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November 2022

Putin’s Mythology: Quasi-Religious Motivations Behind the Russian War in Ukraine

November 3 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On March 6, 2022, only several days after Russia waged its war against Ukraine, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill stated that this war “has not a physical, but metaphysical meaning.” Indeed, Putin’s metaphysical ideas about the world and history seem to be a more important driving force for his aggression than his brutality or greed. He demonstrates all the symptoms of being under the spell of ideocracy, i.e., a state of mind when ideas possess a person…

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South East African Languages and Literature Forum Fall Conference

November 4 at 9:30 am - November 5 at 5:00 pm

The South East African Languages and Literature Forum (SEALLF) will take place on November 4 and 5, 2022. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Esther Mukewa Lisanza, an Assistant Professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. She is the current president of the Southeast African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF). Detailed program information and registration can be found here. Register for the conference. The conference will take place in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, the FedEx Global…

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Transatlantic Trends 2022

November 4 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This virtual event is part of the TransAtlantic Masters Program Fall Friday Lecture Series. Register for the event. Brandon Bohrn joined the Bertelsmann Foundation in January 2020 as Manager of Transatlantic Relations. Specifically, he manages the German-American relations project. Before joining Bertelsmann, Brandon served as an intern with the U.S. Embassy Berlin, U.S. Consulate Düsseldorf, and U.S. Senate. He also participated in the Fulbright program as an English teaching assistant in Wanne-Eickel, Germany. Brandon completed the TransAtlantic Masters Program (TAM)…

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UNC Global Health Scholars Symposium

November 11 at 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Bioinformatics, Room 1131 Chapel Hill, 27516 United States + Google Map

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and the Gillings School of Global Public Health will collaborate to showcase scholars at the 1st Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium on Friday, Nov 11 from 8:30-11 am. This hybrid event will begin in Bioinformatics Room 1131 (Zoom links are noted in the schedule below). The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the Gillings School of Global Public Health (GSGPH) will hold the first annual research symposium featuring global…

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A Conversation with Vladimir Sorokin

November 11 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Russian Flagship Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites you to a conversation with Vladimir Sorokin. Preeminent among Russian authors today, Sorokin has crafted a parallel fictional universe where his native country’s traumas and nightmares are tricked into having an illusion of free rein—too free, some might say, since it is difficult to shake off an impression that Vladimir Putin’s Russia is doing its utmost to reenact some of the darkest of Sorokin’s visions. Sorokin…

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China After the National Congress: The Chinese Economy and New Political Developments

November 11 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Krasno Lecture Series for a Diplomatic Discussion with three experts on China. Xu Sitao, chief economist and partner of Deloitte China Kaiser Kuo of The China Project, co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of SupChina Sarah Kutulakos, executive director of Canada China Business Council Join on Zoom. The Diplomatic Discussions series through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Diplomacy Initiative brings top foreign affairs practitioners from the U.S. and around the world to Carolina to give public talks and classroom discussions on current global issues.

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Nixon and Kissinger’s Opening to China: A Good or Bad Idea with Hindsight

November 15 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Krasno Lecture Series will host a Diplomatic Discussion with Winston Lord in conversation with Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor in the history department. Lord previously served as U.S. Ambassador to China (1985-89), assistant secretary of state (1994-97) and special assistant to former National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger (1970-1973). The Diplomatic Discussions series through UNC-Chapel Hill's Diplomacy Initiative brings top foreign affairs practitioners from the U.S. and around the world to Carolina to give public talks and classroom discussions…

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Global Studies MA Information Session

November 17 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 3024, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Please join the Curriculum in Global Studies on November 17th from 4:00-5:00pm EST for an information session about the Global Studies MA program admissions for Fall 2023. You can join in-person in the FedEx Global Education Center Room 3024, or remotely through the Zoom registration below. Register here.

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NCGS Seminar: Till Knobloch

November 18 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Till Knobloch (PhD Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill, Dept. of History) will present on The ‘Manufactured Crisis.’ The Outbreak of World War II in Europe.Comment: Chad Bryant (Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Dept. of History)For the URL please contact the NCGS graduate assistants Kevin Hoeper or Madeline James and ask them to be added the NCGS list serve.For more information, please visit the NCGS website or see the attached flier.

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December 2022

Rioting for Representation: Local Ethnic Mobilization in Democratizing Countries

December 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Ethnic riots are a costly and all too common occurrence during political transitions in multi-ethnic settings.  Why do ethnic riots occur in certain parts of a country and not others? How does violence eventually decline? Drawing on rich case studies and quantitative evidence from Indonesia between 1990 and 2012, this book argues that patterns of ethnic rioting are not inevitably driven by inter-group animosity, weakness of state capacity, or local demographic composition.  Rather, local ethnic elites strategically use violence to…

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