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2012-2013 JLIA Lectures and Symposia

JLIA hosts a number of lectures and symposia throughout the year, including the recent events below.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Rooms 107, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 106, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Preventing Conflict in the Two Sudans (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Jendayi Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University


Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Stern Center at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 236, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
China’s Leadership Transition & the Bo Xilai Case
Cheng Li, director of research and senior fellow, Thornton China Center, Brookings

Just as the Chinese Community Party elite is trying to smooth the way for the transfer of power to a new generation of Chinese leaders, one of its rising stars, Bo Xilai, has been ousted as party chief of Chongqing and his wife is charged with the murder of a British businessman. What are the implications of this unfolding crisis for China’s decision-making process, economic policies, social stability, and foreign relations?


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Stern Center at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 236, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
Birds, Biology, & Bioterrorism
Kathleen Vogel, associate professor of science and technology, Cornell University

This lecture will discuss the public and policy controversies surrounding the 2012 publication of scientific data on artificially created, mutated H5N1 avian influenza viruses by two prominent virologists.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., Stern Center at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 236, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
Natural Resources, Conflict and Peacebuilding
Richard Matthew, founding director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs & professor of international and environmental politics, UC at Irvine

Based on fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, this presentation examines the complex and evolving relationships among natural resources, violent conflict and peacebuilding.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Room 241, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Campaign 2012 and Foreign Policy (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations


October 19, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., 026 Hosler Building, University Park, PA
Arab Spring and Democracy
Juan Ricardo Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan

As a public intellectual, prominent blogger and essayist on Middle Eastern affairs, Professor Cole has appeared in print and on television and has testified before the U.S. Senate. His lecture will focus on the dynamics, politics and relationship between the Arab Spring uprisings and democracy. The lecture is presented courtesy of the Penn State Center for Global Studies in partnership with the School of International Affairs, the World Universities Network and the Asian Studies Department.

Students also may be interested in attending a luncheon seminar featuring Professor Cole, Democratization, Religious Extremism, Fragile States, and Insurgencies: Bush's Legacies to Obama and the Challenges Ahead. More information about the event is available here.


Monday, October 22, 2012 at 12:45 p.m., Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and simulcast to Room 116, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Professional Challenges for JAG Lawyers at Guantanamo
Featuring Catherine Rogers, Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State, Judge Advocate Generals Lt. Col. Darrel J. Vandeveld (Army Reserve) and Lt. Col. David J. R. Frakt (Air Force Reserve), and Vice Admiral James Houck, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law


Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 116, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA 
Iraq: Leadership Under Pressure — Video available here
James Dubik, General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, Penn State Law and Penn State School of International Affairs, Dickinson College and the United States Army War College


Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Room 107, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 106, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA 
Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Thomas Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations


Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Room 241, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA 
The Future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Bernard K. Gordon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of New Hampshire


Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Stern Center at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 232, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
The Arab Uprisings
Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

Lynch sheds light on the unfinished Middle East revolutions that have so far brought down the governments of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and offers a framework for understanding the deeper changes still emerging from a region thoroughly and forever altered. A book sale/signing will follow the lecture.


Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA and simulcast to Room 110, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA 
Kill-lists and Accountability 
Greg McNeal, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., Room 012, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and simulcast to Room 112, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
The Role of International Arbitral Tribunals in Post-Conflict Dispute Resolution
Thomas R. Snider, Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Room 107, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 106, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
The Global Economy: Opportunity and Exclusion (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Terra Lawson-Remer, Fellow for Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy, Council on Foreign Relations


Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:30 p.m., Room 116, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA
Security Challenges and the Law: A Conversation with CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston
Stephen W. Preston, General Counsel, CIA


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., Room 241, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
U.S. Drone Policy (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 249, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Syria Update (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Background Reading: What Should U.S. Policy Be in Syria?, Proceed With Caution, Syria's Crisis and the Global Response, Pressure Points: Syria


Friday, February 15, 2013, Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and simulcast to Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Symposium — The U.S.-Iranian Relationship and the Future International Order
The program will feature Hillary Mann Leverett, Daniel Joyner, Richard Butler, AC, Mary Ellen O’Connell, James Houck, Flynt Leverett, and other distinguished scholars. Click here for more information and to view the symposium webcast.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 249, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Climate Change and the Obama Administration (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
Background Reading: The False Promise of Energy Independence, Energy, Security, and Climate, Global Governance Monitor: Climate Change


Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Rooms TBD (please note the special timing of this call).
NO ROOMS RESERVED SIA/LAW SPRING BREAK
Business and Human Rights (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations
Background Reading: Conservatives, Liberals, and Human Rights, Promoting Human Rights: Is U.S. Consistency Desirable or Possible?, Global Governance Monitor: Human Rights


Tuesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 14, 2013, Dickinson College and Lewis Katz Hall (Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law), Carlisle, PA
The U.S.-India Strategic Relationship in the 21st Century: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Promote Sustainable Development (with Dickinson College and the Strategic Studies Institute of the United States Army War College)


Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 249, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 106, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
U.S.-Mexico Relations (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Background Reading: Refocusing U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation, Mexico’s Age of Agreement, Latin America’s Moment: Mexico


Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5:00 to 6:30p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn’s Alumni Fireside Lounge, University Park, PA
De-Radicalizing the Taliban’s Child Militants: A View from Swat Valley 
Dr. John Horgan, Director, Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism


Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 107, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 258, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Economic and Democratic Transitions: Lessons Learned (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
Background Reading: Democracy in Development, Development Channel


Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 249, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and Room 120, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
China, Cybersecurity, and Crisis Stability (CFR Academic Conference Call Series)
Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Background Reading: Changes and Challenges for China in 2013, The Cyber Trade War, Asia Unbound: China


Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27, 2013, The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA
Geographies of Powers: Justice, Revolution, and Cultural Imagination [with The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Penn State University]
Using historical analysis and cross-cultural awareness, this conference will emphasize shifting geographies of power in the period between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2011 Arab Spring. The project is premised on the idea that “the frontiers of cultural understanding” are undergoing a transformation that can only be appreciated through a cross-cultural perspective and a multi-disciplinary methodology that is alert to the historical precedents behind current geopolitical and cultural conflicts.