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February 2021

Virtual: ‘Improving Quality of Care in Humanitarian Healthcare: Experiences from Doctors Without Borders’

February 4 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Save the date for a lecture with Anna Freeman, a Gillings Master of Public Health (MPH) alumna in maternal and child health. On February 4, at 12:00 p.m., Freeman will discuss her experiences as a nurse and quality improvement specialist with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.   Freeman began working in humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008, and has since worked in nine other countries, including Haiti, Iraqi Kurdistan, Guinea, and South Sudan. A…

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Virtual: ‘Empire’s Workshop’ with Author Greg Grandin

February 10 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Institute for the Study of the Americas will host a talk by Greg Grandin as part of the George and Ann Platt Distinguished Lecture series. Grandin is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University and Pulitzer Prize winning author. He is also the recipient of the National Book Award and the National Critics Circle Award. This talk will be centered on one of his books, Empire's Workshop. Register for the lecture.

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Virtual: ‘Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go’: Reading with Author Laura Wagner

February 11 at 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Hold Tight, Don't Let Go follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Join the Institute for the Study of the Americas for a webinar with author Laura Rose Wagner, who will provide reflections on writing the book and read selected excerpts from the YA novel, which is best suited for grades 9 and up. A Q&A session with the author will follow. This event is generously funded with…

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Virtual: ‘Posing Modernity: A Retrospective View’ with Denise Murrell

February 19 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join the Ackland Art Museum for a virtual conversation with Denise Murrell '76 about her exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, which was on view at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, in 2018 and 2019. Murrell was recently appointed Associate Curator, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This Zoom webinar is free and open to the public. Register for the webinar. Following…

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Virtual: ‘The Doctors and the Black Death: Reconsidering Expertise in an Age of Pandemic’

February 23 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join UNC University Libraries for a lecture with Brett Whalen, associate professor in the history department at the UNC - Chapel Hill. On February 23, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Whalen will speak on the black death and how this expertise can be reconsidered in the age of a pandemic.  In the popular imagination, backward and ignorant “medieval people” possessed no means of understanding the Black Death, the fourteenth-century outbreak of bubonic plague that ravaged Europe among other parts of the…

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Virtual: 27th Annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies with Catherine Woollard

February 25 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Catherine Woollard, director of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, will deliver the 27th annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies on Thurs., Feb. 25 at noon via Zoom. The lecture titled, “Protection vs. Externalization: The Politics and Law of Asylum in Europe 2015-2020” is free and open to the public. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. “Europe is the epicenter of the crisis of refugee human rights and inclusion of recent years. Coordinating…

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March 2021

Virtual: Scholar Speaker Series: Werewolves & Other Bêtes Noires

March 1 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Institute for the Study of the Americas for a talk presented by Robin Derby, Associate Professor of History, UCLA. Derby’s area of research includes the French and Spanish Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Her work has focused on life under regimes of state terror, the social history of the Haitian and Dominican borderlands, and how notions of race, national identity and witchcraft have been articulated in popular media. Register for the lecture.

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May 2021

Virtual: Off the Shelf Author Talk with Finis Dunaway

May 27 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Finis Dunaway discusses his book Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice on May 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Dunaway is a professor in the history department at Trent University. Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Alaska is one of the most contested landscapes in all of North America: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Considered sacred by Indigenous peoples in Alaska and Canada and treasured by environmentalists, the refuge provides life-sustaining…

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