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  Friday, December 13, 2013

Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam and the Struggle for Political Voice

Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Belo Monte hydroelectric facility, located in the Brazilian Amazon, will be the world’s third largest dam when completed in 2019. This energy project is touted as a sustainable development initiative, but its construction is bringing rapid social and environmental changes to the urban centers closest to the construction site, disproportionately affecting marginalized communities through displacement, rising prices, and inadequate government services. In this context, I examine the factors that enable and constrain dam-affected people as they make demands for their rights, highlighting the importance of collective imaginations of the future. I argue that effective translation, or the reframing of these imagined futures into language and demands that can be understood and acted upon by others, is a necessary step in addressing the needs of the most marginalized.
Contact: Yuval Elmelech  845-758-6822 x7667
  Thursday, November 21, 2013

China and Tibet: Historical Engagement, Modern Conflict

a lecture by Elliot Sperling
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Organised by Students for a Free Tibet, Asian Studies, Historical Studies and Asian Students' Organisation

The Tibet Question has been discussed from many different angles: as an issue of religious freedom, human rights, cultural preservation, and so on. At the core, however, is a contested history that has provided fuel for quite divergent interpretations of Tibet’s relationship with China and indeed for the basic understanding of Tibet’s past. This talk will take up this contested history and discuss the ways different parties have brought the past into play as justification for actions and policies in the present.
Contact: Mila Samdub  845-706-8732
  Thursday, November 14, 2013

Drone Warfare: How the President Decides to Kill Terrorists

Reem-Kayden Center 103  7:00 pm
Daniel Klaidman, journalist and author, will deliver an inside look at the early years of the Obama administration. Klaidman will speak about the choice to use drones as a primary instrument of counter-terrorism and the personal struggles of individual policy-makers within the administration over the moral and ethical dimensions of this strategy.

Klaidman is author of "Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Administration," a landmark publication that shaped much of the popular understanding of the targeted killing campaign. The book features extensive interviews with high-ranking administration officials that reveal the internal battle over the use of drones.

Klaidman is a special correspondent for Newsweek and writes for The Daily Beast. He is formerly the managing editor for Newsweek and led the magazine during it's award-winning coverage of the September 11 attacks and aftermath.

Sponsored by: Center for the Study of the Drone; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Project; Political Studies Program; Science, Technology, and Society Program
Contact: Dan Gettinger, Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Drone  845-758-6822
Monday, November 4, 2013

Rethinking South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Reem-Kayden Center 115  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Adam Sitze
Amherst College
Assistant Professor of Law, Jourisprudence, and Social Thought

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Political Studies Program
Contact: Drew Thompson  845-758-4600
  Monday, October 21, 2013

Troubling Heritage: Contemporary Museums and the Terrain of the Civil War in a Southern City

RKC 103  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Richmond Virginia, erstwhile capital of the Confederacy, is a city that memorialized in its built landscape the ideology of the “Lost Cause.” This lecture will provide a preliminary sketch for the ways that local history and art museums with national stature have responded and continue to respond to this troubling heritage as they try to create a more salutary urban imagined community. These museums are leaders in a wider movement among US cities of a certain size to explicitly link cultural development to urban renewal. As such they must attract a national audience while not alienating local communities which, for their part, are often polarized along all too familiar racial and ideological lines.

Eric Gable is a professor of anthropology at the University of Mary Washington. He is a managing editor for the journal Museum and Society and the associate editor for book reviews for American Ethnologist.

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Art History Program; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Cynthia Koch
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents His New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center  6:00 pm
In this film Bill Emmott teams with Filmmaker Annalisa Piras to explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. Emmott’s quest to understand both “Mala Italia” and “Buona Italia” includes Interviews with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco, film director Nanni Moretti, women’s rights activist Lorella Zanardo, FIAT’s outspoken Canadian-Italian CEO Sergio Marchionne, the author of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano and many others.

Bill Emmott is an international journalist and consultant, having been editor-in-chief of The Economist from 1993-2006. The author of a dozen books, most of them about Japan and Asia, his latest book was Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press 2012). His documentary Girlfriend in a Coma has been seen by more than two million people. Bill is also chairman of the trustees of the London Library, a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a member of the Swiss Re Chairman’s Advisory Panel. With Annalisa Piras, he is now working on a new documentary about the threats to the European Dream, and has co-founded The Wake Up Foundation, dedicated to research and communication about the decline of the West.
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Film and Electronic Arts Program; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program
Contact: Joe Luzzi  845-758-7150

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thinking Like A River (opening night)

Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  6:00 pm
Following on Wofford College’s successful Fall 2012 Thinking Like a River Conference, Thinking Like a River moves north—to Bard College. John Lane—poet, naturalist, southern nature writer and river rat—launched the first Thinking Like a River weekend and he will be on campus to lead discussions and canoe outings over the course of the weekend. With him will be poets, writers, activists, naturalists and river lovers discussing rivers in an interdisciplinary manner. The weekend will kick off on Thursday September 26 at 6 in Bard Hall with music, poems and local food!  Bard graduate Chris Rubeo will sing river songs in the tradition of Pete Seeger and Betty and the Baby Boomers and talk about his environmental work. Art from Lisa Sanditz’s art class will grace the walls along with photographs from Tim Davis’s color photography class.  Guests John Lane and Elizabeth Bradfield will read poems and they will be joined by Bard College faculty Celia Bland and Phil Pardi. Come think about rivers and learn more about Bard’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program.
Sponsored by: Bard Mellon-Supported Student-Faculty Collaboration; Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Contact: Susan Rogers
  Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Friday, September 20, 2013

Annalia 1933

Bard College Campus  Bard's Hannah Arendt Center and Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Roosevelt Institute and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, announce Annalia 1933—a three-day festival including 20 short talks and a student-led cabaret exploring major events from the historically transformative year of 1933. 
Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Hannah Arendt Center
Contact: Bridget Hollenback  845-758-7878
  Monday, September 16, 2013

Bard-Levy Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy Open House

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Levy Institute of Economics is starting it's Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy program from the Fall of 2014. The program emphasizes theoretical and empirical aspects of policy analysis through specialization in one of four Levy Institute research areas: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being, including gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets.

The Master of Science program draws on the expertise of an extensive network of scholars at the Levy Economics Institute, a policy research think tank with more than 25 years of economic theory and public policy research. During the two-year M.S. program, students are required to participate in a graduate research assistantship carried out by Levy Institute scholars and faculty. Undergraduates in economics or related fields have an opportunity, through a 3+2 program, to earn both a B.A. and the M.S. in five years.
Sponsored by: Levy Graduate Programs
Contact: Mohd Azfar Khan  845-758-7776
  Thursday, September 12, 2013

Study Abroad Program IES Abroad Tabling in Campus Center

Campus Center, Lobby  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A rep from study abroad program IES Abroad is on campus today with information about their programs worldwide. Drop by to see if one of their programs might be for you!

Thinking about Study Abroad but don't know how it works at Bard? It's never too early to start planning where/when/how. Contact Study Abroad Adviser Trish Fleming at 845-758-7080 or to make an appointment.
Sponsored by: Institute for International Liberal Education
Contact: Trish Fleming  845-758-7080
  Monday, April 29, 2013

Hudson Valley Premiere of the Film Hannah Arendt

Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German–Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt.

Olin Hall  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Arendt’s controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in the New Yorker introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.

An official selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt also co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer as novelist Mary McCarthy.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's writer Pam Katz, the film's star, Barbara Sukowa, who plays Hannah Arendt in the film, and Roger Berkowitz, the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center
Contact: 845-758-7878
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

China: Then and Now
Ambassador Nicholas Platt

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm

Nicholas Platt, long-time China specialist, three-time U.S. Ambassador (Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines), and author of the published memoir China Boys, will share his experiences and insights gained from a long and distinguished career in the diplomatic service and as President of the Asia Society in New York for 12 years.As a young diplomatic officer in the early 1960s, when Communist China was firmly closed to the west, Nicholas Platt took the unusual step of studying Mandarin. This put him in a key position when U.S. relations to China suddenly opened.  Platt was one of the State Department officials chosen to accompany President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1972. The following year he and his family were stationed in Beijing with the opening of a U.S. Liaison Office, the forerunner of the U.S. Embassy in the PRC.Showing some of his 'home movie' footage of the Nixon trip, and film of family and diplomatic events, and reading from his memoir, Ambassador Platt will talk about life in China. As a former president of the Asia society, which oversees numerous contacts and exchanges with China, and a frequent visitor and lecturer in the PRC, Nicholas Platt is in a unique position to compare those early days of diplomatic contact to relations with the West today, as China now emerges as a major player on the world stage and an economic power house. 
Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program; the Office of Development & Alumni/ae Affairs
Contact: Richard Aldous  845-758-7448
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Protest Movements in Russia, 2011-2012: Who, Why, and What's the Result

A talk by Artemy Magun

Olin, Room 204  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Professor Artemy Magun, Head of International Relations, Political Science, and the Human Rights Program at Smolny Colege and a Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at Saint Petersburg, discusses the role of populism in contemporary Russian protest movements

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Institute for International Liberal Education; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program; Smolny College
Contact: Ian Crovisier  845-758-7190
  Monday, April 15, 2013

A Lunchtime Talk with László Bitó, '60

"The struggle against antisemitism, holocaust denial and neo-nationalism in Hungary and Eastern Europe."

Arendt Center  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
In 1951, László Z. Bitó and his family were deported from Budapest to a small village near the Soviet border by the Hungarian Communist regime. Three years later, Bitó was sent to a forced labor unit in the coal mines of Komlo, Hungary. During the revolution of 1956, he organized the takeover of the labor camp. After Russian tanks crushed the uprising in November, he escaped to Austria and from there immigrated to the United States when he was 22 years old. He was granted asylum in the United States and came to Bard College in the winter of 1956–57. He graduated from Bard College in 1960 as a pre-med biology major and went on to obtain his doctorate from Columbia University in medical cell biology. His research led to the development of Xalatan, a drug that has saved the sight of millions of glaucoma sufferers. He has published more than 150 scientific articles and received, among many other honors, the highest recognition in the field of eye research, the Proctor Medal. Upon retiring from Columbia University as an emeritus professor of ocular physiology, he returned to Hungary and his first love of writing. Of his 14 nonscientific books—novels, essays, and three anthologies of some of his more than 100 newspaper and magazine articles—some have appeared in translations in half a dozen countries.The moral blindness, the acceptance of aggression and violence has always been the central question of his literary works. The answers to these questions Bitó is exploring in two roles - as a successful writer, and also as a man who has known much suffering.
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Project
Contact: Bridget Hollenback  845-758-7878
  Saturday, February 23, 2013

Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism

Part One: Coercion, Collusion and Creativity: Music of the Terezin Ghetto & the Central European Experience
Olin Hall  7:00 pm
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is presenting a special series of concerts titled, “Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism,” featuring music composed and performed by Jewish prisoners in Nazi territories during World War II. Three concerts will feature an introduction by a noted scholar in the field placing the music within the context of the larger social, historical and political background out of which it developed.

These events are made possible through the generosity of a grant from the Bertha Effron Fund of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley. The first concert in the series “Coercion, Collusion, and Creativity: Music of the Terezin Ghetto and the Central European Experience” takes place on Saturday, February 23, and will focus on music composed and performed in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto, a ghetto/concentration transit camp that served as a showplace in which leading European-Jewish composers and performers were interned. Theresienstadt waspart of a vast Nazi propaganda ploy for international investigative bodies, such as the Red Cross, which provided the appearance of autonomy and privileged treatment of Jewish prisoners in the “model settlement.”  

The performance component of the evening will feature selections from the work of Victor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, and Ilse Weber, performed by  soprano Charlotte Dobbs with Renana Gutman, piano, and Liam Wood, guitar. Erwin Schulhoff’s violin sonata will be performed by Helena Baillie and Michael Bukhman. Leoš Janáček's piano sonata 1.x.1905 will be performed by Michael Bukhman.

The lecture by Amy Loewenhaar-Blauweiss will discuss the unique nature of the Theresienstadt Ghetto, the developments that led to the creation of a Jewish musical and cultural elite in interwar Central Europe, and the legacy of the music composed and produced in this ghetto.
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Music Program
Contact: Bridget Hollenback

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