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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.

Oct 24, 2016

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

Prof. Saldaña-Portillo will discuss two papers:
Critical Latin@ Indigeneities: A Paradigm Drift (PDF)
Life on Edge: Central American Asylum Seekers and the Limits of U.S.Liberalism (PDF)

Co-sponsored by the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women
and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Discussant: Tulia Falleti (Political Science)

WHILE DONALD TRUMP ACCUSES MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS OF BEING RAPISTS and drug dealers, the faces of the current immigration crisis are those of the single Central American mothers and children who are fleeing threats of rape, kidnapping and murder by drug cartels in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for the U.S. border. This paper first examines the history of U.S. foreign, drug, and immigration policies that created the conditions for the violence these women now flee.

Nov 16, 2016

Lunch provided.

Guillermo Garcia (Law, Harvard University)
"The Political Effects of Centralizing the Defense of the State in One Branch"

Aniruddha Jairam (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
"'The law may not be real, but the big stick is': Dispute resolution and state capacity in an Indian district court"

Nov 17, 2016

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

Co-sponsored by the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women

A 2015 POLICY CHANGE by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, from calling certain travelers “anomalies” to calling them “alarms,” signals the emergence of a new surveillance of travelling bodies that do not fit into normalized expectations of gender and ability. Hidden beneath discourses of security, we find definitions of citizenship that rely upon biological notions of “safe” and legible citizen-bodies.

Dec 7, 2016

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"

Dec 8, 2016

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

VALENTINE MOGHADAM is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Her areas of research include globalization; revolutions and social movements; transnational feminist networks; and gender, development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, 2013). Her current research is on prospects for a women-friendly democratization after the Arab Spring.

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

KAMALA KEMPADOO is Professor of Social Science, York University, and is affiliated with Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the graduate programs in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, and Development Studies. Specializations include transnational and Caribbean feminisms, human trafficking discourses, studies of sexual labor-economic relations, Black studies, Caribbean studies, and gender and development. She is author of Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean (1999) and Sexing the Caribbean (2004); and co-author of Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights (2005/2015).