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Events & Workshops

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Please register here.

    AS AMERICANS INCREASINGLY COME TO VIEW RUSSIA through the lens of the Putin regime's interference in U.S. electoral politics, The Andrea Mitchell Center has invited Pussy Riot co-founder NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA to delve into the complexity of Russian politics and culture, the nature of life under authoritarianism, and the challenges facing feminist and LGBT rights movements throughout the world. In this lunchtime conversation, she will be joined by Penn Professor of Russian and East European Studies KEVIN M.F. PLATT.

    NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA is a conceptual artist and political activist from Russia. She is a founding member of the art collective Pussy Riot, focusing attention on feminism, LGBT rights and human rights violations at home and abroad. In August 2012, she was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance by Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This protest attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bjork and Aung San Suu Kyi. Shortly after her release in December 2013, she announced the opening of an independent news service and media outlet, MediaZona, which reports on the Russia’s courts, law enforcement and prison system. She has spoken before the US Congress, British Parliament, and European Parliament.

    KEVIN M.F. PLATT works on representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, history and memory in Russia, Russian lyric poetry, and global post-Soviet Russian cultures. He is the author of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell UP, 2011) and editor of Global Russian Cultures (Wisconsin UP, 2018). He is the organizer of Your Language My Ear, a periodic Russian–English poetry translation symposium that takes place at Penn. He has also edited and contributed translations to a number of books of Russian poetry in English translation, most recently Orbita: The Project (Arc Publications, 2018) and Hit Parade: The Orbita Group (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015)

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:30pm

    Online: Please register here.
    Co-sponsors: Penn GSE, SNF Paideia Foundation, The Jack Miller Center.

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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    ​SERIOUS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM FACES two existential threats: economic destruction because of the failure of so many news organizations to find an adequate response to the digital challenge; and political and cultural rejection, not just by a new generation of populist leaders but by activists and pressure groups across the ideological spectrum. MARK THOMPSON, the outgoing CEO of The New York Times and a former Director-General of the BBC, explores these two – profoundly interconnected threats – and proposes how the news business can fight back and secure its own future.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announce

    THE SONS OF NOAH: THE FORMATION OF RACIST IDEAS IN ANTIQUITY, THE CAROLINGIAN COURT, AND EARLY MODERN NORTH AMERICA

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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    GROWING UP AS THE SON OF POPULAR radio host Don Black, who is credited with coining the term "white nationalism," DEREK BLACK became well-versed in the strategic use of speech: how, for instance, the subtle semantic shift from "white supremacy" to "white nationalism" helped racist ideas gain wider currency and acceptance. When he entered college, he encountered a different array of speech strategies aimed at countering his beliefs, ranging from outright shunning by outraged protesters to patient challenges to his beliefs by fellow students who accepted him as a person. These experiences have given him a unique vantage point not only on the roots of white nationalism and the ways it might be countered, but on both the deep value and potential dangers of free expression.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

    CHAINS OF DEATH: HAITI AND HISTORY IN FRENCH LIBERAL THOUGHT

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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    BOYCOTTS OF CONSUMER GOODS as a means of applying political pressure have been part of American life since the first rumblings of the American Revolution. The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the movement to divest from South Africa demonstrated the continuing salience of this strategy. Recently, however, the call by the BDS movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction businesses and organizations associated with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been met by state laws outlawing such actions. Legal scholars WAHEEN HUSSAIN (University of Toronto), GENEVIEVE LAKIER (University of Chicago Law School), and AMANDA SHANOR (Wharton School) examine the First Amendment issues at play in this and similar conflicts.

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To be Announced

    TOWARD AN EMPIRICAL THEORY OF MASS EXPULSION: IDENTIFYING AND MEASURING CASES FROM 1912-2012

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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    WHEN WE CONSIDER THE POTENTIAL THREATS POSED by social media to our democracy, we tend to focus on bad actors and their malicious intent. From this standpoint, the task of protecting democracy while preserving legitimate speech is a matter of targeting the trolls and bots that distort online discourse. JAIME SETTLE, author of Frenemies: How Social Media Polarizes America, suggests that the problem goes deeper. It may be that the forms of expression found on social media undermine, in and of themselves, the mutual tolerance required by a functioning democracy – that we become our own worst enemies. In the face of this challenge, Settle offers a framework to reduce polarization while upholding free speech rights.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

    PRIVILEGES OF INFERIORITY? CASTE, COMMUNITY, & SOCIO-POLITICAL MOBILIZATION IN TWENTIETH CENTURY INDIA

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

    IN SEARCH OF ANOTHER PARTY: WHITE RAGE, OBAMACARE AND
    MODERN CONSERVATISM

  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

    RELIEF OR REMOVAL: IMMIGRANT MEN, IMMIGRATION JUDGES, AND THE
    GENDERED, MORAL NARRATIVES OF DESERVINGNESS IN IMMIGRATION COURT

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Online: Zoom Link To Be Announced

    “USELESS” LAND TITLES AND SUBALTERN CITIZENSHIP IN INDIAN CITIES