Events

Terrorism

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Jan 17, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Dr. James Piazza, Penn State

Dr. Piazza is Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on terrorism and political violence. Specific interests include: socioeconomic roots of terrorism; regime-type, human rights, repression and terrorism; state failure and terrorism; religion, ideology and terrorist organizations and behavior; ethnic minorities and terrorism; the global narcotics trade and terrorism; natural resources and conflict; right-wing extremism in the United States; public opinion and counterterrorism. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Public Choice, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Political Research Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Interactions, Defence and Peace Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Security Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

World Stories Alive! Arabic

World Stories Alive! Series
Jan 20, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Luncheon Series
Jan 22, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

Elizabeth Lagresa-Gonzalez, Penn State

Climate Change

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Jan 24, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Dr. Richard Alley, Penn State

Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor in the Penn State Department of Geosciences at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, will speak about climate change at the Penn State School of International Affairs’ spring colloquium.

Alley has authored more than 170 refereed scientific publications about the relationships between Earth's cryosphere and global climate change. Alley testified about climate change before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology in 2007 and 2010. His 2007 testimony was due to his role as a lead author of "Chapter 4: Observations: Changes in Snow, Ice and Frozen Ground" for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has participated in the joint United Nations World Meteorological Organization panel since 1992, having been a contributing author to both the second and third IPCC assessment reports.

World Stories Alive! Russian

World Stories Alive! Series
Jan 27, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Luncheon Series
Jan 29, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

Alex Cigale, Queens College of the City University of New York

Nation Building

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Jan 31, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Peter Van Buren, author and 24-year veteran of the State Department

Peter Van Buren is a retired 24-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State. He spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, was published in 2011, and his latest book, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, has just been published.

Exit/Interzone: Postlanguage, the Typewriter, and Angloarabic Cinepoetry

Comparative Literature Luncheon Series
Feb 05, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

Yasser Elhariry, Dartmouth College

Discussion on Religion

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Feb 07, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Dr. Roger Finke, Penn State

Roger Finke is a Penn State professor of sociology and religious studies in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He is also the Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives and is the President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Professor Finke co-authored two influential books with sociologist of religion Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy received the 1993 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion received the 2001 Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Section. These books extended what is often called the New Paradigm or the Rational Choice theoretical perspective, conceptualizing denominations as competitors in a religious market. The Churching of America was methodologically noteworthy for demonstrating the utility of quantitative historical data on church membership. Additionally, Finke is the co-author of The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-first Century and Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape. He is author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles appearing in edited volumes and journals such as American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Social Science Research, and The Sociological Quarterly.

Professor Finke was the founding director of the American Religion Data Archive, which was renamed as the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) in 2005. Supported by the Lilly Endowment and the John Templeton Foundation, the ARDA is a diverse, freely-available online digital library offering American and international data files, along with tools and resources to assist educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Finke is also a Fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and a past President of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture.

Peace in the Middle East

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Feb 14, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Dr. Husam Zomlot, Palestinian Ambassador to the United States

Global Commons

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Feb 21, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Leif Trana, Economic Minister with the Norwegian Embassy

Leif Trana, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Norway will present "Managing the Global Commons: Norway's Interests in the Arctic" as part of the Penn State School of International Affairs’ spring colloquium. The Arctic is Norway’s top policy issue.

Before joining the Embassy of Norway in August 2014, Trana serviced as the director of the section for organizational development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo. In this position, he focused on how to align the resources used at various embassies with Norwegian interests in the corresponding country or organization. Before that, he was deputy director int eh same section. He spent five years working on World Trade Organization matters focusing on the agricultural and the National Agri-Marketing Association negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda. Trana is a career foreign-service officer who has served in Riyadh and Washington. He received his M.A. in economics from the University of Oslo.

World Stories Alive! Chinese

World Stories Alive! Series
Feb 24, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

The Media

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Feb 28, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Steve Mufson, The Washington Post

Doing Development Right

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Mar 14, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Greg Gottleib, Tufts University

World Stories Alive! Hindi

World Stories Alive! Series
Mar 17, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

Intelligence and National Security

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Mar 21, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

World Stories Alive! German

World Stories Alive! Series
Mar 24, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

Dealing with North Korea

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Mar 28, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Evans Revere, Albright Stonebridge Group

Evans J.R. Revere will speak about current policy challenges in North Korea as part of the Penn State School of International Affairs' spring colloquium. Revere is senior director with the Albright Stonebridge Group, providing strategic advice to clients with a specific focus on Korea, China and Japan. Fluent in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, Revere retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 after a distinguished career as one of the U.S. Department of State's top Asia experts. He has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea.

Why People Rebel - Greed versus Grievance

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 04, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Greg Kruczek, Virginia Tech

Kruczek graduated from Penn State in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Professional Golf Management. During time as an undergraduate, spent time in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon studying Arabic and each state's political culture. In Fall 2006 completed intensive Arabic program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Worked as Research Assistant at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (Arlington, VA) from 2006-2007. In 2007 served as Information Officer at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. After a brief stint in Beirut in late-2007, returned to Penn State for his Masters, graduating from the School of International Affairs in 2009. Master's paper dealt with confessional politics in Lebanon. From 2010-2012 was a lead researcher in Penn State's College of Information Science and Technology on the counter-insurgency component of a Multi-University Research Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Lab. In 2011 joined the faculty of Susquehanna University as an instructor in the Department of Political Science, teaching classes on world politics and comparative domestic politics. In January 2013 began pursuing Ph.D in Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech's Washington, D.C. campus under the guidance of Dr. Ariel Ahram. His dissertation topic concerns the Christian response to the Arab Spring.

Demography, Fertility and Sustainability

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 11, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Karl Hofmann, Population Services International

Retired U.S. ambassador and SIA advisory board member Karl Hofmann is President and Chief Executive Officer of Population Services International, a Washington-based global health organization.  Mr. Hofmann is former U.S. Ambassador to Togo and Executive Secretary of the State Department.  He also served on President Clinton's National Security Council staff.

World Stories Alive! Igbo

World Stories Alive! Series
Apr 14, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Schlow Library, Downtown State College

Experience stories, songs and art in different languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English. World Stories Alive! is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State, Bilingualism Matters at Penn State, and Global Connections.

Why America Misunderstands the World

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 18, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Paul Pillar, Georgetown University

Corruption and State Capture

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 25, 2018
11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
012 Katz

Dr. Vineeta Yadav, Penn State 

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