Roundtable Discussions

War and Memory: What Do We Remember After the Shooting Stops?

Discussion Leader: Alice Fahs, Associate Professor of History; Robert Moeller, Professor of History, Associate Dean, School of Humanities

Room: Emerald Bay A

Drawing on the discussions leaders' research into post-Civil War America and post-World War II Germany, this roundtable will raise questions about how history, politics, and memory of wars have intertwined in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. How do individual memories of war become parts of public memory? What is the difference between history and memory? How does popular culture mass-mediate memories in the modern period? Are memories of war gendered? Although in their introductions, the workshop leaders will focus on historical examples, we invite participants to bring the discussion into the present and the current ways in which memories of the Second World War, Algeria, and Vietnam have served as points of reference for discussions of the war in Iraq.


Title: Women in Academia: Paths to Success

Discussion Leader: Susan Bryant, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences; Valerie Jenness, Associate Professor & Chair of Criminology, Law & Society; Amelia Regan, Associate Professor of Computer Science-Systems; Debra Richardson, Professor of Informatics, The Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean, School of Information & Computer Science

Room: Emerald Bay B

What kinds of opportunities are available in academia? What are the key challenges and rewards of these jobs? Do women face any particular challenges as graduate students or academics? How can we increase the number of women pursuing academic careers, particularly in male-dominated fields? Our faculty panelists will discuss their passions, how they began and developed their careers, where they are now, and where they expect their careers to take them in the future.


Title: New World Disorders: Is Globalization the Problem or the Solution?

Discussion Leader: Mark LeVine, Assistant Professor of History; Steven Topik, Professor of History

Room: Emerald Bay C

This discussion will examine several important events of the last decade through the lens of the globalization including the war on terror (from destruction of WTC to the occupation of Iraq), the post Seattle anti-globalization movement, and the impact and future of new liberal economic reforms.


Title: Intellectual Property: Private Gain and Public Good

Discussion Leader: Stephen D. Franklin, Assistant Director, Network & Academic Computing Services, Lecturer, School of Information & Computer Science; Julia Gelfand, Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, UCI Libraries

Room: Emerald Bay E

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." With copyright and patents, Congress balances the public good with incentives for individuals. Recent legislation is forcing a re-examination of this balance. While much publicized copyright enforcement actions against file sharing are obvious examples of this phenomenon, it also appears with pharmaceuticals, agriculture, genetics, and even printer cartridges. Within the domain of copyright, technological, social, and economic changes are forcing a re-evaluation of the roles played by libraries and publishers (including academic presses and scholarly societies). Options for more "open access" products also influence directions in this arena.