17.506 Ethnic Politics II (MIT)
This course is designed mainly for political science graduate students conducting or considering conducting research on identity politics. While 17.504 Ethnic Politics I is designed as a primarily theoretical course, Ethnic Politics II switches the focus to methods. It aims to familiarize the student with the current conventional approaches as well as major challenges to them. The course discusses definition and measurement issues as well as briefly addressing survey techniques and modeling.
21L.003-2 Reading Fiction (MIT)
Reading Fiction is designed to sharpen your skills as a critical reader. As we explore both short stories and novels focusing on the theme of "the city in literature," we will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts - structure, narrative voice, character development, novelistic experimentation, historical and political contexts and reader response.
21L.715 Media in Cultural Context (MIT)
This course explores the international trade in television text, considering the ways in which 'foreign' programs find places within 'domestic' schedules. Looking at the life television texts maintain outside of their home market, this course examines questions of globalization and national cultures of production and reception. Students will be introduced to a range of positions about the nature of international textual trade, including economic arguments about the structuring of international m
17.906 Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy (MIT)
This course focuses on strategic and political implications of ongoing trends in global energy markets, particularly markets for crude oil and natural gas. The course examines the world's major oil and natural gas producing regions: the Middle East, the Caspian Region, Russia, Venezuela, and the North Sea. Producer-consumer relationships are considered for China, India, Japan, and the United States. United States foreign policy implications, especially with respect to China, are discussed.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nov. 2, 2001
Former Harvard professor and White House fellow under Lyndon Johnson, Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of bestsellers The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson & the American Dream. Her articles on political issues have appeared in leading national publications, and she is a regular panelist for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” In 1995, she received a Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Goodwin has receiv
Professor Paul Franco, Sep. 8, 2006
Mr. Franco is a Professor of Government with teaching responsibilities in the history of political philosophy and contemporary political theory. Mr. Franco is the author of The Political Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott, Hegel’s Philosophy of Freedom, and most recently Michael Oakeshott: An Introduction.
Henry Laurence, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, Common Hour September 12, 2008
"You Can't Say That! Keeping Terrorists, War Crimes and Gay Marriage off TV." Henry Laurence is an associate professor of government with a joint appointment in Asian studies at Bowdoin. He teaches courses in Japanese and comparative politics, media and politics, and international political economy. In 2007–2008 he was a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He is currently writing a book on broadcasting politics that compares the BBC, PB
China Lecture Series: "China's Real Energy Crisis"
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld specializes in the political economy of reform in socialist and post-socialist systems. His book, Forging Reform in China (Cambridge University Press, 1998), explores the process of state enterprise restructuring in China and attempts to illuminate the institutional drivers of economic behavior in the Chinese system.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53: Priorities for the Next President of the United States in Foreign a
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering '53 holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He served as U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1992, a period that saw an international coalition move effectively against Saddam Hussein's invasion o
McKeen Center Adam Weinberg '87: "Educating for Democracy"
A former professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, Weinberg is currently executive vice president and SIT provost of World Learning. Weinberg has garnered national attention from major foundations for his work on civic education and promoting youth political engagement.
Weinberg's talk is presented in conjunction with the opening and dedication of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin. The mission of the McKeen Center is to enable students
Kibbe Lecture - National Medal of Science Laureate Susan Solomon
Susan Solomon is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of atmospheric science. She obtained some of the first chemical measurements that helped to establish chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole in Antarctica. The Solomon Glacier in Antarctica was named after her. Solomon is a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group One.
Solomon's lecture, titled "A World of Climate Change: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," addre
Highland Park Free School. Program focuses on education as an 'equalizer' in America. Through segments that discuss the educational needs of the African American community, desegregation in public schools, and job discrimination, Program 112, illustrates the problems African Americans have had obtaining a good education. Program includes interview footage with Jim Cooper, a teacher at the Highland Park Free School, 'Commentary' by Sarah-Ann Shaw (in which she discusses Black thought in education
Historical justifications for the institution of slavery. Program focuses on the surgical and psychotropic research being proposed (and in some cases, implemented) to curb violent tendencies via the testing of prison inmates. Host Topper Carew speaks with inmates of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk and two groups of professionals in two separate interviews: the first with Rev. Edward Rodman (of the Episcopal Diocese of Boston) and Professor Stephan L. Chorover (of the MIT Ps
9th Annual International Health Conference: War, Poverty and Population
The Relationship between Population Growth and Poverty
Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs, Worldwatch Institute, Washington DC.
Numbers: Mind the Gap
Theogene Rudasingwa,, Former Rwandan Ambassador to the United States.
The Return of the Population Factor
Martha Campbell,, Co-founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD), UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Why Does Peace Break Out?
Malcolm Potts, Bixby Professor of Population and Family
Assessing the Biological Weapons and Bioterrorism Threat
BIOSECURITY FOR A NEW ERA Lecture Series
Biological weapons (BW) have been a significant national security preoccupation for nearly 15 years. The events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks that followed have magnified these concerns by orders of magnitude while shifting the context almost entirely to "bioterrorism." Over the past four years, the federal government has spent nearly $30 billion to counter the anticipated threat. Strangely, these responses took place in the absence of virtuall
Global Warming: A Time to Act (Cap & Trade Conference)
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein describes her legislative program to combat climate change and responds to questions. Senator Dianne Feinstein is introduced by Boalt Hall School of Law Dean Christopher Edley at the "Cap and Trade as a Tool for Climate Change Policy" conference.
Leading practitioners and academic experts from the US, Europe, China and India debated key legal, economic, and technology issues associated with "cap and trade" as a policy tool for California, the US and the internation
The 2006 Governor's Race: An Inside View
The Primary Election: November 2005 -- June 2006
Campaign managers, media experts and other top officials for all three major candidates discuss the campaign, from the underlying structure of the electorate to the day-to-day strategy to the outcome.
Moderators: Scott Shafer, KQED Public Broadcasting; Randy Shandobil, KTVU News
Schwarzenegger — Laying the Groundwork
Opening Remarks: Bruce Cain, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
Panelists: Matthew Dowd; Susan Kennedy; Reed Galen; Adam
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