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October 2020

Virtual: ‘Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience: A Workshop on the Intersection of Medical Advocacy and Medical Ethics’

October 26 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As biomedicine globalizes, questions of international medical ethics become increasingly apparent. The People’s Republic of China is the country with the steepest increase in the number of transplants in the past 20 years. As of today, it claims to perform at least the second-highest number of annual transplants. The number of human organs available for medical transplantation has been augmented by the practice of forcibly harvesting organs without free, voluntary consent from people incarcerated in their prison system, principally political…

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Virtual: Congress and the Making of US Policy on Latin American Policy

October 26 at 6:00 pm

Speaker: Geoff Thale Geoff Thale is president of the Washington Office on Latin America, (WOLA), whose 27 person staff conduct research and advocacy to advance human rights and social justice in the Americas. He leads the organization and supports its program, communications, fundraising and administrative staff. Thale follows Latin America human rights issues, and U.S.-Latin American relations, and works with staff on advocacy strategy. A long time activist, Thale joined WOLA in the mid-1990s, started its Cuba program, and supported…

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Virtual: Sir Christopher Meyer, ‘Dear Boris: What If Trump Doesn’t Accept Defeat?’

October 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This event is organized by Ted Leinbaugh, professor in the UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature. For most updated event details and to register, visit the registration page. Please join Sir Christopher Meyer, British ambassador to the United States (1997–2003), ambassador to Germany (1997), chairman of the Press Complaints Commission (2003–2009) — in conversation with UNC-Chapel Hill professor Ted Leinbaugh, Carolina students, and the wider community: How should the UK Prime Minister handle the US election? See Sir Meyer’s…

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November 2020

“Artful endowments: The Portraits and Architecture of Begum Samru as Global Gifts in late Mughal India”

November 12 at 6:30 pm

A portrait for King Louis Philippe, drawings of her church for the Pope, two gold coins for a Mughal prince. These were some of the gifts that Begum Samru gave during her lifetime. A relic of the true cross from the Pope, a robe of honor from the Mughal emperor, a young elephant from an indebted English officer. These were some of the gifts that the Begum Samru received during her lifetime. Begum Samru (b. circa 1750-d. 1836) was a…

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Virtual: Nineteenth Century Science Goes Global Seminar

November 13 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Zoom URL for each NCGS seminar will be communicated two weeks before the event via the NCGS list serve.

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Virtual: Challenging Conversations: Post-Colonialism, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust: The Achille Mbembe Case in Germany

November 20 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Zoom URL for each NCGS seminar will be communicated two weeks before the event via the NCGS list serve. If you are not on this list serve please contact the NCGS  organizers Max H. Lazar, ( and Michael Skalski, ( and ask them to be added this list serve or request the URL for the specific event. This spring has witnessed heated debate in Germany about the campaign to disinvite Achille Mbembe, the South African-based Cameroonian theorist, as the keynote speaker at…

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December 2020

Virtual: The Sociology of Empire: German and Habsburg Theories of Multinational Statehood, 1848-1914 Seminar

December 4 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Over the past twenty years, historians have dramatically reevaluated the Habsburg Monarchy. Whereas scholars once characterized the Monarchy as a “prison of nations,” they now emphasize the effectiveness of its institutions and its subjects’ loyalty to the dynasty and indifference to nationalist propaganda. And yet, despite its stability and “modernity,” Habsburg Austria came to be categorized in the decades before World War I as an “empire,” an archaic polity fundamentally different from Western European “nation-states.” This lecture will examine how…

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