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Paul Schroeder - Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University

Friday February 20, 2009
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Conventional Wisdom says that the Chinese Government has had a deal with its people: if they accept the power structure, the government will help them get rich.

Logic then would suggest that, if the economy does not do so well, the government may become more vulnerable.

So what could be the political impact of the world financial crash?

That should depend on how the crash might affect the economy overall, on the groups that it affects differentially, on how stable the situation was before the crash, on how much the Communist Party regime has relied on economic growth for support, and on how much it depends on popular support as opposed to other sources of power.

For a quarter of a century Paul Schroeder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, has studied, worked in China, and worked with Chinese businesses and visiting delegations. He’ll lead off the weekly public affairs discussion with some observations from his experience and about recent developments, and then the we’ll move on to questions and discussion.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

*There will be no parking available in the visitors lot next to Crawford Hall this week due to a university trustees meeting.

About Our Guest

Dr. Paul Schroeder is someone whom some of our students already know, as he has taught one course per semester for the past two years. Paul brings a remarkable blend of experience and wisdom into the classroom. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State in Chinese Politics in 1987, doing his dissertation on regional power in the Chinese political system. Before embarking on his Ph.D. studies, however, he was a newspaper reporter covering police, city, county and state government for several Ohio newspapers. While doing his dissertation research, Paul represented the State of Ohio Department of Development in Wuhan, China. He then joined the staff of the National Committee on U.S. ― China relations in New York, managing programs in law and economics. From 1995 to 2007 Dr. Schroeder was managing director of East-West Trade Development, Ltd., a firm that assisted American businesses with international trade opportunities, especially with China.

In addition to his business and international relations experience, Paul has taken opportunities to teach a wide variety of courses over the years, including The United States and Asia and Politics and Development in the Global South with us. He is also co-founder of Families of the Fallen for Change, a lobby group advocating a political solution to the Iraq war, and as part of that has worked with senior members of Congress to help develop alternatives. So he brings to Case Western Reserve University experience in teaching, scholarship, working within China and within the foreign policy process of the United States.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

February 27: The New (Maybe) Israeli Government. With Michael B. Oren, Senior Fellow, The Shalem Center, Jerusalem; and Peter J. Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies.

March 6: “Pirates!," Milena Sterio, Assistant Professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and Gillian Weiss, Assistant Professor of History.

March 20: “How International Terrorism is Financed and What Can Be Done About It,” Richard Gordon, Associate Professor of Law.  

March 27: Promise and Problems of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Bill Leatherberry, Professor of Law , CWRU.

April 3: TBA

April 10: Exonerating the Innocent: The Impact of DNA Evidence. Paul Gianelli, Weatherhead Professor of Law, CWRU.

April 17: CWRU Students Report on the Election in El Salvador.

April 24: TBA.

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

The Economic Meltdown: Older Women and the Politics of Aging

Carroll L. Estes Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing Founding and First Director, Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF

Thursday, February 19, 2009 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center 4:00-4:30 light reception 4:40-6:00 lecture and discussion Free and Open to the Public

Carroll L. Estes, PhD is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and past President of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She has served as consultant to U. S. Commissioners of Social Security and Congressional Committees on Aging. She is well known for her landmark contributions to theoretical developments in the Political Economy of Aging and Critical Gerontology. Her current work is on long term care, mental health and aging, feminist, intergenerational politics, and social movements surrounding the privatization of Social Security and Medicare. Among her books are: The Aging Enterprise (Jossey Bass, 1979), Social Policy & Aging (Sage Pub., 2001), and Social Theory, Social Policy and Aging (Open University Press, UK, 2003, with co-authors Simon Biggs and Chris Phillipson).

The Changing Meaning of 'Unauthorized Access'

Julie E. Cohen, J.D., Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Monday February, 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Moot Court Room (A59), Case Western Reserve University Law School, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH

In recent years, the law has been asked to respond to a variety of disputes involving accessibility of information and related technical standards and practices. These disputes cover the waterfront from the design of proprietary media players to network neutrality to privacy protection for search queries. So far, the law has been unable to generate compelling discourses and principles for evaluating them.

Prof. Cohen will offer another way of thinking about issues of accessibility and unauthorized access. The reference point for this exercise will not be innovation, competition or expressive freedom, but rather the concept of "everyday practice," a term intended to encompass all of the ways in which situated users experience and interact with networked information technologies and the purposes for which they do so.

Attention to the demands of everyday practice suggests that the law should shelter hacking and tinkering in many instances, and explains why those activities are valuable both intrinsically and instrumentally. But altering the law to privilege technical self-help is not a panacea. Prof. Cohen will argue that the law also should pay closer attention to the design of network standards and related "expert" processes.

Julie E. Cohen teaches and writes about intellectual property law and privacy law, with particular focus on copyright and on the intersection of copyright and privacy rights in the networked information society. She is a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. 2006), and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Public Knowledge. From 1995 to 1999, Professor Cohen taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From 1992 to 1995, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation. Professor Cohen received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Harvard Law School, where she was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is a former law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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