The Week Ahead: Upcoming Policy Events on Campus

Here’s a brief rundown of interesting policy events coming up this week (October 31-November 4):

The Future of Crime

Monday, October 31st

12-1:30pm, Reuben W. Hills Conference Room, Encina Hall
The Chairman and Founder of Future Crimes Institute, Marc Goodman, will provide an engaging and entertaining futurist perspective on the effects technological progress on crime, policing and national security, including the implications of emerging technologies such as robotics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, the human genome, virtual worlds, the social data revolution and ubiquitous computing.

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****Does Public Broadcasting Have a Future?

Tuesday, November 1st

5-6:30pm, McClatchy Hall, Building 120, Mendenhall Library
This talk will bring together together major figures from the world of public broadcasting and academia to discuss the new and uncertain era public broadcasting finds itself facing. Speakers are Ulrich Wilhelm, Director General of Bavarian Broadcasting; Tim Olson, VP of Media and Education at KQED; Dan Werner, Executive Producer at MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and Shanto Iyengar, Chandler Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Moderated by Gerhard Caspar, President Emeritus of Stanford University.

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Change is Gonna Come: Demographic Shifts, Economic Uncertainty, and the Future of  Metropolitan America

**Wednesday, November 2nd

4-5:30pm, Building 200, Room 205
Manuel Pastor Jr is a professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He is also the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pastor’s talk will cover what the Census tells us and what it means about the future of metropolitan America’s society and economy (including a rap on how equity is now critical to resolving our economic crisis).

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Policy Perspectives From the Obama Administration

Thursday, November 3rd

12-1:30pm, CISAC Conference Room, Encina Hall Central
Jeremy M. Weinstein returned to Stanford this year from the National Security Council, where he was Director for Democracy. He is an associate professor of political science at Stanford University, an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and served as director of the Center for African Studies in 2007-08. His research focuses on civil wars and political violence; ethnic politics and the political economy of development; and democracy, accountability, and political change.

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Risk and Game Analyses: From Engineering to the Social Sciences****

Thursday, November 3rd

3:30-5:00pm, Reuben W. Hills Conference Room, CISAC, Encina Hall

Speaker Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor in the School of Engineering and has been chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University since its creation in January 2000. She is a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, of the National Academy of Engineering and of its Council, and of the California Council on Science and Technology, and formerly a member of the Air Force Science Advisory Board and of the NASA Advisory Council. Her primary areas of teaching and research are engineering risk analysis and risk management, decision analysis, and engineering economy.

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Global Inequalities, Performance Gaps, and Mobile Innovations**
**Thursday, November 3rd
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Wallenberg Theater, Wallenberg Hall
Paul Kim will share his long journey that has been focused on devising, offering, and evaluating educational access to the underserved children in developing regions of the world. In shedding light on how these fortuitous events, this narrative account of educational progress and change shares the research outcomes of a variety of mobile technology-integration projects at the K-12 level.

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**We the People: Islam & U.S. Politics

Thursday, November 3rd

6-7:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education

A discussion panel on “News Media and Hollywood” with Camille Alick (Muslims on Screen and Television), Joel Brinkley (Stanford University), Michael Wolfe (Unity Productions Foundation), and Vincent Barletta (Stanford University). The event is part of the Abbasi Program’s 2011-12 “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics” Event Series, which focuses on the ever-changing place of Islam and Muslims in contemporary American political discourse and its potential role for the future of American democracy, society and culture. Participants will reflect on various aspects of American political life, such as the news media, Hollywood, visual arts, and democratic theory & practice.

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The Nuclear Taboo

Friday, November 4th

12-1:00pm, Building 110, Room 112

At this event, Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute Scott Sagan will address the following questions: Under what conditions does the American public support using nuclear weapons?  Is there a general “nuclear taboo” and, if so, how strong are the public’s inhibitions against using nuclear.

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Russia in Israel’s Foreign Policy: The Role of the Russian-Speaking Diaspora

Friday, November 4th

12-1:00pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208

The leadership swap expected in the Kremlin in 2012 is unlikely to change this unless Russia’s home security or strategic interests in its natural “sphere of interests” are seriously threatened. Based on the most recent examples from Syria, Egypt and Israel, Dr. Olena Bagno-Moldavsky will discuss possible developments in Russia’s policy toward the key players in the Middle East focusing on the Arab-Israeli peace process. Dr. Olena Bagno-Moldavsky****is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a fellow in the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at Michigan University.

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