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Lecture Series

Since 2005, the PBRC has been hosting biannual lectures at the Soka University of America campus.

Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Ajay Verghese (University of California, Riverside), "Ancient Hatreds: Evidence from 12 Centuries of Hindu-Muslim Conflict in India"
Dr. Michael Jerryson (Youngstown State University), "Humanity's Penchant for Violence: Patterns of Religious Expressions" 
Richard Fox (Universität Heidelberg), "How to Have Your Soul and Eat It Too: Moments of Translational Indeterminacy on the Indonesian Island of Bali" 

Dan Caldwell (Pepperdine University), "Warriors into Peacemakers" 

Max Cameron (University of British Columbia), "Constituent Power in Latin America"
Leo Chavez (University of California, Irvine), "Children of Immigrants, Belonging, and Citizenship"

Tom McLean (Arnold and Porter, LLP), "The Value of Foreign Direct Investment In Bringing Nations Together"

Dr. Lynda Stone (University of North Carolina), "Education's Hero? Icons, John Dewey, and Ethics"
Dr. Michael R. Curtis (Office of Sustainable Development Bureau of Africa), "Sub-Saharan Africa and the Bottom Billion"
Garry Brewer (Yale University), "The Business of the Environment: Trends and Challenges of Natural Resource Management"

Dr. Hilal Elver (UC Santa Barbara), "Water Barons vs. Water Warriors: New Water Wars"
Dr. Robert L. Tignor (Princeton University), "African Underdevelopment: Historical Perspectives"

Dr. Michael Ross (UCLA), "Oil Wealth as an Obstacle to Peace and Democracy"
Richard Falk (Princeton University), "A Vision of UN Reform: Global Challenge to Governments and Citizens"

Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya (Duke University), "International Development and Poverty-Insecurity Nexus"
Masao Miyoshi (UCSD), "From Humanities to Ecology"

Pranab Bardham (UC Berkeley), "The Rise of China and India: A Comparative Economic Assessment”

Dr. Anand Yang (University of Washington), "Contemporary India in Comparative and Global Perspective: The View from Beijing and Washington"
Dr. Arif Dirlik (University of Oregon), “Asia Pacific Studies in an Age of Global Modernity”

Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA), "The Globalization Question and Education"


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