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November 13, 2017

‘Return to Authoritarianism in the Balkans?’ Panel Discussion

Though the Western Balkans are making progress to membership in the European Union, politics in the region diverge from the script laid out in Brussels. International watchdogs and local civil society raise concern about democratic backsliding. The rule of law is shallow, the media fall under political control and parliamentary opposition fails to hold power-holders accountable. The 1990s crop of nationalist leaders has been replaced by a new generation who talk the talk of Europeanization and democracy, but rarely walk…

Start: November 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Joshua Chung, ‘Beyond Synergy: Unlearning Our Masculine, Corporate Assumptions of Leadership’

Asian Americans are never told that they have the capacity to be a leader. We are told what a leader is by capitalism, white supremacy and masculinity. In this lecture, Chung will attempt to introduce a new perspective of leadership, one especially relevant to Asian Americans, by talking about his experiences as a leader at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will back up his strategies and perspectives with Taoist and Anarchist philosophies. This event is part…

Start: November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
End: November 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Bingham Hall, Room 103
Address:
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States

November 15, 2017

Michal Kopeček, ‘The Politics of History in East Central Europe after 1989: From Liberal Consensus to Memory Wars’

The politics of history has been one of the constitutive elements of the new democracies in east central Europe after 1989. ‘Coming to terms with the communist past’ was especially important as a means of securing the legitimacy of new democratic regimes. The communist past increasingly became a field of political struggle with distinct variants of politics of memory being used as expedient political tools. The most visible of these was the anti-communist memory politics symbolized by newly created, powerful…

Start: November 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Heonik Kwon, ‘Theorizing the Post-Colonial Cold War’

The understanding of the Cold War has long focused on the experience of communities along the transatlantic horizon and on superpower interaction over this horizon. However, interests in the place of decolonizing societies in Cold War international politics have steadily been growing in recent years. As a result, diverging images of the Cold War exist today in different area studies, notably between the European studies and the Asian studies. The idea of the Cold War as an “imaginary war” or…

Start: November 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2008/2010
Phone: (919) 962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

November 16, 2017

Ian Baird, ‘The Hmong and the Communist Party of Thailand: A Transnational, Transcultural and Gender Relations-Transforming Experience’

In the 1960s, a large proportion of the Hmong people living in the mountains of northern Thailand joined the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) due to various injustices and abuses. The Hmong became an important group within the CPT. However, by the early 1980s most Hmong and non-Hmong in the CPT had given up and taken advantage of the amnesty offered by the government in 1980 and 1982. Here Baird generally explains the history of Hmong involvement with the CPT,…

Start: November 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
End: November 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2008/2010
Phone: (919) 962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Clémentine Vidal-Naquet, ‘From the Front: Private Lives and Personal Letters in World War I’

The First World War created massive divisions in the lives of families. In France, at least 5 million couples experienced separation during the four years of war. Most of these couples pursued their private lives by exchanging letters. The amount of conjugal correspondence written between 1914 and 1918 provides historians with an unprecedented quantity of sources, enabling the analysis of feelings expressed by couples about separation, at once a widely shared and eminently private experience. In a joint presentation in English,…

Start: November 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
End: November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Arjun Subramaniam, ‘War and Conflict in Contemporary India Through the Lens of India’s Wars: A Military History 1947-1971’

Arjun Subramaniam, visiting fellow with the Harvard University Asia Center, will give a talk on Nov. 16 on a book he wrote to highlight the contribution of India’s military in preserving and protecting democracy in India and to give military history its rightful place within India’s contemporary historical discourse. The talk will cover myriad aspects of the various wars and conflicts that India has fought since independence from colonial rule and attempt to weave a mosaic that covers strategy, operations and tactics…

Start: November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
End: November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Venue: Hamilton Hall, Room 569
Address:
102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Jill Massino, ‘My Brother’s Keeper: Romanians and the Vietnam War’

This paper contributes to recent scholarship on Eastern Europe and the Global South by exploring Romania’s engagement with the Vietnam War. In Romania, the Vietnam War served as a platform for critiquing American imperialism and showcasing socialist solidarity, with the press graphically depicting American barbarity against Vietnamese civilians and glorifying the Vietnamese People’s Army as heroic fighters for freedom. These articles were intended to foster solidarity with the Vietnamese people in their struggle for national liberation and to highlight the…

Start: November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
End: November 16, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

November 17, 2017

Stephanie Hutchison, ‘Two Continents, Four Regional Bureaus and a Touch of the EU in the Foreign Service’

Stephanie Hutchison served as the deputy economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat until August 2017.  In summer 2018, she will take up her duties as the economic unit chief at the Embassy Lisbon in Portugal.  Prior to these assignments, Hutchison was responsible for U.S.-Turkish economic relations in the Office of Southern European Affairs at the State Department. She has also served in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in…

Start: November 17, 2017 @ 12:15 pm
End: November 17, 2017 @ 1:45 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Miguel Fraga, ‘US-Cuba Relations’

Miguel Fraga is the first secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., since diplomatic relations were re-established between Cuba and the United States. Fraga was appointed First Secretary in June 2015 to the then Cuban Interests Section. From 2008 to 2011, he served at the Cuban Embassy in Canada. Since 2006 he has worked in the Ministry of Foreign affairs in both the North American and U.S. divisions and the office of the Minister. From 2003 to 2008, Fraga…

Start: November 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
End: November 17, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Venue: FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Phone: +1.919.962.2435
Address:
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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