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50 years of International Work to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

DDavid Keaneavid Keane, senior lecturer in law at London's Middlesex University, will lecture on "Fifty Years of the International Convention to End All Forms of Racial Discrimination." 

ICERD was the first international human rights treaty, and Keane's lecture will assess its 50 years of enforcement efforts in the context of post-colonialism.

Keane will speak 7–8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. A reception will follow the talk.

His talk is sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and the Center for Careers, Life, and Service, in collaboration with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. 

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot to the east. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

David Keane

David Keane is senior lecturer in Law at Middlesex University. He holds a bachelor's from University College Cork, and a master's and doctorate from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was awarded a Government of Ireland scholarship for his doctoral studies.

Keane's research focuses on international human rights and minority rights law. His book Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law won the Hart Book Prize for early career scholars, and has been cited by the U.K. Supreme Court in its very first judgment. He is also involved in a range of training, advocacy and advice on human rights issues. 

Constitution Day Reading Discussion Group

Join the Rosenfield Program to celebrate Constitution Day by discussing excerpts from the new book The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic by Yale Law professor Akhil Reed Amar.

With Professor Sarah Purcell leading the discussion, we'll discuss chapters 5 and 6 on Kansas and Iowa — plus anything else that interests you.

Meet with the reading group over lunch, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209.

The book is available for sale in the Grinnell College Bookstore (students can charge the cost to the Rosenfield Program if cost is prohibitive), and an electronic copy can be accessed through the Library catalog.

Akhil Reed Amar will be speaking at Grinnell on September 23.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Climate Reality

Elizabeth QueathemLiz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change, and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris Nov. 30—Dec. 11, 2015.

Queathem will present "Climate Reality:  Problems and Solutions on the Road to Paris" at 4 p.m., Friday, October 2, in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, Room 1023.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program and Center for Prairie Studies.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Rosenfield Program Internship Grant Recipients to Present

Each year, the Rosenfield Program sponsors several competitive grants that support student internships in public affairs, international relations, or human rights. The sponsored internships this summer took Grinnell students all over the world.

Please join us for presentations by the following Grinnell students as they will share their experiences and take questions from the audience. Both sessions will be held in Jesse Macy House (1205 Park St.) Conference Room and refreshments will be served.

September 16

7 p.m., Jesse Macy House Conference Room

Meredith Carroll
Pittsburgh Post Gazette; Pittsburgh, PA
Alethea Cook
Leap201 Philanthropy; Singapore
Kahlil Epps
U.S. Attorneys Office D.C.; Washington, D.C.
Annette Mokua
MPANZI; Kisli, Kenya

September 17

4 p.m., Jesse Macy House Conference Room

Vincent Benlloch
The Centre for Applied Non-Violent Actions and Strategies; Belgrade, Serbia
Annie Casey
Challenging Heights; Accra, Ghana
Daniel Davis
Trans Women of Color Collective; Washington D.C.
Carley Kleinhans
State Senator Chris Larson’s Office (D); Madison, WI
Dana Lindenberg
Prison Justice League; Austin, TX
Sam McDonnell
The Heartland Alliance, Marjorie Kovler Center; Chicago, IL

Soviet Propaganda Abroad

Ivo JuurveeIvo Juurvee, an associate professor of history at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences,, will deliver "The Soviet Heritage of Influencing Public Opinion Abroad" at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302.

The free public lecture will be on efforts by the KGB and the Soviet regime to clandestinely shape public opinion in the United States, Western Europe, and other parts of the non-Communist world.

Juurvee is an expert in the history of espionage and state security in the Baltic states, the Soviet Union, and beyond, and his talk will consider both the KGB's history of spreading disinformation abroad and the extent to which contemporary Russia engages in similar practices today.

The event is organized by Grinnell's Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights and sponsored by the Chrystal Fund.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. ARH is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator at the south end of the building that makes it easy to reach the auditorium and accessible restrooms on the third floor. Outside entrances with automatic door operators are located on the southeast and southwest sides of ARH. Several accessible parking spaces are available along Park Street. Request accommodations from Conference Operations.

The Exit Zero Project

Christine Walley will present a free public lecture, “The Exit Zero Project,” at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

Walley is an associate professor of anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Exit Zero Project is described as “a transmedia effort to tell the story of the traumatic effect of deindustrialization on Southeast Chicago — once part of one of the largest steel-producing regions in the world.”

The steel mill her father worked in was closed in 1980, part of the deindustrialization happening throughout the United States. The disruption “propelled Walley into a career as a cultural anthropologist,” say Stefan Helmreich, MIT. Describing her 2013 book of the same name, he says, “In Exit Zero, she brings her anthropological perspective home, examining the fate of her family and that of blue-collar America at large.” In a combination of memoir and ethnography, Walley intertwines personal narratives and family photos with an assessment of the social impacts of deindustrialization.

In addition to the book, the project includes a feature-length documentary film and will include an interactive website.

The event is sponsored by Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, and was originally a part of the Chicago symposium, but was postponed because of travel issues.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot to the east. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Rosenfield Program Seeking Applications for Student Members

Now is the time to apply for student membership on the Rosenfield Program Committee for 2015-16. All current 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who have an interest in public affairs, international relations, and human rights are urged to apply. The committee consists of faculty and students. The Rosenfield Program holds two or three major symposia each year, sponsors speakers, and funds summer internships. Membership requires a substantial time commitment in planning programs and hosting visitors.
 
To apply, please submit a 500-600 word statement to Laureen VanWyk by noon on Friday, April 10.  This statement should include:

  • Your interest in public affairs, international relations, and human rights
  • Your comments on Rosenfield Program events you have attended
  • Ideas for events you would like to attend in the future
  • Your major (if declared)
  • Class year
  • Activities which relate to the purposes of the Rosenfield Program

If you have any questions about being a student member on the Rosenfield Program Committee, please contact the interim director, Ed Cohn at (515) 269-3107.  Or talk to a student committee member – Nipun Basrur ’15, Keaton Cameron-Burr ’15, Roni Finkelstein ’15, Andres Cambronero ’15, David Leitson ’16, Danielle Chorne ’16, Strahinja Matejic ’17, Adriana Zenteno Hopp ’17, or Anesu Gamanya ’17.

China’s Second Continent

Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, will lecture on the topic of his new book China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.

The free public lecture is at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

French has a distinguished career in journalism. After working as a French-English translator and English teacher at the University of Ivory Coast, French was a freelance reporter for the Washington Post. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and served as bureau chief for various regions overseas.

A noted writer on global affairs, French has received two Overseas Press Club Awards. In addition, the Guardian named China’s Second Continent one of the best books of 2014.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. The Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot on the east side of the building. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights, global development studies, environmental studies, and African and Caribbean Students Union are sponsoring the event.

Public Policy, Public Health, Vaccines

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk — Iowa state medical director and epidemiologist — is visiting Grinnell College on Thursday, April 2, 2015. 

She will present a  talk on vaccines and vaccine policy at 4:15 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 225. Quinlisk will also lunch with Policy Studies students, Health Professions Advisory Committee students, and public health interns to talk about careers in public health and health policy.

Quinlisk is an expert in public health, epidemiology, health policy, and bioterrorism who has spent most of her career in government service.  

After earning a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins and a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Quinlisk began her career as head of microbiology at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and has since worked for three state governments, for the Centers for Disease Control, and in several foreign countries.

A former president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, she has also served as the lead consultant on bioterrorism for the council, as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and as the chair of the National Biodefense Science Board. Quinlisk has been Iowa's state medical director since 1994.

Quinlisk’s visit is being arranged by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and funded by the Murphy Program.