Upcoming Events

Birds of Passage

March 24th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:03PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2018 > Colombia > Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra With Natalia Reyes, Carmina Martínez, Jose Acosta A fresh take on the familiar drug war genre, told from the perspective of the indigenous Wayuu people of Colombia, Birds of Passage details the rise of the Colombian drug trade during the two-decade period known as "la Bonanza Marimbera," when narco trafficking...

LASP Seminar: "Understanding socio-ecological resilience: examples from tropical forested landscapes," by Laura Schneider

March 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Laura Schneider will present a socio-ecological framework to study the effects of environmental disturbances on forest regrowth in Yucatan, and the provision of ecosystem services in silvopastoral systems in Ecuadorian Amazon. She will mention at the end some recent results from a paper published in Nature on the effect of the peace treaty on deforestation around protected areas in Colombia....

SAP Speaker Series, Caste, Temple, Church and Remittance Practices of the Tamil Diaspora: Resisting and Reproducing Hierarchies in Post-War Jaffna, by Thanges Paramsothy

March 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This paper examines the caste-based religious remittance practices of the Tamil diaspora and considers how such remittances fulfil multiple needs of the dispersed Tamils who live in exile and at ‘home’. The remittances sent by the Tamil diaspora are utilized, inter alia, for the renovation of caste-based Hindu temples and churches in their ūr (village or homeland). The paper observes...

Society for the Humanities Presents: Prasenjit Duara

March 25th, 2019 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: A. D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

"The Art of Convergent Comparison—China and India in Modern Times": In this talk, Duara will argue that non-discursive modes of authorizing ‘foreign’ processes as home-grown are crucial to their acceptance, particularly since extra-national interventions in the emergent national body need to take place under the discursive radar. They include visual, aural, olfacto...

A Rakugo Performance by Tozaburo Yanagiya

March 25th, 2019 - 4:45PM-7:00PM

Location: Clark Hall

Room: 700

Rakugo is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment where the lone storyteller sits on stage.  Using only a paper fan and a small cloth as props, and without standing up from a sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story. Refreshments available at 4:15pm, prior to performance....

Is Queerness a White Invention?

March 25th, 2019 - 6:00PM-7:15PM

Location: Milstein Hall

Room: Auditorium

"LGBTQ rights are Western values" is a trope repeated often by leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and even here in the United States. But the historical record suggests otherwise: Queerness was generally accepted across many cultures, and it was colonialism and modernity that undermined this tolerance. What implications does this have for queer immigrants in this countr...

SAP Seminar Series, Agency and the Construction of Practice, by Sarosh Anklesaria

March 26th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The talk will situate architectural agency within the construction of practice in the global south. Since the inception of modernism the pavilion has been a medium of experimentation; a critical vehicle embodying the zeitgeist. How can the pavilion serve as an agent provocateur in addressing key cultural and urban questions of our time? In the face of pervasive ecological, climatic, and political...

Cornell and Vingroup Collaboration: The creation of VinUniversity in Hanoi, Vietnam

March 27th, 2019 - 12:00PM-1:00PM

Location: Sage Hall

Room: 134

Cornell University recently announced its collaboration with Vingroup, a Vietnamese enterprise and property developer, on the VinUniversity Project to develop a university in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vingroup’s mission for the project is to build a new world-class private educational institution, that will benefit both key industries and markets in Vietnam, as well as the knowledge-based economy i...

Writing a Winning Fulbright Proposal

March 27th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Primarily for undergraduates, this session offers guidance on how to write a winning proposal for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The session will be led by two Fulbright advisors with years of experience. Applying for a Fulbright? We encourage you to attend!...

Roundtable on Law, Economics, and Society

March 28th, 2019 - 9:00AM-4:00PM

Location: Clark Hall

Room: 700

This all-day seminar, open to the Cornell community, will feature lectures by Erica Bosio and Valentina Saltane of the World Bank's Doing Business team, a book talk by Patrick Kabanda, author of The Creative Wealth of Nations (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and presentations by Professor Kaushik Basu (economics) and seven graduate students in economics and law. This event is organized...

Institute for African Development Spring Seminar Series: "Old Ports, New Ports: Development, Security, and Infrastructure in Lamu, Kenya"

March 28th, 2019 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

"Old Ports, New Ports: Development, Security, and Infrastructure in Lamu, Kenya", by Bilal Butt, Associate Professor at University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability...

SAP Speaker Series, Pakistanis in the American Court: Legalities and Consequences of Extraterritorial Applications of US Criminal Law, by Emad Ansari

April 8th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This talk focuses primarily on two cases, US v. Siddiqui, and US v. Yousef, to speak both about the chain of precedent that permits the extension of American judicial reach to criminal acts performed extraterritorially. This extension of power has implications not only for international law norms on jurisdiction but also for thinking critically about sovereignty in the context of unequal political...

"Lessons of the Left Turn in Latin America: Bolivia and Venezuela," a LASP Public Issues Forum, with David Smilde and Santiago Anria

April 8th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: Kaufmann Auditorium

David Smilde is a Sociologist and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relation and Senior Associate Fellow at CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research) at Tulane University. He serves as a Senior Fellow of the Washington Office on Latin America and specializes in religion, politics and protest in Venezuela, as well as qualitative methods. Santiago Anria teaches c...

'Puṅgudutīvu' film screening, and Q & A with director Thanges Paramsothy

April 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The documentary “Puṅgudutīvu: A Disintegrating Island” is based on an anthropological field research study undertaken in Puṅgudutīvu, located in Jaffna peninsula, northern Sri Lanka, by Thanges Paramsothy, then a doctoral research student at the University of East London, United Kingdom. This documentary brings to the forefront the land-related issues, which the people of Puṅgu...

CMS Seminar: “Historical Legacies of Islam in Africa” by Melina Platas, Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi

April 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: White Hall

Room: B14

The process of colonialism coincided with a dramatic reversal of fortune for Africa’s Muslim populations. In the 1500s, Africa’s political landscape was dominated by strong, centralized Islamic states. These states maintained internal stability, regulated commerce, and promoted education. Levels of literacy were relatively high among Muslims and the expertise of Muslim bureaucrats was...

Bartels World Affairs Lecture: Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati

April 10th, 2019 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Biotechnology Building

Room: G10

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s two-time minister of finance, will deliver the Einaudi Center’s flagship annual Bartels lecture. Sri Mulyani will examine how human capital in developing countries is responding to today’s digital revolution. A reception will follow. As finance minister, Sri Mulyani is credited with strengthening Indonesia’s economy, increasing investme...

Human Rights Backlash and the Future of Liberal Internationalism

April 11th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Professor of International Relations, SOAS University of London; and Head, US and the Americas Programme and Dean, Queen Elizabeth II Academy, Chatham House, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Human Rights Backlash and the Future of Liberal Internationalism” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....

SAP Speaker Series, Dance for Social Change, by Mallika Sarabhai

April 11th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:30PM

Location: Klarman Hall

Room: KG 70

The arts are primarily seen as entertainment, yet their influence on attitudes and mind sets, fashion and foibles are well documented. In most ancient cultures, the arts were the primary source of education and socialising, creating  pathways to direct individuals to the understanding of good and bad, civil and uncivil, ethical and unethical behaviour.  Darpana has been at the forefr...

Religious Pluralism in Indonesia

April 12th, 2019 - 12:00AM-7:00PM

Location: Kahin Center

The last twenty years have seen Indonesia navigate the rocky waters of post-authoritarian democratic rule, a.k.a. reformasi. This conference seeks to address the state of religious pluralism in the post-Suharto era (1965-1998) with case-studies from across the religious spectrum. Is the Pancasila framework working? Who’s driving the movement for inclusivist practices? And conversely, who is...

LASP Seminar: Short Film--"Empowering Ecuador's Extraordinary Ecosystems: Action research opportunities with community-engaged conservation and development initiatives in Ecuador" (re-scheduled from 3/4/19)

April 15th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Ecuador is among the world's most biodiverse countries and is the first to include the 'Rights of Nature' in its Constitution (2008). Despite this the government has granted oil and mining concessions in over 40 protected forest reserves and indigenous territories without prior and informed consent of local communities as required by the Constitution. As one example, Ecu...

SAP Speaker Series, Worlds of Love: Sung Poetry in Wakhi Central and South Asia, by Richard Wolf

April 15th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Part of a larger project on music and ethos in greater Central Asia, this presentation focuses on the topic of love. Two poets-singers, Qurbonsho and Daulatsho, express multileveled forms of relationality in their moral and physical worlds, in part through theorizations around love. The two poets share a common language (Wakhi), religion (Ismaili Islam), physical environment and livelihood based o...

Cornell Contemporary China Initiative - Taisu Zhang

April 15th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G76

CCCI welcomes Taisu Zhang to speak on: The Ideological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State. Abstract:  Scholars increasingly believe that weak fiscal institutions were a major cause of late imperial Chinese decline: Contrary to the still surprisingly prevalent notion of "oriental despotism," the Qing state was in fact characterized by limited power as a result of fiscal weakn...

Bisbee '17

April 15th, 2019 - 7:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2018 > USA > Directed by Robert Greene An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of nearly 2000 immigrant miners (primarily Mexican and Eastern European) in 1917. Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close-knit community as they attempt to process thi...

Remembering Mullivaikkal: Sri Lanka 10 Years On

April 16th, 2019 - 4:45PM-7:15PM

Location: A. D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

On May 18, 2009, the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka came to a violent conclusion. In the 10 years since, May 18 has become a day of remembrance, reflection, and continued resistance in honor of those lost or disappeared during the final phase of the war at Mullivaikkal, and throughout the protracted history of the war and the post-war environment. This panel proffers a space of reflection and...

Territorio w/ filmmaker Alexandra Cuesta in person!

April 17th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:06PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2016 > Ecuador > Directed by Alexandra Cuesta Territorio is a poetic portrait of Ecuadorians shot in their environs. Deriving its structure from the travel journals of avant-garde poet Henri Michaux, the film follows Michaux's journey across Ecuador, observing its citizens in independent, subtly-composed static shots. It's considered, open gaze is reminiscent of what James Benning...

North Korean Human Rights and Transnational Activism

April 18th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Andrew Yeo, Politics Department, The Catholic University of America, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “North Korean Human Rights and Transnational Activism” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....

Long Day's Journey Into Night

April 18th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:20PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Ithaca Premiere! In 3D! 2018 > China > Directed by Bi Gan With Sylvia Chang, Tang Wei, Huang Jue "This noir-tinged film about a solitary man haunted by loss and regret is told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Bi Gan has created a film like nothing you've seen before, especially in the second half's hour-long, gravity-defyin...

Joint CICER and EMI Emerging Markets Research Day

April 19th, 2019 - 9:00AM-4:30PM

Location: Sage Hall

Room: B10

The  Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER) brings together scholars from Cornell and elsewhere to conduct cutting-edge economic research and understand the most important socio-economic issues in China and their global impact. The Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) provides thought leadership on the role of emerging markets - and emerging market multinationals - in the global ec...

LASP Seminar: “20th Century Latin American Abstraction and Petroleum," by Rachel Price

April 22nd, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Drawing from a larger project titled Abstraction and Extraction, Price will examine the ways in which philosophies of natural resource extraction intersect with aesthetic theories of abstraction, and how the two have converged and diverged in Latin American art and literature. Special focus will be on the work of mid-century Cuban concrete artist Sandú Darié, and the continuities bet...

SAP Speaker Series, A Modern Architecture of the Past: Reading Minnette de Silva, by Anooradha Siddiqi

April 22nd, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Few careers invite critical investigation of India’s modern architectural forms and history as does that of Minnette de Silva, a Royal Institute of British Architects Associate, a member of the CIAM network (International Congress of Modern Architecture), and an agent of pre- and post-Independence modernism in India and Ceylon. Some of De Silva’s most interesting yet problematic contri...

By choice and coercion: the problem of dual citizenship in modern China

April 22nd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G76

“By Choice and Coercion: The Problem of Dual Citizenship in Modern China” with Charlotte Brooks, professor of history focusing on the 20th century US, Modern China, and the Chinese diaspora at the Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Baruch College, New York City. Abstract: The Nationality Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) rejects dual citizenship, and in recent y...

Ethics and Rights of Immigration

April 23rd, 2019 - 4:30PM-7:00PM

Location: McGraw Hall

Room: Room 165

This panel is part of CIES' Migration Series. Panelists: Patti Tamara Lenard (University of Ottawa); Jeremy Waldron (New York University School of Law); Christopher Heath Wellman (Washington University in St. Louis) Moderated by: Andrei Marmor (Cornell University Law and Department of Philosophy) All the countries in the world operate under the assumption that they have a right to contr...

The Devil's Pink Cloak

April 23rd, 2019 - 7:30PM-7:00PM

Location: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Room: Film Forum

The Devil's Pink Cloak By Mas'ud Hamdan Translated and Directed by Rebekah Maggor April 23, 7:30pm Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Film Forum Free and open to the public The Devil’s Pink Cloak: a Hallucinatory Play in Two Acts and Thirteen Scenes, by Palestinian playwright and scholar Mas’ud Hamdan, begins in spring, during the blossoming of the almond trees,...

Berger Lecture: "Pachamama (Mother Earth): from object to subject, Nature's rights in the Ecuadorian Constitution," by Justice Ramiro Avila Santamaria, Constitutional Court of Ecuador

April 24th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: 182

In 2008, the new Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador included, for the first time, some non-western institutions. Among these global south inspired institutions are: the Sumak Kawsay (the good way of living), the intercultural democracy, the plurinational state, and the rights of the Pachamama. The later is the one that most attention has attracted from the international community, for it is a...

Big Data, Privacy, and the U.S. Intelligence Workforce

April 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Kathleen Vogel, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College Park, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Big Data, Privacy, and the U.S. Intelligence Workforce” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown-bag seminar....

LASP Special Seminar: "Partisan politics and corruption: Evidence from Mexico," Viridiana Rios, Visiting Assistant Professor, Government, Harvard

April 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Viridiana Rios will discuss the unsettled debate as to how the structure of government institutions is a determinant of the levels of corruption. Some scholars argue that corruption increases when several institutional bribees are independent of one another because all of them try to simultaneously extract bribers’ marginal utilities, others argue that corruption decreases because there is g...

CMS Seminar: “Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance”

April 25th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change—yet there is little popular awareness of possible alternatives.  This talk, based on a book of the same title, describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, the talk i...


April 25th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:01PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

2018 > Lebanon > Directed by Nadine Labaki With Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole A 12 year-old boy takes his parents to court, suing them for the crime of giving him life. "Nadine Labaki's sensational new film... turns the plight of this lad growing up in the slums and streets of Beirut into a social-realist blockbuster - fired by furious compassi...

SAP Speaker Series, Ethical Reckoning: Theorizing Gender, Vulnerability and Agency in the Bangladesh Liberation War (Muktijuddho) Film by Elora Halim Chowdhury

April 29th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In historical and cultural memorializations of the 1971 war for Bangladeshi independence, the treatment of women’s experiences – more specifically the unresolved question about acknowledgment of and accountability to birangonas, "war heroines" (or rape survivors) has met with erasure or victimization. While official documentation of war time atrocities remains sparse and diff...

Cornell Contemporary China Initiative - Guldana Salimjan

April 29th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: G76

Guldana SalimjanPhD, Research Associate and Instructor, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia Lament in an Affluent Era: Politics of Memory among Kazakhs in China Using feminist, oral history, and memory studies methods, she examines the embodied practice of Kazakh social memory as well as societal changes from socialist collectivization to post-Mao China. Her research...

CMS Seminar: “Policing the Virtuous: Music and Militias in Post-Gaddafi Libya”

May 2nd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

In the years since 2011, political instability and shifts in militia governance have meant that musicians living and working in Libya encounter policing structures of varied forms in their daily lives. With no prevailing legal regime active in the country, those performing policing functions have frequently drawn on Islamic moral discourses to justify arrests, detentions, checkpoint stops, and oth...

Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium (CCCC)-Zoe Shan Lin

May 3rd, 2019 - 3:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Zoe Shan Lin | Ithaca College presents the CCCC's final text reading in the spring 2019 series.  Carved in Stone: The Use of Engraved Stele in Song Local Governance, 960-1279 CCCC is a reading group for students and scholars with an interest in premodern Sinographic text.  All are welcome, at any level of experience with classical Chinese. At each session, one partic...

LASP Seminar: "Socialist Domestic Infrastructures and the Politics of the Body: Bucharest and Havana" by Iulia Statica

May 6th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:10PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: 153

Iulia Statica's presentation explores the role of domestic infrastructures in the constitution of gendered subjectivities through the concrete examples of two socialist cities: Bucharest and Havana. It investigates, through comparative study, the ways in which the socialist state aimed to reinvent domesticity and to constitute a new socialist subject—the Socialist Man and Woman— th...

Global Strategy and Emerging Markets Conference: Institutional Complexities and Strategic Responses in the New Global Economy

May 8th, 2019 - 8:00AM-5:00PM

Location: The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

The University of Texas at Dallas Center for Global Business (CGB) and partners — Cornell University Emerging Markets Institute (EMI), Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets (CEM) and the University of Miami Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) — are pleased to announce the fourth annual Global Strategy and Emerging Markets (GSEM) Conference. Pr...

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