Department News

Lindsey Kingston: Recent Activities
Lindsey Kingston, assistant professor of international human rights and director of the Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies, attended the “Robust Socio-Technical Architectures in Support of Displaced Persons” on December 4 and 5 in Cape Town, South Africa. This interdisciplinary workshop explored research agendas with the goal of helping displaced persons meet their information and communication needs. Invited academics and practitioners from a variety of fields – including computer and information sciences, refugee studies, and communications – focused on the development of robust and rapidly deployable technologies. This workshop was funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Kingston joined the editorial board for Human Rights Review, a leading academic journal in the field of international human rights, in December 2013. Human Rights Review is an interdisciplinary journal which provides a scholarly forum in which human rights issues and their underlying empirical, theoretical and philosophical foundations are explored. The journal seeks to place human rights practices and policies within a theoretical perspective in order to link empirical research to broader human rights issues.

Kingston is also an affiliated researcher with the International Observatory on Statelessness (IOS), which is based at Middlesex University London. The IOS was created in March 2007 as a collaborative project between Oxford Brookes University and the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. It aims to gather data on the causes and conditions of statelessness, promote research on this issue and provide policy recommendations, and act as a clearinghouse for those working on this topic. Core members of this research team undertake statelessness research, collaborate on projects and proposals, and provide leadership for the IOS as an international research entity.

Kingston recently delivered an opening keynote lecture at the University of Malta, entitled “Human Rights in Crisis: Ethical Responses to Disaster Displacement.” The meeting drew experts on disaster displacement from across Europe, and this COST action was funded by the European Union. Kingston will travel to London, England, in July to participate in the World Social Science Fellows Programme. She is one of 20 young researchers selected from around the world to address issues related to global governance. The week-long seminar will be hosted by the London School of Economics and is sponsored by the International Social Science Council, a non-governmental organization established by UNESCO. Kingston was also recently appointed an editor for Human Rights Review, a leading academic journal focused on human rights scholarship. She will be editing the book review section and has served on the journal’s editorial board since December 2013.

Panel Discussion of the Film 'Lincoln' Jan. 30
Lincoln, the film, has been generally praised not only for its cinematic properties but for its accuracy in portraying the politics behind the passing the 13th amendment.  However, there are dissenters, and even some admirers of the film take issue with some of the “historical facts” as portrayed.

The Department of History, Politics and International Relations is sponsoring a panel discussion, “Lincoln, the Film: Fact and Fiction,” with panelists Amanda Rosen, assistant professor of Political Science; Kristin Anderson, assistant professor of History, and Justin Blanford, site manager of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill., and a Webster alumnus, with a degree in history.

Our panel will try to put the film's portrayal of history and politics into context and offer observations about what is fact, what is fiction, what lies somewhere in between in the film.

Date: Jan. 30, 2013
Time: noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Library Conference Room

Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Kelly-Kate Pease Named Inaugural Manitoba Chair for Global Governance
Kelly-Kate Pease, professor of international relations and founding director of the Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies, has been named the inaugural Manitoba Chair for Global Governance, a joint position with the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Pease will serve her appointment in May 2013. During this time, she will promote the study of governance issues relating to the United Nations and international law, especially human rights and humanitarian law, and international courts. She will also teach an intensive upper-level course that will examine international perspectives on global governance and give several public lectures.

Gwyneth Williams Discusses Women and the Election
Political science professor Gwyneth Williams participated in the discussion, "Women Play Big Role In 2012 Election Cycle," on NPR affiliate KWMU's St. Louis On the Air program, Nov. 8. Host Don Marsh discussed the role women played in the 2012 election cycle with Williams and Dayna Stock, manager of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Click here to listen.

Dan Hellinger: Political Analysis
Political Science professor Dan Hellinger provided four hours of election 2012 guest analysis Tuesday, Nov. 6, on St. Louis radio station The Big 550 KTRS, hosted by Jack Carney. Hellinger said Carney was effusive in praise of Webster University. "He talked with me for about five minutes on the air about how Webster has grown and thrived."

Amanda Rosen: Recent Activities
Dr. Amanda Rosen spent the summer teaching at Webster's London campus in Regents Park and working on her research on UK climate change politics thanks to a Faculty Research Grant.  At Regents, she taught a graduate course in "Environmental and Energy Security" and an undergraduate class on "Politics in Film and Fiction."

Dr. Amanda Rosen traveled to Austin, TX to participate in a workshop on "Changing the Climate: Innovation in the Built Environment for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation."  She spoke on the second day, giving her thoughts on lessons learned about climate change policy making in the United States.

Students in INTL 3420, "Real World Survivor: Confronting Poverty at Heifer Ranch" traveled to Heifer Ranch in Arkansas over fall break to participate in their Global Passport experience which simulates life in a developing community confronted with disaster.

Hellinger's Global Security Watch –Venezuela Released by Praeger Publishers
International Relations Professor Dan Hellinger's newest book, Global Security Watch –Venezuela, has been released by Praeger Publishers. The book traces the political relations between the United States and Venezuela, from the early roots based in Pan Americanism, to the domestic and foreign policies of the Chavez regime, including petro-diplomacy. It provides a serious examination of the allegations about Venezuelan involvement in the drug trade, terrorism, and intervention; the view that the unilateralism of the United States threatens world peace; and the future of relations between the two countries.

Hellinger recently provided invited commentary on the upcoming Venezuelan elections for the Latin American Advisor and on possible changes in Venezuelan oil policy for the Latin American Energy Advisor, both published by the Washington-based Inter-American Dialogue. He also recently spoke on U.S. electoral democracy at an Ethical Society Forum in St. Louis, Mo.

Chappell Presents on Hiroshima
Professor and HPIR chair John Chappell gave a presentation to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom at the Ethical Society of St. Louis on August 5, 2012.  The talk, entitled "An Historian's Reflections on Hiroshima," was part of a ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Kingston Teaches at Webster Vienna, Conducts Research in Europe
Assistant Professor Lindsey Kingston traveled to Webster's Vienna campus as part of the university's Faculty Mobility Program during the Spring 2, 2012 term. She taught an undergraduate course entitled "Religion and Human Rights," which explored the intersection of religious belief and international human rights – including how faith negatively and positively impacts respect for universal rights. She remained in Europe to conduct research related to the Holocaust, made possible by a Faculty Research Grant. The project was part of a larger project dedicated to exploring responsibility for human rights protection and genocide prevention.

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Edythe Weeks Author of New Book

Edythe Weeks, adjunct professor and international relations online coordinator, is the author of a new book: Outer Space Development, International Relations and Space Law: A Method for Eludicating Seeds. The publisher is Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Read more.

Webster Students to Present at Global Space Exploration Conference

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