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Sarah Brooks speaks at Risk Institute

Whether an organization is a multinational player or just starting to explore expansion into the global market, political risk cannot be ignored or underestimated. Political risk is taking on new forms, both real and perceived, and may be at its highest level since the Cold War.

In order to succeed, companies must elevate their awareness of inherent challenges of everything from political violence to currency inconvertibility.

On November 15, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business welcomed dozens of area and regional professionals to Navigating Political Risk in Uncertain Times (part of this year’s Risk Series) — an executive education session that explored effective ways to manage political risk and gain insight on how to navigate the landscape and find potential for competitive advantage.

Speakers at the symposium included Mershon affiliates Sarah Brooks, associate professor of political science, speaking on "Political Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in Overseas Development," and Richard Herrmann, interim director and chair of policital science, on "Forecasting Political Risk."

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Open Doors O-H-I-O

The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 20 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released today.

Ohio State ranks 8th among the nation’s colleges and universities with 2,603 students studying abroad in 2014-15, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio State ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,461 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year. Ohio State ranks 18th in the nation with 7,117* international students enrolled in 2015 matching similar enrollment the previous year.

These findings were issued as part of the 2016 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To view the complete report, visit IIEOpenDoors2016.

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Margaret Newell

Margaret Newell, professor and vice chair in the Department of History, has been awarded the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Prize for 2016 from the Massachusetts Historical Society for her book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2015). The book is began with a 2006 research grant from the Mershon Center.

In Brethren by Nature, Newell uses diaries, letters, court records, and newspapers to reveal the scope of Indian slavery in 17th- and 18th-century New England, where the English enslaved thousands of Native Americans and, in 1641, Massachusetts became the first colony to legalize slavery. The desire for slaves led to Indian wars and importation. Yet as Indians helped to raise English children and labored for colonial farmers and tradesmen, they practiced Native customs and foodways with varying degrees of agency and shaped colonial life. Newell's book describes this influence, the relationship between Indian and African slavery, and the ability of some Indians to pursue freedom while establishing legal precedents that would affect later generations of enslaved people.

The MHS is the oldest research archive in the United States devoted to the study of American history. The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize is given to the best nonfiction work on the history of Massachusetts published during the preceding year. Newell will receive the award in an event at the Society on January 31, 2017.

Wilkinson keynote

On September 22-23, the Center for Ethics and Human Values presented "When Do Inequalities Matter?", the fall conference in its yearlong campus conversation on inequality sponsored in part by the Mershon Center.

Recordings from the conference are now available at https://cehv.osu.edu/inequality-resources

The conference focused on four intersecting policy issues at the heard of debates about inequality today:

  • Mass Incarceration
  • Neighborhoods and Social Inequality
  • Health Disparities
  • Economic Inequality and Democracy

These issues raise important questions about poverty and opportunity, individual well-being and institutional justice, and the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. They also cause us to reflect on the social and political effects of class, race, gender, and other factors.

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