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Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds about 50 speaker events and conferences that reach more than 3,000 attendees from across Ohio State and the Central Ohio community. 

Besides attending an event in person, you may also be able to view it on streaming video and podcast, provided the speaker has given permission to record the event.  Over the past 10 years, the Mershon Center has built a library of almost 500 event recordings, which are available in two areas:

  • Events from Fall 2008 forward are now available under Events on the Mershon Center website at http://mershoncenter.osu.edu.  You can browse by month using the dropdown menu to the left on the Events page, or search for a speaker name or keyword in the website search function.
  • All past events are available in the Mershon Center community of the Knowledge Bank, an online archive sponsored by the Ohio State Libraries and Office of the Chief Communications Officer.  You can browse the Events section of the community or search by name or keyword at https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/29318.  You can also access the Knowledge Bank by clicking on the link in the footer that appears at the bottom of every page on the Mershon Center website.

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Peter Hahn

June 6, 1944: D-Day — the most massive amphibious assault ever mounted on an enemy; the linchpin upon which the fate of the free world hinged. Its impact spanning two centuries changed the world — a world that could be so different today had D-Day not succeeded.

D-Day: "We'll go," Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower declared.

And go they did.  Many never came back.

Among them, 13 of our own — Ohio State students, faculty, alumni — are buried on a bluff overlooking Omaha beach at the American Cemetery at Normandy where the endless rows of pristine white crosses bear silent witness to what went on below.

To honor the memory of the valor and loss of this singular day in history, The Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History hosted a two-day 70th anniversary commemoration on Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6.  Recordings of conference sessions are available on Ohio State History Department channel YouTube.

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Amy Shuman

Mershon affiliate Amy Shuman, professor of English, is one of the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award.

For more than 30 years, Shuman enthusiastically has served a range of populations across campus and in the wider community — from international students and faculty of color to individuals with disabilities on campus and beyond — and has been a leader in some of Ohio State’s most significant diversity initiatives in that time.

"Amy has been a tireless, passionate and productive proponent of diversity, and her contributions represent the gamut of 'diversity' categories: gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, immigration status and disability," a nominator wrote.

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Bruce Weinberg

Mershon affiliate Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics, is the lead author of a new study published in the journal Science that finds university research is a key component to the U.S. economy, returning the investment through enormous public value and impact on employment, business and manufacturing nationwide.

"The main purpose of science funding isn’t as a jobs program or a stimulus program, but this study provides the first detailed information about the short-term economic impacts of federal research," Weinberg said.

Weinberg and his colleagues tracked investments at nine large, Midwestern universities. In total, the schools received $7 billion in research and development funding in 2012, about half of which came from the federal government. The economists found that $1 billion of that investment was spent on equipment and services from U.S. vendors. Of those expenditures, 16 percent stayed in the university’s home county; another 16 percent remained within the state.

Weinberg's results also shed light on a diverse workforce. Most of the workers supported by federal research funding are not university faculty members. In fact, fewer than one in five workers supported by federal funding is a faculty researcher. Using a new data set, the researchers also found that each university that receives funding spends those dollars throughout the United States -- about 70 percent spent outside their home states -- supporting companies both large and small.

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