Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Globalization and Democracy
A talk by Larry Diamond ~ Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution & Freeman Spogli Institute; Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law; Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director, Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. http://www.stanford.edu/~ldiamond/
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he also directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant (and previously was co-director) at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002–3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion.
At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development and post-conflict democracy building, and advises many Stanford students. In May 2007, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that “transcends political and ideological barriers.” At the June 2007 Commencement ceremony, Diamond was honored by Stanford University with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He was cited, inter alia, for fostering dialogue between Jewish and Muslim students; for “his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education; for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual, sharing his passion for democratization, peaceful transitions, and the idea that each of us can contribute to making the world a better place; and for helping make Stanford an ideal place for undergraduates.”
During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Since then, he has lectured and written extensively on U.S. policy in Iraq and the wider challenges of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and was one of the advisors to the Iraq Study Group. His 2005 book,Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the first books to critically analyze America’s postwar engagement in Iraq. He has also participated in several working groups on the Middle East. During 2004–5, was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on United States Policy toward Arab Reform. With Abbas Milani, he coordinates the Hoover Institution Project on Democracy in Iran.
Diamond has edited or co-edited some 36 books on democracy, including the recent titles How People View Democracy, How East Asians View Democracy, Latin America’s Struggle for Democracy, Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan, and Assessing the Quality of Democracy. Among his other published works are, Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He also edited the 1989-90 seriesDemocracy in Developing Countries, with Juan Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Big Questions Luncheon
Enjoy free food and join a discussion on some of life's profound questions.
Occidental Interfaith Council and ORSL will be hosting a luncheon focused on topics that matter to all of us, regardless of our religious traditions, cultural heritage, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and personal or political beliefs. Together, through these conversations, we can learn from each other's thoughts and better understand our own, so we can develop more conscious and purposeful perspectives.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Film Premiere "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek"
The college community is invited to the premiere of the film "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" followed by a discussion with director Leah Mahan, an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.
"Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice. This is an inspirational story of how one community banded together to save their land and culture.
Filmmaker Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. Leah’s film "Sweet Old Song" (2002) was featured on the PBS series P.O.V. and was selected by film critic Roger Ebert to be screened at his Overlooked Film Festival (“Ebertfest”). She spent a dozen years making "Come Hell or High Water" and was invited to work on the rough cut at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. Her first film, Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street," captures the community organizing story of the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and its campaign to control its land and development.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Victor Narro: "Working for Justice: Organizing, Law, and Advocacy for Immigrant Rights in LA"
Victor Narro gives a talk entitled "Working for Justice: Organizing, Law, and Advocacy for Immigrant Rights in LA." Mr. Narro is currently a project director for the UCLA Labor Center and has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for many years.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Biology Senior Comprehensive Presentations
The Biology Department invites the college community to this year's senior comprehensive presentations.
Katie Hulting: Burn Baby Burn: ecological resilience of slash-and-burn agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon
Michelle Lo: To Bee or Not to Bee: Examining the role of Redundancy and Resiliency in Crop Pollination
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
UEP Information Session
This information session is open to all majors, minors, and students interested in Urban and Environmental Policy to learn more about requirements, key courses, community internships, and comps. RSVP to Sylvia Chico (email@example.com).