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October 2014 27

  • Monday
    7:30 PM
    The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Susan Diduk presenting “The Political Economy of Corporate Largess: Social Responsibility, Corporations and the Development Enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
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    Full Description: The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Susan Diduk presenting “The Political Economy of Corporate Largess: Social Responsibility, Corporations and the Development Enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Since the 1990s foreign direct investment has grown significantly in Sub-Saharan Africa. This growth is embedded in the neoliberal project with its push toward privatization, deregulation of markets, and capital accumulation. A growing, yet less visible sector in this process, concerns the new corporate social responsibility (CSR) agendas of transnational corporations (TNCs). This paper examines the growth of “development projects” funded by transnational business, for example, in areas like education, healthcare and potable water. Diduk consider's such “community development” initiatives funded by TNCs and their interconnected relationships with the state, as well as local urban and rural communities in the Republic of Cameroon. I examine especially the intended and unintended effects of these policies, and their deeply troubling implications for “development encounters” more broadly.
    Address: Slayter Hall, Denison University Room, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Global Studies Seminar
    Event Contact: Fadhel Kaboub, 740-587-6315
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November 2014 03

  • Monday
    7:30 PM
    The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Ziad Abu-Rish presenting "Jordan, the Arab Uprisings, and the Legacies of State Formation."
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    Full Description: The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Ziad Abu-Rish presenting "Jordan, the Arab Uprisings, and the Legacies of State Formation." This presentation will discuss the reverberations of the Arab uprisings in Jordan between 2011 and 2013. While activist groups and various other political forces organized demonstrations in Jordan during this period, neither the number of people who took to the streets nor the nature of the demands advanced by them approximated those of protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere. This presentation will offer an explanation rooted in historical institutionalism, regime-opposition dynamics, and the strategic importance of Jordan to regional and global powers. In short, the desire of the Jordanian citizenry for a more transparent, accountable, and socio-economically just political system is no less than any other part of the world. Abu-Rish is an assistant professor of Middle East history in the Department of History at Ohio University.
    Address: Slayter Hall, Denison University Room, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Global Studies Seminar
    Event Contact: Fadhel Kaboub, 740-587-6315

November 2014 10

  • Monday
    7:30 PM
    The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Awad Halabi presenting "From Coup d’états to Alliances: The US Involvement in the Middle East Since WWII."
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    Full Description: The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Awad Halabi presenting "From Coup d’états to Alliances: The US Involvement in the Middle East Since WWII." This talk examines the larger trends that have characterized US involvement in the Middle East since WWII, such as maintaining access to oil in the region and preventing the Soviet Union from gaining a presence in the area. These larger interests have shaped how the US has engaged with questions of democracy in the Middle East, such as at time sponsoring coup d’états and other times forging alliances with monarchies and dictators. Halabi is an associate professor serving in the departments of history and religion at Wright State University specializing in the Middle East and Islam.
    Address: Slayter Hall, Denison University Room, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Global Studies Seminar
    Event Contact: Fadhel Kaboub, 740-587-6315

November 2014 30

  • Sunday
    7:30 PM
    The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Melanie Finney presenting "Northern Ireland's Continuing Quest for Peace."
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    Full Description: The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Melanie Finney presenting "Northern Ireland's Continuing Quest for Peace." In 1998, citizens on both sides of the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland ratified the Good Friday Belfast Agreement. Brokered in part by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, the agreement was considered an end of violence during the period known as the Troubles, and the beginning of a joint, government and community. However, many issues remain unresolved in the 16 years since the agreement was made. This paper examines some of these issues and argues that the ongoing peace process is still tenuous. Several issues are still contested in Northern Ireland, including observation of various cultural traditions such as display of flags and parading, memorialization and commemoration of specific sites related to the Troubles, and the concerns with the process of truth and reconciliation. Finney will also discuss the Boston College interviews that prompted international debate and led to the arrest of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in Spring 2014 and how these events have further jeopardized the peace process. Finney teaches in the departments of communication and theatre at DePauw University.
    Address: F.W. Olin Science Hall, Room 114, Denison University, 100 Sunset Hill, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Global Studies Seminar
    Event Contact: Fadhel Kaboub, 740-587-6315