Dyson on Oscars

Prof. Stephen Dyson took part in an expert reaction roundtable on the Oscars, praising Best Picture winner Birdman and consensus runner-up Boyhood.

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Prof. Richards: Book and More

Prof. David Richards is co-author, with Jillienne Haglund, of a new book, Violence Against Women and the Law (Paradigm). Nicola Henry, of La Trobe University (Australia), said of the book:

“This is an impressive and far-reaching study of the role of law in eradicating violence against women in a global context. The authors use robust empirical data to examine whether the law actually makes a difference in the lives of women from 196 countries in the world. The authors expertly unravel the complexities of law’s influence and impact on gender-based inequality and violence, underscoring the need for cross-national data that track adoption and enforcement of domestic and international laws over time.”


Of late, Prof. Richards also was a guest on NPR’s Where We Live where he talked about the Senate Report on Torture. Listen here.

In addition (!), Prof. Richards blogged over at the WaPo’s Monkey Cage: “How laws around the world do and do not protect women from violence.” Well done!

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LECTURE: Al-Qaeda’s Branching Out Strategy and Its Consequences

Please join us for an upcoming talk:

Prof. Barak Mendelsohn (Haverford College)
“Expansion and Decline: Al-Qaeda’s Branching Out Strategy and Its Consequences”

February 11, 2015 (snow date: February 25)
12:00 pm in Oak 438

Light refreshments.

Sponsored by Middle East Studies.

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LECTURE: Making Globalization Work for All

Please join us for a Lecture with
Professor Richard Locke
“From Apple to Nike: Making Globalization Work for All”

Monday, February 23, 2015 NEW DATE
4:00-5:00 pm
Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Center

Richard M. Locke is the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science and public and international affairs at Brown University.  Locke was named a 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership by The Aspen Institute and awarded the MIT Class of 1960 Teaching Innovation Award in 2007 and the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching in June 2008. He currently chairs the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who are working with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company’s suppliers.

Co-Sponsored by
The Human Rights Institute, UConn School of Business, and
the Thomas J. Dodd Center

To request reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and for any other questions regarding this event, please contact Lyndsay Nalbandian at Lyndsay.Nalbandian at uconn.edu.

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LECTURE: The Challenges in Responding to Ebola

The Challenges in Responding to Ebola

Kim Yi Dionne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Government, Smith College

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

March 2, 2015 New DATE and TIME

Oak Hall, Room 438 (Storrs)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest on record, having claimed thousands of lives. The epidemic increased exponentially months after national governments and international agencies were made aware of the outbreak in March 2014. Why have West African governments and the international community struggled in responding to Ebola? This presentation will provide an overview of the outbreak to date, the responses by local, national, and international actors, and the obstacles faced when trying to contain a disease epidemic and care for those infected. The talk will also feature preliminary results from an experiment conducted in the U.S. to understand American attitudes during the Ebola outbreak.

Kim Yi Dionne is Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College. She studies and teaches African politics, particularly the politics of interventions aimed at improving the human condition and the opinions of ordinary Africans toward such interventions. Much of her published research examined HIV/AIDS. Her current book project is on the global response to HIV/AIDS in Africa, with a focus on Malawi, where she was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008-2009. She is also a regular contributor to The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post.

This talk is sponsored by the Gamma Gamma Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Department of Political Science, the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute, and the Medical Anthropology Forum. Please contact Fred Lee at fred.lee at uconn.edu for more information. A catered reception will follow the talk.


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Kashwan and UN repository

A co-authored paper that Prof. Prakash Kashwan published recently has been added to the “methods” repository of the official website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Congrats!

Prof. Kashwan told us he “brings some of this ongoing policy engagement to the classroom through a new course (POLS 2998: Environmental Policy & Institutions) that I am teaching in the spring.” A flyer for his course is available here.

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Garcia on Mexico’s demographics

Yazmin Garcia Trejo, a POLS PhD student, recently blogged on Mexico’s demographics for the American University Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, where she is a fellow. Congratulations!

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