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January 2018

International Seminar Series: A Spectre Haunting Europe – Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism

Date:
Wednesday, January 24th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: A Spectre Haunting Europe: Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism Speaker: Joyce Mushaben, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Missouri—St. Louis Presentation Overview: Germany’s 2017 elections marked the first time that a far-right party with neo-Nazi adherents managed to cross the 5% threshold needed to enter the Bundestag since  1949. Having secured nearly 13% of the vote,  the  Alternative for German (AfD) has seriously complicated Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ability to pull together a sustainable…

International Seminar Series: European Sovereign Debt and Banking Risk- The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly!

Date:
Wednesday, January 31st 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: European Sovereign Debt and Banking Risk: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly! Speaker: David L. Cleeton, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Economics, Illinois State University Presentation Overview: Debt financing in its safest mode, usually associated with riskless government borrowing, serves multiple virtuous purposes. It provides a safe and secure investment foundation for household savings and retirement. It offers financial and non-financial business safety, liquidity and predictable returns plus the advantages from these properties in terms of service…

February 2018

International Seminar Series: The Unexpected History of Environmental Awareness

Date:
Wednesday, February 7th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: The Unexpected History of Environmental Awareness Speaker: Venus Bivar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis Presentation Overview: All too often we assume that humans only became aware of their negative effect on climate, and on the environment more broadly, in the last decades of the twentieth century. With the rise of environmentalism as a mass movement, we began to learn about holes in the ozone layer, global warming, and the greenhouse effect. But this knowledge…

International Seminar Series: Our National Histories of Violence- Lessons From Germany’s Opportunistic Holocaust Commemoration

Date:
Wednesday, February 14th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Our National Histories of Violence: Lessons From Germany's Opportunistic Holocaust Commemoration Speaker: Felix Fiedler, Dipl. Psych., M.A., Instructional Assistant Professor at the Center for the Visual Arts, Illinois State University Presentation Overview: Germany has received much praise for the way it acknowledges its national crimes committed during World War II, from its war of annihilation in Eastern Europe to the systematic murder of six million Jews. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, dedicated in 2005, epitomizes this commemorative effort. According…

International Seminar Series: Exporting the Russian Revolution- Soviet Women and Cultural Outreach to “Developing Countries” During the 1950s and 1960s

Date:
Wednesday, February 21st 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Exporting the Russian Revolution: Soviet Women and Cultural Outreach to "Developing Countries" During the 1950s and 1960s Speaker: Christine Varga-Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Illinois State University Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics. Series…

International Seminar Series: Catalonia’s Independence Movement

Date:
Wednesday, February 28th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Catalonia's Independence Movement Speaker: Montserrat Mir, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Illinois State University  Presentation Overview: Catalonia is in northeastern Spain with Barcelona as its capital. Many Catalans feel that they are a separate people with their own history, language, and culture which must be protected through the restoration of their own nation. In this talk, I will briefly explain the historical reasons for the independence movement as well as the most recent events…

March 2018

International Seminar Series: Brexit- It’s British Context and the International Implications

Date:
Wednesday, March 7th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Brexit: It's British Context and the International Implications Speaker: Richard Soderlund, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Illinois State University Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics. Series events have become one of the most popular internationally…

International Seminar Series: Refugees Need Language- Perspectives on the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) Initiative of the Council of Europe

Date:
Wednesday, March 21st 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Refugees Need Language: Perspectives on the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) Initiative of the Council of Europe Speaker: Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Italian and French, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presentation Overview: A record number of over five million people, mostly adult migrants and refugees from non-EU countries, immigrated to the European Union since 2015. The exact number of people in transit, relocated, or immigrated to non-EU countries remains difficult to estimate. Predictably, the integration of…

International Seminar Series: Banking on Markets- Europe’s Economic Crisis and Reform

Date:
Wednesday, March 28th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Banking on Markets: Europe's Economic Crisis and Reform Speaker: Rachel A. Epstein, Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver Presentation Overview: States and banks have traditionally maintained close ties. At various points in time, states have used banks to manage their economies and soak up government debt, while banks enjoyed regulatory forbearance, restricted competition, and implicit or explicit guarantees from their home markets. The political foundations of banks have thus been powerful and…

April 2018

International Seminar Series: Secular Stagnation- Is Economic Growth a Matter of the Past?

Date:
Wednesday, April 4th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Secular Stagnation: Is Economic Growth a Matter of the Past? Speaker: Joel Mokyr, Ph.D., Robert H. Strortz Professor of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics. Series events have become…

International Seminar Series: Woodrow Wilson and the Impact of the United States on World War I

Date:
Wednesday, April 11th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Woodrow Wilson and the Impact of the United States on World War I Speaker: Ross A. Kennedy, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of History, Illinois State University Presentation Overview: The United States entered the First World War late, almost three years after the conflict began, and its belligerency was relatively brief, lasting only about nineteenth months. But the United States had an enormous impact on the conflict.  American policies under Woodrow Wilson from 1914 on heavily influenced the balance of…

International Seminar Series: The Lutheran Reformation- A Balance Sheet After 500 Years

Date:
Wednesday, April 18th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: The Lutheran Reformation- A Balance Sheet After 500 Years Speaker: John Freed, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Illinois State University Presentation Overview: Martin Luther’s call on October 31, 1517, for an academic disputation about indulgences initiated the Protestant Reformation. With the hindsight of half a millennium, it is clear that his summons led to a reform of the Church, both Catholic and Protestant; greater hope for salvation in the face of cosmic uncertainty; an increase in literacy; and…

International Seminar Series: Europe’s Crisis of Multiculturalism?

Date:
Wednesday, April 25th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Europe's Crisis of Multiculturalism? Speaker: Rita Chin, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Presentation Overview: Rita Chin questions the growing consensus in Europe that multiculturalism has failed.  She considers the longer historical developments that made European societies multicultural and shows that there were very few efforts to institute state-sponsored policies of multiculturalism as a way of dealing with ground-level diversity.  Instead, she argues that two events in 1989 — the Rushdie affair in Britain and headscarf…