Iowa State University

Inside Iowa State
September 24, 1999

1999 Institute on World Affairs
Institute looks as prospects for democracy and peace

The Institute on World Affairs begins in October with a discussion on international debt by 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel.

Esquivel, an accomplished sculptor and architect, founded the Peace and Justice Service, a grassroots network of organizations in South America. He worked on behalf of those who disappeared when the right-wing military took control of the Argentinean government in 1976, and was imprisoned and tortured.

Esquivel is president of the International League for the Rights and Liberation of Peoples, and author of Christ in a Ponchoand Walking Together with the People.

His lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

The theme for this year's institute is "Globalization: Prospects for Peace and Democracy." The rest of the institute will be held in November. The lectures are free.

On Nov. 1, Saskia Sassen will discuss "Women and Power in the Global City," at 8 p.m. in the Sun Room. Sassen is a sociology professor at the University of Chicago. Her books include Guests and Aliensand Cities in a World Economy.

Panel discussion on GMOs
"Social Conflict, Trade Disputes and Genetically Modified Organisms" will be the subject of a panel discussion at noon Nov. 2 in the Pioneer Room. Panel members will include ISU faculty members Richard Ross, veterinary medicine; John Obrycki, entomology; Charlotte Bronson, plant pathology; Clare Hinrichs, sociology; and Dermot Hayes, economics. Colin Scanes, agriculture, will moderate.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh will talk about "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Media" at 8 p.m. Nov. 4, in the Sun Room. Hersh's books include The War Between America's Ailing Veterans and their Government;and The Target Is Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew.

At noon on Nov. 10, David Smith will discuss "The Causes of Genocide" in the Pioneer Room. Smith is director of undergraduate studies in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. In addition to causes of genocide, Smith studies authoritarianism and anti-Semitism. Smith also is editing Marx's ethnological notebooks.

"News from the Underground Russian Literature" will be the topic of Vladimir Makanin, who will speak at noon Nov. 10 in the Pioneer Room. He is the winner of the 1998 International Pushkin Prize for his works, which include novels, novellas, short stories and essays. He received the Russian Booker Prize for Baize-covered Table with Decanter.

Forgive Third World debt
Iowa Congressman Jim Leach will be on campus at noon Nov. 11 in the Pioneer Room to discuss "World Debt and Jubilee 2000." Leach represents Iowa's First District in Congress and chairs the House Banking and Financial Services Committee. He is the sponsor of the House Jubilee 2000 bill, an attempt to relieve the debt burden of the world's poorest countries.

"The Asian Economic Crisis" will be discussed by Nariman Behravesh at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Sun Room. Behravesh is chief international economist of Standard & Poors DRI, where he manages a group that covers economic, financial and political developments in more than 106 countries. He also was host of the PBS series, Inside the Global Economy.

Rosemarie Tong's topic will be "Is a Global Bioethics Both Desirable and Possible?" at noon Nov. 12 in the Oak Room. Tong is a health care ethics professor and member of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She co-coordinates the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Network. Her books include Feminist Philosophies: Problems, Theories and Applications; andFeminine and Feminist Ethics.

Iowa State homepage

Inside Iowa State,, University Relations
Copyright © 1999, Iowa State University, all rights reserved

Revised 9/23/99