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ICS Lecture Series
ICS Lecture Series
Life and Death under Nazi Occupation: Jews and Holocaust in Smolensk, Russia
Dr. Michael Hickey, Dept of History
Monday, Feb 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
In July 1941, the German Army captured the western Russian city of Smolensk, in a region that was home to more than 30,000 Jews. Nearly half of the local Jewish population managed to evacuate before the German forces arrived, but the other half found themselves caught under the German occupation regime. By the time Smolensk was liberated from the Germans in 1943, only a handful of its Jews remained alive. In this lecture, Professor Hickey will discuss the experience of Smolensk’s population, and especially its Jews, during the Nazi occupation, based upon his own extensive archival research.
Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness
Dr. Diana Zoelle
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
The recent economic crisis (2007-’08) and the concomitant assertion of rights to be heard by leaders of developing countries have forced a significant change in international development policies and programs. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness is a state-centered framework for cooperative development. The framework recognizes participation by both private business and civil society in conjunction with government as essential to the success of future development activities. This approach to development, also known as the Post-2015 plan, requires micro- rather than macroeconomic assessment, including a structure to enable participating countries to gather data at the transaction level of interaction to help ensure transparency at all levels. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), an idea that was conceived in the mid-’90s under the Clinton administration, is now well-positioned to reinforce and assess the operation of the Global Partnership. A key change is the role of emerging states as lenders with flexible, state-sensitive standards. The Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness constitutes a paradigm shift in development. Under this new paradigm, recipient state governments will work in conjunction with civil society and the private sector toward equitable development.
WAR Games: How the Sports Media Assesses and Addresses Value in the Age of Sabermetrics
Presented by Jason Genovese and Matthew Perakovich
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00pm in Hartline G40
Today, Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises commonly employ advanced statistical analysis, also known as sabermetrics, for the purpose of better measuring players’ in-game performance. Michael Lewis’ bestselling book Moneyball (2004) and the Academy Award nominated film adaptation starring Brad Pitt in 2011 publicized the Oakland A’s innovative adoption of this empirical approach around the turn of the century, however, debate over the value of its use by those in the sports media did not reach fever pitch until the 2012 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) race. By way of an ideological analysis of sports media coverage of the heated AL MVP race, this study explores sportswriter attitudes toward advanced statistical analysis through a comparison of the arguments invoked by both print and online sports media in a total of 41 articles. The authors found that the hegemony of the sporting narrative continues to dominate American print sportswriting. However, while traditional print media still hold the power in making these prestigious awards decisions, online sports media seem poised to start influencing the discussion to a greater degree than ever before.
"And the Apostle Said ‘It is but Allah Who makes the prices low and high’"
Conceptualizations of a Market Order in Nineteenth-Century Islamic Law in the Ottoman Empire.
Presented by Dr. Safa Saracoglu
Tuesday, October 28 at 5:00pm in Hartline G42
While much has been written about the relationship between law and economic change in the western world, there is little written on the similar transformation that took place from the eighteenth century into the nineteenth in the Ottoman Empire. Studies on the history of economic thought in the Ottoman Empire draw a sharp distinction between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, associating the latter with reforms towards economic liberalization and attempts at drastic transformation that ultimately failed. Most scholars argue that Ottoman economic thought was inherently incapable of understanding forces of economic change. My current research aims to explore the intellectual and institutional possibilities of continuity across these two centuries in the relationship between law and the economic sphere in the Ottoman Empire. What was the intellectual framework that made debates on law and economic institutions possible in the Ottoman Empire? How did such debates relate to sovereignty and the duties of the government? And finally, through which institutions can we trace the evolution of the “triangle formed by government, population and political economy.”