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November 2014

The People’s Court: A Lecture by Bryan Wagner

November 13, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
205 Olin,
205 NY United States
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“The People’s Court” lecture surveys the development of the police court in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Police courts were tribunals where mayors or court recorders resolved disputes and punished misdemeanants (including vagrants, prostitutes, and petty thieves) without recourse to formal jurisprudence. They were also sources of popular entertainment that attracted spectators who were engrossed not only by conflicts and confessions but also by the mechanics of the justice system. In this lecture, Wagner will explore the legal education that audiences took…

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An Evening Discussion on Indigenous Struggles in India

November 13, 2014 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Olin 102

The Human Rights Project invites you to join us for an evening discussion on Indigenous Struggles in India with Professor Virginius Xaxa, Deputy Director and Professor of Sociology at the Tata Institute of Social Studies in Guwahati, Assam (North East India) Professor Xaxa is, himself, from the Adivasi (indigenous or tribal) community and grew up in a worker family on a tea plantation in North East India. He is now widely recognized as India’s preeminent scholar on the status and…

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An Evening with Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner

November 17, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Campus Center MPR

The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight. Farah, who just won a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award from the South African Literary Awards, has been hailed as “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” by The New York Review of Books. This event will take place on Monday, November 17, from 6 pm to 7:30…

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“Rain in a Dry Land” Film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Anne Makepeace

November 19, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fisher Studio Arts Seminar Room

Human Rights Project, Bard’s Fine Arts Department, and the Department of Africana Studies invite you to the screening of Anne Makepeace’s, “Rain in a Dry Land” followed by a discussion with Anne Makepeace. ANNE MAKEPEACE has written, produced and directed many award-winning independent films, including “We Still Live Here,” (PBS Independent Lens 2011, Telluride Moving Mountains Award); “Rain in a Dry Land,” (P.O.V. 2007, Emmy nomination); “Robert Capa in Love and War,” (Sundance, American Masters 2003, National Prime Time Emmy award); “Coming to…

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December 2014

Agnes Kamara-Umunna: “Healing pains, building futures: Hearing the voices of post-conflict Liberia”

December 2, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102

Straight from the Heart Straight (SFTH) was a radio call-in program in Liberia started by Kamara-Umunna in 2004, with funding from the United Nations Mission in Liberia. It allowed Liberians to phone in live and share their stories from the second civil war (1999-2002.)  Former soldiers, many of whom were child soldiers at the time of the civil war, were frequent call-in guests, in particular. Kamara-Umunna’s call-in show was a daring experiment in how radio could be used to facilitate open conversations…

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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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