grant from the Mershon Center.

In Brethren by Nature, Newell uses diaries, letters, court records, and newspapers to reveal the scope of Indian slavery in 17th- and 18th-century New England, where the English enslaved thousands of Native Americans and, in 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to legalize slavery. The desire for slaves led to Indian wars and importation. Yet as Indians helped to raise English children and labored for colonial farmers and tradesmen, they practiced Native customs and foodways with varying degrees of agency and shaped colonial life. Newell's book describes this influence, the relationship between Indian and African slavery, and the ability of some Indians to pursue freedom while establishing legal precedents that would affect later generations of enslaved people.

The MHS is the oldest research archive in the United States devoted to the study of American history. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year. Newell will receive the award in an event at the Society on January 31, 2017.
Other Events
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

David Satcher
"Redefining the Path to Health Equity"
3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture Program

David Satcher David Satcher, 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

Uri Bar-Joseph
"Intelligence Failures"
4:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium, Kuss Science Center
Wittenberg University, Springfield

Uri Bar-Joseph Uri Bar-Joseph (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, and 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

Robert Lieber 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 Liam Anderson for a debate over the future and necessity of the EU and its member states. AHS faculty advisor and military history professor Peter Mansoor will serve as the moderator for the debate. As usual, free wings and Coke products will be provided! Read more
Other News
Writing and Online Learning webinar on November 8

The Distance Education Learning and Teaching Academy (DELTA) in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning is hosting a "Real World" Writing in Online Learning webinar to assist instructors in helping to prepare students for writing in a professional environment. The webinar will take place online on Tuesday, November 8, from 1-2 p.m. and will be facilitated by experienced instructors and composition researchers from the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program. By attending this webinar, participants will be able to create concrete plans for deepening and extending the level of critical inquiry available through case studies. Read more and register
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.
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