WBEZ | University of Chicago - International House http://www.wbez.org/content/university-chicago-international-house Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Extractive Industries: Global Goods, Local Costs http://www.wbez.org/extractive-industries-global-goods-local-costs-105693 <p><p>The recently leaked Department of Justice memo on the legality of killing American citizens has brought new attention to the Obama administration&#39;s strategy of drone strikes and assassinations abroad. In this The World Beyond the Headlines event, <strong>Amos Guiora</strong> will discuss why targeted killing decisions must reflect consideration of four distinct elements: law, policy, morality, and operational details. Based on personal experience and his legal and academic perspective, Guiora will offer important criticism and insight into the policy as presently implemented, highlighting the need for a criteria based decision making process in defining and identifying &quot;legitimate targets.&quot;</p><div>Cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, International House Global Voices, and Jewish United Fund.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://cis.uchicago.edu/events/2012-2013/2012-02-25-targeted-killing">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/extractive-industries-global-goods-local-costs-105693 Environmental Advocate Van Jones with Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-10/environmental-advocate-van-jones-artist-marc-bamuthi-joseph <p><p><strong>Marc Bamuthi Joseph</strong>, a nationally acclaimed educator and Alpert Award recipient for theater, teams up with <strong>Van Jones</strong>, author and jobs advisor to the White House, for a frank discussion about environmental racism, social ecology, and collective responsibility in an era of dramatic climate change. Throughout their long friendship they have paved unique paths toward a national conversation about jobs, manufacturing, and the green economy as experienced among members of the black working class. Jones is leader of <a href="http://rebuildthedream.com/">Rebuild The Dream</a>, the growing movement to rebuild America’s middle class, and this talk is his only local appearance during a national speaking tour. Marc Bamuthi is creator of the movement <a href="http://www.lifeisliving.org/">Life is Living</a>, which is going strong in its sixth year and unites art activism and education as a potent communicative vehicle in the national effort.<br><br>This event is copresented by the Museum of Contemporary Art with The University of Chicago, and <a href="http://www.portoluz.org/">portoluz</a> as part of <a href="http://www.portoluz.org/projects.php">WPA 2.0: a brand new deal.</a></p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:26:50 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-10/environmental-advocate-van-jones-artist-marc-bamuthi-joseph Iran, the West, and Israel: Moving Toward a Decision http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-09/iran-west-and-israel-moving-toward-decision <p><p>The Iranian regime is under immense pressure. The West appears more determined than ever to pose crippling sanctions on Iran that target the two bases of Iran's economy—the oil sector and the banking sector. In the background are Israel's statements regarding a military strike and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's assessment that an Israeli attack is a likely option.<br><br>To make things worse, Iran has been grappling with the blows of a shadow war in which an invisible hand has been killing Iranian nuclear scientists, one after another. Out of a growing feeling of vulnerability, Iran responded with bolder, antagonistic statements. The rhetorical war that Iran, Israel, and the United States are having could easily escalate into an actual confrontation.<br><br>Tel Aviv University professor <strong>Uzi Rabi </strong>will discuss Iran's efforts toward regional hegemony and provide insight into the various scenarios the Israeli government is considering in response.<br><br>Uzi Rabi is the director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. He is a senior researcher in the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and is regularly invited by the Israeli Knesset to deliver updates and briefs on current developments in the Middle East. He is the editor of <em>International Intervention in Local Conflicts</em>. His current book projects include <em>Yemen: The Anatomy of a Failed State </em>and <em>Iran</em>, <em>Israel, and the Arabs: The Changing Face of the 21st Century Middle East</em>.<br><br>This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the International House Global Voices Program.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:13:26 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-09/iran-west-and-israel-moving-toward-decision Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., on the U.S.-Israel Relationship http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-02/us-israel-relationship-michael-oren-israeli-ambassador-us <p><p>A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University, Ambassador Michael Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.<br><br>Ambassador Oren has written extensively for the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, <em>The New York Times</em>, and <em>The New Republic </em>where he was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, <em>Six Days of War: June 1967</em> and <em>The Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present</em>, were both <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers and won the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>’ History Book of the Year prize, a National Council of the Humanities Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.<br><br>Ambassador Oren moved to Israel in the 1970’s where he served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, as a paratrooper in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. He acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an adviser to Israel’s delegation to the United Nations, and as the government’s director of Inter-Religious Affairs.</p></p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 17:03:37 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-02/us-israel-relationship-michael-oren-israeli-ambassador-us The Chicago Manual: More than a Century of Style http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/chicago-manual-of-style <p><p>Now in its 16th edition, <a href="http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org" target="_blank"><em>The Chicago Manual of Style</em></a> is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words. Explore both the history of this authoritative text and its relevance in an era where instantaneous global publication is only a tap, text, or tweet away. With the rise of the Internet and social media, writing and publishing have become everyday activities with content that doesn't necessarily pass through traditional filters like copy editors and publishing houses. Is that a good thing? Now that we are all capable of publishing, it seems the importance of editing is greater than ever. Join <strong>WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy</strong> for a discussion of the Manual's evolving role in publishing, punctuated by audience polling on matters of usage and style.</p><div>Panelists include:</div><div><strong>Ben Zimmer</strong> - University of Chicago AM’98, former writer of the <em>New York Times Magazine</em>'s "On Language" column, and Executive Producer of <a href="http://www.visualthesaurus.com/">Visual Thesaurus</a> and <a href="http://www.vocabulary.com/">Vocabulary.com</a></div><div><strong>Carol Fisher Saller</strong> - Senior Manuscript Editor for the University of Chicago Press, editor of the popular <a href="http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/CMS_FAQ/new/new_questions01.html">Chicago Style Q+A</a>&nbsp;and author of <em><a href="http://www.subversivecopyeditor.com/">The Subversive Copy Editor</a></em></div><div><strong>Anita Samen</strong> - Managing Editor of Books for the University of Chicago Press</div><div><strong>Jason Riggle</strong> - Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago and Director of the <a href="http://clml.uchicago.edu/">Chicago Language Modeling Laboratory</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And if you won’t be able to attend this event live, it will be streamed live on the <a href="http://on.fb.me/uchicagolive">UChicago Facebook page</a> and audience members everywhere will be invited to participate in the conversation via live polling and by using the Twitter hashtag #centuryofstyle.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/event/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-12/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon.png" title="" width="64" height="54">&nbsp;<a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1197885908?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=13881&amp;store_id=8621">Click here</a> for tickets!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Parking: Ample free street parking available along the Midway, and on Blackstone and Dorchester Avenues. Additionally, Valet Parking will be available for $10, courtesy of The University of Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This event is sponsored in-part by:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/index.shtml"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/event/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-01/NOV_University Wordmark-TP2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 31px;" title=""></a> &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/event/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-09/NOV_IH-master-TPreal.jpg" style="width: 134px; height: 60px;" title=""></a> &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-31/Intelligentsia_new_logo_fullcolor_CMYK-TP.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 46px;" title=""></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-01/TOC_websiteCYMK_TP2.jpg" style="width: 75px; height: 59px;" title=""></a></div></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:39:41 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-08/chicago-manual-of-style The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-15/arabs-and-holocaust-arab-israeli-war-narratives <p><p>There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust&mdash;the phrase alone can occasion outrage. The terrain is dense with ugly claims and counterclaims: one side is charged with Holocaust denial, the other with exploiting a tragedy while denying the tragedies of others. <br /><br /> In his latest book, political scientist Gilbert Achcar explores these conflicting narratives and considers their role in today's Middle East dispute. He analyzes the various Arab responses to Nazism, from the earliest intimations of the genocide, through the creation of Israel and the destruction of Palestine and up to our own time, critically assessing the political and historical context for these responses. Finally, he challenges distortions of the historical record, while making no concessions to anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial. Valid criticism of the other, Achcar insists, must go hand in hand with criticism of oneself.<br /><br /> <strong>Gilbert Achcar</strong>, who grew up in Beirut, has taught at the University of Paris-VIII and at the French-German Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin. He is currently professor of development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Among his many books are <em>The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder</em> and<em> Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy</em>, co-authored with Noam Chomsky. <br /><br /> Part of The World Beyond the Headlines lecture series. Cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Politics.<br /><br /> <a href="http://cis.uchicago.edu/wbh">The World Beyond the Headlines </a>series is a collaborative project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and is funded in part by the McCormick Foundation. Its aim is to bring scholars and journalists together to consider major international issues and how they are covered in the media.</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:28:01 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-15/arabs-and-holocaust-arab-israeli-war-narratives