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Sep 6, 2016
The Penn Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Program expresses profound appreciation for the life of Richard Beeman, the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History, Emeritus, who passed away in early September of 2016. In addition to his distinguished career as a scholar and teacher of early American history, and his superb administrative service as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Rick was a founding member of the DCC Executive Committee, and he also skillfully chaired the Planning Committee for the 2012-2013 DCC Faculty Workshop Series on "Constitution Making." He was an endless source of energy, enthusiasm, and great ideas. The DCC program, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania were all greatly enriched by Rick Beeman’s remarkable contributions, and we will all seek to carry forth his great legacy.
Sep 22, 2016

You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.

Dec 8, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

Attendees are encouraged the read Prof. Moghadam's paper, available here.

Discussant: Eve Troutt Powell (UPenn History)

RESISTANCE TO WOMEN’S EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT is widely assumed to be an intrinsic part of the politics and culture of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, as with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. And yet, the region has experienced significant changes in women’s legal status, political participation, and social positions, along with continued contention over Muslim family law and women’s full and equal citizenship. Do the institutional and normative changes signal a shift in the “gender regime” from patriarchal to modern? To what extent have women’s rights organizations contributed to such changes?  While mapping the changes that have occurred, the paper will also identify the persistent constraints – endogenous and exogenous alike – that prevent both the empowerment of all women and broader socio-political transformation. 

Dec 14, 2016

College Hall, Room 209 (Accessibility)
Lunch provided.

Anurag Sinha (Political Science, Yale University)
“A Curious Appointment: Malthus at Haileybury and the Remaking of Global Political Economy"

Roberto Saba (History, University of Pennsylvania)
“The Spirit of Enterprise: American Entrepreneurs in Brazil of the 1860s"

Jan 19, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

LYNNE HANEY is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines how states shape and regulate a variety of social relations, particularly gender relations. Her early work centered on state systems of welfare, while more recently it has shifted to focus on punishment—and on how the institutions of social control and confinement shape the lives and livelihood of those connected to them. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary (2002) and Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire (2010), which explores the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today.

Jan 25, 2017

Lunch provided.

Tom Leavitt (Political Science, Columbia University)
“Philosophy of Social Science and its Implications for Normative Democratic Theory"

Beth Henzel (Philosophy, Rutgers University)
“Constructive Consent: A Dangerous Fiction"
Feb 16, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

PROFESSOR KEMPADOO CONSIDERS THE ATTENTION to human trafficking in the Caribbean by governments of the region. She first examines how countries in the region have been positioned in the annual US Trafficking in Persons Report from 2001 to 2016, discussing shortcomings of hegemonic discourses to trafficking such as problems with definitions, statistics and evidence, the political underpinnings of the TIP report, and contradictions in indices of ‘development’ in the region. She then turns to examine Caribbean government responses. She argues that a tension identified in earlier state responses between an increase in anti-trafficking policies alongside a growing refusal to accept the definitions and information produced by the US State Department has intensified, and that the ‘collateral damage’ of anti-trafficking interventions continues to affect some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the region. Building from counter hegemonic discourses, her paper also suggests ways to address the subject that support human rights.

Feb 22, 2017

Lunch provided.

Hadas Aron (Political Science, Columbia University)
“The Nationalist Capture: The State, Far Right Groups, and National Ethos in Central Europe"

James Morone (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
“Mechanisms of Hegemony, Revisited:  The underdevelopment of political discourse and practice as a constraint on social movements"
Mar 16, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

PROFESSOR HANCOCK PROPOSES A PROVOCATIVE “UPDATE” to our understanding of the First Amendment that considers contemporary research documenting the physical impact of verbal abuse, hate speech and other forms of “microagression.”  She argues that such speech should no longer be considered permissible in light of its documented harmful physical impact, which is similar to the impact of other harmful behaviors.

ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics.  Her most recent book is Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016).

Mar 22, 2017

Lunch provided.

Minju Bae (History, Temple University)
“The Mutinous Origins of the Asian American Labor Movement, 1984-1992"

Carly Regina (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
“Labor Market Segmentation and the Production of Ethnicity and Race Ideologies in Arizona Copper: Ethnic and racial group-making and the construction of tractable workforces"