A new program launched during the Spring 2008 semester, the Spotlight Seminar is designed to bring experts at local universities to the Martin Institute, where they present research on important global issues to small groups of IS majors. Designed to last two hours, a Spotlight Seminar includes an interactive research presentation, refreshments, and lively Q & A.
The first Spotlight Seminar featured Dr. Rick Gill, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Washington State University, who spoke about the landmark global agreement called the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. A most remarkable document, the MEA appraises the relative value of many of the world’s ecosystems (including riparian systems, flood control efforts, and food growing systems) in the context of exploiting, conserving, restoring, or enhancing those systems. In terms of policy making, it brought together scientists, diplomats, indigenous farmers, and a host of other affected parties in a groundbreaking manner.
Spotlight Seminars, 2013-2014
November 7, Bruce Andrus, "American Foreign Policy"
November 15, Barbara Salera, "African Development"
December 6, Barry Green, "UN and USAID"
May 9, Lea Black, "Rural Education and Nutrition in Jamaica"