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Social Sciences on Tap

On the second Thursday of every month, faculty from the School of Social Sciences will discuss topics of local, national, and global importance and engage in a lively conversation with the community. Come join us!

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Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Topic: "Britain, Brexit & the Future of Europe"
Presenter: Dr. Jean Abshire, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Studies.

Location:
New Albanian Brewing Company Café & Brewhouse
415 Bank Street
New Albany, IN 47150

Topic Summary


"Britain, Brexit & the Future of Europe"

Last year's vote for Britain to leave the European Union, followed by a series of unexpected national elections, leave politics in Europe in a state of flux and the future overshadowed by question marks. This On Tap event examines the situation facing our closest allies and what may lie ahead.

European integration has focused on unifying Europe and making war obsolete on the European continent since shortly after WWII. What we now call the European Union, an organization of 28 member-states with deeply connected economic and political systems, has been successful in those respects yet many divisions remain. Economic challenges, terrorism, and a refugee crisis have highlighted the rifts that still exist and dangerously undermine the Union. The British decision to “Brexit” means an unprecedented step backward for integration and raises the specter of other countries following the British out the door. What will become of Europe?

Bio: Dr. Abshire teaches introductory courses in comparative politics & international relations as well as advanced courses on European politics, Asian politics, nationalism, comparative public policy, and occasional seminars on topics like globalization, genocide, and political grassroots movements.

Dr. Abshire’s research interests focus on conflict management in ethnically divided societies. Ethnic nationalism is a leading cause of domestic and international conflict, yet various societies have managed to accommodate diversity though government policies that offer rights and protections to minority groups – Dr. Abshire’s work has explored some of these policy approaches in places like Italy, Northern Ireland, Spain, and Finland. Her book, History of Singapore from Greenwood Press (2011), explores the development of Singapore’s multicultural society and status as a small, but economically significant global actor through Singapore’s extensive experience with economic globalization across the centuries. She is currently working on a book for Praeger Press titled Ethnic Conflict and Global Security.


Previous Talks

May 11, 2017 - "Going green: Small changes for big impact on your carbon footprint"

"Going green: Small changes for big impact on your carbon footprint"

Presenter: Dr. Lucinda Woodward, Associate Professor of Psychology.

This Social Sciences on tap presentation will address simple changes you can make to lower your carbon footprint. Based upon best practices in sustainability, participants will learn how to make "green" household products such as laundry soap, all-purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner and scrubbing powder. Everyone who comes will take home samples of the products we make together (please bring a small plastic tub to contain your laundry soap so we can honor the “reduce, recycle, reuse” mantra.

Bio: Lucinda Woodward is an instructor in the Departments of Psychology and Sustainability at IU Southeast. She is passionate about issues pertaining to the environment and has taught multiple courses in environmental psychology, including a study abroad trip to Wales, U.K. where her students volunteered at the Lammas Eco-community. She currently sits on the Sustainability Council at IUS and is a founding member of the Sustainability Board. She maintains a small organic farm in Salem where she raises produce and livestock using permaculture techniques.

April 13, 2017 - "The Quaking Earth: The Haitian Earthquake and Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami of 2010 in Historical Relief"

"The Quaking Earth: The Haitian Earthquake and Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami of 2010 in Historical Relief"

Presenter: Dr. Quinn Dauer, Assistant Professor of History.

Late on the afternoon of January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti near the capital of Port-au-Prince. According to official estimates, 316,000 people perished in the disaster and 1.3 million people were displaced. In addition, the catastrophe destroyed much of Haiti’s infrastructure and housing, reducing much of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere to rubble.

The next month as the summer holidays drew to a close in the Southern Hemisphere, a massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile’s south central region in the early morning hours of February 27, 2010. A tsunami followed, sweeping through port cities and fishing villages along the Pacific coast. The catastrophe resulted in a death toll of 523 people and displaced 800,000 people. The earthquake and tsunami damaged the country’s infrastructure and housing from Concepción to Valparaíso and Santiago.

In contrast to the earthquake that struck Haiti, the seismic shock that shook Chile was 500 times stronger and shifted the earth’s axis, causing the length of a day to be shorten according to scientists. Why was there such as stark divergence in the death toll and destruction wrought by these two disasters? Scholars from the interdisciplinary field of disaster studies have pointed to the enforcement of building codes, stability of state institutions, and economic development. These explanations and others posited by scholars have deep historical roots. Indeed, historians study catastrophic events because they tear down façades of everyday activities that obscure or conceal the political, economic, social, and cultural structures of states and nations. The contrasting state and societal responses to the 2010 earthquakes and tsunami in Chile and Haiti were tied to historical processes that shaped each country’s vulnerability to a disaster.

Quinn P. Dauer earned his B.A. in history and Spanish at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005 and Ph.D. in Atlantic and Latin American history at Florida International University in Miami in 2012. His research broadly examines how state and societies have responded to natural and technological disasters. Dauer is currently working on two monographic projects, a comparative analysis of how natural disasters shaped the state formation and nation building processes of Argentina and Chile during the long nineteenth century and a study of 1939 Chillán earthquake in Chile. His work has been generously funded through the Tinker Foundation, a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship, research and writing fellowships from the FIU Graduate School, and a research grant and summer faculty fellowships from Indiana University Southeast. In addition to teaching courses topics in World and Latin American history, Dauer offers courses on the history of natural and technological disasters and environmental history.

March 9, 2017 - "The Politics of Punishment: Exploring the Regulation and Criminalization of Women"

"The Politics of Punishment: Exploring the Regulation and Criminalization of Women"

Presenter: Dr. Bernadette Jessie, Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Over the past 30 years, crime has played an increasingly crucial role in US politics and culture. Tough-on-crime policies and draconian sentencing laws make it clear that politicians will go to great lengths to define themselves as tough on criminals and those addicted to drugs. The resulting short-sighted and zero-tolerance policies have increased our prison populations at unmanageable and exorbitant rates; with particularly devastating effects on women. The number of women in prison has grown by over 800% in the past three decades; two-thirds of women in prison are there for non-violent offenses, many for drug crimes. From both an economic and harm reduction standpoint, the advantages of employing substance-abuse treatment and gender-responsive services as an alternative to prison for such women is evident. It is important to understand that incarcerating women does not solve the problems that most often underlie their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Bernadette Jessie is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at IU Southeast. She divides her research efforts between the topics of gender and crime, and the burgeoning fields of forensic psychology and forensic science. Bernie teaches classes in international criminal justice systems; senior seminar in criminal justice; and forensic investigation and criminal psychology. She is currently developing a course on women and corrections, and will offer this in the fall of 2017. Bernie is in the final stages of writing a book that examines the nature of incarcerating females, specifically looking at how women “do time,” as well as the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that takes place in many of the correctional facilities across America. In this manuscript, she addresses the daily and often demeaning, victimizing, and unchecked violations of inmates in the name of ‘security’ and justice, while also detailing the shattering of emotional and spiritual identity that develops with even limited incarceration.

Feb. 9, 2017 - "Neuroenhancements: Humanity in the Age of Biotech Cyborgs and Mind-Altering Medications"

"Neuroenhancements: Humanity in the Age of Biotech Cyborgs and Mind-Altering Medications"

Presenter: Meghan Kahn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology.

Great progress has been made recently in the field of neuroscience, allowing patients who were once paralyzed to walk again and providing medications that can slow the deterioration from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. While these advances present huge promise to many patients and their families, they are also changing the way we define humanity and personal achievement. This talk will describe some exciting new neuroscience innovations and some of the ethical concerns that come along with progress in the field of neuroscience.

Dr. Meghan Kahn is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Indiana University Southeast, as well as a science fiction enthusiast. Her laboratory conducts research on the role of odors in memory, using the homing pigeon as a model species. Meghan teaches advanced courses on neuroscience, learning and memory, and the role of the microbiome on psychological functioning.

Jan. 12, 2017 - "The 'Formula' for Making Successful Small Talk: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Connect, Not Just Converse, with Others"

“The 'Formula' for Making Successful Small Talk: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Connect, Not Just Converse, with Others”

Presenter: Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Shyness Research Institute, IU Southeast.

Many people think being able to make successful conversation is an innate talent. It is, in fact, an acquired skill. There is a structure and there are rules of engagement. Once individuals know the basic structure and rules for making successful conversation, connecting with others can become less intimidating. This presentation will provide an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to the art of making successful conversation.

Dr. Bernardo Carducci (Kansas State University, 1981) is professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast, where he has taught classes on personality psychology and introductory psychology for the past 37 years, and the director of the Indiana University Southeast Shyness Research Institute. A few of his many publications on the topic are The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk: How to Talk to Anyone Anytime Anywhere About Anything (1999, Pocket Guide Publishing), Shyness: A Bold New Approach (2000, HarperCollins); and Shyness: The Ultimate Teen Guide (2015, Roman & Littlefield). In addition to his multiple appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and other national and international media services, including the BBC, Professor Carducci's writings and advice have been featured in such diverse sources as Psychology Today, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue, among others.

Dec. 8, 2016 - "Cuba in Transition: Cuba under Raul Castro and Beyond"

"Cuba in Transition: Cuba under Raul Castro and Beyond"

Presenter: Dr. Cliff Staten, Professor of Political Science and International Studies.

Since the mid-1990s, Raul Castro has orchestrated the transition of Cuba away from the Stalinist model of development to the Chinese model of reformed socialism. Major changes in the economy are evident even though the transition has been fraught with missteps. Politically speaking, Cuba is more open today than at any time since the revolution even though Raul’s model calls for the Communist Party to retain control. Obstacles abound for Cuba in its efforts to reform its economy to a state-capitalist model, and how that will affect the political processes remains to be seen. A dissident movement operates in plain sight and a growing opposition is using social media. The future evolving relationship with the United States will play a dramatic role in this process as will leadership in Cuba. Raul will be stepping down in 2018, and at that time his hand-picked successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel, will be the first revolutionary president born after the revolution and he is considered to be an economic pragmatist in the image of Raul.

Dr. Cliff Staten came to IU Southeast in 1989. He is a former Dean of the School of Social Sciences and currently a Professor of Political Science and International Studies. He is the recipient of the IUS Distinguished Teaching Award, the IUS Distinguished Research Award, and the Chancellor’s Diversity Award. Cliff has traveled and studied throughout Mexico and Central America/Caribbean with a special focus on Nicaragua and Cuba. He teaches advanced courses on Latin American politics, US foreign policy, international political economy, and terrorism. He has published numerous scholarly articles and two books: The History of Cuba 2nd edition (ABC-CLIO 2015, original edition in 2003) and The History of Nicaragua (ABC-CLIO, 2010). His most recent research on the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia focuses on how this revolutionary/terrorist organization adapts to changing political environments.


Please contact Dr. Kelly A. Ryan at ryanka@ius.edu if you would like more information on the series.

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