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February 2015

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

February 9, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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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March 2015

Film Screening: Youssef Chebbi’s “Babylon”

March 16, 2015 @ 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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“Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict,” a talk by Stephen Ferry

March 31, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102

Bard College's Human Rights Project, LAIS, Photography Departments Present: Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict, A Talk by Stephen Ferry 6:30 PM on March 31, 2015- Olin 102 Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict documents Colombia’s internal armed conflict with a focus on human rights and the struggle of Colombian civilians to resist the violence, often at great risk to their own lives. The project also looks at the history and current dynamics of the war in Colombia,…

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April 2015

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz: 47 Years of Documentation

April 7, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ottoway Film Center

The Human Rights Project, Film and Electronic Arts, and Middle Eastern Studies present 47 YEARS OF DOCUMENTATION A visual presentation by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz 5 PM, April 7th @ Avery The documentation of the city of Hebron over the past five decades serves as a case study for examining broader questions regarding documentation, history, and politics. From the newsreels of the late 1960s, through TV coverage from the 1970s and 1980s, all the way to ubiquitous YouTube clips in the last decade, the…

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An Evening with Sarah Wildman

April 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Weiss Theater

The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation, in partnership with Bard College's Human Rights Project, Jewish Studies Program, Hannah Arendt Center, Difference and Media Project, Center for Civic Engagement, and the Literature Program invite you to An Evening with Sarah Wildman reading, conversation, and book signing Sarah Wildman is the author of Paper Love, is a writer and commentator whose work has appeared in The Nation and The New Yorker online, among other places. She has received numerous grants and fellowships including…

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Omar Tesdell: Nature Reserves, Territory, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation

April 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Olin 304

Bard College's Human Rights Project, Middle Eastern Studies , EUS, History Departments Present: Omar Tesdell: Nature Reserves, Territory, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation TUESDAY, 14 April, 5-7pm. Olin 304. 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…

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Conference: Development without Freedom? Justice, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa

April 16, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 16th, 2015: Development without Freedom? Justice Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life Register Here: http://conta.cc/1H5U4td *A Bard van is being arranged for interested students. Seating is limited, to write now to hrp@bard.edu to reserve your spot* In April 2015 a conference organised by the Development Research Unit of New York University, with Bard College and the Rift Valley Institute, will address urgent ethical questions surrounding foreign aid in…

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“Aural contract: the voice before the law,” a talk by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

April 23, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Olin 102

Since 2010, Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Aural Contract has been dedicated to understanding the role of voice in law and the changing nature of testimony in the face of new regimes of border control, algorithmic technologies, medical sciences, and modes of surveillance. He argues that we now live in an era when the voice itself becomes like a kind of stethoscope, an instrument that allows the “long ear of the law” to probe deeper into the body of its subjects. Abu…

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