Lectures

The International Political Economy and Development (IPED) Program at Fordham University hosts a weekly lecture series. Guests from the non-profit, public, and private sectors present on topics of interest to both graduate students in the IPED Program as well as to students in various departments across the university.

September 21, 2017

Career Services and Global Outreach (GO!)

Fatim Lelenta introduced Career Services of Fordham University to the IPED students. The organization’s mission is to help students with resume editing, cover letter preparation, improving interview skills, finding jobs and networking with employers. Additionally, the students had the opportunity to learn more about a variety of online resources for job search such as “Handshake.”

Furthermore, Dylan Katz from Global Outreach (GO!) spoke to IPED students about leadership opportunities on GO projects. Global Outreach (GO!) is a cultural immersion and service program under the auspices of the Office of Mission Integration and Planning at Fordham University, where students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

September 14, 2017

Journey with the Giant

China’s Stunning Rise to Global Stardom

James I. Gabbe, senior partner at Citizenarts presented to Fordham students the organization’s new documentary film called “Journey with the Giant.”

The documentary comprehensively and objectively tackles critical questions about China with important implications for the world, focusing on China’s ever-growing power on the international stage. It achieves the latter, by amongst others entering the daily life of teachers, merchants, factory workers and the like and considering the Chinese’s attitude towards their new, dynamic and developing environment and the communist party’s leadership.

An interesting Q&A session followed the presentation during which the students had the opportunity to learn more about typical misconceptions about the Chinese culture that exist in the Western world and factors to be considered when doing business with the Chinese.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 27, 2017

Advocating for a Hunger-free Future

Bradley Dawson, a policy advisor for food assistance/food security at World Vision International (WVI), spoke to IPED students about WVI writ large, his role within in the organization, and career opportunities for students.

WVI’s mission is “to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.” They work for the sustained well-being of children, with extensive reach in arenas such as gender, child protection, nutrition, and disaster management.

WVI offers an internship program, in three cohorts, fall, spring, and summer, in its major cities of operation in the United States including New York. Students who apply may continue taking courses in IPED while pursuing an internship 2-3 days per week.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 20, 2017

Seeking Refuge in New York: Perspectives from Asylum Seekers

IPED co-hosted the panel discussion “Seeking Refuge in New York” with Fordham’s International Institute of Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) Thursday at the Rose Hill campus. Two men currently seeking asylum in the United States as well as representatives of two New York based organizations, Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RiF) and RDJ Refugee Shelter participated in the panel discussion.

Audu and Ahmed, asylum seekers from Nigeria and Libya respectively, shared their thoughts on the asylum-seeking process as well as living in New York City. The process is often a tortuous route with opaque directions and a complex web of organizations, agencies, lawyers offices, and shelters. Because asylum seekers often must leave their countries on very short notice, it leaves little time to prepare for life in the United States, much less for the long and complex asylum seeking process.

While organizations such as RiF and RDJ exist to provide direct services and referrals, Audu and Ahmed stressed the importance of having people to come alongside men and women as they traverse the asylum process. There are opportunities for college students to help fill out forms, accompany people to appointments, and simply hang out and be a friend.

For volunteer opportunities check out RiF and RDJ.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

April 6, 2017

The Political Economy of South Africa

As lecture dates are scheduled weeks in advance, current events aren’t always part of the calculus. And so when we invited Ambassador John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to speak on the Political Economy of South Africa this week, little did we know how relevant it would be.

So with the sacking of South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over the weekend, Ambassador Campbell was summoned to brief congress in Washington, D.C.

Lucky for IPED, we have our own resident experts.

Gontse Mathale (Economics, ’17) and Carlos Baeta (IPED ’17, Economics ’18) provided background and analysis for students on the current political economy of South Africa. Notably, President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence set for April 18. That the result of the upcoming vote is unknown speaks to the falling popularity Zuma enjoys among members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Students will be watching events in South Africa closely over the coming months as they prepare for the Emerging Markets: South Africa course to be held in Pretoria in August.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 30, 2017

Micro-lending & Opportunity International

Mark Thompson, the Chair of the Opportunity Global Board, spoke to IPEDers about the role micro-lending plays in development. Active in 24 countries, Opportunity International (OI) is currently partnered with 39 microfinance institutions. Services provided include financial advice, trust groups, and training. Areas of key focus are agriculture finance, education finance, leadership development, technology, and women.

In providing micro loans, OI follows a model based on trust groups. To make lending small amounts of money viable for a private firm, loans are pooled and given to a group of borrowers within a community. This way, group members keep each other accountable for repayment, and microfinance managers are able to maintain a relationship with borrowers more easily.

While American staff of micro-lending organizations based abroad are thin, there are many organizations involved in microfinance. Other organizations to look to include FINCA and Kiva.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 9, 2017

Smart City Initiatives

Sustainable.

Connected.

Efficient.

Predictable.

These are the goals city planners of the 21st century must strive for. But just who is a city planner?

Dr. Carlo Vermiglio, an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Messina provided a bold assertion for city planning today. Beyond simple statements and goals for city initiatives, Dr. Vermiglio posited that the most important objective for any city is preparedness. Mitigating the effects of potential disasters–a goal informed by the devastation caused by earthquakes in Italy–is the single most important thing a city can do to stay viable. Because of this, the work of city planning is designated for a wide variety of stakeholders beyond traditional city planner roles.

His assertion led to lively debate among IPEDers who were attending the lecture. It is often difficult to attribute successful mitigation of disasters since it is tough to measure what hasn’t happened. However, it is also difficult to overstate the costs associated with famines, floods, and other natural disasters that can overwhelm city budgets and wipe out growth potential.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

March 2, 2017

What is Knowledge Today?

As an interdisciplinary program, IPED offers coursework in economics and political science, but it also offers an elective in sociology. Classical Social Theory is offered in the fall semester and taught by Dr. E. Doyle McCarthy. Dr. McCarthy specializes in the sociology of knowledge and culture and emotion studies.

Her lecture, titled, “What is Knowledge Today?” offered a provocative challenge to think about how we as a society create and share meaning in a digital age. “Today’s social knowledges,” said Dr. McCarthy, “that come to us via digital media and technologies are not only informational or idea-based, they also communicate to us…our identities.” Because of the many new digital platforms for communication, knowledges are not easily located within particular classes or institutions, as they have been in centuries past. Meanings today are shared in multi-faceted ways, and individuals across age groups, geography, and social classes communicate directly.

While research in this new phenomenon is nascent, new knowledges are possibly playing an important role in political movements globally. Dr. McCarthy explored the differences between revolutionary social movements and reactionary social movements. New movements within the political right may display counter-revolutionary politics, which is fundamentally different than revolution.

The approach sociologist need for today’s highly contentious cultural and ideological climate, Dr. McCarthy offered, may be in “providing explanations about the social sources of the concepts of social life that each of us carry with us.”

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The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 16, 2017

Financial Inclusion and Empowerment

IPED Alumnus Matthew Konsa joined us today to talk about the role of financial services in community development. Matthew is the Associate Director of Programs at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, located in Manhattan. There he oversees a team that advises New York residents on topics from financial literacy to accessing eligible programs in the city. He was joined by our very own Samantha Kinney who is a Financial Counselor with Neighborhood Trust. It was great to learn more about her leadership in community development.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

February 2nd, 2017

Measuring Poverty: The Level, Depth and Breadth of Poverty

Dr. Robert Brent, a professor of economics at Fordham University, delivered a presentation on the Fordham Francis Index (FFI) and considerations for its next iteration. Students in the Foreign Aid and Development course taught by Professor Henry Schwalbenberg, the director of the IPED Program, are currently working on updating the index that was created during spring semester, 2016. Dr. Brent’s lecture included technical suggestions such as searching for a measure that combines the effects of water with other correlated variables. He also encouraged students to take a fresh look at the overarching goal for the FFI and to consider a possible index entirely composed of a spiritual measure. While other multidimensional indices have been developed in recent years (such as the UN’s HDI and Dr. Sabina Alkire’s MPI), the FFI offers the unique spiritual dimension.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

January 26th, 2017

Reports from the Field: Project Assessment in the Philippines

Sixteen students presented their field research and recommendations today as part of the IPED Lecture Series. Divided into five groups, students spent three days living in local communities in Mindoro, an island just south of Manila. There they evaluated projects, cooperatives, and organizations in order to provide communities with suggestions for best practices. Stay tuned for videos from the field as well!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

December 1st, 2016

Making the Most of Career Services

Students in the IPED program had the chance Thursday to learn about all the ways Fordham University works to help propel grad students into careers after graduation. Making the trek all the way up to Rose Hill, Fatim Lelenta, the GSAS and GSE Counselor, delivered a comprehensive look at the ways grad students can take advantage of what the Career Services office has to offer. The list is extensive.

Fordham students are lucky to have staff dedicated to working in Career Services specifically for graduate students. Services include:

  • CV, resume, and cover letter advising
  • Face-to-face practice interviews
  • Networking events
  • CareerLink and on-campus interviewing

Students are encouraged to visit Fordham.edu/career to make use of job postings and interview practice software.

Thanks again to Fatim for her dedication to the future success of IPEDers!

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 17th, 2016

Qualifying for the St. Gallen 47th Symposium “Dilemma of Disruption”

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Kaspar Koechli, a student from St. Gallen University, met with IPED students to share this year’s theme for the St. Gallen Symposium. The three day event held in May, 2017 brings together thought leaders from around the world. One hundred students can qualify to participate in plenaries and discussion groups.

Even more exciting, six finalists will be chosen to present their idea this year to global leaders on the topic the “Dilemma of Disruption.” Applicants must share their ideas on how to break the status quo–and challenge the things we implicitly take as given.

Fordham students have a track record of success at St. Gallen–last year IPED sent three students, including last year’s “Wings of Excellence” winner, Schima Labitsch!

Watch the video below for more information on how to apply.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

November 10th, 2016

Dr. Jose Cerro Discusses Priorities in the Global Economy

Dr. Jose Cerro, a professor and researcher in the Department of Business Studies at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, spoke with IPED students about population, income distribution, and policy considerations for a growing world. Educated in Argentina and Minnesota, Dr. Cerro’s career spans almost five decades as a professor and researcher all over Central and South America.

In an engaging discussion, Dr. Cerro spoke at length about indicators for development, highlighting the challenges in comparing diverse countries. For example, thirteen countries have over 100 million people, while 35 countries have less than 1 million. Qatar boasts PPP GDP per capita of $130,000 while four African countries have less than $1,000 each. Income is distributed within countries as well as across the globe.

Eleven main global priorities were enumerated–things such as energy, agriculture, trade, and financial architecture, as well as food, water, and growth–showcasing the complex and interrelated challenges development faces today.

“In development, people want to talk about black and white. But you need to talk grey,” Dr. Cerro said, presenting the contrasting challenges to policy creation. He listed the following dynamics:

  • Local vs. Global
  • Government vs. Market
  • Economic Efficiency vs. Environment
  • Economic Efficiency vs. Sharing System
  • Public vs. Private
  • Short Run vs. Long Run
  • Financial vs. Real
  • Democracy vs. Governability
  • Want to Do vs. Possible to Do

Finding solutions within these dynamics is the challenge policy makers face in this ever growing and complex world.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 27th, 2016

Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID)

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Daniel Bernstein, Deputy Director of BID, spoke with students about the organization and its development work in the neighborhood next to Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus. Particular activities of interest including art installations (if you haven’t seen it, check out “Heart Bench” on the NE corner of Fordham Rd. and Webster) and movie showings in Fordham Plaza.

We also had the pleasure of hearing from IPEDers Andrew Wilhelm and Erika Cox about their experiences as interns with BID and the good work they do there.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 20th, 2016

Summer Internships Recap

Second year IPED students delivered presentations about their summer internships to first years and undergraduate students Thursday afternoon. The following organizations were covered:

  • Value for Women
  • TechnoServe Latin America
  • Morgan Stanley
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • The Rutu Foundation
  • IPED’s Emerging Markets course in South Africa
  • IPED’s Language Immersion Study Award (LISA)

If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, you can view the presentations below.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

October 13th, 2016

Global Outreach & Office of Prestigious Fellowships

Dylan Katz from Global Outreach (GO!) spoke to IPED and IPE students about leadership opportunities on GO projects. Global Outreach (GO!) is a cultural immersion and service program under the auspices of the Office of Mission Integration and Planning at Fordham University, where students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth.

Dr. Anna Beskin from the Office of Prestigious Fellowships informed on opportunities for fellowships and language immersion programs. Deadlines are fast approaching for most programs. Please visit the website for more information, and to schedule an appointment for advising.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

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October 6th, 2016

Ambassador Hahn Presents on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at Fordham University

Ambassador Choonghee Hahn, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York, spoke to Fordham students about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasizing the role youth can play.

His presentation covered the “5 Ps: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, and Partnership.” He informed on the university partnership Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education (ASPIRE) through the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the opportunity Fordham University has to become a partner.

The weekly IPED Lecture Series hosts speakers from the non-profit, public, and private sectors who present on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to graduate students in the IPED Program as well as undergraduates in IPE and other interested students.

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