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April 2020

CANCELED: Hannah Bardell, ‘Scottish Independence: What For?’

April 8 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Hannah Bardell is Scottish National Party member of parliament and is the SNP spokesperson on international engagement. She worked in television and corporate communications before she was elected to represent Livingston in 2015. Bardell is one of the ten out LGBTQ SNP MPs in Westminster and is part of the 52 strong LGBTQ cross party House of Commons caucus. This event is moderated by Graeme Robertson, UNC professor of political science. Please visit these guidelines for information on weeknight parking on campus.

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VIRTUAL: Krasno Global Events Series: ‘Global Nightmare: The Impact of the Corona Crisis on the U.S., China, and Europe

April 9 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Krasno Global Event Series, in cooperation with SupChina, will organize this event via Zoom. The Zoom event link is: https://zoom.us/j/719046964 The Krasno Event Series will host a talk and discussion entitled "Global Nightmare: The Impact of the Corona Crisis on the U.S., China and Europe" with Admiral Dennis C. Blair, former director of national intelligence, Obama White House; and former commander of the U.S. forces in the Pacific. The talk will be moderated by Klaus Larres, the Richard M.…

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VIRTUAL: Monkia Gosin, ‘Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami’

April 9 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History will host Monika Gosin for its 2020 Author's Discussion Series. She will be talking about her book The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles for Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami. The event is free and open to the public. Book Description: The Racial Politics of Division deconstructs antagonistic discourses that circulated in local Miami media between African Americans, "white" Cubans, and "black" Cubans during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the 1994 Balsero Crisis.…

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POSTPONED: Annie Griffiths, ‘Help a Woman, Help the Planet’

April 14 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Note: This has been postponed until Fall 2020. National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present a lecture, 'Help a Woman, Help the Planet', followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. A…

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CANCELED: Christopher Browning, ‘Ordinary Men Revisited: The Evolution of Holocaust Perpetrator Studies’

April 16 at 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Uhlman Family Distinguished Scholar Program for 2020 will feature Christopher Browning, Frank Porter Graham professor emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, and will feature historical perspectives from a leading global expert on Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and the demise of democracy in Europe during the 1930s. The program begins Thursday, April 16, with a public talk focusing on responses to Browning’s classic book, Ordinary Men, and his recent work on Holocaust perpetrators. His presentation on Friday, April 17, will examine similarities…

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CANCELED: 2020 Diaspora Lecture

April 16 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joe W. Trotter, Jr. will deliver the 2020 Diaspora Lecture and discuss his latest publication Workers on Arrival: Black Labor and the Making of America. From the ongoing issues of poverty, health, housing and employment to the recent upsurge of lethal police-community relations, the Black working class stands at the center of perceptions of social and racial conflict today. Journalists and public policy analysts often discuss the Black poor as “consumers” rather than “producers,” as “takers” rather than “givers,” and…

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CANCELED: Christopher Browning, ‘Two Crises of Democracy: The Interwar Period and the Present’

April 17 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hyde Hall, 176 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

The Uhlman Family Distinguished Scholar Program for 2020 will feature Christopher Browning, Frank Porter Graham professor emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, and will feature historical perspectives from a leading global expert on Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and the demise of democracy in Europe during the 1930s. The program begins Thursday, April 16, with a public talk focusing on responses to Browning’s classic book, Ordinary Men, and his recent work on Holocaust perpetrators. His presentation on Friday, April 17, will examine similarities…

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CANCELED: Carol Fink, ‘West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and the Cold War’

April 17 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 569, 102 Emerson Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Note: This event has been canceled. It will be included in the 2020-2021 NCGS program. As part of the the North Carolina German Studies Workshop and Seminar Series, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies will host a seminar by Carole Fink. By the late 1960s, West Germany and Israel were moving in almost opposite diplomatic directions in a political environment dominated by…

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Samuel Silverstein, ‘Krishnamurti Effects: The Legacy of a Brilliant Teacher in Banaras, India ‘

April 28 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

J. Krishnamurti was a speaker and writer who traveled the world advocating for deep inquiry into the basic functions of consciousness and society. He sought to help people set themselves free from the habits and judgments of human cultures. Responsible for the founding of nine schools, he pioneered a platform by which education could be driven by inspiration and curiosity. While studying abroad in Banaras, Samuel Silverstein interviewed and surveyed seekers and educators to learn how people have lived by…

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Jaafar Aksikas, ‘Beyond Al Jazeera and the “Arab Spring”: Media, Politics and the Struggle over Modernity in the Arab World Today’

April 28 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hyde Hall, University Room, 176 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

Recent accounts of Arab media, both in the Arab world and in the West, tend to focus on Al Jazeera or on social media during and after the “Arab Spring” of 2011. Jaafar Aksikas considers how other newly popular forms of media, such as reality TV, use the ideals of modernity – such as citizenship, democracy, freedom and equality – to present corporate culture as a champion for globalization and modernization and as an ally for younger audiences especially. Holding…

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