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Antina von Schnitzler: The Making of a Techno-Political Device: Expertise, Prepayment Technology & the Materiality of Politics in South Africa
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

A lecture from the Science, Technology, Medicine and Society Speaker Series Fall 2011! Featuring Antina von Schnitzler, from The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Lecture by Murray Feldman
12:00 PM
Careers in Environmental Law Series 2011-2012

The Environmental Law & Policy Program to host Murray Feldman, Administrative Partner, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Group, Holland & Hart LLP (Boise, Idaho). Mr. Feldman represents regulated interests, state and local governments, landowners, and others in litigation, administrative proceedings, and counseling on endangered species, public lands, wetlands, and water quality issues in several venues from Alaska to Washington, D.C., and of course Idaho. His recent articles include 'Give PECE A Chance: Evaluating Programs to Avoid Endangered Species Act Listings' and 'Taking a Harder Look at Direct, Indirect, and Cumulative Impacts.' Lunch will be provided.

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2011 Harold Jacobson Lecture - The Current Crisis: Analysis & Implications
4:15 PM -  5:30 PM
Lecture by Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University
Jeffry Frieden

Lecture by Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University

The Harold Jacobson Lecture is an annual event to celebrate Jake's contribution to the Center for Political Studies and to the study of international organization, international law, foreign policy, and the environment.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011
TITLE IX: 39 Years of Protecting Gender Equality, A Vivian R. Shaw Lecture
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for more information.

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for more information.

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlyn Ali will deliver the Vivian R. Shaw Lecture for the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Women's Studies Department. Her lecture will reaffirm the priority of ensuring that educational institutions around the country know that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits all forms of sex discrimination. Under the direction of Secretary Arne Duncan, the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is vigorously leading efforts to ensure all students are afforded a safe learning environment under Title IX. The Assistant Secretary will highlight the OCR's guidance on key Title IX areas, including equal access to athletic opportunities, sexual violence, gender harassment and bullying.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Why Antarctica - A Continent of Science & Diplomacy
4:00 PM

This talk will put science done in, from, and about Antarctica over the last century into a global context showing its intrinsic importance to humankind using several key case studies drawn from such diverse fields as geosciences, biological sciences and atmospheric and space sciences. The talk will also illuminate how science and diplomacy have mostly been synergistically interwoven in the effective governance and use of Antarctica, and how this has resulted in several powerful science based international legal regimes whilst also contributing to international policy making crucial for the good of humankind. The talk will conclude with a personal assessment of what will be the big science topic areas in the near future.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Leadership in Politics and Science within the Antarctic Treaty
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
An STPP Lecture Series Event with John Dudeney
Photo credit: Matt Schaar

For over 50 years the Antarctic has been governed through the Antarctic Treaty, an international agreement between 46 nations of whom 28 Consultative Parties undertake a management role. These Parties have qualified for their position on scientific grounds. The presentation will examine both the scientific and political outputs of all the Consultative Parties over the last 20 years and demonstrate that a small number of original Parties not only provide most of the science but also set the political agenda for the continent. Generally those countries producing the most science papers have the greatest political output as well. None of the most recent signatories to the Treaty appear to play a major role in managing Antarctica. The Treaty prides itself on its scientific credentials, but while nations have to demonstrate a substantial science programme to gain consultative status, there is no process to review science quality or commitment thereafter. The presentation will conclude by highlighting the reputational risk of this policy lacuna and will suggest a way in which it could be addressed.

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Battling Asian Carp: How Biology, Law and Politics are Threatening the Great Lakes
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM
Environmental Law & Policy Panel Discussion

Asian Carp, the species of giant fish, are poised to invade the Great Lakes and wreak ecological and economic havoc. These exotic species are decimating native fish species and damaging ecosystems, but despite the dangers, we have only managed to slow their march toward the Great Lakes. Four leading experts in the legal, policy and scientific efforts to stop these invaders will share their perspectives.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Can they be? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it?How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place.

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Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it? How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place. Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke. He authored the best sellers Predictably Irrational, and The Upside of Irrationality.

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