Shawn

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Name: Shawn Smallman
Date registered: December 16, 2010
URL: http://introglobal.wpengine.com/

Latest posts

  1. Smallpox and North Korea — January 15, 2018
  2. Universal Design in Global Studies — January 8, 2018
  3. Influenza Humans Commons — January 8, 2018
  4. Transnational Social Movements — January 3, 2018
  5. Flu, Protest and Iran — January 1, 2018

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Jan 15

Smallpox and North Korea

Biological weapons are both terrifying and elusive. On the one hand, the Soviet Union made long-term investments in bioweapons research during the Cold War, as Ken Alibek’s tell-all book Biohazard makes clear. On the other hand, these diseases have proved difficult to weaponize, and the problem of blowback has made them unlikely to be used by …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/01/smallpox-and-north-korea/

Jan 08

Universal Design in Global Studies

My colleagues Kim Brown, Rosa David and I have just published an open-access article titled Adopting the Principles of Universal Design into International and Global Studies’ Programs and Curriculum. Here is the paper’s abstract: The ideals of universal design have profoundly impacted instruction, policy, and infrastructure in course architecture and design within elementary education and at some …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/01/universal-design-in-global-studies/

Jan 08

Influenza Humans Commons

The Influenza Humans Commons is a collection of open-access articles on influenza, which is a great resource both for research and for course materials. You can find my own article, “Whom Do You Trust? Doubt And Conspiracy Theories In The 2009 Influenza Pandemic,” at this site, where it was recently among the top ten downloads. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/01/influenza-humans-commons/

Jan 03

Transnational Social Movements

My colleague Dr. Christine Boyle is teaching a fantastic new online class on “Transnational Social Movements.” Dr. Boyle has extensive experience teaching in an online environment, and is a popular instructor. The class will look at a wide array of social movements and protests from the student movements to the Arab Spring. Given recent events …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2018/01/transnational-social-movements/

Jan 01

Flu, Protest and Iran

While many factors are driving the current protests in Iran, Michael Coston has pointed out that a significant outbreak of avian influenza in that country has driven up the cost of poultry and eggs, which has likely contributed to peoples’ food insecurity. His blog post is an interesting attempt to tie influenza to economic factors, …

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Jan 01

Shadow Government

Tom Englehardt. Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World. Preface. Glenn Greenwald. Chicago: Haymarket books, 2014. Tom Engelhardt’s book Shadow Government is an engagingly written and interesting critique of the U.S. National Security state, which he compares to a religion (p. 6). He begins his work with a colorful description …

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Dec 27

The Nisman Conspiracy Theories

In Argentina a judge has just ruled that the death of Alberto Nisman was a murder, not a suicide. One of Nisman’s old employees was also charged as an accessory to murder. Nisman’s death has been an ongoing mystery, after he was found dead with a bullet wound in his head, the day that he …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/12/argentine-mystery-and-conspiracy/

Dec 15

CWD, Fear and Food

In the mid-1980s a new disease, Bovine Spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) appeared in Britain. Better known as mad-cow disease, this disorder attacked the brain of first cattle, and later a small number of people who had consumed their meat. The most likely manner in which the disease was introduced into the food chain was through processing …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/12/chronic-wasting-disease-in-canada/

Dec 01

Hope, Fusion and the Future

As a kid growing up in Southern Ontario in the early 80s, I enjoyed listening to a science program called “Quirks and Quarks,” on CBC radio. Imagine my surprise to find that -thanks to the wonders of podcasts- I could still listen to this program, which is as good as it ever was. One recent …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/12/hope-fusion-and-the-future/

Nov 24

The secret deal in Raqqa

By the summer of 2017, the city of Raqqa in eastern Syria was the last remaining stronghold of ISIL in the Middle East. The U.S. backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) launched a major attack on the city beginning in June. On October 17, 2017, these forces announced the fall of the city and the utter …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/11/the-secret-of-raqqa/

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