Politics/Law

Politics/Law

The "Perpetual Crises of Democracy" in Latin America

Anne Hamilton, Lecturer, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, explains the components necessary for democracy and discusses the levels of freedom within various Latin American countries based on the rankings of Freedom House, a group which promotes democracy.

Memories, Lies and the Brain

Anthony Wagner, Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Stanford University, explores neuroscience brain imaging as a means of determining the difference between actual memory and deception. Prosecutors, judges and juries must determine whether testimony is honest and accurate or dishonest and inaccurate. Mental state decoding could help to provide answers to these questions.

Is Democracy Possible in the Middle East?

Hala Ghoneim, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater, discusses the skepticism surrounding the possibility of democracy in the Middle East, explains why it’s a fair to ask if there can be democracy and provides an overview of the Egyptian Spring.

Sanitation in Developing Countries

Norm Doll, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses water and sanitation issues in the slums of developing countries around the world. Doll highlights work being done in Nejapa, El Salvador to create a sanitation system.

Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Thierry Cruvellier, Journalist and Author, discusses history, politics, civil war, reconstruction and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cruvellier delves into how humans behave in times of crisis when faced with difficult choices.

Emerging Diseases of the 21st Century

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of infectious diseases and how to prepare for these emerging diseases at the global, national, state and local levels. Maki focuses on the Ebola virus and looks toward future global threats which could be more devastating that the Ebola outbreak.

Gender Equality in Higher Education

Myra Marx Ferree, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, delves into opportunities for females and gender politics within universities. Ferree shares her research of German gender politics with a global perspective.

Antibiotics in Poultry Production

Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

Beth E. Richie, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Fabu, Former Poet Laureate, Madison, WI. Richie talks about racial identity, sexuality, class, culture and incarceration focusing on the experiences of African American women. Fabu shares poetry that offers a glimpse into African American women’s experiences.

Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria

Adam Paddock, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, delves into the history of Nigeria, focusing on colonization and British rule and discusses the challenges facing the democratic government in Nigeria today.

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