Fall 2017 Lecture Series: "Friends and Foes"

Fall 2017 Lecture Series Poster


9/8, 1–2:30 PM

Iterations: Lorrie Fredette

Gallery visit and moderated discussion with exhibiting artist Lorrie Fredette. Moderator: Sheila Goloborotko, assistant professor of printmaking. Cosponsored by MOCA Jacksonville and the UNF Department of Art and Design. MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St. 


9/22, Noon–1:15 PM 

Making the Strange Familiar and the Familiar Strange

Julie Ingersoll, professor and coordinator, Religious Studies Program. Building 58W/Room 3806





The Evolution of Offshore Financial Centers and Services: Twenty–First Century Economic Development Strategies (9/29)  

Sharon Cobb, professor of economic geography



Dr. Cobb discussed whether small island economies and their relationship to offshore financial centers are a friend or a foe to global finance. Dr. Cobb defined offshore financial centers (OFCs) as “places that host financial activities that are separated from major regulatory units (states) by geography and/or legislation.” Some examples of OFCs include the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, and Luxembourg. Companies tend to go offshore to launder, for tax evasion or tax avoidance, to protect assets, and for total wealth management. She explained that causes of onshore–offshore tension include unfair tax practices, money laundering and the lack of transparency in tax information sharing. Dr. Cobb concluded by proposing that OFCs may be both a friend and a foe. They are a friend for economic development in small island economies because they increase public–private interactions and a foe for the onshore world because of the leakage of capital offshore and the tighter regulations. Dr. Cobb posed one final question to the audience: How will Brexit affect this picture?






 Genetically Modified Organisms: Friend or Foe? (10/6)

David Waddell, associate professor of biology and director, Biomedical Program. 


Dr. Waddell began by briefly discussing the history of genetics and defining some terms, such as natural selection and artificial selection, to help the audience better understand the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). He explained that GMOs are created when scientists add genes not found in the organism, or remove existing genes, to provide the organism with new traits. Addressing the an ongoing debate about whether GMOs are harmful to human health, Dr. Waddell dissected examples of “scientific studies” that claimed that GMOs are harmful by pointing out the flaws in their research design and execution. He demonstrated, in particular, how some "studies" select information to fit their views, and how many of the people/organizations who conducted these “studies” were unqualified and, most notably, were not trained biologists. Dr. Waddell concluded that, at this point in time, GMOs have not been shown by professionally conducted research to be harmful to human health. He pointed out that GMOs and genetically enhanced organisms (GEOs) undergo rigorous testing for safety before they are available for public consumption and that they do not cause allergies any more than non-GMOs do. He also stated some of the benefits of GMOs, which include the development of human insulin for the treatment of diabetes, greater crop yields, and, as a result of the latter, less land needed for agricultural activities.


10/20, Noon–1:15 PM

Does Your Culture Influence Your Conflict Resolution Style?

Dan Richard, associate professor of psychology and director of faculty enhancement, and Debbie Wang, professor of psychology. Building 58W/Room 3806


10/27, Noon–1:15 PM 

Foes and Neighbors: Community Solidarity in Pinochet's Chile

Alison Bruey, associate professor of history. Building 58W/Room 3806

11/3, Noon–1:15 PM 

Grassroots Social Structures for Combating Stigma and Supporting Families Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum in Jamaica

Angela Mann, assistant professor of psychology. Building 51/Room 1209


11/17 Noon–1:15 PM 

Senior Seminar Research Exhibit, as part of the inaugural International Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the International Affairs Office, the International Studies Program, the International Center, and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Building 58W/Room 3073


Summaries and photos by Rebecca Weiner.