Mary Ann Chirba & Alice A. Noble
April 26, 2017 (Boston) – Healthcare Reform in America 101
April 13, 2017 (Boston) – U.S. and the International Climate Change Agreement
Prof. Henrik Selin is an Associate Professor in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University where he conducts research and teaches classes on global and regional politics and policy making on environment and sustainable development. He is the author of Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management (MIT Press), co-author of European Union and Environmental Governance (Routledge), and co-editor of Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking and Multilevel Governance (MIT Press) and Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics: Comparative and International Perspectives (Ashgate). He is also the author and co-author of more than four dozen peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as numerous reports, reviews, and commentaries.
February 9, 2017 (Boston) – Demystifying BitCoin
Michael Casey is Senior Advisor for Blockchain Opportunities at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. He has co-authored, The Age of Cryptocurrency, which describes the decentralized record-keeping system driving the bitcoin revolution, and The Social Organism, in which he argues that social networks imitate the behavior of biological life. Before joining MIT, he spent 18 years as a journalist at The Wall Street Journal.
Prof. Maria Ivanova
January 12, 2017 (Boston) – The United Nations… uh, what is it, exactly?
Maria Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar, where she researches global governance and reform. She is Associate Professor of Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she also co-directs the Center for Governance and Sustainability. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.N. Secretary-General, a Board member of the U.N. University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.
Prof. Sheila McIlraith
December 14, 2016 (Toronto) – Artificial Intelligence: What is it and where is it taking us?
Sheila McIlraith joined the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto late in 2003. Prior to joining U of T, Prof. McIlraith spent six years as a Research Scientist at Stanford University, and one year at Xerox PARC. McIlraith’s research is in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) knowledge representation and automated reasoning. She has 10 years of industrial R&D experience developing AI applications. McIlraith is the author of over 100 scholarly publications.
Prof. Peter Krause
November 30, 2016 (Boston) – Past, Present & Future of ISIS
Peter Krause is an assistant professor of political science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. His research and writing focuses on Middle East politics, political violence, and national movements. He has two forthcoming books: Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win, and a co-edited volume entitled The Power to Hurt: Coercion in Theory and Practice. He has previously published articles on the threat of terrorism, the effectiveness of national movements and political violence, U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, and the war of ideas in the Middle East. Krause has conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the Middle East over the past decade, and he regularly offers his analysis with national and local media. He has a PhD in political science from MIT and a BA in political science and history from Williams College.
Prof. Graham Wilson
August 18, 2016 (Boston) – Brexit
Professor Graham Wilson is the co-founder and Director of the Boston University Initiative on Cities. Professor Wilson joined the Faculty of Boston University in 2007 where he served as Chair of the Political Science Department until 2015. His areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, Business and Government, and Interest Groups. Professor Wilson received his BA and Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University and his MA from the University of Essex.
Prof. Maurice T. Cunningham
July 13, 2016 (Boston) – U.S. Presidental Election Process
Maurice T. Cunningham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Prof. Cunningham earned his PhD in Political Science at Boston College, a Masters in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a JD at New England Law. He is a co-founder and contributor to the blog MassPoliticalProfs on WGBH.
Dr. Ravi Perry
May 4th, 2016 (Boston Area) – Black Lives Matter
Dr. Ravi Perry is an activist scholar with specializations in Black politics, minority representation, LGBT politics, civil rights, social movements, and urban politics. He concentrates his research, oratory, and social and educational activism in areas such as the new generation of civil rights debates, public policy, and public service delivery to persons of color.
Dr. Perry is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. His activism, commentary and oratory has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, Huffington Post, Politics Daily, the National Journal, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and the Washington Post.
Erik Fogg and Nathaniel Greene
March 30, 2016 (Boston) – Political Polarization
Erik Fogg and Nathaniel Greene are the co-founders of MidTide Media and lead the Something to Consider Movement, with the mission of rebuilding the lost middle ground in US politics. MitTide is part of the transpartisan Bridge Alliance. In 2015 they published Wedged: How You Became a Tool of the Partisan Political Establishment, and How to Start Thinking For Yourself Again. The book uncovers the root causes behind growing political polarization in the United States. Erik received Bachelors and Masters degrees from MIT in Political Science. Nat received a Masters degree from Oxford in Engineering and a PGC from Cambridge in Design, Manufacturing, and Management.
Professor Parke Wilde
February 4, 2016 (Boston Area) – Genetically Modified Organisms
Prof. Parke Wilde is an Associate Professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where he teaches and writes about U.S. food policy.
Professor Kaija Schilde, Ph.D.
November 17, 2015 (Boston Area) – European Migrant Crisis
Professor Kaija Schilde’s research interests involve European and transatlantic security, the political economy of defense and security markets and industries, EU lobbies and interest groups, and the role of private nonstate actors in national and international security. Her book manuscript, Embedded in Brussels: the Political Economy of European Security, is an investigation of the relationship between EU institutions and interest groups, with a focus on security and defense interests, including the formation of EU internal and external security policies such as Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and immigration and border security. Her other research investigates the causes and consequences of military spending cuts, defense reform and force transformation, arms exports under conditions of dependence and austerity, and the international diffusion of domestic and border security practices. She has a government policy background in defense reform and transatlantic security.
Professor Noora Lori, Ph.D.
November 17, 2015 (Boston Area) – European Migrant Crisis
Professor Noora Lori’s research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity systems. She is particularly interested in the study of temporary worker programs and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective. Regionally, her work examines the shifting population movements accompanying state formation in the Persian Gulf, expanding the study of Middle East politics to include historic and new connections with East Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Lori’s current book project examines the development and enforcement of citizenship and immigration policies in the United Arab Emirates, where non-citizens comprise 96 percent of the domestic labor force. This work is based on her dissertation, which was awarded the Best Dissertation Award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association in 2014. Prior to joining the faculty of the Pardee School of Global Studies, Professor Lori was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She used to co-run the Human Trafficking workshop at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the International Security Program and the Dubai Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has previously taught at the Dubai School of Government where she was an adjunct faculty member and visiting scholar, and at the University of Cambridge for the Heritage Summers program. Her research has been funded by the ACLS/Mellon Foundation and the ZEIT-Stiftung “Settling into Motion” Fellowship.
Dr. Jim Walsh
Oct 1, 2015 (Boston Area) – Iran Nuclear Deal
Dr. Jim Walsh is an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. Dr. Walsh’s research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons and terrorism.
Dr. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran’s nuclear program. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues.
His comments and analysis have appeared in numerous national and international media outlets and has many recent and upcoming writings, including, “Rivals, Adversaries, and Partners: Iran and Iraq in the Middle East” in Iran and Its Neighbors, Palgrave Macmillan (2015); “50 Years After Gilpatrick: Reflections on Nuclear Age,” in Reassessing the Global Nuclear Order – Past, Present, and Future (2015); [Contributor], Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement,The Iran Project (2014).
Ambassador Paul Webster Hare
May 4, 2015 (Boston Area) – Cuba
Ambassador Paul Webster Hare was the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001-2004. Hare is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and was a member of the Brookings Institution Core Group on Cuba. He has written two policy briefs for Brookings: “The Odd Couple; The EU and Cuba 1996-2008,” and “US Public Diplomacy for Cuba: Why It’s Needed and How to Do It.” With Carlos Blanco, he is the coauthor of a Brookings paper published in November 2010 on Cuba and Venezuela: “Is Three a Crowd – the Venezuela factor in Cuba’s policy towards the United State”. He is a contributor to Reuters and the Associated Press reporting on Cuba. His articles have appeared, inter alia, in The Atlantic and The Miami Herald. Ambassador Hare teaches classes on Diplomacy, Arms Control and on Cuba in Transition at Boston University. His novel, “Moncada – A Cuban Story”, set in modern Cuba, was published in May 2010. A new book on diplomacy, “Making Diplomacy Work: Intelligent Innovation for the Modern World,” is to be published by SAGE publications in 2015.
Prof. Sung-Yoon Lee
Feb. 24, 2015 (Boston Area) – North Korea
Prof. Lee is the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professorship of Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on North Korea policy and has advised senior officials and elected leaders in the U.S. government, including the President of the United States of America. Prof. Lee is a frequent commentator on major international media organizations, including BBC, PBS, NPR, PRI, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CBC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, and others. For more about Prof. Lee, please click here.
Prof. Noelle Selin
Jan 22, 2015 (Boston Area) – Climate change
Prof. Noelle Selin is Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-making strategies on climate change, air pollution and organic pollutants. She has also published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations. For more about Prof. Selin, please click here.
Prof. Bruce Western
Aug 27, 2014 (Boston Area) – U.S. Prison System
Prof. Bruce Western is the Co-Founder of the U.S. Prison Studies Project, Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.
Prof. Lenore G. Martin
Aug 6, 2014 (Boston Area) – Israel:Palestine
Prof. Martin is a Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College, an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University, and co-chair of the WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar.
She is also an Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard where she co-chairs the Seminar on Turkey in the Modern World co-sponsored by CMES and WCFIA. Her major field is International Relations; particularly, international relations of the Middle East and Turkey. Professor Martin is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and the Middle East Studies Association.
Dr. Taras Kuzio
June 26, 2014 (Toronto) – Ukraine:Russia
Dr. Kuzio is a Toronto-based leading international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics.
More about Dr. Kuzio: www.taraskuzio.net.
Prof. Asbed Kotchikian
June 23, 2014 (Boston Area) – Ukraine:Russia
Prof. Kotchikian is a senior lecturer at the Global Studies Department at Bentley University where he teaches courses on the Middle East and former Soviet Union. During the last 10 years, Dr. Kotchikian has traveled extensively and lived in the Middle East and former Soviet Union.
He has written, lectured, presented, and organized conferences on questions of identity and transformation of transnational (Diasporic) groups, foreign policies of small and weak states, national identity, and regional developments in the Middle East and Eurasia. His book, entitled The Dialectics of Small States: Foreign Policy Making in Armenia and Georgia, was published in 2008.
He is currently the editor of the academic peer reviewed journal, Armenian Review.
Asbed recommends the following resources:
- Civic Series PowerPoint – Ukraine – Asbed Kotchikian – June 23, 2014
- No, a film about an ad executive hired to create a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
- Rageh inside Iran, documentary of a unique journey inside Iran – what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world.
- Democratic Revolutionary Handbook, a how-to manual to the recent revolutions in Georgia, Serbia, and the Ukraine.
Prof. Denis Sullivan
May 1, 2014 (Boston Area) – Syria
Prof. Sullivan is the Director of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, and Professor and Co-Director at Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture & Development.
He frequently travels to the Middle East with students, and much of his involvement is around the refugee crisis in Jordan.