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October 2015

The Greek Financial Crisis and the Economics of Human Rights

October 22, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RKC 103
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The economic crisis in Greece has led the European Union to impose punishing conditions on the country that will affect it for generations to come.  Many economists, including those at Bard College, have assailed the measures that are being imposed.  Others, including Bard students, have explored the link between the economic crisis and the crisis of human rights. The Human Rights Project and the Center for Civic Engagement invite you to join us on Thursday October 22, at 4:00 PM in RKC…

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Film Screening: The Wanted 18

October 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ottoway Film Center
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Wednesday, October 28th at 5pm in the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center. Director Amer Shomali will be joining us for a screening and discussion of his animated documentary "The Wanted 18."  Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response…

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November 2015

Photographing Nigeria from North to South and Back Again

November 16, 2015 @ 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Olin 102
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Join us on Monday, November 16th at 4:45 PM in Olin 102 for a talk by photographer Glenna Gordon. Glenna Gordon is a photographer with extensive experience print journalism. She has focused her work in Uganda, Liberia, and Nigeria. She was won recognition and awards for her work surrounding the abduction of Nigerian school girls, Western hostages of Al Qaeda and ISIS, and Nigerian weddings. Gordon has been commissioned by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine,…

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December 2015

The Management of Savagery: The Islamic State, Extreme Violence, and Our Endless War

December 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RKC 103
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Nearly a decade and a half after 9/11, the attacks in Paris have given another strong dose of the fear and panic that since 2001 have done so much to nourish our enemies and indeed to create new ones.  More and more we seem trapped in a self-perpetuating Forever War, doomed to endless play a part our enemies have designed for us. Is there any escape? Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00PM in the Lazlo Bito '60 Auditorium, Reem-Kayden Center. Mark…

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February 2016

Security society in Gaza: Police encounters under Egyptian rule

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102
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a talk by Ilana Feldman Feldman's talk explores the dynamics of policing and security in the Gaza Strip during the period of Egyptian Administration (1948-67). Drawing on a rich and detailed archive, it tracks a range of police encounters. Many such encounters were mundane, including investigation of petty crime. Many were evidently repressive, including the surveillance of political activity and speech. All were part of a broad security milieu that helped to define governance, political action, and life possibilities in…

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March 2016

Prison Heritage and the Difficult Past: Redevelopment of the Maze – Long Kesh Site in Northern Ireland

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102
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a talk by Dr. Kate Flynn Senior Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College The former Maze Prison or Long Kesh is one the most emblematic sites associated with the violence of the Troubles. Since the prison’s closure in 2000, plans for redevelopment have been highly controversial, at times acrimoniously argued, and long delayed.  Today the Maze/ Long Kesh is a defining example of the struggle over not just the use of heritage but, more broadly, public assets in post-conflict…

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April 2016

In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and its Ironies- A talk with David Rieff

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us on Tuesday, April 26th in Olin 102 at 7PM for a talk with David Rieff on his new book "In Praise of Forgetting" David Rieff is the author of many books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West, A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, and, most recently, The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st Century. He lives in New York City. In his Book "In Praise of Forgetting", He poses hard questions about whether remembrance ever truly has,…

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Weaponized Architecture from Palestine to Paris Suburbs

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Please Join us on Thursday April 28th at 5:00 in Weis Cinema (Bertelsmann Campus Center) for a talk by Leopold Lambert, Author of "Weaponized Architecture: The Impossibility of Innocence"  about the Weaponized Architecture in Palestine and Paris. Architecture is a political weapon. Its elemental form, the wall, organizes (sometimes violently) bodies in space both at the domestic and geographical levels. This lecture will introduce instances of such violence through the two examples of Palestine and the French banlieues (suburbs). The case…

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September 2016

Artist talk: TREVOR PAGLEN

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LUMA Black Box Theater,
The Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 United States
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  (image: screen shot of Trevor Paglen's video “89 Landscapes,” 2015) Artist and geographer Trevor Paglen visits Bard on September 20th to give a talk about the aesthetics and geography of global telecommunications infrastructure and surveillance. Paglen's work asks the question, What does surveillance look like? He has done this by making arresting pictures of US intelligence "dark sites" (places the government doesn't want you to know about), by capturing images of orbiting communications satellites, and by photographing the large, serpentine trans-oceanic fiber optic cables…

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Lawrence Bogad: TACTICAL PERFORMANCE, The Theory and Practice of Serious Play

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Weiss Theater
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In this talk, Bogad explores the history, ethics, aesthetics, and practical concerns of tactical performance and creative activism. The powerful sociodramas created by the American Civil Rights Movement and the American Indian Movement create a framework for the talk, followed by other major groundbreaking groups such as the Yippies, the Wobblies and ACT-UP.  The talk then examines these groups’ more ridiculous and contemporary descendants such as Billionaires for Bush, Reclaim the Streets, The Clown Army, and the Yes Men, as well as…

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