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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.

Feb 6, 2017

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

Sponsored by The Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Penn DCC

TURKEY STANDS AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE MIDDLE EAST―caught between the West and ISIS, Syria and Russia, and governed by an increasingly forceful leader. Acclaimed writer KAYA GENÇ has been covering his country for the past decade. In Under the Shadow he meets activists from both sides of Turkey's political divide. While talking to Turkey's angry young people Genç weaves in historical stories, visions and mythologies, showing how Turkey's progressives and conservatives take their ideological roots from two political movements born in the Ottoman Empire: the Young Turks and the Young Ottomans, two groups of intellectuals who were united in their determination to make their country more democratic. He shows a divided society coming to terms with the 21st Century, and in doing so, gets to the heart of the compelling conflicts between history and modernity in the Middle East.
Feb 16, 2017

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

Discussant: Michael Hanchard (Africana Studies)

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

Discussant: Dorothy Roberts (UPenn Law)

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.

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"
Apr 12, 2017

Lunch provided.

Dannah Dennis (Anthropology, University of Virginia)
“In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship"

Beth Wellman (Political Science, Yale University)
“Does Citizenship Travel? Constitutional Reform and Diaspora Voting Rights in Africa"
Apr 20, 2017

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

ALONDRA NELSON is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016), which traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011). She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001), Afrofuturism (2002), and Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012).