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April 2018

Anne-Maria Makhulu, ‘Black Capitalists and the Politics of South African State Capture’

April 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This talk examines a form of corruption that is both systemic and defined by private sector influence over political decision-making. South Africa is not the only country in which the private sector holds such sway over state directives. What is particular to the South African context, however, is also what makes state capture there most especially insidious given rapacious financialization of the very conditions of life: from the monetization of basic utilities; to the efforts at municipal cost recovery for…

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Nadia Yaqub, ‘Bad Girls of the Arab World,’ Book Signing and Discussion

April 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join Nadia Yaqub of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a book talk on Bad Girls of the Arab World. This interdisciplinary collection of writings by and about Arab women is the first that focuses explicitly on Arab women’s often-fraught engagement with the boundaries that shape their lives in the twenty-first century. A light lunch will be served. For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of the Middle…

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Adia Benton, ‘Care, Compassion and Memory in the Ebola Museum’

April 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

What can practices to commemorate official epidemic responses tell us about the logics of response itself? Adia Benton compares two exhibits that describe efforts to respond to the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic: the Imperial War Museum’s Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS in London and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola: People + Public Health + Political Will in Atlanta. For the military museum, Ebola represents an instance of the ‘extreme’ and the extraordinary capacity of the armed forces…

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May 2018

Samedin Kadic, ‘The Politics of Rationalist Philosophy in Arab Andalus, and the Reception of Hayy ibn Yaqdhan in Britain’

May 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations for a presentation by Samedin Kadic, a visiting Fulbright scholar from the faculty of Islamic theology at the University of Sarajevo. Kadic will discuss "The Politics of Rationalist Philosophy in Arab Andalus, and the Reception of Hayy ibn Yaqdhan in Britain." In 1671 a bilingual text in Arabic and Latin was published at Oxford, entitled the Philosophus autodidactus. The translation was made by Edwarde Pococke under the supervision of…

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August 2018

Study Abroad Re-Entry Social

August 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

For students returning from Academic Year 2017-18, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 programs! Come socialize with other returning students and reconnect with your advisor!  There will be pizza, salad and drinks. Please RSVP at the link below, so the Study Abroad Office has an accurate count for our food order. Re-Entry Social online RSVP

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September 2018

African Studies Center Fall Reception

September 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the African Studies Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, for the Fall Reception on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. The African Studies Center will welcome newcomers, acknowledge the FLAS graduate students and celebrate the success of the Title VI NRC and FLAS grant proposal. Come out and bring a friend.

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Andrea Bohlman, ‘Recording Eastern Europe’

September 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

4In this presentation, Andrea Bohlman of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will share some sound objects – a flexidisc, a map, a transcription, among others – to open a conversation about the role that sound and listening have had in creating knowledge about and imagining Eastern Europe. Bohlman is an assistant professor in the Department of Music. She is a historical musicologist whose research is centered on political stakes of music making…

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October 2018

Dariusz Brzostek, ‘Collecting Vinyl Records Behind the Iron Curtain: Piracy, Technology and Social Network’

October 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The collecting of vinyl records and music tapes in communist Poland was prohibitively expensive, not to mention that official releases of recordings by Western artists hardly existed in the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, informal social networks of listeners and collectors emerged in the spheres of economic collaboration (purchasing of expensive original releases), recording practices (coming together to copy music from original sources with high quality audiophile gear), distribution (sharing records and tapes) and social status (people who could…

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Persian Calligraphy Workshop with Majid Roohafza

October 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Participate in a Persian calligraphy workshop on Friday, October 5, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora. Persian calligraphy is a rich blend of Persian arts, poetry and history, and is an important aspect of Persian culture. In this interactive workshop, calligrapher Majid Roohafza will discuss different styles of calligraphy and their importance in Persian culture. Attendees will then have the chance to practice Persian calligraphy. Some experience with the Persian language…

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Sharon Stevelink, ‘The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan’

October 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Sharon Stevelink will give the lecture, 'The Impact of War: An Update on the Mental Health of UK Armed Forces Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan,' from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 15 in Room 4003 at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Stevelink is a lecturer in epidemiology at King’s Centre for Military Health Research and the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. Stevelink is currently involved with…

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Samba Camara, ‘Islam and the Musical Expression of Faith in Contemporary Senegal’

October 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Samba Camara is a teaching assistant professor at the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies and serves as the coordinator of the African Language Program at the African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Arts, with concentration in African literature and performance. Camara’s teaching and research interests follow an interdisciplinary path, cutting across literature, film and performance studies. He is currently working on two book projects. One…

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November 2018

Aretha Phiri, ‘Machineries of Blackness, Technologies of Race: Reading Identity and Subjectivity in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah’

November 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In a comparative reading of Song of Solomon (1977) and Americanah (2013), this paper offers a fresh analysis of Morrison’s views on blackness through Adichie’s Afrodiasporic lens. Exploring the ways in which Americanah speaks (back) to Song of Solomon’s representation of black cultural ontologies through (gendered) technological innovations, the paper seeks to complicate blackness in Morrison’s work in order to enlarge understandings of, and extend discussions around, the global character and influence of her canonical oeuvre within a broader, contemporary project of black cosmopolitanism. With a doctorate…

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Simon Miles, ‘On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955–1991’

November 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Throughout the Cold War, policy-makers in the United States and its allies crafted strategy with one principal audience in mind: the Warsaw Pact, particularly the Soviet Union. This new book project by Simon Miles tests whether the strategic concepts that guided U.S. and NATO policy actually operated on their targets east of the Iron Curtain in the way that practitioners and scholars claimed. Taking an international archival approach, it rejects the trope of Moscow as puppet-master and treats the Warsaw…

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2018 UNC Global Passport Drive

November 7, 2018 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Take advantage of an easy on-campus opportunity to apply for or renew your U.S. passport at the FedEx Global Education Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. These sessions will be on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus both days to accept passport applications and renewal applications (forms available at the event). Students, faculty, staff and their families…

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2018 UNC Global Passport Drive

November 7, 2018 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Take advantage of an easy on-campus opportunity to apply for or renew your U.S. passport at the FedEx Global Education Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Thursday, Nov. 8, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. These sessions will be on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus both days to accept passport applications and renewal applications (forms available at the event). Students, faculty, staff and their families…

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Diane Orentlicher and David Tolbert, ‘Does International Justice Have an Impact? The Legacies of Criminal Tribunals’

November 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies (CSEEES) for a panel discussion of how criminal tribunals have influenced domestic political developments, victims' experience of justice and acknowledgement of wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Cambodia and other former conflict zones. Building on their professional past with criminal tribunals, Diane Orentlicher and David Tolbert will also discuss the broader implications of international justice for the ongoing civil war in Syria. Robert Jenkins, of the political science department…

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Kyrah Malika Daniels, ‘Fragments of Glass, Flashes of Spirit: Mirror Divination and Ritual Arts in Southwestern Congolese Religion’

November 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Kyrah Malika Daniels is an assistant professor of art history and African & African Diaspora Studies at Boston College. Her research interests and course topics include Africana religions, sacred arts and material culture, race, religion and visual culture, and ritual healing traditions in the black Atlantic. Her first book manuscript (When the Spirit is Ill, in progress) is a comparative religion project that examines key ritual art objects used in healing ceremonies to treat spiritual illnesses and mental health conditions…

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Mikhail Krutikov, ‘Der Nister on Architecture and Revolution’

November 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Mikhail Krutikov is Preston R. Tisch professor of Slavic and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914 (Stanford University Press, 2001) and From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener (Stanford University Press, 2011). His new book, Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People, is forthcoming with Indiana University Press. Since 1999 he has served as…

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January 2019

Dr. Shannon Hader, Vice Provost for Global Affairs Candidate Open Forum

January 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Vice Provost for Global Affairs search committee is pleased to announce details for the open forums with the final candidates. These forums are designed to give the campus community an opportunity to hear from candidates about their experience and their ideas for enhancing UNC-Chapel Hill, and an opportunity for you to provide feedback. Topic of the forum: As you pursued your international career in the 1990s and 2000s, what were the most distinctive aspirations and challenges of those times…

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Spouses and Partners Group

January 11, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

UNC Spouses and Partners Group is an organization open to spouses and partners of all international students, scholars, postdocs, visiting fellows, and other affiliates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Being abroad can be difficult and isolating, but it does not have to be that way! The Spouses and Partners Group is here to help members make friends, meet people from around the world, pursue interesting activities, explore Chapel Hill, and develop a sense of belonging to…

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Spouses and Partners Group

January 11, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

UNC Spouses and Partners Group is an organization open to spouses and partners of all international students, scholars, postdocs, visiting fellows, and other affiliates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Being abroad can be difficult and isolating, but it does not have to be that way! The Spouses and Partners Group is here to help members make friends, meet people from around the world, pursue interesting activities, explore Chapel Hill, and develop a sense of belonging to…

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Simon Miles, ‘On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955–1991’

January 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Throughout the Cold War, policy-makers in the United States and its allies crafted strategy with one principal audience in mind: the Warsaw Pact, particularly the Soviet Union. This new book project by Dr. Simon Miles tests whether the strategic concepts that guided US and NATO policy actually operated on their targets east of the Iron Curtain in the way that practitioners and scholars claimed. Taking an international archival approach, it rejects the trope of Moscow as puppet-master and treats the…

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Simon Miles, ‘On Guard for Peace and Socialism: The Warsaw Pact, 1955–1991’

January 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Throughout the Cold War, policy-makers in the United States and its allies crafted strategy with one principal audience in mind: the Warsaw Pact, particularly the Soviet Union. This new book project by Dr. Simon Miles tests whether the strategic concepts that guided US and NATO policy actually operated on their targets east of the Iron Curtain in the way that practitioners and scholars claimed. Taking an international archival approach, it rejects the trope of Moscow as puppet-master and treats the…

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Study Abroad Re-Entry Social

January 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This event is for students returning from calendar year 2018 and fall 2018 programs! Please RSVP online so we have an accurate count for food. You’re welcome to drop in/out at any time.

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Study Abroad Re-Entry Social

January 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This event is for students returning from calendar year 2018 and fall 2018 programs! Please RSVP online so we have an accurate count for food. You’re welcome to drop in/out at any time.

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Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, Vice Provost for Global Affairs Candidate Open Forum

January 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Vice Provost for Global Affairs search committee is pleased to announce details for the open forums with the final candidates. These forums are designed to give the campus community an opportunity to hear from candidates about their experience and their ideas for enhancing UNC-Chapel Hill, and an opportunity for you to provide feedback. Topic of the forum: As you pursued your international career in the 1990s and 2000s, what were the most distinctive aspirations and challenges of those times…

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Spouses and Partners Group

January 18, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

UNC Spouses and Partners Group is an organization open to spouses and partners of all international students, scholars, postdocs, visiting fellows, and other affiliates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Being abroad can be difficult and isolating, but it does not have to be that way! The Spouses and Partners Group is here to help members make friends, meet people from around the world, pursue interesting activities, explore Chapel Hill, and develop a sense of belonging to…

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Spouses and Partners Group

January 18, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

UNC Spouses and Partners Group is an organization open to spouses and partners of all international students, scholars, postdocs, visiting fellows, and other affiliates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Being abroad can be difficult and isolating, but it does not have to be that way! The Spouses and Partners Group is here to help members make friends, meet people from around the world, pursue interesting activities, explore Chapel Hill, and develop a sense of belonging to…

Find out more »

Carolina Seminar: ‘“Actually-Existing” Integration: Dąbrowa Górnicza and the Construction of Huta Katowice, 1971-1979’

January 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

More than any other Soviet-Polish investment project of the 1970s, the giant steel mill Huta Katowice was an attempt to transform international socialist economic development and bind the ‘fraternal nations’ together. At the forested outskirts of Dąbrowa Górnicza, a city in the same historic industrial region at the edge of Silesia where reform-oriented Polish leader Edward Gierek had been born, Huta Katowice was to revolutionize Poland’s export potential both inside the socialist camp and on the global market. Combining a…

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Carolina Seminar: ‘“Actually-Existing” Integration: Dąbrowa Górnicza and the Construction of Huta Katowice, 1971-1979’

January 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

More than any other Soviet-Polish investment project of the 1970s, the giant steel mill Huta Katowice was an attempt to transform international socialist economic development and bind the ‘fraternal nations’ together. At the forested outskirts of Dąbrowa Górnicza, a city in the same historic industrial region at the edge of Silesia where reform-oriented Polish leader Edward Gierek had been born, Huta Katowice was to revolutionize Poland’s export potential both inside the socialist camp and on the global market. Combining a…

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Xiaolin Duan, ‘Fashioning the Pacific Trade: Silk Production and Consumption in China and New Spain’

January 29, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

From 1573, silk textiles from China traveled not only to Europe but also eastward to New Spain via the Manila Galleons. This foreign trade was dependent on and fueled the development of sericulture and silk manufacturing. The extensive wearing of silk textiles astonished and was criticized by both Chinese scholars and Spanish elites as a violation of the sumptuary law. Soon the Spanish crown attempted, and eventually failed, to restrict the arrival of Manila galleons as a way to protect the…

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Xiaolin Duan, ‘Fashioning the Pacific Trade: Silk Production and Consumption in China and New Spain’

January 29, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

From 1573, silk textiles from China traveled not only to Europe but also eastward to New Spain via the Manila Galleons. This foreign trade was dependent on and fueled the development of sericulture and silk manufacturing. The extensive wearing of silk textiles astonished and was criticized by both Chinese scholars and Spanish elites as a violation of the sumptuary law. Soon the Spanish crown attempted, and eventually failed, to restrict the arrival of Manila galleons as a way to protect the…

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February 2019

James Peacock REACH Fellowship Info Session

February 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Center of Global Initiatives staff members will be hosting an information session about the James Peacock REACH Fellowship. We will award two funded fellowships in 2019, one summer fellowship and one academic year fellowship. Both fellowships seek to provide a robust, funded professionalization opportunity for PhD students who are interested in diversifying their graduate portfolio by exploring alternative academic (alt-ac) careers. For more information about the fellowship, deadline Feb. 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm, contact Iyman Ahmed at iyman@unc.edu. Please note that…

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James Peacock REACH Fellowship Info Session

February 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Center of Global Initiatives staff members will be hosting an information session about the James Peacock REACH Fellowship. We will award two funded fellowships in 2019, one summer fellowship and one academic year fellowship. Both fellowships seek to provide a robust, funded professionalization opportunity for PhD students who are interested in diversifying their graduate portfolio by exploring alternative academic (alt-ac) careers. For more information about the fellowship, deadline Feb. 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm, contact Iyman Ahmed at iyman@unc.edu. Please note that…

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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Info Session

February 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Center for Global Initiatives to learn more details about the Fulbright-Hays DDRA deadlines, application process and the peer-review workshop. This award is designed to fund dissertation research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six- to 12-months. All doctoral candidates planning to apply are strongly encouraged to attend this session.

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Dakota Irvin, ‘Regionalism, Local Government and the First Months of White Rule in Ekaterinburg, August-November 1918’

February 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Dakota Irvin will discuss a chapter of his dissertation, which looks at the febrile experience of state building on the local level during the Russian Civil War. The lecture examines attempts by anti-Bolshevik forces (Whites) in Ekaterinburg to reconstruct a functioning system of local government after eight months of Bolshevik rule and the “dictatorship of the proletariat.” Specifically, it focuses on the efforts by liberal Lev Krol’, who founded the Regional Provisional Government of the Urals, dedicated to establishing a…

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March 2019

Štefan Rehák, ‘Universities as Elevators: Education and Migration of Human Capital in Slovakia’

March 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Since 1990 there has been a sharp rise in the Slovak higher education sector. The number of students has increased fourfold, the number of universities has doubled and new universities have been established in smaller towns. Despite this trend, Slovakia still faces emigration of the university-educated population. This has negative implications for the country’s future economic development. This talk will address the key drivers of today’s “brain drain” in the region, while analyzing the impact of individual characteristics, family background…

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Graduate Student Panel Discussion, ‘Who Is European? Analyzing European Identity in Subnational Contexts’

March 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

What does it mean to be ‘European?’ In light of the 2016 Brexit referendum, the 2017 referendum for an independent Catalonia and other popular demands for changes in governance structures, it has become clear that European identity (as a part of self, as an instrument for gaining the benefits of EU citizenship and as a means of unifying a continent following World War II) is a concept with different meanings for different groups of Europeans. In this first Center for…

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Graduate Student Panel Discussion, ‘Who Is European? Analyzing European Identity in Subnational Contexts’

March 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

What does it mean to be ‘European?’ In light of the 2016 Brexit referendum, the 2017 referendum for an independent Catalonia and other popular demands for changes in governance structures, it has become clear that European identity (as a part of self, as an instrument for gaining the benefits of EU citizenship and as a means of unifying a continent following World War II) is a concept with different meanings for different groups of Europeans. In this first Center for…

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Graduate Student Panel Discussion, ‘Who Is European? Analyzing European Identity in Subnational Contexts’

March 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

What does it mean to be ‘European?’ In light of the 2016 Brexit referendum, the 2017 referendum for an independent Catalonia and other popular demands for changes in governance structures, it has become clear that European identity (as a part of self, as an instrument for gaining the benefits of EU citizenship and as a means of unifying a continent following World War II) is a concept with different meanings for different groups of Europeans. In this first Center for…

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‘Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?’ Panel Discussion

March 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by president Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Lisel Hintz, Nora Fisher Onar, Dimitar Bechev and Erdağ Göknar, ‘Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?’

March 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Lisel Hintz, Nora Fisher Onar, Dimitar Bechev and Erdağ Göknar, ‘Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?’

March 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?’ Panel Discussion

March 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities grow. Turkey has championed the inclusion of the Balkans into Western institutions, such as NATO, and contributed to regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by president Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological…

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Jennifer Fitzgerald, Marc Helbling and Rahsaan Maxwell, ‘The Political Divides That Are Transforming the EU’

March 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Social and political transformations are spreading across our globalized world, and especially in the EU. The economic model that led to growth, prosperity and stability in post-WWII Europe is no longer viable, and rising inequality is stoking social tensions. Long-held balances of power between center-left and center-right parties have been blown apart by rising populist parties. In 2019, it is no longer clear that the EU will continue to expand and prosper and in a few short weeks one of…

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Jennifer Fitzgerald, Marc Helbling and Rahsaan Maxwell, ‘The Political Divides That Are Transforming the EU’

March 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Social and political transformations are spreading across our globalized world, and especially in the EU. The economic model that led to growth, prosperity and stability in post-WWII Europe is no longer viable, and rising inequality is stoking social tensions. Long-held balances of power between center-left and center-right parties have been blown apart by rising populist parties. In 2019, it is no longer clear that the EU will continue to expand and prosper and in a few short weeks one of…

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Dimitar Bechev, Martin Naunov and Milada Vachudova, ‘The Rise and Fall of Authoritarianism in Today’s Europe: North Macedonia, the EU and the Future of the Western Balkans’

March 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This roundtable discussion will discuss how the Western Balkans, and especially North Macedonia, fit in with broader trends of political change in post-communist Europe. Recent political changes in Macedonia give hope: the highly corrupt, authoritarian regime of Nikola Gruevski was ousted, and the new pro-European, reform-minded government has negotiated an end to a 20-year dispute, changing the country’s official name to North Macedonia to make peace with Greece. Recent political changes in other post-communist EU members and candidates, however, are…

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Dimitar Bechev, Martin Naunov and Milada Vachudova, ‘The Rise and Fall of Authoritarianism in Today’s Europe: North Macedonia, the EU and the Future of the Western Balkans’

March 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This roundtable discussion will discuss how the Western Balkans, and especially North Macedonia, fit in with broader trends of political change in post-communist Europe. Recent political changes in Macedonia give hope: the highly corrupt, authoritarian regime of Nikola Gruevski was ousted, and the new pro-European, reform-minded government has negotiated an end to a 20-year dispute, changing the country’s official name to North Macedonia to make peace with Greece. Recent political changes in other post-communist EU members and candidates, however, are…

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Steven Harris, ‘Aeroflot’s Passengers Enter the Soviet Jet Age’

March 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Like their counterparts in the West, Soviet citizens experienced the jet age in the air and on the ground. They walked through newly built, modernist terminals and boarded Tupolev and Ilyushin jets that dramatically shortened travel times—not a small change in a country with the world’s largest landmass. They complained about Aeroflot’s shortcomings from delayed flights and lost baggage to refund policies and getting bumped. They consumed a steady stream of news and advertisements, as well as fiction and film…

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Steven Harris, ‘Aeroflot’s Passengers Enter the Soviet Jet Age’

March 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Like their counterparts in the West, Soviet citizens experienced the jet age in the air and on the ground. They walked through newly built, modernist terminals and boarded Tupolev and Ilyushin jets that dramatically shortened travel times—not a small change in a country with the world’s largest landmass. They complained about Aeroflot’s shortcomings from delayed flights and lost baggage to refund policies and getting bumped. They consumed a steady stream of news and advertisements, as well as fiction and film…

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Sean Sylvia, ‘Early Childhood Development in Rural China: Evidence from the Qinling Cohort Study’

March 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

A growing body of cross-disciplinary research suggests that human capital deficits in early life negatively affect later life outcomes and that interventions in early childhood can substantially improve health and productivity in adulthood. Given this evidence – and growing recognition that human capital development is an important mechanism affecting the persistence of poverty and inequality – investing in early childhood has risen on the policy agenda in a number of developing countries. The goal of the Qinling cohort study is…

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Transnational Korean Cinema and Media Conference

March 29, 2019 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Carolina Asia Center is hosting the Triangle East Asia Colloquium 2019 on the theme of Transnational Korean Cinema and Media. The events will feature short films and panelists from all around the states. 8:30-9 am: Registration and coffee. 9-9:15 am: Welcome Remarks by Morgan Pitelka, director of the Carolina Asia Center. 9:15-10:45 am: Hyon Joo Yoo and Youngmin Choe, ‘Visuality and Gendered Body Across Borders.’ Joo Yoo is an associate professor of English at the University of Vermont. Choe…

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April 2019

Gengsong Gao, ‘China Threat: A Real Threat or an Imagined Fear?’

April 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

As China’s economy and military power are growing fast and the Chinese government takes a more assertive approach to both domestic and international affairs, China is increasingly perceived as a threat to America’s national interests and security. Is China by nature an aggressive and expansionist country? Or does China have no intention to dominate the world and America’s mounting fear is derived from some misunderstanding of China’s intention and situation? This talk will explore these questions from China’s internal perspective,…

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Mexico–North Carolina Programs Networking Evening

April 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This event will feature educational programs that connect Mexico and North Carolina. Find more information here. Participants and programs: Carolina Vera Resendiz, UNC Dentistry – Mexico Project Since 1987 students from the UNC Adams School of Dentistry have traveled to Mexico to provide dental supplies, education and care to communities in Mexico. Hannah Gill and Jorge Gutiérrez, The Latino Migration Project’s APPLES Global Course Guanajuato This 3-credit spring course combines oral history and service-learning to examine Latin American migrant perspectives. Students…

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Petra James, ‘American Networks of the Czechoslovak Dissent in the 1970s and 1980s’

April 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This presentation will explore the American networks of Eastern European dissidents by highlighting interactions (and competition) with other important activist causes in the 1970s and 1980s, such as human rights activism in general and more specifically the anti-apartheid movement and movement of international solidarity with the victims of Latin America’s military dictatorships. While examining how the ‘narrative strategies’ of American dissident activists and journalists had informed Eastern European dissidents, Petra James will specifically address the coverage of dissident activities in…

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Spring 2019 UNC Global Passport Drive

April 17, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s annual Passport Drive provides an easy opportunity for Carolina students, faculty, staff and their family members to apply for or renew their U.S. passport. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus to accept passport applications and renewal applications (forms available at the event). More information on forms can be found on UNC Global’s passport drive website. Participants may have their passport photo taken at the event for $7 by UNC…

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EU Consul Generals Visit

April 17, 2019 at 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Center for European Studies and European Horizons welcome the Consul Generals representing Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands to UNC-Chapel Hill for a panel discussion. Consul Generals include: Ard van der Vorst, the Netherlands Dr. Heike Fuller, Germany Louis de Corail, France Shane Stephens, Ireland

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Vítězslav Sommer, Visegrad Talk, ‘Social Sciences and ‘Socialist Life Style’ in Czechoslovakia 1968–1989′

April 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Although Stalinist ideologues and artists highlighted the idea of “new socialist man” in the 1950s, and reform communist scholars critically explored the issues of consumerism and leisure under socialism in the 60s, it was a “consolidated” sociology after 1968 that made “socialist life style” a crucial research topic in social sciences and humanities. The research agenda was rigidly ideological, highlighting sharp dichotomies between socialist and capitalist societies while aiming to contribute to welfare and cultural policies of Czechoslovakia after the…

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May 2019

Partisan Divides Conference

May 3, 2019 at 12:30 pm - May 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Partisan Divides workshop is hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks and the members of the Fall 2018 graduate seminar, POLI 891: David Attewell, Jacob Gunderson, Andreas Jozwiak, Jelle Koedam, Caroline Lancaster and Stephanie Shady. This workshop is funded by the Kenan and Burton Craige research funds and the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. For details on the conference and the schedule, visit…

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August 2019

UNC Global Re-Entry Social

August 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

For students returning from academic year 2018-2019, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 programs abroad! Reconnect with your advisor, meet other returnees, and tell your story! Pizza and drinks will be provided, so please RSVP online to provide an accurate count for food. Students are welcome to drop in and out at any time.

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September 2019

Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize Winner Presentation

September 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Stefanie M. Woodard, the 2019 winner of the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History, will present her paper, “‘Feeling German:’ Migration and Ethnic Identity in a Cold War Borderland.” In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the history department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new…

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October 2019

Visegrad Talk, ‘The Pocket Knife of Moses: Judaism, Writing and Desire in Julian Stryjkowski’

October 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Polish-Jewish writer Julian Stryjkowski (1905-1996) is mostly and justly famous for his “Galician Tetralogy,” a sequence of four novels depicting the life in Jewish shtetl right before and at the very beginning of the World War I. The description itself deserves attention as it is free both from nostalgic sentimentalism or clear-cut assimilatory criticism: it lovingly but soberly presents the world which is about to end with all its frictions, paradoxes and tensions. In his talk, however, Adam Lipszyc…

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Denise Ho, ‘Border Crossing: Hong Kong’s ‘Mailbag Rush’ and China’s Great Famine’

October 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

During the Cold War, when the border between British Hong Kong and Communist China was known as the “bamboo curtain,” the boundary between Hong Kong’s New Territories and China’s Bao’an County—today’s Shenzhen—was seen as a closed frontier.  Yet the everyday experience of the border demonstrates that it was not only a border: it also served as a gateway and a zone in which people, goods and ideas continued to cross over.  This presentation examines how goods from outside of China…

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Pedro X. Molina Speaking on The Art of Resistance

October 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Pedro X. Molina will provide a talk on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 5:30 p.m. In 2017 Pedro X. Molina was a prolific participant in the #FreeNseRamon campaign demanding freedom for fellow illustrator and political cartoonist, Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, who was imprisoned for his work criticizing his country’s government, Equatorial Guinea. Pedro X. Molina, also known as ‘PxMolinA,’ is an internationally acclaimed political…

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Seth Berkman, ‘The Hen Crows: How a Group of Korean Women’s Hockey Players Redefined Perceptions of the Peninsula’

October 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

In Korea there is a saying: “If the hen crows, the household collapses.” This refers to the centuries-old belief that women are to be subservient to men, much in Confucian tradition. When South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics in 2018, a group of formerly unknown hockey players forever changed the perceptions of women in Korea and what a unified peninsula could resemble. South Korea’s women’s national hockey team, which became largely remembered as the Unified team after adding 12 North…

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Lisa Lindsay and Emily Burrill, ‘Women and Enslavement in Atlantic Africa’

October 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This faculty-led panel, part of the Carolina Seminar in African Ecology and Social Processes, is aimed at offering faculty members an opportunity to present, dialogue and exchange ideas with colleagues and students on related research topics. Lisa Lindsay is department chair and Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History and Emily Burrill is associate professor in the women’s and gender studies department and the history department as well as director of the African Studies Center. This event is open…

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Teaching on Ugandan Music and the Rudiments of Style

October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This free session features David Pier, associate professor in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies; multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor and educator Haruna Walusimbi; and Ugandan folklorist and musician James Isabirye. Please contact David Pier, dpier@email.unc.edu, for more information.

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The Art of Resistance Speaker Series: Ambassador Mark Asquino, ‘Human Rights, Democracy and Corruption in Equatorial Guinea’

October 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

As part of the fall 2019 speaker series coordinated with The Art of Resistance exhibition on freedom of expression, artistic freedom and human rights, UNC Global welcomes former U.S. Ambassador Mark Asquino. Ambassador Mark Asquino, career Foreign Service Officer and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 2012 to 2015, will deliver a talk on his work addressing human rights, democracy and corruption in the country. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019,…

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November 2019

Jia-Chen Fu, ‘The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China’

November 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The Other Milk: Revinventing Soy in Republican China examines how, why and through what means nutrition science came to matter in China by exploring the ways in which self-styled laymen and scientific nutritional activists re-invented the soybean, and soybean milk, for the modern age. Jia-Chen Fu will talk about how Chinese intellectuals became concerned that the Chinese diet was deficient and insufficient for nourishing strong, modern citizens. The soybean, as a protein-packed and domestically grown food, became the nutritional solution…

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Juliane Hammer, ‘Domestic Violence, Islam and Feminism: A Difficult Conversation’

November 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Juliane Hammer will speak on her newest book Peaceful Families: American Muslim Efforts Against Domestic Violence. Through interviews with Muslim advocates, service providers and religious leaders, she details the different strategies that Muslim American organizations use to address domestic violence within their communities, and the effects that Islamophobia have on this important work. Dr. Hammer contends that in some instances, in order to create immediate concrete change, service providers choose to endorse protective forms of patriarchy, even though they hold feminist…

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Fall 2019 UNC Global Passport Drive

November 13, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s annual Passport Drive provides an easy opportunity for Carolina students, faculty, staff and their family members to apply for or renew their U.S. passport. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept passport applications and renewal applications (forms available at the event). More information on forms can be found on UNC Global’s passport drive…

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Africa’s Evolving Forms of Political Critique and Social Movements

November 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This panel discussion will feature case studies on Equatorial Guinea and Sudan. The selected panelists will represent perspectives and stories from across the continent. Participants include Tutu Alicante, Equatoguinean born human rights lawyer and executive director of EG Justice; Isma’il Kushkush, a Sudanese American journalist who has covered Sudan and contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, CNN, Aljazeera English, Guernica Magazine and others; and Cherie Ndaliko, assistant professor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill…

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Africa’s Evolving Forms of Political Critique and Social Movements

November 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This panel discussion will feature case studies on Equatorial Guinea and Sudan. The selected panelists will represent perspectives and stories from across the continent. Participants include Tutu Alicante, Equatoguinean born human rights lawyer and executive director of EG Justice; Isma’il Kushkush, a Sudanese American journalist who has covered Sudan and contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, CNN, Aljazeera English, Guernica Magazine and others; and Cherie Ndaliko, assistant professor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill…

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2019 Fall UNC Global Passport Drive

November 14, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s annual Passport Drive provides an easy opportunity for Carolina students, faculty, staff and their family members to apply for or renew their U.S. passport. Officials from the U.S. Department of State will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept passport applications and renewal applications (forms available at the event). More information on forms can be found on UNC Global’s passport drive website.…

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Daniel P. Aldrich, ‘Black Wave: How Networks and Governance Shaped Japan’s 3/11 Disasters’

November 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Despite the devastation caused by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and 60-foot tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, some 96% of those living and working in the most disaster-stricken region of Tōhoku made it through. Smaller earthquakes and tsunamis have killed far more people in nearby China and India. What accounts for the exceptionally high survival rate? And why is it that some towns and cities in the Tōhoku region have built back more quickly than others? Black Wave illuminates two…

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January 2020

UNC Global Re-Entry Social

January 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Reconnect with your advisor and share stories with peers that have recently returned. The Study Abroad Office is excited to hear your story! Pizza, salad and drinks will be served. The Study Abroad Office credit team will be there to answer any questions you may have about your coursework abroad.

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The German Atlantic: Recovering an Invisible World

January 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Atlantic history, the history of the great interactions that took place between Europe, Africa and the Americas, has emerged since the 1980s as a dynamic field of study that has generated its own programs, textbooks, essay collections, book prizes and online list-serve. The German presence in the Atlantic world remains largely hidden because of the absence of a German nation state before 1871. Settlers, merchants, mining engineers, missionaries and scientific travelers from the German lands did not fly under a…

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A Vanishing Century: The State of 19th Century European Studies

January 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

This roundtable explores from multiple perspectives the often-stated impression that the nineteenth century is “vanishing” from German and European history. It asks how one can explain this trend, what consequences it has for the development of historiography and public historical knowledge, if and why the nineteenth century matters for the present, and what the future of nineteenth-century history might be. Five experts on different regions and historiographical approaches to European history discuss these questions. This event is moderated by Karen…

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Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland

January 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies for a presentation and discussion of Andrea Bohlman’s monograph Musical Solidarities: Political Action and Music in Late Twentieth-Century Poland (Oxford University Press, 2020). Participants include Anna Krakus University of Southern California), Donald Reid, professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the author Andrea Bohlman, associate professor in the music department at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Musical Solidarities is a music history of Solidarity, the social movement opposing state socialism in 1980s Poland.…

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February 2020

Scholars in Conversation: Professors Adom Getachew and Cemil Aydin

February 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Adom Getachew (Political Science, University of Chicago) will discuss her award-winning book, Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. In this book, Getachew reconstructs the animating questions, debates and institutional visions anti-colonial nationalists of the Black Atlantic pursued during the height of decolonization. Cemil Aydin, Professor of History; Emily Burrill, Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Director of the African Studies Center; Susan Penneybacker, Professor of European History; and Mark Reeves, doctoral candidate in…

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‘Peru: Ancient and Modern’ | Conference

February 21, 2020 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

"Peru: Ancient and Modern" is a two-day conference held on both the UNC and Duke campuses. The first day of the conference will focus on the Moche and Chimu civilizations and will feature Brian Billman and Gabriel Prieto, the archaeologist who recently made international headlines through his discovery of graves of mass child sacrifices near Trujillo. The second night will focus on the political violence of the late-20th-century, with the award-winning Peruvian historian Ponciano Del Pino.

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Open House for International Students, Scholars and Faculty

February 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

International students and scholars are invited to join representatives from the College of Arts & Sciences, International Student and Scholar Services, and several student support offices for an informational open house. Global health scares, new federal travel policies, and international geopolitical tensions have prompted questions and concerns. We will come together as a community to share information, review resources, answer your queries—and have some cookies. Directors of Graduate Studies and Departmental Student Service Managers are encouraged to attend.

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March 2020

Peace Corps Week 2020: Around the World in 90 Minutes

March 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Travel the world through the eyes and experiences of different Peace Corps Volunteers. Enjoy photos, clothing, art, music, and more from returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have served around the globe. Have your questions answered and talk with local Peace Corps staff about the application process. Join local Peace Corps staff on March 4 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm on the 4th floor of the FedEx Global Education Center. The first 25 students will receive a free Peace Corps…

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CANCELED: Lecture by Brenda Yeoh

March 31, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Raffles professor of social sciences, department of geography, as well as director, humanities and social science research office of deputy president (Research & Technology), National University of Singapore (NUS).  She is also the research leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia, including…

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April 2020

CANCELED: Barbara Cooper, ‘Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel’

April 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Barbara M. Cooper is a professor of history at Rutgers University. Her new book, Countless Blessings, is a book on the history of childbirth and reproduction in the Sahel. prof. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world’s highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. She shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger…

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September 2021

Diplomatic Discussion: Cultural Diplomacy with Prof. Popy Rufaidah of the Indonesian Embassy

September 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

As part of the ongoing Diplomacy Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Carolina Asia Center is delighted to host a conversation with Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22. Prof. Popy will share from her expertise on the nature of cultural diplomacy, why countries engage in this kind of work as part of their diplomatic outreach, and Indonesia’s strategies for…

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December 2021

LDOC Russian Game Night

December 1, 2021 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

Celebrate the last day of classes and the end of the semester with the UNC Russian Flagship Program! Destress before finals and enjoy Russian board games!

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March 2022

Navruz

March 21 at 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Across the Middle East and Central Asia, communities celebrate the arrival of Spring every March with singing, dancing, and food. Navruz is an affirmation of new life, a time of reflection and hope for the future. Join Dr. Eren Tasar, Associate Professor of History, to learn more about this ancient celebration of the New Year. Sponsored by the UNC Russian Flagship Program and the Central Asian Working Group.

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April 2022

EURO-TAM Alumni Panel

April 5 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Join alums of CES’ EURO-TAM Excel @ Carolina program as they share their experiences navigating the undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies, the TransAtlantic Masters Program, and heading out into the transatlantic workforce. This event is part of Europe Week 2022. Reception and refreshments to follow. Register here. Panelists Jonathan Buechner Jonathan is currently working as the Development Coordinator for Metro at the Brookings Institution where he is focused on managing all development operations. Previously, he was the Philanthropy Manager at…

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Southeast Asian Poet Panel

April 22 at 12:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Southeast Asian Approaches Carolina Seminar welcomes NC poets Ina Cariño and Eric Tran to do a reading of their selected poetry and host a question and answer session.This event will be moderated by Trisha Remetir, a graduate student in the English and Comparative Literature Department. Ina Cariño holds an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Their poetry appears in Guernica, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Waxwing, New England Review, and elsewhere. Ina is a Kundiman…

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May 2022

Carolina Seminar: What Time is the Global East?

May 5 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Elena Trubina is a professor of social theory and philosophy at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where she also directs the Center for Global Urbanism. Her book Gorod v teorii  took issue with the Eurocentrism of urban theories and has become widely read and used in universities across the post-socialist space. Her research focuses on social and urban theory, the relationship between urban space, politics, memory and subjectivity. She is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including those from the…

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