(8) Global Issues & Human Rights Subjects

abuse is not LOVE

by Felicia Webster

abuse is not LOVE, is a spoken word play with the creative highlights and energy of Dani Cleveland, Doriette Jordan, Paula Bell and Felicia Webster. This highly charged 40 minute play uses interactive dialogue, gospel, hip hop and theater to disseminate information on the cycle of abuse. With personal testimonies and emotional ups and downs,  this is a show that is dedicated to keeping it real and telling the truth about domestic violence, it’s the healing journey and support needed to make it through the storm.

What If? History

by Jack Campbell

Campbell reaches back into the 16th and 17th centuries to explore events that helped make the United States of America what it is today. He invites the audience into a discussion about how our country might be different today if not for these events.

Nelson Mandela and the End of Apartheid

by John Simmons

An informal discussion about how Nelson Mandela was the right man at the right time, maybe the only man who could have brought down apartheid relatively peacefully.  Simmons incorporates the role of other players including Winnie Mandela and F.W. de Klerk.

Security in the Post-Cold War Era

by Patrice McMahon

McMahon focuses on changes in international cooperation, both with our allies and former enemies, weapons of mass destruction, warfare and how we have come to define security and national interest.

U.N. Security Council Reform

by Michael Kelly

After Iraq II, the United Nations Security Council has many obstacles to overcome. The five permanent members–Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States–reflect the power structure of 1945, not that of the early 21st century. This program investigates the changes needed by the U.N. Security Council and what may be its future.

The Resurrection of the Pre-Emptive Strike Doctrine in International Law

by Michael Kelly

This program looks at the United States’ current broad interpretation of the Pre-Emptive Strike Doctrine.  The program also investigates how the doctrine has been interpreted and challenged in the past and how the U.N. responded.

Genocide as an International Crime

by Michael Kelly

This program investigates genocide as defined by international law. In addition, this presentation looks at the history of how the world has reacted to the crime.

Human Rights and Indian Rights: Las Casas to Standing Bear

by Robert Haller

How did the idea of universal human rites, including the rites of indigenous peoples, come into Western consciousness and law? This talk cites the contribution of Bartolome de las Casas, whose arguments lead to the New Laws governing Spanish colonization.; of Judge Dundy’s verdict in the famous trial of Crook vs. Standing Bear (1879) which asserted the “personhood” of native peoples; and the “participant observation” research of Francis La Flesche, which fostered the recognition of the integrity of Native culture. Many other factors entered into the development of the current understanding of human rights; but the Western need to incorporate non-Western cultures into the existing framework of Western thinking played a significant part.

Third World Poverty, America and Development

by James S. Wunsch

Since the avalanche of new nations during the 1950s and ’60s, a shared goal for the United States and the Third World has been “development.” Much time, treasure and labor has been poured into this task, yet the results are ambiguous. Some experts even argue that the Third World has gotten poorer for all this effort. In what ways have we and Third World governments understood and tried to combat their peoples’ deep poverty? Why is America involved in these issues? This presentation focuses on various strategies, the results and the most promising approaches.

T.E. Lawrence, the Arab Revolt, and World War I in the Middle East

by John Calvert

This talk examines World War I’s dark inheritance in the Middle East. Drawing on a rich cast of characters — T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), the Hashimite princes of the Arab Revolt, British and French colonial officials – the talk brings to life the making of the modern Middle East, explaining how the post-war imperial carve-up laid the foundations of future conflict and poisoned relations between the Middle East and the West.