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  Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Getting the Vote: Suffrage and the Women’s Movement in Post-Independence Lebanon, a talk by Ziad Abu-Rish

Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This presentation narrates and analyzes the struggle for women’s suffrage in Lebanon between political independence in 1943 and the first parliamentary elections in which women participated in 1953. In doing so, it takes into account the views expressed and strategies pursued by different women’s organizations. Of particular interest is the 1950 formation of the Executive Committee of Women’s Organizations in Lebanon, which served as the key node around which Lebanese women sought to secure their suffrage rights, including issuing statements, organizing demonstrations, and building alliances with politicians, political parties, and select constituencies. A key concern of the analysis presented is the changes and continuities between the 1943–53 mobilizations for women’s suffrage and women’s activism in the colonial period. It therefore accounts for the contexts and contingencies that revived mobilizations for women’s suffrage in 1943 (after years of dormancy) and secured it in 1953. Rather than an inevitable consequence of independence, women’s suffrage emerges as the product of women’s agency and strategic decision-making within a complex set of contexts and contingencies involving postcolonial state building, intra-elite rivalries, and shifting norms of development, governance, and citizenship.
Sponsored by: Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Human Rights Project; Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Danielle Riou  845-758-7127
Friday, May 3, 2019

The Treaty of Versailles at 100: The Consequences of the Peace

Blithewood, Levy Institute  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us as a distinguished roster of historians, IR scholars, and economists discuss the legacy of the Versailles Treaty of 1919, which brought an end to World War I. Far from ending the “war to end all wars,” Versailles saddled the world with debts, imbalances, and festering geopolitical problems that helped lead to the Second World War, many of which are still with us today.

Speakers include: The Lord Skidelsky, Baron of Tilton, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, Warwick University, and Member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament Dr. Nick Lloyd, King’s College London, and author, Passchendaele and Hundred Days Sean McMeekin, Francis Flournoy Professor of European History, Bard College Nur Bilge Criss, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Bilkent University David Woolner, Professor of History, Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature, Bard College Pavlina Tcherneva, Economics Program Director and Associate Professor, Bard College Jan Kregel, Director of Research, Levy Economics Institute L. Randall Wray, Professor of Economics, Bard College, and Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute Jörg Bibow, Professor of Economics, Skidmore College, and Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute
Please click on this link to register for the event by April 29th: Registration form
 Schedule: 10:15 AM Welcome Remarks from Dimitri Papadimitriou, President of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM The First World War and the Versailles Treaty Dr. Nick Lloyd “The Hundred Days. How World War I Ended.” Sean McMeekin “Unfinished Business. 1918 on the War’s Eastern Fronts.” David Woolner, Nur Bilge Criss, and Richard Aldous Panel Discussion 12:00 - 12:30 PM Lunch 12:30 PM Eugene Meyer Lecture by Lord Robert Skidelsky “Could Germany have paid? John Maynard Keynes’s lesson for Britain and the Eurozone. ” with an introduction by Pavlina R. Tcherneva 1:30 - 2:00 PM Coffee break and student poster presentations 2:00 - 3:15 PM The Economic Consequences Moderator: Pavlina R. Tcherneva Jan Kregel “Keynes on International Relations: Gunboat Diplomacy, Free Trade and Capital Controls” L. Randall Wray “How To Pay for the War (against neoliberalism)” Jörg Bibow “Learning the Wrong Lessons: How Germany’s anti- Keynesianism has brought Europe to its knees”
Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program, Economics Program, Political Studies Program, Levy Economics Institute, Center for Civic Engagement, and Eugene Meyer Lecture Series; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program
Contact: Sean McMeekin  845-758-6822
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Film: Who Will Write Our History

Featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage, and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon—the truth—and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
Sponsored by: Jewish Student Organization; Jewish Studies Program
Contact: Cecile Kuznitz  845-758-6822 x7543
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Parks, Plazas, and Planters: Homelessness and Ecological Development

Eric Goldfischer, University of Minnesota
Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
In the 1990s, the well-known tactic of "broken-windows policing" targeted homeless people by removing them from core areas of New York City and other global mega-cities. Yet today, with a progressive administration and softer policing in place, homeless New Yorkers still find themselves unable to exist comfortably in public space. How should we understand this shift? In this presentation, I argue that the regime of anti-homelessness in New York has shifted to what I call "ecological development," and present evidence from an ethnographic study to show how green spaces, linear parks, and urban plaza areas have taken up the mantle of anti-homelessness, and how homeless activists resist these nefarious tools of urban planning and development.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Gregory Morton  773-853-1901
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

How to Resist, Harlem to the Amazon: Perspectives from Homeless and Landless Activists

Event with Marcus Moore, Charmel Lucas, and Nikita Price (Picture the Homeless, USA) and Ayala Dias Ferreira (MST- Landless Workers Movement, Brazil)
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
In the US and Brazil alike, the housing crisis sweeps millions into its grasp each year, producing homelessness, destroying public space, and forcing people to migrate long distances. But homeless activists have powerfully resisted this trend through community organizing, collective action, and legislative change. Landless activists have occupied plantations, successfully resettling hundreds of thousands of people on land that used to be controlled by big agriculture. Come hear from housing organizers in New York City and landless organizers in Brazil. Learn more about how we can create new models of land and public space so that all have a right to a home.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Gregory Morton  773-853-1901
Monday, April 22, 2019

From 1924 to Trump: The Roots of America’s Immigration Debate

Jia Lynn Yang, Deputy National Editor, The New York Times
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:30 pm
This talk will trace the current immigration debate back to the Supreme Court fight in 1922 over whether a Japanese-born man could naturalize, and the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, which established ethnic quotas favoring “Anglo-Saxons.” Because immigration debates have long been predicated on who counts as sufficiently “white,” the current system—in which there are far more Asian and Hispanic immigrants than European—challenges traditional notions of who counts as American. Yang will discuss how the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act set us on this current course, but left much unfinished work around race and national identity that we confront today during the Trump administration. The talk will also address media coverage of Trump’s immigration policies as well as how to infuse journalistic work with a sense of history.

Jia Lynn Yang is a deputy national editor at the New York Times, where she helps oversee coverage of the country. Previously, she was deputy national security editor at the Washington Post, where she was an editor on the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2018 for its coverage of Trump and Russia. She is writing a book on the history of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, Un-American Elements, forthcoming from W. W. Norton in 2020.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Asian Studies Program; Global and International Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Project; Japanese Studies Program; Political Studies Program
Contact: Nathan Shockey
  Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism

Roger T. Ames
Peking University
Berggruen Research Center

Olin, Room 205  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
In the introduction of Chinese philosophy and culture into the Western academy, we have tended to theorize and conceptualize this antique tradition by appeal to familiar categories. Confucian role ethics is an attempt to articulate a sui generis moral philosophy that allows this tradition to have its own voice. This holistic philosophy is grounded in the primacy of relationality, and is a challenge to a foundational liberal individualism that has defined persons as discrete, autonomous, rational, free, and often self-interested agents. Confucian role ethics begins from a relationally constituted conception of person, takes family roles and relations as the entry point for developing moral competence, invokes moral imagination and the growth in relations that it can inspire as the substance of human morality, and entails a human-centered, a-theistic religiousness that stands in sharp contrast to the Abrahamic religions.

Roger T. Ames is humanities chair professor at Peking University, cochair of the academic advisory committee of the Peking University Berggruen Research Center, and professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Hawai’i. He is former editor of Philosophy East and West and founding editor of China Review International. Ames has authored several interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture: Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China (1995), Thinking from the Han (1998), and Democracy of the Dead (1999) (all with D. L. Hall); Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (2011); and, most recently, “Human Becomings: Theorizing ‘Persons’ for Confucian Role Ethics” (forthcoming). His publications also include translations of Chinese classics: Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare (1993); Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (1996) (with D. C. Lau); the Confucian Analects (1998) and the Classic of Family Reverence: The “Xiaojing” (2009) (both with H. Rosemont), Focusing the Familiar: The “Zhongyong” (2001), and The “Daodejing” (with D. L. Hall) (2003). Almost all of his publications are now available in Chinese translation, including his philosophical translations of Chinese canonical texts. He has most recently been engaged in compiling the new Sourcebook of Classical Confucian Philosophy, and in writing articles promoting a conversation between American pragmatism and Confucianism.
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Philosophy Program; Religion Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395
Monday, March 4, 2019

Technics of Space: Caricature and Empire on Hogan’s Alley

Joshua Kopin '12
PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Part of a larger dissertation project, this talk makes a connection between the subjects of early comics, which often included immigrants and their children, like the Irish-American Yellow Kid; and political cartoons about immigration and American imperialism from the periods of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Spanish-American War. Drawing on his long-established connection to yellow journalism and noting that, while explicitly Irish, the Yellow Kid is drawn in the visual idiom of anti-Chinese caricature, this talk posits that caricature is a technology of empire and inclusion that, through ideas about immigrants and expansionism that were often clothed in metaphors of childhood, served to differentiate acceptable, if unruly, white citizen subjects from imperial others. 
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Asian Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Irish and Celtic Studies (ICS) Program; Literature Program; the Social Studies Division
Contact: Tabetha Ewing  845-758-7548
  Monday, February 11, 2019

Policing the Greatest Generation: Carceral Controversies and Service-Member Activism, from World War to Cold War

Tejasvi Nagaraja
Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University

Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
In examining the intersecting ties across foreign and domestic realms, scholars have considered how warfare infrastructures interact with social diversities, opportunities, and inequalities in each country. Americanist scholarship has evaluated the complex relationship between the “hard” power of national security, with “soft” realms such as the welfare state and civil rights. Yet historians have yet to adequately interpret the ties across the two spheres of “hard” power, foreign policy and criminal justice. How does our story of U.S. global power and security statecraft change when we attend to contestations over policing and incarceration, particularly as they affected service members?

From the Second World War into the early Cold War—the signal era of mass citizen-soldiering—diverse GIs and their loved ones grappled with experiences of military policing, courts-martial, incarceration, and execution as well as the civilian justice system’s treatment of service members. This talk considers popular concerns about crime and punishment, as they made a fundamental mark on American experiences of military service and foreign policy. These cases and causes took place across the U.S. South, U.S. North, and overseas, affected individuals from all three spheres, and inspired popular advocacy across all three too. This talk situates this carceral through line in the context of a larger book project—about labor, race, and international relations within the process of midcentury U.S. global militarization. This book presents U.S. service members and their loved ones as protagonists within American and transnational debates about economic, criminal justice, and geopolitical affairs. It argues that U.S. foreign policy’s statecraft was deeply entangled and embattled in relation to intersecting “domestic” social movements.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395
  Friday, February 8, 2019

“Think Different”: The Silicon Valley and the Grassroots Transformation of Work and Democracy in the 20th Century

Jeannette Alden Estruth
Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society

Olin, Room 102  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The late 20th century saw the meteoric rise of the high-technology industry in the United States. Synonymous with this growth was the region that came to be known as California’s Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley, however, did not just represent a place or an industry. It also encompassed a new set of ideas about American prosperity and the country’s future. Jeannette Estruth’s research traces the genesis of these ideas, and finds them in the early community movements that fought the material challenges presented by the technology industry’s rapid economic expansion. She shows that the industry’s encounters with dissenting voices produced new visions about what work meant, how economies functioned, and what democracy should look like. In doing so, Estruth argues that the local technology sector revolutionized American political thought in the late 20th century, creating a new economic era by the turn of the 21st.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395
  Friday, February 1, 2019

Beyond the “White Man’s Burden” and the “Yellow Peril”: Rethinking U.S.–Pacific Relations in the Progressive Era

Chris Suh
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Stanford University

Olin, Room 102  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This talk will examine the history of race, empire, and inequality during the Progressive Era in the transpacific context by focusing on the life of an American-educated Korean reformer named Yun Ch’i-ho (1865–1945), best known today as a “collaborator” during Korea’s colonial period under Japan. Drawing on archival sources from South Korea and the United States, this talk will explain the process through which the United States came to include Japan in the “family of civilized nations,” and the ways in which American ideas about racial “progress”—often articulated with reference to African Americans in the South—both contributed to and challenged the imperial order in the Pacific, precisely at the moment when the United States began to emerge as a Pacific power.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395
Friday, February 1, 2019 – Friday, March 1, 2019

Maré de Dentro: Life in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

A Photo and Film Exhibit
Campus Center, Gallery 
A panel discussion, followed by a reception, will take place in Weis Cinema on Thursday, February 28, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Art History Program; Bard Center for the Study of Hate; Center for Civic Engagement; Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Global and International Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; LAIS Program; Office of Inclusive Excellence; Photography Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Peter Klein  845-758-7218
  Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Settler Militarism: World War II in Hawai‘i and the Making of U.S. Empire

Juliet Nebolon
Postdoctoral Fellow in Global American Studies
The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Harvard University

Olin, Room 205  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Juliet Nebolon’s talk will focus on her book manuscript, “Settler Militarism: World War II in Hawai‘i and the Making of U.S. Empire,” which is a history of the World War II period of martial law in Hawai‘i (1941–44). The project analyzes the overlapping regimes of  settler colonialism and militarization during this period, as well as the logics of race, indigeneity, and gender that intersected within these regimes. Her talk will explore these dynamics at work in the domains of public health and blood donation, domesticity and home economics campaigns, and internment across Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395