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Monday November 11
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States
Over the last quarter century, a nationalized and increasingly conservative Republican Party made unprecedented gains at the state level, winning control of 24 new state governments. Liberals and conservatives alike anticipated far-reaching consequences, but what has the Republican revolution in the states achieved? Matthew Grossman ’01, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, argues that contrary to liberals' fears, conservative state governments, although effective at staying in power, have largely failed to enact policies that advance conservative goals or reverse prior liberal gains and, where they have had policy victories, the consequences on the ground have been surprisingly limited.
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Monday November 11
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Israeli Society at a Crossroads
Do current trends in Israeli society have the potential to bring about a new Israeli order? Could the growing divisions among secular, national-religious, ultra-Orthodox, and Arab communities be the harbinger of significant social and economic changes? How would such changes change the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state? Award-winning journalist Tal Schneider has covered Israeli politics and society for almost two decades and will bring her keen insight to examine Israeli society at this transitional moment and to discuss the prospects for Israeli’s future.
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Tuesday November 12
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Unflattening Thinking in Comics
Nick Sousanis, Eisner-winning comics author and assistant professor in Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, will discuss his experiences writing and drawing his doctoral dissertation entirely in comic form. Published by Harvard University Press as "Unflattening," the work argues for the importance of visual thinking for teaching and learning and challenges the forms of learning traditionally found in academic settings. Drawing on extensive visual examples from his own work as well as other comics authors, Sousanis will call attention to the dominance of the written word, encouraging instead an interconnected production of knowledge created from both verbal and visual forms.
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Wednesday November 13
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
France: How Can One Be Black in a Country Where Race Does Not Exist?
In France, race does not exist. French people are raised believing that there is only one race: the human race. Despite this belief, racial disparities operate at every level of French society, which creates a major contradiction. Rokhaya Diallo, an award-winning French journalist, will discuss how millions of Black French citizens reconcile their existence with the non-acknowledgment of their experience.
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Wednesday November 13
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Trillion Dollar Coach: Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley
Renowned as the ultimate coach, the legendary Bill Campbell mentored some of the best and brightest tech entrepreneurs, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In honor of Bill Campbell, Jonathan Rosenberg ’83 P’14, along with co-authors Eric Schmidt and Alan Eagle, wrote "Trillion Dollar Coach"--simultaneously a #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today Bestseller--which highlights some of Campbell’s most valuable lessons in forward-thinking business and management and gives a unique glimpse into the fast-paced environment of Silicon Valley.
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Thursday November 14
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How the United States and China Fail the Global Environmental Governance System
In the fifty years of the global environmental governance system, UN member states have negotiated and implemented dozens of multilateral environmental agreements (MEA’s) to address critical planetary challenges, from climate change to transportation of hazardous substances to species extinction. Yet, many of these agreements fail to halt the underlying crisis they seek to address. Using case studies, Robert Dry, adjunct professor of international relations at New York University and William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow at CMC this fall, will demonstrate American and Chinese recalcitrance in meeting obligations in this global system.
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Monday November 18
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
"Be Water": Hong Kong's protests and Beijing's response
It is as if the two big weather systems that animate global politics have clashed over Hong Kong, posits James Kynge, global China editor at the Financial Times. The confrontation between aspirations for greater democracy in Hong Kong and Beijing's authoritarian response is generating fundamental questions: Can Beijing permit greater freedoms in Hong Kong or is a crackdown by security forces inevitable? If China toughens its response, what could that mean for Beijing's relationship with the west and its attempts to woo Taiwan?
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Tuesday November 19
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Levant Express: The Arab Uprisings, Human Rights and the Future of the Middle East
Many were filled with hopes during the Arab uprisings, but now look upon the region with despair. Against the current, Micheline Ishay, Distinguished Professor of International Studies and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, reveals the potential of subterranean human rights forces and charts realistic and progressive pathways for a region beset by political repression, economic distress, sectarian conflict, a refugee crisis, and violence against women.
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Wednesday November 20
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Why Early Modern History Matters: Tracking the Terminology of "Difference" in Past Lives and Present Perspectives
In a world dominated by escalating environmental, social, and political crises, Heather Ferguson, associate professor of history at CMC, believes that the discipline of history serves as a mechanism that introduces a “pause” in potentially volatile debates. Studying the past requires caution, an awareness of difference across geographies, experiential frames, and chronologies, and the time to construct an argument based on contextual analysis. She will illustrate how studying an early modern empire, shaped by the Ottoman dynasty and lasting for almost 600 years, yields new frameworks for analyzing how categories of difference are meticulously constructed through a convergence of institutional structures and everyday practice which, centuries later, help us "see" the definitions that shape our own contemporary experiences.
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Thursday November 21
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Other Rama: Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Parashurama
Brian Collins, Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy at Ohio University, will discuss the reception history of the myth cycle of Parashurama, or "Rama with the Axe," an incarnation of the Hindu high god Vishnu best known for decapitating his mother and killing twenty-one generations of warriors to avenge his father's death.
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