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Faculty Announcements – April 9

April 9, 2010

1. WENDE Flicks – Latest from the Da-Da-R

2. Lord John Roper Visits IU

3. Why’s a Nice Management Researcher Like You Doing Research like THIS?








1. WENDE Flicks – Latest from the Da-Da-R

 Join us for our second screening at our new location! This coming Sunday we will be screening the theatrical satire about life in the former East Germany immediately following the fall of the Wall. Our screening of Latest from the Da-Da-R begins at 7pm on Sunday, April 11, at the IU Fine Arts Auditorium, in room 015. The film is in the original German with English subtitles. As always, film screenings are open to the public and completely FREE!

About the film: Latest from the Da-Da-R (Letztes aus der DaDaer)

Germany, 1990, 86 min., color

Director: Jörg Foth

Cast: Steffen Mensching, Hans-Eckhardt Wenzel,

Irm Hermann, Christoph Hein, Gustav-Adolf Schur

Cinematography: Thomas Plenert

Screenplay: Steffen Mensching, Hans-Eckhardt Wenzel

In a series of cabaret pieces, Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel – highly acclaimed East German poets, songwriters and comedians – satirize East German life in the historic year after the Wall came down. The two clowns they play, Meh and Weh, are allowed to leave prison to sing for people outside. As they perform their pieces, however, the country sinks into rebellion, the prison is attacked and looted, and the people chase the clowns away. The title is a wordplay on the irreverent Dada art movement of the 1920s and the German acronym for East Germany – the DDR.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of Germanic studies. Prof. Benjamin Robinson from the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will be joined by Prof. Michel Chaouli, also from the Department of Germanic Studies at IU. We look forward to another exciting evening of film, history, and ideas!



2. Lord John Roper Visits IU

Lord John Roper on the European Union’s role in international affairs

Monday, April 12, 9:30 am


Lord John Roper presents the Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture on International Financial Security

Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 pm

Moot Court Room of the School of Law

Lord John Roper – The EU view on security

Wed, April 14, 5:00 pm

Ballantine Hall 144

Lord Roper was educated at Oxford University and the University of Chicago, from which he received a doctorate in economics. He started his career as an economics lecturer at the University of Manchester in the UK. He then went into politics and was elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth.  He sat as a Labor Cooperative MP (1970-81) and for the Social Democratic Party from 1981 to 1983, when he was also the party’s Chief Whip. From 1990 to 1995, he was Director of the Institute for Security Studies of the West European Union.  Since 2000 he has been a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island of the City of Westminster. He was the Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005, when he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. Currently, he is Chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Staff as well as an active member of the House of Lords, where he heads the Committee on the European Union.



3. Why’s a Nice Management Researcher Like You Doing Research like THIS?

The Curious Similarities Between Policy/Collaborative Networks and Terrorist Networks: One Researcher’s Journey on the Light & the Dark Side

By R. Karl Rethemeyer

University at Albany – SUNY

Wells House

Friday, April 16, 1:30 – 3 pm

Refreshments will be served

Studying terrorism organizational networks and policy/collaborative networks is not a very common pairing of intellectual pursuits. Yet both types of networks share a great deal – from organizational actors to fusion of policy and operational capabilities to intense engagement with and response to the political environment to microstructural foundations in individual-level trust and interaction.

For the past five years Dr. R. Karl Rethemeyer has been pursuing parallel programs of research on both types of networks. This presentation will present a tour of the findings from work published and in progress and a synthesis of the major points of convergence and divergence across these research domains. Along the way, Dr. Rethemeyer will also discuss his increasing use of stochastic social network analysis as a tool to understand network structure and link networks and behavioral outcomes.

R. Karl Rethemeyer is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany – SUNY. Rethemeyer’s primary research interest is in social networks, their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks.

A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rethemeyer has presented work at numerous conferences, including the Academy of Management (AOM), American Political Science Association (ASPA), Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Rethemeyer has work published and forthcoming in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), Public Administration Review (PAR), the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), the International Public Management Journal (IPMJ), the Journal of Politics (JOP), Conflict Management and Peace Science (CMPS), and the Journal of Security Education (JSE).

Additionally, through the Project on Violent Conflict <> , Dr. Rethemeyer is currently co-investigator for two projects. The first focuses on organizational terrorist networks and is funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His work has focused on how networks affect the use of various forms of terrorism (including suicide terrorism and CBRN attacks), the lethality of terrorist organizations, the propensity of such organizations to attack soft targets, and the propensity to choose or eschew lethal violence.

Dr. Rethemeyer is also lead investigator for a second project funded by the Office of Naval Research that examines counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This project seeks to answer the question, “What organizational factors in the counterinsurgency organizations are related to “successful” or “unsuccessful” counterinsurgency efforts?

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