Upcoming Events

2018 Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum Proposal Writing and Information Session

January 23rd, 2018 - 12:00PM-1:00PM

Location: Uris Hall G-08

This information session will offer an opportunity to ask questions, hear tips for writing a successful proposal, look at a previous successfully funded proposal, and brainstorm project scope and ideas. Facilitated by Melina Draper, teaching support specialist for internationalizing the curriculum. No registration required....


The Square (2017)

January 27th, 2018 - 6:45PM-9:07PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2017 > Sweden > Directed by Ruben Ostlund With Claes Bang, Elizabeth Moss, Dominic West A searing social commentary and ribbing of the contemporary art world, The Square follows a respected curator whose latest exhibition opening leaves him struggling to live up to his own liberal ideals. From the director of Force Majeure, the film is shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. More...


SAP Seminar Series: "Challenges for India's Economy: My Experience and Beyond" by Kaushik Basu

January 29th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

India stands at the crossroads, with its economy poised to take off. Yet it faces formidable challenges rooted not just in its economy but also politics, and society. This lecture will draw on the author's own experience as Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian government during 2009-12 and his subsequent policy work in the World Bank to discuss India's big hurdles and how it is l...


Nemtsov: Film Screening and Discussion

January 29th, 2018 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Hall

Room: Cornell Cinema

On January 29, 2018, the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies will host a screening of Nemtsov, a documentary film about the late leader of the Russian opposition directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza. The screening will be in the Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Nemtsov chronicles a remarkable political l...


Fulbright Opportunities for Graduate Students

January 31st, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides full funding for graduate and professional students conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Open to U.S. citizens only. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program supports doctoral students conducting research in modern languages or area studies for six to 12 months. Open to U.S. citizens and...


Libertarian Noir: Dark Histories of Exit and Enclosure, 1950 to the Present

February 1st, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Raymond B. Craib, Professor of History and Director of the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Libertarian Noir: Dark Histories of Exit and Enclosure, 1950 to the Present” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


Yesterday Girl

February 5th, 2018 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

w/intro by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Erik Born (Society for the Humanities) 1966 > Germany > Directed by Alexander Kluge with Alexandra Kluge, Günther Mack Alexander Kluge’s first film casts his sister as a young East German crossing the Berlin Wall in search of career opportunities, drifting from job to job on the fringes of her new home. Hailed as a breakthrough, Kluge adapts...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Undergraduate Information Session

February 7th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year....


Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge

February 7th, 2018 - 8:45PM-10:25PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Ithaca Premiere 2016 > Poland/France/Germany > Directed by Marie Noelle With Karolina Gruszka, Arieh Worthalter, Charles Berling A stylish, dreamy biography of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist Marie Curie as she fights for recognition in early 20th-century France in a field dominated by men, and in the wake of a scandal in her personal life that threatens to overshadow her pro...


How Can Diaspora Talent Promote Prosperity and Peace at Home? Observations of a Practitioner

February 8th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Senior Economist, World Bank Economic Policy and Debt Department, and Nonresident Senior Research Fellow, Migration Policy Institute,  will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “How Can Diaspora Talent Promote Prosperity and Peace at Home? Observations of a Practitioner” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar. &nb...


SAP Seminar Series: "Cinematic Image of Village: the Portrayal of Village in Sinhala Films /Sri Lankan Cinema" by Athula Samarakoon

February 12th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The idea of 'village' has been one of the central concepts, and an iconic filmic image of Sri Lankan cinema throughout its history of 71 years. Sri Lankan mainstream Sinhala films utilize the ‘village narrative’ idealizing the village which was seemed to be influenced by the nationalist-religious views and more importantly by colonial thoughts. Even the films that bec...


"Arabic Movie"

February 12th, 2018 - 7:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

A screening of this documentary is followed by a talk-back with Director Eyal Sagui-Bizawi.   Runtime: 60 minutes Directors: Sara Tsifroni and Eyal Sagui Bizawi Synopsis: So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder...


Band of Outsiders

February 14th, 2018 - 9:00PM-10:37PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

1964 > France > Directed by Jean-Luc Godard With Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur Considered one of Godard's most charming and beautiful films, Band of Outsiders is a reimagined gangster film about two guys, a girl and an attempted robbery gone bad. The film influenced a whole generation of independent filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino and Hal Hartley. Subtitled. More at r...


Private Military Contractors: Characteristics of a Growing Market and Implications for Accountability and Human Rights

February 15th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Dario Azzellini, PhD in Sociology and in Political Science, and Visiting Research Fellow at the ILR School, Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall about “Private Military Contractors: Characteristics of a Growing Market and Implications for Accountability and Human Rights” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping

February 22nd, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Sabrina Karim, Assistant Professor of Government and Caplan Faculty Fellow, Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


Human Flow

February 22nd, 2018 - 6:45PM-9:05PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2017 > Germany > Directed by Ai Weiwei Over 65 million people around the world have been recently displaced to escape famine, climate change and war. Human Flow, an epic film journey directed by renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal...


SAP Seminar Series: "The Memory Card Phenomena in India: Vernacular Music and Download Cultures beyond Internet" by Rahul Mukherjee

February 26th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Memory cards are flash memory devices that enable storage and circulation of music in audio and video formats. In regions where the Internet bandwidth necessary to stream content is unavailable, people go to “download vendors” who put content onto memory cards and memory sticks. After the cassette and DVD revolutions, from 2010-2015, music enthusiasts increasingly started listening to...


Rethinking the Proposal: Concrete and Philosophical Approaches

February 28th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Part philosophy, part practical tutorial, this workshop aims to make proposal writing easier and more successful. It also offers an ensemble of remarkably useful tools for producing, revising, and editing, even under the stress of deadline....


What Role for AI in Knowledge Transfers? Implications for Non-proliferation Regimes

March 1st, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Judith Reppy, Professor Emerita of Science and Technology Studies, and Jonathan Felbinger, General Accountability Office (GAO), will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall about “What Role for AI in Knowledge Transfers? Implications for Non-proliferation Regimes” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


The Divine Order

March 2nd, 2018 - 7:15PM-8:51PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Ithaca Premiere 2017 > Switzerland > Directed by Petra Volpe With Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek In this fiercely captivating look at the 1971 fight for women's suffrage in Switzerland (yes, 1971!), Nora, a quiet, dutiful, young housewife in a small village begins to organize and campaign publicly for women's right to vote. Despite backlash from her community and her hus...


SAP Seminar Series: "Gandhāran Buddhist Texts: An Overview and Case Study of the Oldest South Asian Manuscripts" by Joe Marino

March 5th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Gandhāra, modern day eastern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, was an important hub of early Buddhist culture at a key location connecting South Asia, East Asia, and the West. Until the mid-1990s, scholars knew of only a single Buddhist manuscript in the Gāndhārī language, but since that time Gāndhārī manuscripts dating from the first century BCE to the third century CE have emerged in...


Germany in Autumn

March 5th, 2018 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

w/intro by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Erik Born (Society for the Humanities) 1978 > Germany > Directed by Alexander Kluge with Hannelore Hoger, Katja Rupé, Hans Peter Cloos A compendium of short works examining the political terrorism of the Red Army Faction as it impacted West German politics, media and everyday life in the mid-seventies, this film features auteurs Kluge, Fassbinde...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Undergraduate Students

March 7th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year....


Faces Places

March 8th, 2018 - 7:15PM-8:44PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Ithaca Premiere 2017 > France > Directed by Angès Varda, JR With Angès Varda, JR Kindred spirits Agnès Varda and photographer JR share a radical passion for images and their creation and dissemination. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR's photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing enormous portraits of them, prominently d...


BPM (beats per minute)

March 8th, 2018 - 9:15PM-11:35PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2017 > France > Directed by Robin Campillo With Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel Leave it to France to produce a ferocious feature film centered around ACT-UP, the direct action group that sprang up to fight AIDS in the 80s and 90s. "...sprawling, thrilling, finally heart-bursting group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s." (Variety) Winner o...


SAP Seminar Series: "‘European Knowledge in Indian Tongues’: Delhi College and the Politics of Translation in Colonial India" by Osama Siddiqui

March 12th, 2018 - 12:00AM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In the 1830s and 1840s, Delhi College was the center of a vibrant culture of translation. Works such as James Mill’s Political Economy, Euclid’s Elements, Oliver Goldsmith’s History of England, and many others were translated into Urdu. How did Indian scholars make sense of these works and what discursive choices did they make to translate them into Urdu? This paper explores thes...


SAP Seminar Series: "Multispecies Justice - Against Extinction & Extraction" by Subhankar Banerjee

March 13th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: KG470

In a mere six decades we have steadily progressed from the dread of “silent spring” to the prospect of a lonely earth. Scientists have been busy cataloguing the epic ongoing loss of life—mass extinction and mass die-off—that largely remain out of our sight and apprehension. At the same time impacts of climate change—fires, floods, hurricanes—have...


The Age of Questions: On the Relationship Between Universal War and Federation

March 15th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “The Age of Questions: On the Relationship Between Universal War and Federation” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar.   Co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for European Studies....


Communication for Change’: Mass Media, Rural Development, the Catholic Church and the Cold War in Colombia’s Radio Sutatenza-Cultural Popular Action Network, 1947-1974 by Mary Roldan, LASP Seminar Series

March 19th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Radio Sutatenza-Cultural Popular Action (ACPO) was Latin America’s largest, transnational, Catholic-affiliated, anti-communist, mass media based education and community development network (1947-89).  Founded in 1947 by a recently ordained auxiliary parish priest and amateur radio enthusiast assigned to a largely illiterate, geographically dispersed parish in Colombia during the early y...


SAP Seminar Series: "Politics, Political Economy and the “Permanent Minority”: Race and the Indian Poor in Malaysia" by Rupa Viswanath

March 19th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Racial differences in Malaysia were incorporated into the political structures of the 19th century—in forms of communal representation that will be very familiar to South Asianists—as the putatively natural counterpart to the racialized labour market that was put in place: Indians were imported to plant rubber, the Chinese put to work in tin mines or railways, and Malays, construed as...


Course Correction - Forging a New American Grand Strategy

March 22nd, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Chris Gibson, Stanley Kaplan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “Course Correction - Forging a New American Grand Strategy” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


SAP Seminar Series: "Now You See It, Now You Don’t" A cultural history of the Indian Emergency (1975-1977), by Ayelet Ben-Yishai

March 26th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Forty years after the events of the Emergency roiled India, recent political events and tensions seem to have returned it to public discourse. Declared by Indira Gandhi in June 1975 and lasting a mere twenty months, the Emergency was swiftly relegated to the status of anomaly in India’s democratic history. And yet – as evident in the discourse of the Emergency and attested in its most...


Understanding the linkages between Caribbean plant diversity, cultural heritage, and human health

March 26th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

As a cornerstone of human livelihoods and cultural traditions, plant diversity has a critical role to play in addressing global medicinal and nutritional needs. Many communities living in biodiverse areas around the world have developed an impressive repertoire of botanical knowledge that exemplifies their close relationships with, and continued reliance on, local plant resources. The Caribbean re...


Nuclear Revolutions: How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics

March 29th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Mark Bell, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “Nuclear Revolutions: How States Use Nuclear Weapons in International Politics” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....


"The Writing of a Latin American Classic: The Political and Intellectual Origins of Sarmiento's Facundo," by Ariel de la Fuente, LASP Seminar Series

April 9th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Traditional explication of Facundo (1845) proposed that the Civilization vs. Barbarism dichotomy,  advanced in the book as the interpretative key of post independence Argentina, reflected Domingo F. Sarmiento's unique reading of major works from the European Enlightenment and Romanticism. The discovery of new sources used by Sarmiento, however, shows tha...


SAP Seminar Series: "From Sri Lanka to America: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen and Contemporary Transnational Sufism" by Merin Shobhana Xavier

April 9th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (d. 1986), a Tamil Sufi teacher from Sri Lanka, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October 1971. His arrival led to the formation of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship (BMF). The Fellowship attracted a community of spiritual seekers with varying affinities to Sufism, Islam, and other religious traditions. With Bawa's death in 1986, he was buried in the Fe...


"Urban transport in Latin America: challenges and opportunities," by Eduardo A. Vasconcellos, LASP Seminar Series

April 11th, 2018 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Latin American large cities have been suffering from severe mobility problems, related to deficient public transport services, pollution, congestion and road fatalities. Poor people are specially affected, facing geographic isolation, long journeys to destinations and difficulties to pay for public transport fares.  Conversely, those who have access to automobiles experience much better mobil...


The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature by Lawrence Buell

April 12th, 2018 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (132 GSH)

Cornell University Department of English and the 2017-18 Environmental Humanities Lecture Series present: The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature by Lawrence Buell (Harvard University) Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. He is especially known as an authority on the American Transcendentalists, as an historian a...


SAP Seminar Series: "Sovereign Figures in Colonial India (ca. 1858-1947)" by Milinda Banerjee

April 16th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The paper argues that concepts (and practices) of human, divine, and messianic rulership have been central to the emergence of colonial ideologies, anti-colonial nationalisms, as well as ‘lower caste’ and ‘tribal’ politics in modern India. Drawing especially on case studies from colonial Bengal (and the associated princely states of Cooch Behar and Tripura), Banerjee shows...


SAP Seminar Series: "A Tradition of Inventions: Arumuga Navlar’s Construction of a Saiva Public in Colonial Jaffna" by Darshan Ambalavanar

April 23rd, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Jaffna Peninsula in northern Sri Lanka experienced one of the  longest periods of sustained colonial rule in South Asia. In the 19th century Congregationalist missionaries from the United States introduced new forms of knowledge, learning and institutions with the aim of converting Tamil Saivites. Arumuga Navalar articulated an intellectual response that defended and re-articula...


SAP Seminar Series: "Leaks and the Hydraulic City" by Nikhil Anand

April 30th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In this talk I will present an overview of my recently published book, Hydraulic City. Drawing attention to the ways in which settlers in Mumbai establish access to water in the city, I begin by showing that urban citizenship is not an event in linear time, but a fickle, distributed and reversible process. Next, I attend to the ways in which water leaks in the public system. Rather than theorize t...


The Liberal Effect: The Politics of Policy Sciences in the Soviet Union

May 3rd, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University, London, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall on “The Liberal Effect: The Politics of Policy Sciences in the Soviet Union” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar.   Co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for European Studies....


SAP Seminar Series: "Contradictions of Craft and the Cunning of Culture: The Co-Production of Caste in a Sri Lankan Artisan Village" by Aimée Douglas

May 7th, 2018 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In Sri Lanka, caste among the Sinhalese has long been disavowed as a remnant of another era, a social artefact fated to diminish with the ascendance of a market economy. And yet, even at a moment when agents of neoliberal governance explicitly identify cultural heritage as every much a resource for domestic economic growth as tea, tourism, or textiles, those engaged in the country’s historic...

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