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Lectures and Special Guests

Sociology Talk Looks at Inequality and "Party Schools"

The Department of Sociology presents a talk by Elizabeth Armstrong of the University of Michigan:

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Panel: "Out of Order: Approaching North Korean Human Rights and Denuclearization"

The college's Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, in cooperation with the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and the Korean Economic Institute of America (KEIA), presents a panel discussion featuring:

- Roberta Cohen, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution
- Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea
- David Maxwell, Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University

Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown: Survival and Recovery in Japan's 3/11 Event

The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series presents a talk by

Daniel Aldrich, Ph.D.
Professor and co-director of the Security and Resilience Program, Northeastern University

Professor Aldrich will speak on Japan's commercial nuclear power program, one of the most advanced in the world, and the crisis in the Fukushima nuclear complex following the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, which has dramatically altered the political and social landscape for energy in Japan.

Grandmothers at Work: Impact on Health and Well-Being

The Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy presents a talk by Madonna Harrington Meyer, chair and professor of sociology at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Meyer will discuss her research involving in-depth interviews with grandmothers who juggle working for pay and caring for their grandchildren.

Can the Supreme Court Appear Neutral in a Partisan Age?

The Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism

Robert Barnes
Supreme Court Correspondent for the Washington Post

The “Only Democracy”? Challenges to Israel’s Democratic Future

The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series presents a talk by

Naomi Paiss
VP for Public Affairs, New Israel Fund

River ecosystem and regionalization around Beijing metropolis

The Department of Geography presents Ranhao Sun, Ph.D., associate professor at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES – CAS). His main areas of expertise are landscape ecology, geography, remote sensing and geographic information systems. His current studies focus on two fields: (1) urban heat island effects in large cities related to landscape design and planning; and (2) ecosystem services evaluation and modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies.

The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government

The Eighth Annual Joseph P. Cresse Ethics in Government Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy presents Rosemary O’Leary in a talk on “Guerrilla Government," her term for career public servants who clandestinely disobey the will of their superiors in order to do what they think is right.

Pepper Institute: The Future of Transportation in Florida

As part of the Transportation for a Lifetime Week, the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy presents a talk by Melanie Weaver Carr from the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Policy Planning.

She will speak on "The Future of Transportation in Florida."

Broad Lecture - Erdogan's New Turkey: An Emerging Authoritarian Power

Sinan Ciddi, director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, will speak at Florida State University about recent changes in Turkish government and its drift to more authoritarian rule under its current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.