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December 2014

Academic Freedom: A Roundtable Discussion

December 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Campus Center MPR

Tuesday Dec. 9th at 7PM Campus Center- MPR Please join Bard College’s Human Rights Project, Hannah Arendt Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Political Studies Program, History Program, Language and Literature Program for “Academic Freedom: A Roundtable Discussion” Panelists include: Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His most recent books include Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal (2014), Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2009), and,…

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February 2015

“The Group Photo and the Policy of Disappearance in Stalin’s Russia,” a talk by Denis Skopin

February 3 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102

This lecture will analyze, from political and aesthetic perspectives, the practice of removing “public enemies” from group photos in Russia during the Stalin era. This research project came out of my discovery of a cache of photographs while I was conducting archival research  in several Russian cities. All of these photos bear traces of editing, whether they be various marks such as blacking out, excisions or inscriptions left by Stalin’s police.    Prof. Denis Skopin is on the faculty of the Smolny College of Liberal…

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Film screening: “Babylon,” followed by Q&A with filmmaker Youssef Chebbi

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Olin 102

Directed by Ala Eddine Slim, Ismaël, Youssef Chebbi | 2012 | Run time: 121 min. Between the Ras Jdir check-point separating Tunisia and Libya, and the town of Ben Guerdanne, there isn’t much except open countryside. During spring 2011, more than a million refugees of various nationalities and languages flocked to Tunisia, fleeing escalating combats in Libya between revolutionaries and pro-Gaddafi forces. Only a few weeks after the Tunisian revolution, a temporary town had to be built in the south…

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“Anthropology, Photography and the Field of Memory: Images from South Sudan,” a talk by Patti Langton

February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102

Patti Langton, a British anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, lived in Sudan in the 1980s with the Larim (Boya) people, pastoralists whose homeland lies near South Sudan’s borders with Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Her remarkable photographic and sound archive has recently been acquired by the Pitt-Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford, where she is a Research Associate. The photographs document the lives of a remote people on the eve of a civil war that was to engulf every community in South Sudan.…

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Activism in the Age of Cyber War

February 12 @ 6:00 pm
Campus Center MPR

A conversation with Dlshad Othman, Systems Engineer, the Information Safety & Capacity Project (ISC) Moderated by Political Studies major Sana Mustafa and Danielle Riou, Associate Director of the Human Rights Project at Bard. Join us for a conversation about the strategies and resources available to activists who are concerned with questions of safety – their own and others – when using online platforms. We will cover a variety of topics, including an overview of useful tools (VPN and Tor, for…

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HAC screening of The Decent One

February 23 @ 6:30 pm
Olin 102
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March 2015

Film Screening: Youssef Chebbi’s “Babylon”

March 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join the Human Rights Project on February 9th for the screening of Babylon. Filmmaker Youssef Chebbi will be in attendance and able to answer questions after the film.  Babylon won the Grand Jury Prize when it screened in Marseille in 2012.  The film displays images that show different side to the media’s portrayal of Tunisian-Libyan refugees http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/16/mapping-subjectivity-a-conversation-with-filmmaker-youssef-chebbi

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Sounding Human Rights: A two-day radio workshop

March 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This 2-day workshop, led by Danielle Riou, will explore the ways to think about sound in relation to human rights while we learn the basics of sound recording and production. Through group listening exercises on human-rights themed radio pieces, we’ll explore, among other things, sound as a means of eliciting emotion, reconstructing events and memories, and providing context for your narrative, if you need it. Workshop participants will learn the basics of audio production including recording, editing, mixing, and writing…

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Angola Radio: Marissa Moorman

March 23 @ 4:45 pm - 6:45 pm

4:45 PM – 6:45 PM Childcare Available? No

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An Evening with Omar Tesdell

March 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bard College’s Human Rights Project, MES, EUS, and History Present: Beginning mid-nineteenth century, first French and Ottoman officials, and later British officials set aside significant tracts of land for environmental conservation in the Arab world. The convention was continued under subsequent Jordanian administration of the West Bank. In fact, nature areas remain one of the largest classifications of land in the Palestinian West Bank today, covering more than 30 official reserves, or about 5 percent of the land area. This…

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