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November 6, 1998

Institute on World Affairs

Why Should America Care?

by Tracy Griffin, News Service intern

Iowa State's 1998 Institute on World Affairs, Nov. 9-12, will address economic, medical and environmental problems that face the world.

"Why Should America Care?" the theme for this year's institute, captures the "compassion fatigue" exhibited by citizens and policy makers in the developed world toward the problems and concerns of the undeveloped world, said Pat Miller, lectures program coordinator.

Two events will highlight the 1998 Institute on World Affairs -- a debate, "Why Should America Care?" and a lecture by Kevin Phillips on U.S. foreign policy and responsibility.

Phillips is a forecaster of major U.S. political and economic trends. He will speak on "Domestic Politics of an Effective U.S. Foreign Policy" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. His book, The Emerging Republican Majority, written in the late 1960s, predicted the ensuing conservative era in national politics. His most recent book, Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustration of American Politics, analyzes America's politics, economy and world role in the 1990s.

Jan Narveson, professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and Larry Temkin, professor of philosophy at Rice University, will discuss "Why Should America Care?" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Narveson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and sits on the Joint Committee on Health and Safety. Temkin directs the Rice University Lecture Series on Ethics, Politics and Society.

The chief international economist and research director of Standard & Poor's DRI, Nariman Behravesh, will speak on "The Asian Currency Crisis" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Behravesh directs research and consulting efforts in areas such as portfolio analysis and trade policy.

ISU professor Emily Moore's talk, "The Human Face of HIV/AIDS: Visions of Today, Realities of Tomorrow," will begin at noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. Moore has joint appointments in educational leadership and policy studies and health and human performance. Her developing research analyzes HIV/AIDS health promotion in Saharan Africa, Hong Kong and two metropolitan communities in the United States.

Other speakers will cover topics such as political and social justice, the search for an identity by people of the former Soviet Union, world disease threats in the 21st century and the decline of civic culture in this country.

Why Should America Care?
Memorial Union
Nov. 9-14, 4-9934

Monday, Nov. 9

  • Noon, Lecture, "Putting Human Faces on Economic Policy," Marie Dennis, Maryknoll Office of Global Issues, Washington, D.C., Pioneer Room.

  • 8 p.m., Debate, "Why Should America Care?" Jan Narveson, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Larry Temkin, Rice University, Sun Room.

    Tuesday, Nov. 10

  • Noon, Lecture, "The Role of the International Community in Working for Political, Economic and Social Justice," Leslie René Irwin, International Service for Peace, Chiapas, Mexico, Pioneer Room.

  • 8 p.m., Lecture, "The Asian Currency Crisis," Nariman Behravesh, Standard & Poor's DRI, Sun Room.

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • Noon, Lecture, "The Human Face of HIV/AIDS: Visions of Today, Realities of Tomorrow," Emily Moore, ISU education leadership and policy studies, Pioneer Room.

  • 8 p.m., Lecture, "Old Perils, New Perils: Emerging Infections in the 21st Century," Joel Breman, National Institutes of Health, Sun Room.

    Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Noon, Lecture, "Post-Soviet Shock: A Country and a People in Search of a New Identity," Natalia Ivanova, deputy editor-in-chief of Znamia, a Moscow literary magazine, Pioneer Room.

  • 8 p.m., Lecture, "Domestic Politics of an Effective U.S. Foreign Policy," Kevin Phillips, forecaster of economic and political trends, Sun Room.

    Saturday, November 14

  • 2 p.m., Lecture, "The Decline of Civic Culture in America," Robert Putnam, Harvard University, Sun Room.

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