Upcoming Events

Prominent leaders and experts from around the world are invited to campus to share their work on frontline issues such as diplomacy, peacebuilding, global governance, and sustainable development. 

2019-2020 Speakers

UN Week 2020: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Monday, February 10, 2020 - Thursday, February 14, 2020

This year’s theme, Climate Change & Environmental Justice, reflects the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #13. The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". They were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. Oxy’s annual UN Week is sponsored by the William and Elizabeth Kahane United Nations Program and the Young Initiative on the Global Political Economy with the participation and co-sponsorship of Art & Art HistoryBiologyDiplomacy & World AffairsGeologyEconomicsMusicPhysicsUrban & Environmental PolicyCenter for Research & ScholarshipFEAST, and KOXY.
For the full schedule of UN week please CLICK HERE
Dr. Gabriele Magni: Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Candidates in Advanced Democracies

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @5:40-7:05PM in Weingart 117

Dr. Gabriele Magni is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. He received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018.  His work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, and the European Political Science Review. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Politico and has been cited in the Washington Post and FiveThirtyEight, among others. His research explores how group membership and identity influence political preferences, behavior and representation in advanced democracies.
Joe Nye: "Morality and American Foreign Policy"

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @11:30AM in the McKinnon Global Forum

Joe Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean of the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University,won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. His most recent books include The Power to Lead; The Future of Power; Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era; and Is the American Century Over. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global  Thinkers.
Jeff Wasserstrom: UCI China History Professor

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @11:30AM in the McKinnon Global Forum

Jeff Wasserstrom is a specialist in modern Chinese history with a strong interest in connecting China's past to its present and placing both into global perspective. Both his first book, Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford, 1991), and one of his recent ones, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009), have focused on China's largest metropolis. Many of his other publications, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (which will soon be out in a third edition, co-authored with Maura Cunningham) and Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016), a very short book, were written not just with specialists but also with general educated readers and anyone curious about Chinese history in mind.
James Mann: New book on Cheney and Powell rivalry. "Repulicans and the World"

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @11:30AM in the McKinnon Global Forum

James Mann is a Washington-based journalist and author. He has written a series of non-fiction books, including three about America's relationship with China and four more about American foreign policy. His group biography about George W. Bush's war cabinet, Rise of The Vulcans, was a New York Times best-seller. As a newspaper journalist, he worked for more than two decades for the Los Angeles Times, where he served as Supreme Court correspondent, Beijing bureau chief, and foreign-policy columnist. Earlier in his career, he worked at The Washington Post, where he took part in the newspaper's Watergate coverage.
Dalit Baum: Economic Activism American Friends Service Committee

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @12:30PM in Varelas

Dalit Baum is director of AFSC’s Economic Activism Program. She has worked with AFSC since 2013 in the San Francisco office. Dalit is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. She is a feminist scholar and teacher who has taught about militarism and the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and U.S. universities.
Dr. Melissa Michelson: Transforming Prejudices - Identity, Fear, and Trannsgender Rights

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @5:40-7:05PM in Weingart 117

Dr. Michelson is a Professor of Political Science at Menlo College in California. Dr. Michelson enjoys writing and teaching about politics in a way that helps students connect with the political arena and make connections between their own lives and what’s happening in city hall, in Sacramento, and in Washington. She is co-author of four books: Mobilizing Inclusion: Redefining Citizenship through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns (Yale, 2012), which won the 2013 American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche award and the 2013 best book award from the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity and Politics section; Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (Paradigm, 2014); A Matter of Discretion: The Politics of Catholic Priests in the United States and Ireland (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017); and Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights (Oxford, Feb. 2017). In addition, she has published dozens of articles in top peer-reviewed academic journals, including pieces in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and International Migration Review. Her current research projects explore voter registration and mobilization in minority communities; persuasive communication on contentious issues such as marriage equality, transgender bathroom access, and other LGBT rights; and Muslim American political attitudes and behavior.
Dr. Samantha Majic: Performing Feminism? Celebrities and the Movement to End Human Trafficking

Monday, April 13, 2020 @5:40-7:05PM in Weingart 117

Dr. Samantha Majic is an Associate Professor at John Jay College-CUNY. Samantha Majic received her PhD in Government from Cornell University and is an associate professor of political science at John Jay College-CUNY. Her research lies in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, and celebrities and politics. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), co-editor (with Carisa Showden) of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), and co-author (with Carisa Showden) of Youth Who Trade Sex in the US: Agency, Intersectionality, and Vulnerability (Temple University Press, 2018). Her research has also appeared in numerous political science and gender studies journals. A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Dr. Majic is also a member of the editorial boards for Perspectives on Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Critical Policy Studies.
Fall 2019
Allison Brysk: Reproductive Rights Regression

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 @5:30PM in Choi Auditorium

Alison Brysk is Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Brysk has been named both an International Studies Association and an American Political Science Association Distinguished Scholar of Human Rights. Her wide-ranging research draws both on global theorizing as well as fieldwork on human rights in Latin America and Asia.
Steven Jensen: An Alternative History of Human Rights: A Global South Project

Monday, September 9, 2019 @11:45AM in Choi Auditorium

Steven L. B. Jensen is a lead researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Jensen focuses on the agency of the global south and their role in advancing human rights around the world.
Miry Whitehill: Welcome, Neighbor at Oxy: A Conversation in Support of Families Resettling in CA as Refugees

Friday, September 20, 2019 @1:55PM in Choi Auditorium

Miry Whitehill is the founder and executive director of Miry’s List. Miry started Miry's List in Eagle Rock in July 2016 when a friend introduced her to a family of new arrival Syrian refugees resettling in Los Angeles with kids the same age as her own.
Huss Banai: Game of Rogues: Trump vs. Iran

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @11:30 AM in the McKinnon Global Forum

Huss Banai is a professor at Indiana University at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at MIT. A noted expert on Iran, he is co-author of Becoming Enemies: US-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War,  and The Narrative Trap: US-Iran Relations Since 1979.
Momin Rahman: Queer Muslim Challenges to the Internationalization of LGBT Rights

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @12:00PM in Choi Auditorium

Dr. Momin Rahman is a professor of sociology at Trent University. His scholarship focuses on LGBT citizenship and its role in Muslim culture, politics, and identity.
Robert Edelman: The Whole World was Watching: Sports and the Cold War

Friday, October 4, 2019 @11:30AM in the McKinnon Global Forum

Professor Robert Edelman is a professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego. He was a former sports-writer and radio announcer.
Yuriko Romer: Diamond Diplomacy: U.S. - Japan Relations Through Baseball

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @1:30PM in Johnson 203

Yuriko Gamo Romer is an award-winning director based in San Francisco. Her current documentary project DIAMOND DIPLOMACY, explores the relationship between the United States and Japan through a shared love of baseball.
Alfred Madain: A History of Musical Politics in the Arab World: From Umm Kalthoum to Contemporary Arab Artists

Monday, October 21, 2019 @11:45AM - 1:00PM and 1:55-2:50PM in Choi Auditorium

Alfred Madain is the founding director of Bedouin X, the desert blues band, and an educator and ethnomusicologist in Los Angeles. He grew up in Jordan listening to an eclectic selection of music from the Arab world, America, and Europe.
Andrew Zimbalist: Circus Maximos: The Political Economy of Global Sporting Events

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @1:30PM in Johnson 203

Andrew Zimbalist is an economics professor at Smith College. He has consulted in the sports industry for players' associations, cities, companies, teams and leagues.

2018-2019 Speakers
David Goldblatt: Football is First: The Global Game in the 21st Century

Monday, April 1, 2019 @3:00PM in Choi Auditorium

David Goldblatt is a University Lecturer, sociologist, journalist, and author. In 2015, Goldblatt won the William Hill Book of Sports Award of the Year for "The Game of our Lives" and was acclaimed by the Sunday Times as "the best football historian there has ever been."


Angela Stent: Russia Against the West

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @11:00AM in the Johnson Global Forum

Dr. Angela Stent is a foreign policy expert specializing in US and European relations with Russia and Russian foreign policy. She is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and director of its Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.
Terra Lawson-Remer: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @10:30AM in Fowler 302

Terra Lawson-Remer is founder and managing partner of Catalyst Project, faculty fellow at the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy, and a fellow the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Terra Lawson-Remer served as senior advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Obama Administration and has extensive experience as a political organizer, author, legal and campaign director, and much more.