Mershon Center for International Security Studies
March 28, 2017
In This Issue
In the Media
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"Professor John Mueller talks about London attack"
CGTN America
March 23, 2017
Rudy Hightower
Ph.D. student in Public Policy

"Americans Visit Sub-Saharan Africa in Reciprocal Program"
Voice of America
March 17, 2017
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Susan Grayzel
"Did Women Have a Great War? Gender and the Global Conflict of 1914-1918"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Susan Grayzel Susan Grayzel is professor of history at University of Mississippi. She is the author of Women's Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (North Carolina, 1999), which won the British Council Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies; Women and the First World War (Longman, 2002); At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (Cambridge, 2012) and The First World War: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford St. Martins, 2012). In this talk, Grayzel will explore what the war meant to women by drawing upon a range of sources from visual and material evidence to government documents to women's own texts. Read more and register at
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

Forbidden Zones: The Great War
Performances at 
Ray Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive

Lesley Ferris A devised new work, conceived and directed by Lesley Ferris (left), co-directed by Jeanine Thompson, with the MFA actors and designers. During the centenary of the USA's 1917 entry into World War I, the Department of Theatre marks this occasion by creating a new work employing verbatim theatre. The source material is drawn from archives, contemporary documents, letters, memoirs, commissioned art, and popular music with a focus on Britain and France and their famous Somme Offensive, the largest battle on the Western Front. Supported with a grant from the Mershon Center. Read more at
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring COMPAS Conference
"On Global Inequality"
11th Floor, Thompson Library, 1501 Neil Ave., 1858 Neil Ave.

InequalityThe spring COMPAS conference will focus on understanding global inequality. It will begin by considering two basic questions facing proponents of global justice: how to measure well-being as a way of assessing global inequalities and whether rich nations have a duty to alleviate poverty around the globe. We will then consider the significance of global inequality in a variety of domains that raise serious moral concerns, including global governance, trade, migration, and LGBTQ rights. Because one of our aims is to explore how the causes and effects of different kinds of inequality interact with one another, the conference will bring together leading political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, economists, legal scholars, public health experts, and policy advocates who can effectively engage each other. Read more at
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Petra Goedde
"Promise and Perils of a Politics of Peace: How the Report from Iron Mountain Exposed the Absurdity of Cold War Militarism"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Petra Goedde Petra Goedde is associate professor of history at Temple University and associate director of its Center for the Humanities. She is the author of GIs and Germans: Culture, Gender, and Foreign Relations, 1945-1949 (Yale, 2003), co-editor of The Human Rights Revolution: An International History (Oxford, 2012), and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Cold War (Oxford, 2013). In this event, Goedde explores the politics of peace by examining the 1967 Report from Iron Mountain, which purported to be a leaked government document arguing that perpetual war is necessary for governments to remain in power. Read more and register at
Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Silent Soldiers Memorial
"Commemorating the Great War"
11 a.m.-2 p.m., multiple locations, The Ohio State University

Lesley Ferris This creative project is a "live art" event to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. More than 20 uniformed men and women (as nurses and ambulance drivers) will march into position at Thompson Library, Wexner Center for the Arts, and The Oval, stand or sit silently before moving to the next site. As they move they will sing "We're here because we're here," sung by British soldiers as they went into the Battle of the Somme, the deadliest battle of the war. Each student will have "business cards" with name, rank, military unit, date of death, and age. They will silently hand the cards to the audience. Thus, the students will inhabit the roles of an actual man or woman who took part in the war and in many cases, died as a result. This event is being held in conjunction with the production of "Forbidden Zones: The Great War," conceived and directed by Lesley FerrisRead more at
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Peter Rosendorff
"Transparency, Protest, and Democratic Stability"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Peter Rosendorff Peter Rosendorff is professor of politics at New York University and editor of the interdisciplinary journal Economics and Politics. His research examines the linkages between domestic politics and international economic policy, cooperation and law, with applications to human rights, terrorism, international trade and investment, and democratization. In this event, Rosendorff examines the role of transparency in democratic equilibrium, finding that it improves the functioning of elections, increases popular satisfaction with democracy, and inhibits challenges to the democratic order. Read more and register at
Monday, April 10, 2017

Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture
Larry Diamond 
"The Crisis of Liberal Democracy"
2 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Larry Diamond Larry Diamond is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and founding co-editor of Journal of Democracy. During early 2004, he served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. His 2005 book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the first books to critically analyze America's postwar engagement in Iraq. He has edited 36 books on democracy, including  How People View Democracy, How East Asians View Democracy, Latin America's Struggle for Democracy, Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan, and Assessing the Quality of Democracy. In this event, Diamond will review the trends in freedom and democracy over the last decade and explain why liberal democracy is now in danger in the one place where it was presumed to be stable: The West. Read more and register at
Mershon News

Each year the Center for Ethics and Human Values hosts Conversations on Morality, Politics and Society program, this year centering on the theme of inequality.

Inequality The 2016-17 COMPAS program is exploring the complex ways in which inequalities in resources, opportunity, and treatment -- for example, along lines of class, race, and gender -- can produce or reinforce unequal outcomes in areas as diverse as health outcomes, criminal justice policy and practices, and political power.

The program is framed by two major interdisciplinary conferences. The spring conference, sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, will focus on global inequality.

Taking place Thursday, March 30, through Friday, March 31, the conference will begin by considering two basic questions facing proponents of global justice: How to measure well being as a way of assessing global inequalities, and whether rich nations have a duty to alleviate poverty around the globe.

The conference will then consider global inequality in a variety of domains that raise serious moral concerns, including global governance, trade, migration, and LGBTQ rights, with the aim of exploring how the causes and effects of different kinds of inequality interact with one another. For more, see the conference flyer (pdf).
Other Events
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taedong Lee
"Translocal Relations of Climate Change in East Asia"
12 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Korean Studies

Taedong Lee Taedong Lee is associate professor of political science and international relations at Yonsei University, Seoul. His areas of research include global and sub-national environmental politics and policy, NGO politics, international political economy and social network analysis. Lee recently published Global Cities and Climate Change: Translocal Relations of Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2015). In this talk, Lee examines why local governments become actively engaged in the issue of global climate change, and how global factors influence local governments' choices, policies, and interactions. Read more and register at
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Across the Ocean: The Future of U.S.-China Policy"
6 p.m., Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Randy Schriver The Alexander Hamilton Society is hosting its second event of the term. We will be having former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Randy Schriver (left) and Wittenberg Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies Yu Bin for a vigorous debate over the future of U.S.-China security and trade policy. As usual, AHS faculty adviser and military history professor Peter Mansoor will moderate. Free Wings Over and Coke products!   Read more and register
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Serena Zabin
"An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre"
4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Serena ZabinThe 1770 Boston Massacre is one of the most famous events in American history, but in her forthcoming book Serena Zabin reveals that the massacre was the climax of months of conflict between occupying British troops, their families and local allies, and the larger Boston population. Occupied Boston was a small city where interwoven strands of politics, love, fear, and desire reshaped everything, including allegiance to Britain. Zabin is a professor of history at Carleton College. Her talk is part of the William Hammond Lecture Series. Zabin will also be part of an informal discussion about writing for a public audience on Friday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. in 240 Page Hall. A light lunch will be available. Read more
Monday, April 3, 2017

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
"Patsy Takemoto Mink and Anti-Nuclear Politics: Atomic Testing in the Pacific during the Cold War"
1 p.m., 100Ramseyer Hall, 29 W. Woodruff Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Japanese Studies

Judy Tzu-chun Wu Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She previously was a faculty member at Ohio State University. She authored Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of Wartime Celebrity (California, 2005) and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Viet Nam Era (Cornell, 2013), supported by a grant from the Mershon Center. She is working with Gwendolyn Mink on a political biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, best known for her legislative work on women, labor and education, especially the Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Wu will discuss Mink's long history of protesting nuclear testing in the Pacific. Read more
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 International Awards Ceremony
11:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 350 N. High St.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

McGraw Hill Education logo This year we will be honoring McGraw-Hill Education as the International Company of the Year and Central Ohio students participating in the Global Scholars Diploma. McGraw-Hill's vision is to unlock the full potential of each learner. Their mission is to accelerate learning through intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective experiences grounded in research. McGraw-Hill has evolved their business from a print-centric producer of textbooks and instructional materials to a leader in the development of digital content and technology-enabled adaptive learning solutions delivered anywhere, anytime. McGraw-Hill distributes their products in over 135 countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America and the Middle East. Read more and register
Other News
Former NPR correspondent Anne Garrels to deliver keynote

Anne Garrels Author and former NPR correspondent, Anne Garrels, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in 220 Sullivant Hall, 1831 N. High St. The conference is organized by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the Midwest Slavic Association. 

Over her 40-plus year career, Garrels has devoted much of her time to reporting on the former Soviet Union, Russia, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Her book  Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia is based on Garrels' fieldwork in Chelyabinsk, Russia, over a period of 20 years, experiencing and noting firsthand the political, social, and cultural changes in Russia outside of the major metropolis of Moscow. 

She will also address the challenges of reporting on Russia. This keynote address is open to the public, and is free of charge. Please register with Garrels will be on hand before the keynote address for a book signing.
Celebrate Sustainability: Time for Change Week 2017

April 3-9 is Time for Change Week at Ohio State ... time to learn about and improve our shared environment, with events for any background or belief, including the Sustainability Fair on April 3, lecture by activist Erin Schrode on April 6, environmental concert on April 7, outdoor service activities and more. Win fantastic prizes (ENO hammocks, Kleen Kanteens, North Face Beanies, Chipotle Gift cards), and most events have free food. Visit and like us on Facebook at
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