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Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Latin America


Tim Devoogd is the Director of the Latin American Studies Program and a neurobiologist at Cornell University, active in research and teaching. For much of his career, he has studied neuroanatomical effects of learning, looking at neural consequences of song learning and spatial learning in songbirds. He and his students have shown that these two forms of learning are similar in mechanism and brain localization to equivalent forms of learning in mammals--with which birds have not had common ancestors perhaps 300 million years. In his professional life, he has chosen research collaborations and teaching commitments that have brought him into close contact with scientists and students in more than a dozen countries (sabbaticals at Oxford, University of Cape Town, and National University of Si

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series


"Hair Apparent: Life Process & the Body Politic in 1965 Indonesia."  Kaja McGowan, Director of the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) and Associate Professor at the Department of History of Art If one were to write the history of the prison in 1965 Indonesia with all the political investments of the body that inheres in its constricted architecture, one compelling ancestrally charged coordinate would be hair. This paper explores life process and the body politic as a set of material elements and techniques that serve as subtle weaponry, a wished for liberation, communicative channels, and supports for the power and gendered relations that invest human bodies and subjugate them by turning them into objects of knowledge. Hair apparent is at the heart (and head)

Reppy Institute Meet and Greet


The Reppy Institute welcomes everyone to attend our 2015-2016 seminar series and this special opening reception during our usual seminar time slot. This first seminar meeting will not follow our usual format of a talk followed by a time for questions and discussion, but will be an informal gathering giving us all the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about what the program has to offer, such as fellowships and other funding for students.

A Socialist Peace? Cultural Difference, Modernization, and the Afterlives of a Socialist State in the Republic of Guinea


Mike McGovern is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in Culture, History, and Theory from Emory University. His recent book chapters and articles have focused on the politics of history in a polarized political setting, the aspirational facet of kinship talk during times of war, and the interplay of Islamist conversion, local politics, and US counterterrorism policy in West Africa. His book Making War in Côte d'Ivoire focuses on the dramaturgy, sociology, and political economy of the Ivorian civil conflict.  A second book, Unmasking the State, traces the processes of state formation and ethnogenesis in Guinea during the 20th century. It was the co-winner of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Prize for best

Reason, Passion and the Law: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law


A public lecture by A.D. White Professor-at-Large Albie Sachs

Nelson Mandela: Memories of Working with Him Over a Half Century


Professor-at-Large, Albie Sachs reflects on his role as an activist and his struggles for justice in South Africa in support of Mandela's movement to dismantle the legacy of apartheid and institutional racism while promoting racial reconciliation.  

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series


“Arrested Autonomy: Posthuman Futures in Sarawak, Malaysia.”  Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University. Abstract: The Forestry Corporation, which is the privatized branch of Sarawak’s Forestry Department, has the mandate to protect orangutans, which are Sarawak’s most famous endangered species. The Forestry Corporation cares for displaced orangutans at Sarawak’s two wildlife centers. The goal of these centers is to have displaced orangutans eventually achieve autonomy (kebebasan) within the space of these centers, even as the material constraints of insufficient space and dependency on food support arrests attempts at autonomy. Such indefinitely deferred in

"Cold Peace: Russia, Germany, the U.S. and the Future of Europe"


Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "Cold Peace: Russia, Germany, the U.S. and the Future of Europe" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.

Addressing Governance and Security Challenges in Western Sahel-Sahara Region: Facts and Responses


Dr. Noureddine Jebnoun is a Faculty member at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, where his research interests include governance issues and the security challenges of North Africa and the Sahel region. Dr. Jebnoun teaches at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies-Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of strategy and geopolitics at the Tunisian National War College, the National Defense Institute, and the Command and General Staff College. He has been a lecturer, speaker, and panelist at institutions and think tanks including the NATO Defense College (Rome), the Industrial College for Armed Forces (DC), the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, the United States Institute of Peace, and ot

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa


The Peabody award-winning documentary film by Abby Ginzberg (60 min runtime). Albie Sachs served for 15 years as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has played a prominent role in the country's struggle for justice.  An anti-apartheid activist, Justice Sachs was exiled for 23 years and survived an assasination attempt.  He is the recipient of the inaugural Tang Prize for Rule of Law.

"Latin American Net Art"


"In this talk, I want to think together the three strands of, arte útil, and post-internet art with respect to its implications for contemporary aesthetic and critical theory through an analysis of three representative projects from the Hispanic world that engage with these questions in different ways. These case studies include the individual work of Argentine-Spanish artist Belén Gache,  Mejor Vida Corp (MVC, created by Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas), and the Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT a collective project of Ricardo Domínguez, Micha Cardenas, Amy Carroll and other collaborators in b.a.n.g lab’s Electronic Disturbance Theater).  While these works of art have been created at different points in the last fifteen years through

CCCI: The Ecology of Organizational Growth: Chinese Law Firms in the Age of Globalization


Professor Sida Liu (University of Wisconsin-Madison) will give a free public lecture from 4:30-6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Lecture is co-sponsored by the Cornell Clark Program in East Asian Law and Culture.

"The Possibility of Much Bigger Bangs: U.S. Official Interest in ‘Very High Yield’ Nuclear Weapons, 1942–1963"


Alex Wellerstein, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology, will speak at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall about "The Possibility of Much Bigger Bangs: U.S. Official Interest in ‘Very High Yield’ Nuclear Weapons, 1942–1963" at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar.

New Perspectives on Conflict, State-Building and Development in Africa


Philip Roessler is an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Maryland. His work offers new perspectives on conflict, state-building, and development, with a focus on the region of sub-Saharan Africa. He has held fellowships at Stanford and Oxford Universities, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the British Academy, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute of International Education and USAID. He is currently working on two books, Ethnic Politics and State Power in Africa: Escaping the Coup-Civil War Trap, which is based on extensive field research in Sudan and the DRC and gives a theoretical account of the logic of war and peace in sub-Saharan Africa; and Why Comrades Go to

LASP Seminar Series


LASP hosts a Seminar Series every semester in which Latin Americanists from all over the world are invited to speak at Cornell.

CCCI: The Chinese State and Green Buildings in China


Professor Yu Zhou (Geography, Vassar College) will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program and Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (for graduate students only)


Tuesday, September 22, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30 PM; speakers Gil Levine and Mike Walter - Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are invited to attend this information session. Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program which provides full funding to U.S. citizens to engage in teaching or research in any field in over 155 countries around the world. Explore the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program that provides funding to individual doctoral students through the university to conduct research abroad in other countries, except Western Europe for periods of six to twelve months. The emphasis is on conducting research in the language of the host country and in area studies. This grant is open graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens or p

Current Events Roundtable: "Turkey, Syria, and the Islamic State"


The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly brown bag seminar, at 12:15 in G-08 Uris Hall, will be a Current Events Roundtable: "Turkey, Syria, and the Islamic State," with Lisel Hintz; Postdoctoral Associate, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; Aziz Rana, Associate Professor of Law, Cornell; and Jens David Ohlin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Cornell.

Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda


Susan Thomson is an assistant professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. She graduated with a BA from Saint Mary’s University, an LLB from University College London, and an MA/PhD from Dalhousie University. Professor Thomson specializes in state-society relations in Africa, particularly power relations between state and individuals in post-conflict countries. Specifically, much of her work relates to Rwanda, dealing with the genocide and the post-genocide situation there. Her recent publications include Whispering the Truth: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda and Emotional and Ethical Challenges for Field Research in Africa: The Story Behind the Findings, which she co-edited with An Ansoms and Jude Murison.

"Self-Governing Prison Communities: Coproducing Order, Survival and Rehabilitation in Brazilian Carceral Spaces"


Sacha Darke is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and co-director of the Research Centre for Equality and Criminal Justice in the Department of Social and Historical Studies, University of Westminster. His doctoral research focused on the use of ASBOs and other civility orders in crime prevention. Professor Darke is currently involved in research projects on inmate collaboration and self-governance in Brazilian prisons, higher education in prisons, race relations in prison, and pre/post release prison mentoring. Since September 2008, he has made four research trips to Brazil, during which he has visited over twenty prison units. In September 2010 he completed a three-week ethnographic study of a police jail in Rio de Janeiro.

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