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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Shinjuku, Tokyo 1968: Media Panics, Nonconformists, and the Play of Politics

William Marotti, Associate Professor of History, UCLA
Olin, Room 102  6:30 pm
By 1968, the area around Tokyo's massive Shinjuku Station had become a site for conflict over visions of the future. The Japanese government sold international investors on the city's first designated skyscraper zone while moving millions of commuters—and millions of gallons of jet fuel for American air bases—through the station on a daily basis. Around the station, a growing youth culture lived and imagined a different future via tent theater, street performance, guerrilla folk music, and conspicuous idling. Targeted by media panics, undercover cops and riot police alike, these youth nonetheless created a space of possibility and even revolution against demands for conformity and collusion with the Vietnam War.

William Marotti is an Associate Professor of History at UCLA and author of Money, Trains and Guillotines: Art and Revolution in 1960s Japan. This talk draws from his current book project, The Art of Revolution: Politics and Aesthetic Dissent in Japan’s 1968, which analyzes cultural politics and oppositional practices in Japan, with particular emphasis on 1968 as a global event.
Sponsored by: Art History Program; Asian Studies Program; Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Historical Studies Program; Japanese Studies Program
Contact: Nathan Shockey  845-752-4506
  Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Child is a Person:  Janusz Korczak’s Road to Radical Humanism

Marc Silverman
Olin, Room 202  6:15 pm
Janusz Korczak (1878, Warsaw; 1942, Treblinka) is known for the heroic stand of non-violent opposition he took in response to the Nazis’ decision to liquidate the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw (July-August, 1942) and to deport everybody there, including all children, to the death camp of Treblinka. Korczak refused numerous offers to escape into safety from the ghetto. He stayed with the children (over a hundred) and staff of the Jewish orphanage he had long headed, accompanying them through to death.

However, the exclusive focus on Korczak’s dramatic end is a disservice. He was one of the twentieth century's outstanding moral educators. This talk focuses on his child-centered humanism as well as his identification with Poles and Jews in the expression of this humanism.
American born and raised,  Marc Silverman received his BA, MA and doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and served for over 30 years as Senior Lecturer in the Hebrew University School of Education.  He has published in the fields of educational philosophy and Jewish culture and education.   He is the author of A Pedagogy of Humanist Moral Education: The Educational Thought of Janusz Korczak (2017), published by Palgrave Macmillan Press.    
Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Jewish Studies Program; Masters of Arts in Teaching; Philosophy Program
Contact: Joel Perlmann  845-758-7667
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The French Resistance

Charles B. Potter, Professor of History at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence
Olin, Room 102  6:45 pm

Charles B. Potter, Professor of History at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence and former professor of NYU, in a conversation with Elizabeth Frank, Division of Languages & Literature at Bard College, about his recent book The Resistance, 1940: An Anthology of Writings from the French Underground (LSU Press 2016)Translated from French into English for the first time.

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: French Studies Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Literature Program
Contact: Elizabeth Frank  845-758-7220
  Monday, October 2, 2017

"Genocide Survivors into Religious Minorities: Armenians in the Turkish Republic"

Lerna Ekmekcioglu
Associate Professor of History, Massachussets Institute of Technology

Olin, Room 202  6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Omar Cheta
  Thursday, September 7, 2017

Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Progressive-Era America

Katherine Benton-Cohen
Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University

Olin, Room 101  4:30 pm
“Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Progressive-Era America,” examines the enormous impact of the largest study of immigrants in US History. From 1907 to 1911, a staff of 300—over half of them women--compiled 41 volumes of reports and a potent set of recommendations that shaped immigration policy for generations to come. The talk will discuss the Commission’s surprising origins in US-Asia relations, its enthusiasm for distributing immigrants throughout the United States, and its long-term effect not just on federal policy, but on how Americans think about immigration in general.
 Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
She is the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009), as well as her forthcoming book on the history of the Dillingham Commission.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Joel Perlmann  845-758-7667
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Middle Eastern Studies 
Open House 

Kline, Faculty Dining Room  5:00 pm
Come celebrate the end of the year with fellow MESers. Meet faculty, hear about exciting new courses, study abroad programs, senior projects, and a number of incredible iniatives MES students are working on. Snacks will be served. All are welcome.
Sponsored by: Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Dina Ramadan  845-758-7506
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Make it New": New Possibilities for Classical Jewish Texts in Scholarship and Culture

Yellow Room in the campus center and RKC 103  1:15 pm – 7:30 pm
I. New Connections: The Talmud and the Contemporary Humanities - a Workshop
Location: The Yellow Room in the Campus Center (1:15-4:45pm)

Featuring leading scholars of Jewish studies in dialogue with Bard students and faculty.

II. "Make it New": Classical Jewish Texts and Artistic Imagination
Location: RKC 103 (4:45-6:15pm)

Nicole Krass: Novelist, author of The History of Love (2005) and Great House (2010)
Adam Kirsh: Poet and critic
Galit-Hasan-Rokem: Scholar, poet, and translator.

III. Jewish Studies and the Liberal Arts: Institutional Possibilities
Location: RKC 103 (6:30-7:30pm)

Featuring President Leon Botstein, Bruce Chilton, and Alan Avery-Peck.
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Bard Theater Program; Hebrew and Theater program with the generous support of the World Union of Jewish Studies; Historical Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Literature Program; Religion Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Shai Secunda  845-758-6822
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Black Power on the Inside: African Americans and Africa in the Radical 1980s

Dr. Benjamin A. Talton
Associate Professor, Temple University

Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm

The 1980s was the highpoint of African American political power and direct political engagement with Africa.    A small group of African American lawmakers in the 1980s brought the radical activism of the 1960s and early 1970s to Congress.  Through their protests, legislation and coalition building African Americans achieved their greatest influence on U.S. foreign policy in U.S. history.  Within this brief political moment, their efforts helped transform the relationship between the United States and Africa.  ​
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Tabetha Ewing  845-758-6822
Monday, March 6, 2017

"I am not a Feminist. I am a Graffitera:" Performing Feminist Community without Feminist Identity

Jessica Pabon 
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY New Paltz

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  4:30 pm
In cities across the globe, graffiti grrlz (women who write graffiti art) enact the quintessential principles of feminist movement such as collectivity, support, and empowerment. They do so, however, without claiming a feminist identity; some emphatically rejecting a feminist mantle. In her talk, feminist graffiti scholar Dr. Jessica N. Pabón asks: do we need to call ourselves feminists in order to enact feminist change in the world? Incorporating the ethos of “action above words” that defines graffiti subculture, Pabón argues that the question of who is or is not a feminist becomes secondary to how feminism is being enacted through everyday performance.
Case studies are drawn from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Brazil as well as the United States.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Office of Inclusive Excellence
Contact: Myra Armstead  845-758-6822
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Italians ... and the challenges of
writing about them

John Hooper, Italy correspondent of The Economist magazine and the author of The Italians (Viking, 2015 & 2016)
RKC 103  5:00 pm
How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? What exactly is bella figura? And why do Romans eat their gnocchi on Thursdays? Having spent more than 15 years reporting on Italy, John Hooper set out to write a book that answers these and many of the other puzzles that confront outsiders in a society that can be as baffling as it is alluring.  The result is The Italians, published by Viking, which has featured in the bestseller lists of The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. In his talk, Hooper will discuss the challenges and rewards of trying to explain a society in which paradox is the norm and in which much is hidden, or coded or left unsaid.
Sponsored by: Division of Social Studies; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump Abroad, Trump at Home:
Declaring the New War

Note the new location.

The inaugural event of the First 100 Days, a college-wide initiative combining civics and public media

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  7:00 pm
Mark DannerJames Clarke Chase Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities

in dialogue withLeon BotsteinPresident, Bard College

introduced byAriana Gonzalez Stokas '00Dean of Inclusive Excellence

Free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served
Live WebcastTo view a live webcast of the event please visit: Watch Live!Give to the Bard Sanctuary Fund
Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Council for Inclusive Excellence; Human Rights Project
Contact: Jonathan Becker  845-758-7378

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