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March 22, 2010
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Upcoming Events

The Exceptional Economies of the Middle East

Raid Al Khouri - Senior Economist, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan; Dean of the Business School, Lebanese French University, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq

Tuesday March 23, 2010 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center, Case Western Reserve University. This program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin

In the United States, discussion of the Middle East tends to focus on conflict among states, or the Israel/Palestine issue, or “democratization” or its absence; and interest in economics is usually confined to the price of oil. But for people who live in the region, how they can make a living and the linkages between politics and economics are central concerns.

Economic development involves much more than the price or control of oil, which is only a major economic factor in some countries. In forty years of work with organizations ranging from the International Labor Organization to the World Bank, and from the Carnegie Institution Middle East Center to the World Intellectual Property Organization, Riad al Khouri has studied a remarkable array of topics. They include European and U.S. trade agreements with nations in the region; trade among many of the countries in the region; labor markets and migration; industrial development; transport; intellectual property; as well as analyses of political dynamics such as the future of democracy in Lebanon.

Presented by the Center for Policy Studies, For further information:,, 216 368-2426

China at 60: Myths and Realities - Village Elections and Governance

Qingshan Tan, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Graduate Program in Political Science at Cleveland State University. Tuesday March 23, 2009, 4:30 p.m., Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 11402 Bellflower Road, Case Western Reserve University.

Village elections have been implemented throughout China for more than a decade. In spite of improvements in the election process and villagers’ increasing awareness of democratic rights, the elections are widely viewed as producing little effect on village governance. Why have village elections remained largely irrelevant to effective self-governance? Tan addresses such questions by examining causal factors, village governance structure, township re-assertiveness over villages, and dual-leadership factors.

Qingshan Tan is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University. His appointments include senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore, among others. Tan has published more than 30 academic articles in English and Chinese and is the author of the book, Village Elections in China: Democratizing the Countryside.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with funding from the Mitzie Levine Verne and Daniel Verne Endowment for Asian Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

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William H. Marling, Ph.D., Professor of American Literature, Modernism, Popular Culture, and Globalization at Case Western Reserve University

Friday March 26, 2010
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Few lands could possibly have as many stories as Lebanon. Its history stretches back toward the beginnings of civilization; its politics is the stuff of today’s headlines; its peoples are a remarkable mix of religions, ethnicities, and cultures.

Professor of English William Marling spent the 2008-09 academic year as the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. He has previously taught in Avignon, Kobe, Vienna, and Bilbao. As a financial journalist for Fortune and Money he also traveled the world. His books have included studies of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and the American Roman Noir. His most recent book asks, How American is Globalization? Few could bring such a broad understanding to the task of, as he puts it, “discussing the main stories Lebanon tells itself.”

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

About Our Guests

William H. Marling, professor of American literature, modernism, popular culture and globalization at Case Western University. His first love was and is Modernism -- his dissertation and first book were on the poet William Carlos Williams. Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, Marcel Duchamp, Djuna Barnes, and e.e. cummings are other Modernists with whom he values for their play with words, technique, and vision. Looking back, he sees that most of his work has been concerned with the way that visual values, from painting to film, from material objects and popular culture, appear in literature. After his book on Williams, Bill Marling turned to detective novelists. He is also interested in Raymond Chandler, and did a book on him, and finally wrote The American Roman Noir, incorporating the films that grew from these novels. Most recently Bill Marling has written about the export of American popular culture and globalization: How ‘American’ is Globalization? (2006).

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 2: Moral Courage: Compromise or Cowardice? With Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland.

April 9: Business and Sustainability. With Roger Saillant, Ph.D. Executive Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Values, Weatherhead School of Business.

April 16: : Does Environmental Responsibility Mean the Elderly Should Accept “Natural” Deaths? With Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Professor of Philosophy, Brown University.

April 23:
Science in the Courts. With Wendy Wagner, Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor, University of Texas School of Law.

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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