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Kathleen Stephens

OTC: Kathleen Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

March 8, 2019

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Kathleen Stephens spoke yesterday on “Militarization and Demilitarization on the Korean Peninsula” for the 2019 Global Issues Symposium. The symposium has spent all of February and March exploring the theme “Militarization of Global Politics, Economy & Society.” The talk was part of a panel titled “Militarized East Asia.” In addition to her work in South Korea, Stephens has also worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Portugal, and No...

Rosa Brooks

Rosa Brooks, Georgetown Law Professor

March 1, 2019

Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University currently focusing on issues related to police brutality. She was the keynote speaker at Oberlin’s 2019 Global Issues Symposium, giving a Feb. 15 lecture titled “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.” In 2016, she published a book under the same title which discussed hyper-militarization in the United States. Brooks has served as counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in ...

2019 Global Issues Symposium Addresses International Militarization

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019

Oberlin’s fourth and final Global Issues Symposium will launch this month with a series of panels, presentations, film screenings, and discussions about the “Militarization of Global Politics, Economy & Society.” This year’s series will feature discussions on militarization in the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. The symposium begins next Friday with a lecture about U.S. militarization, as Rosa Brooks, professor of law at Georgetown University, questions the rise of militarization in the United States with her keynote titled, “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon.” In addition to the typical series of lectures and panels,...

Off the Cuff with Asef Bayat, Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies Professor

Simon Idelson, Staff Writer

April 13, 2018

Asef Bayat, originally from Iran, is Professor of Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies and is the Catherine and Bruce Baistain Professor of Global and Transnational Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Bayat completed his B.A. in Politics from the University of Tehran in 1977, and Ph.D. in Sociology and Politics from the University of Kent, from 1978 to 1984. Bayat’s work focuses on social movements and social change, religion and public life, and the urban space and politics. Bayat came to Oberlin to deliver the talk on “Rebel Cities: A View from the Middle East” on April 5. Bayat was the keynote speaker in Oberlin’s spring 2018 Global Issues Symposium, a series of lectures, film screenings,...

Symposium Looks to Cityscapes to Address World Issues

Simon Idelson

March 2, 2018

The College’s third annual Global Issues Symposium, The Global City, has begun its series of talks, discussions, and screenings that will run until April 27. The symposium will address daily life, politics, environmental issues, human rights, art, sports, and culture in a variety of cities in the Global South. The series is funded by an Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation grant and Oberlin alums and is organized by the Oberlin College International Studies Concentration. The International Studies Chair and Associate Professor of History Zeinab Abul-Magd is the primary organizer of the symposium. She said that the global presence of the U.S. calls for Americans to learn about the societies the U.S. occupies and interacts...

After Climate Symposium, Faculty Plans Ahead

Jackie McDermott

April 15, 2016

Oberlin’s inaugural Global Issues Symposium was organized by the International Studies Concentration around the theme of “Climate Change Consequences: Disruption, Migration and the Development of Resilient Communities” this year. The symposium brought together scholars, scientists and activists to discuss climate change and shine a light on the often ignored perspectives of indigenous communities. Across the three days of panels and other sessions, faculty, staff, students and community members discussed with experts how indigenous populations are contributing to the fight against climate change, despite being marginalized in the conversation. “An objective of the symposium is to bring to the table voices...

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