Famed reporter and war correspondent Kim Barker brought to Penn State the same sense of sly humor and keen insight that made her book “The Taliban Shuffle” (and its film adaptation “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” starring Tina Fey) such a widely acclaimed meditation on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the war on terror.
Penn State’s Center for Global Studies will host Kim Barker, a metro reporter at The New York Times specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing, from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Lewis Katz Auditorium at University Park. Barker's 2011 book, "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," was the inspiration behind the March 2016 movie "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" starring Tina Fey.
The Center for Global Studies will host Ian Johnstone, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Lewis Katz Auditorium at University Park. His lecture, "A World in Turmoil: Priorities for the next U.N. Secretary General,” will investigate the crises facing the United Nations as it is handed over to a new secretary general.
The Center for Global Studies at Penn State will be hosting a lecture by Christian Haines on Dec. 10, titled “The Scored Life, or, Global Finance and the Politics of Abstraction.” The lecture will explore the power of financial abstractions to foster life or to disallow life to the point of death. It also ask whether or not an alternate model of financial literacy – one which does not presume the necessity of capitalism – might be worth pursuing. The talk will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 124 Sparks on the University Park campus.
Although most citizens tend to believe that big business owns Washington D.C., a team of researchers suggests that business may have a less dominant and more complicated relationship with government than previously thought.
Discussing the relationship between science and faith, rather than avoiding the discussion, may better prepare future high school biology teachers for anticipating questions about evolution, according to Penn State political scientists.
The media rarely confront modern presidents when they wield unilateral powers by signing executive orders, and a Penn State researcher believes that the reluctance is part of a growing trend that worries many constitutional scholars.
By ignoring how the collection of data on political repression changes over time, human rights watchers may be misjudging reports that seem to show respect for human rights has not been improving, according to a Penn State political scientist.