Coming up at the Mershon Center
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Cyber as a National Security Issue: What We Know and Don't Know (and What are the Elephants in the Room?)
Noon, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jeffrey Hunker is an author, consultant and researcher, who does work mostly in cyber security, information policy and management, and national security issues. He is author of Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It (Random House, 2010), a consultant to NATO, and principal investigator on a National Science Foundation project on the future of the Internet. Hunker will discuss whether current cyber defense is working, its likely framework, and how cyber power might be exercised. Read more and register
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Ambassador James Swan
America's Dual Track Engagement Policy for Somalia)
4:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Focusing on both the progress that has been made and the continuing challenges that confront the United States and the international community, Ambassador James Swan, United States Special Representative for Somalia, will discuss U.S. efforts partner with Somalis as they work to bring security and stability back their country. His remarks will provide an overview of America's role in supporting humanitarian, development, and security assistance in Somalia. He will also address U.S. programs designed to promote good governance, transparency and accountability within Somalia’s transitional federal and regional administrations. Ambassador Swan's remarks will be followed by a question and answer period. Read more and register
Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12, 2011
Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazali
Organized by Georges Tamer
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazali will examine the influence of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), a central figure in the history of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, philosophy and Sufism. Of Persian origin, he lived and worked in Baghdad and in other intellectual centers of the Muslim world of the 11th and 12th century. This conference, which features leading scholars in intellectual history, philosophy, Islamic law and theology, as well as medieval Christian and Jewish thought, will commemorate the 900-year-long legacy of al-Ghazali, focusing on his commitment to religion and rational thinking. Read more and register
Saturday, November 12, 2011
In Concert: Ali Jihad Racy
Presented in conjunction with the Islam and Rationality conference
8 p.m., 100 Independence Hall, 1923 Neil Ave. Mall
Ali Jihad Racy is one of the world's foremost experts on Arab music, credited with studying and documenting numerous musical traditions throughout the Arab world. An accomplished performer, composer, and ethnomusicologist, he has inspired a generation of students and artists in this country and abroad.
Internationally known for his scholarly work, Racy has conducted field research and is credited with over 75 publications. Included in his work is the 10-part series, The Arabs, shown on British television and on PBS.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $8 for students, seniors, and children.
RSVP at http://www.ria4edu.com/clients/oiaevents/node/650
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech
1 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jerzy Nowak, professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech, is founding director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. In its first three years under Nowak's direction, the center has evolved as a hub for transdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. The center has three thematic areas that capture, focus, and leverage key strengths across the university and provide opportunities for partnerships with external entities: prevention of violence, peace studies, and global security. Nowak has been an impassioned facilitator in the creation and vision of the center as widower of Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French instructor who was lost on April 16, 2007. He will speak about his personal story and how the university can respond to violence in constructive ways. Read more
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Honorable Han Duk-soo
Korea and the United States in the 21st Century
3 p.m., Grand Lounge, Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive
The Honorable Han Duk-soo is Korean ambassador to the United States and former prime minister of the Republic of Korea.
During his distinguished career in government, Ambassador Han has made many contributions to the development and modernization of the Korean economy, including serving as minister of finance and economy, minister of government policy coordination, minister of trade, and senior secretary to the president for policy and planning. Deregulation, market opening and strengthening of the market economy have been the three pillars of his philosophy and framework for the economic policy of Korea.
For more information, see the event flyer (pdf).
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
CHINA Town Hall
Featuring Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies
and Jennifer Turner, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center
5:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States. The program will feature a webcast by Zbigniew Brzezinski, counselor and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was national security adviser to the president of the United States. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in normalizing U.S.-Chinese relations. Preceding the webcast will be a presentation by Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 12 years. Read more and register
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jorge Bolanos Suarez
The Long-Term Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations
3 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jorge Bolanos Suarez has served as head of the Cuban Interest Section in the United States since November 2007. He was a member of Castro's guerrilla army that overthrew the Batista government in 1959. Between 1959 and 1963, Bolanos was a member of the National Board of the Union of Banks and Insurances. In 1963 he was a country specialist in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. In 1964, Bolanos was staff director for the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He then served as First Secretary to the Cuban Embassy in London from 1965-1968. Between 1981 and 1986, Bolanos served as first vice minister of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. He has served as ambassador to Poland, Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico. Read more and register
Friday, November 18, 2011
Allan R. Millett
This is the Way a War Ends: Korea 1952-1954
Noon, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Allan R. Millett is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History at the University of New Orleans since 2006, and the Raymond E. Mason Jr. Professor Emeritus of Military History at The Ohio State University. He specializes in the history of American military policy and 20th century wars and military institutions.In the past decade, Millett has become a specialist of international stature on the history of the Korean War. The first volume of Millett's Korean War trilogy, A House Burning: The War for Korea 1945-1950, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2005. The second volume, The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North, was published in 2010. Millett will speak at the Mershon Center about the book's third volume, which covers 1952-54. Read more and register
Thursday, November 10, 2011
How Can You Not Defend Those People?
Noon, Saxbe Auditorium, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by the Moritz College of Law
Abbe Smith, professor of law at Georgetown University and director of the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, will be the featured speaker at the 2011 David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice.
Smith teaches and writes in the areas of criminal defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and clinical legal education. She is the author of Case of a Lifetime and co-author of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics. She also a published cartoonist.
From 1982 to 1990, Smith was a trial attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. The purpose of The David H. Bodiker Lecture is to promote, improve, and advance the highest level of academic and professional interest in protecting the constitutional rights of the defendant in the criminal justice system through an annual lecture series at Moritz.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Nov. 1 to Chris Marcum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 688-8232.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Half the Sky: A National Perspective
4 p.m., Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom, 1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is the best-selling author of Half the Sky, a business executive, and a lecturer. Currently, she is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving growth companies in the middle market, including companies founded and run by women. She is also president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and – as of Fall 2011 – will be a Senior Fellow at Yale University, co-teaching a course on global affairs with a specific focus on China's economic development and its global role. WuDunn is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe. Read more and register
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Honorable Thomas Schnoell
The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads
4:30 p.m., US Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by AIESEC
The Honorable Thomas Schnoell is consul general of Austria, stationed in Chicago. He studied law at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, before entering the Austrian Diplomatic Service in January 1997. He graduated from the Ecole national d’administration. His previous professional posts include second seretary at the Austrian Embassy in Paris, first secretary at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels, and head of the Western Balkans unit at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Mr. Schnoell will discuss the ramification of the current debt and currency crises for the stability of the European Union and potential impact on the U.S. economy. For more information, email email@example.com.
Previous events available for viewing
Military Frontiers keynote speaker Victor Davis Hanson (center) stands with conference organizers Will Waddell and Sarah Douglas, both graduate students in history, on May 13, 2011 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
Victor Davis Hanson keynotes miilitary history conference
Watch a streaming video of Victor Davis Hanson speaking on "Western Military Dynamism and Its Antidotes" as the keynote speech for Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium on May 12-13, 2011. Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a professor of classics emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services.
Visit the Event Recordings page for the full list of streaming videos from previous events sponsored by the Mershon Center. Note: Streaming videos recorded before Fall 2010 require RealPlayer. If you do not have RealPlayer, you can download it free.
Ohio State celebrates International Eductation Week
The week of November 14-18, 2011, marks the 12th annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses.
You can find the complete schedule of events for International Education Week at Ohio State listed at http://oia.osu.edu/international-education-week.html
Mershon co-sponsors Undergraduate Research Forum
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Undergraduate Research Office will co-sponsor Recipe for Success: Basic Ingredients for Undergraduate Research, a symposium for undergraduates on Wednesday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. in 100A Hale Center (MLK Jr. Lounge),
153 W. 12th Ave.
An interdisciplinary panel of Mershon affiliated faculty will discuss the basic ingredients of a good undergraduate research project. Panel members will cite examples of good undergraduate research projects and address such questions as:
- How do you develop good research questions?
- What types of methodologies should you use in your research?
- What foundation do you need to have before undertaking a research project? What theories and facts do you need to know? What classes do you need to take?
- How can undergraduates work with the Institutional Review Board?
- How can undergraduates make connections with faculty members?
Panelists include Irfan Nooruddin, associate professor of political science; Kendra McSweeney, associate professor of geography; and John Carlarne, peace studies coordinator at the Mershon Center.
This is one of the most successful undergraduate events sponsored by the Mershon Center every year, with more than 70 percent of respondents rating it as extremely valuable. Undergraduates can register by Monday, November 16, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with " RSVP:Recipe for Success" in the subject line.
Celebration of Research to take place November 8
November is "Celebration of Research" month at Ohio State – an annual recognition and celebration of the depth and breadth of research at the university.
Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the "State of Research" address on Tuesday, November 8, at the Ohio Union and announce the winners of the 2011 "Innovator of the Year" awards.
Visit the annual Research Expo and meet with more than 50 exhibitors (Office of Research support services, research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared services and vendors) in one convenient location. All members of the research community are welcome to attend (faculty, staff, research scientists, post docs, and undergraduate and graduate students).
November 8 Schedule
8:30 a.m. State of Research Address and presentation of the 2011 Innovator of the Year awards, U.S. Bank Conference Theater
9:30 a.m. Reception honoring the 2011 Innovator of the Year winners, Performance Hall
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Research Expo, Performance Hall
The Office of Research will be sponsoring a series of events throughout the remainder of the month highlighting the wide range of support services available to researchers.
Full schedule of events: http://go.osu.edu/celebrateresearch2011
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