Theme: “Vietnam and the United States: Reconciliation from a Distant and Bitter War”
When the American involvement in Vietnam ended in 1975, both countries had bitter wounds from a long war with devastating human and financial costs. It was not until 1995 that the two countries began diplomatic relations, and the signing of the 2000 Bilateral Trade Agreement opened the way for economic relations. However, wounds from the war persist between the U.S. and Vietnam, which include questions about missing U.S. MIA/POWs, and Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam. Additionally, the U.S. sees many problems with human rights violations in Vietnam which still cause friction in relations between the two former enemies. Finally, the question of true reconciliation of war-related issues perhaps does not lie between the U.S. and Vietnam, but within the borders of Vietnam—between those who fought for the victors, and those who fought for a failed cause and were summarily sentenced to harsh and often fatal conditions of the re-education camps.
Guest Lecturer: Bruce C. McKinney, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Tune in on the ICERM Radio website and call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
Theme: “Interfaith Cooperation: An Invitation for All Beliefs”
Guest Lecturer: Elizabeth Sink, Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University
This lecture focuses on one of those big things that we are told NEVER to talk about in polite conversation. No, even though it is an election year, the lecture isn’t about politics, or money. Elizabeth Sink talks about religion, specifically, interfaith cooperation. She starts by sharing her story and the personal stake she has in this work. Then, she shares how students on her campus at Colorado State University are bravely crossing faith and belief lines and changing the stories we most commonly hear about religion in US America.
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2016 Summer Lecture Series
Theme: “Intercultural Communication and Competence”
Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Ph.D., (CCS), President and CEO of Fisher Yoshida International, LLC; Director and Faculty of the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, both at Columbia University; and Director of the Youth Peace and Security Program at AC4.
Ria Yoshida, M.A., Director of Communications at Fisher Yoshida International.
Tune in on the ICERM Radio website and call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
2016 Summer Lecture Series.
Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Maarten Boudry claim that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence. They claim that other factors such as socio-economic disenfranchisement, unemployment, troubled family backgrounds, discrimination and racism have been repeatedly refuted. Religion, they argue, plays the primary motivational role in the instigation of extremist violence. Since the claim that religion plays a lesser motivational role in extremist violence is empirically well-supported, Dr. Kelly James Clark thinks that Dawkins, Harris and Boudry’s claims that religion and religion alone motivates ISIS and ISIS-like extremists to violence are dangerously uninformed. Click to learn more…
Guest Lecturer: Kelly James Clark, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI; Professor at Brooks College’s Honors Program; and Author and Editor of more than twenty books as well as Author of over fifty articles.
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Theme: “Peacebuilding Interventions and Local Ownership”
Guest Lecturer: Joseph N. Sany, Ph.D., Technical Advisor in the Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) of FHI 360
Tune in on our website or call +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the lecture and add your voice to the conversation.
This lecture brings together two important notions: peacebuilding interventions -funded by international development agencies- and the question of local ownership of such interventions. In doing so, Dr. Joseph Sany will examine important issues that conflict intervenors, development agencies, and local populations often encounter: assumptions, dilemmas, worldviews, and risks of foreign driven interventions in war torn societies and what these interventions mean for local actors. Approaching these questions from the lenses of a practitioner and a researcher, and drawing on his 15 years of experience as a consultant with international development agencies and his current work as Technical Advisor at FHI 360, Dr. Sany will discuss practical implications, and share lessons learned and best practices.
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Theme: “Indigenous Paradigm Alternatives to Global Crises: When Worldviews Collide”
Distinguished Guest: James Fenelon, Ph.D., Director of Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies and Professor of Sociology, California State University, San Bernardino.
Listen to the ICERM Radio talk show, “Lets Talk About It,” for an engaging panel discussion on “Violent Extremism: How, Why, When and Where do People Get Radicalized?” featuring three distinguished panelists with expertise on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Counter-Terrorism (CT).
Mary Hope Schwoebel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
Manal Taha, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow for North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C.
Peter Bauman, Founder & CEO at Bauman Global LLC.