Conference on nation building to be held Tuesday at SAIS
SAIS will host
a conference called Nation-Building: Beyond Afghanistan and
Iraq from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Said
Jawad, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, will
be the keynote speaker.
The event is hosted by the Bernard L. Schwartz Forum
on Constructive Capitalism at SAIS.
The United States has engaged in approximately one new
nation-building exercise every 18 months since the end of
the Cold War, and yet the institutional memory for how to
organize such efforts remains weak. This conference will
seek to draw lessons from historic nation-building
experiences as well as the United States' current
involvements in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to make
recommendations for future institutional change. In
addition, panelists will look at the prospects for Iraq's
emerging as a democracy following the planned July 1
transfer of sovereignty from the Coalition Provisional
Authority to an Iraqi government.
Following introductory remarks by Jessica Einhorn,
dean of the school, and Francis Fukuyama, the Bernard L.
Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy, four
sessions will address "Historical Lessons, Learned and
Unlearned," "Afghanistan: Lessons and Prospects," "Iraq:
Lessons from the Reconstruction" and "Iraq's Future and the
Transition to Self-sustaining Institutions." Ambassador
Jawad will give the luncheon address at noon.
The event will be held in the Nitze Building's Kenney
Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates should reserve a place by
firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 202-663-5650.
Conference today examines radiation terror
Experts in terrorism preparedness are gathered today,
April 12, to discuss terrorism preparedness and response
protocol at an event sponsored by the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public
Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health
Preparedness and MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center.
"Dirty Bombs II: Current Concepts in Radiation Terror
Preparedness and Response" is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, Md.
Presenters will speak about the differences between
radiation terror incidents and other forms of terrorist
attacks. HazMat and bomb squad experts will discuss the
challenges faced by incident command systems when
responding to dirty bombs, and others will talk about
communicating with the general public during a threat and
radiation terror as a psychological injury tool. Local
radiation terror preparedness, including hospital and
emergency department plans, also will be discussed, as will
federal law enforcement preparedness and response
Speakers are Robert S. Lawrence, principal
investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health
Preparedness; Jonathan Links, professor of environmental
health sciences in the School of Public Health; Lynn
Goldman, director of the MidAtlantic Public Health Training
Center; Kenneth Hyde, Baltimore City Fire Department hazmat
coordinator; Charles Schneider, Baltimore Police Department
bomb squad commander; and Richard Alcorta, Maryland State
EMS medical director.
Author of 'Comic Book Nation' to give Wednesday Noon
In Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth
Culture in America, author Bradford W. Wright delves
into the role that comic books have played in 20th-century
America. From Batman's Depression-era battles against
corrupt politicians to Iron Man's Cold War adventures in
Vietnam, Wright's Johns Hopkins University Press book looks
at how writers and illustrators have used comic books to
address serious issues that range from nuclear war to drug
On Wednesday, April 14, Wright will discuss that
history and also will explore the role comic books play in
shaping adolescents into consumers. His talk takes place at
noon in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
The event is co-sponsored by the
Press and is part
of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's
Office of Special Events. For more
information, call Special Events at 443-287-9900.
Obesity epidemic to be addressed at Public Health
Today's Downsizing America: The Obesity Epidemic is
the fifth in a series of six symposia being held at the
School of Public Health to examine behavior and its impact
on public health. Four obesity experts will discuss ways to
change the behavior habits of Americans to combat the
country's expanding waistline.
The symposium will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in
the Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention published a study stating that poor diet and
inactivity could soon overtake tobacco smoking as the
leading cause of preventable death in America. In addition,
the Child Wellbeing Index announced that obesity is the
single most widespread health problem facing children
Speakers include Kelly Brownell, director of the Yale
Center for Eating and Weight Disorders; Adam Drewnowski,
director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the
University of Washington School of Public Health and
Community Medicine; Robert Jeffrey, professor of
epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of
Public Health; and Shiriki Kumanyika, associate dean of
health promotion and disease at the University of
Pennyslvania School of Medicine's Center for Clinical
Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Benjamin Caballero,
director of the JHU School of Public Health's
Center for Human
Nutrition, will moderate.
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