“Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Latin America” – Tuesday May 5

Ariel Armony, senior director of international programs and director of the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Latin America” from 1:15-3 p.m. Tuesday May 5, in S2-143.

Armony will share his current research on perceptions of China and the Chinese Diaspora in Latin America at this current historical juncture of China’s increased economic engagement with the region.

The event is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series titled “China in Latin America: Expanding Dimensions of South-South Development,” co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, LACAS and AAAS.

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International Coffee Hour Friday

Good company and complementary refreshments! Relax at this month’s International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the UU-Mandela Room. International Coffee Hour is held each month during the academic year, providing a space where the entire Binghamton University community can meet in a relaxed atmosphere. International students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are all welcome. Coffee hour participants also have the opportunity to learn about the event’s sponsor. This month’s sponsor is the Division of Student Affairs. For more information, go online.

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History department colloquium April 30

Ernesto Bassi, assistant professor of history at Cornell University, will present “Creating Spaces, Envisioning Futures: Uncovering a Trans-Imperial Greater Caribbean” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

Bassi will provide a preview of his forthcoming book, Creating Spaces, Envisioning Futures: A Transimperial Greater Caribbean from New Granada’s Shores, 1760s-1860s. He will show us how he used archives to follow sailors as they crossed imperial political borders and in the process gave shape to a regional space he calls the transimperial Greater Caribbean. He will also explain how less mobile subjects who stayed put on New Granada’s coast interpreted the world they inhabited using this transimperial geography as background. Imperial officers, autonomous indigenous groups, merchants, military adventurers and future founding fathers were among those who used the transimperial Greater Caribbean as a chalkboard on which they developed interpretations of their present and visions of potential futures.

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IASH Fellows Speaker Series – Human Rights, Risk and Responsibility

Anthony Reeves, assistant professor in philosophy, will present “Human Rights, Risk and Responsibility” at noon Wednesday, April 29, in LN-1106, the IASH Conference Room.

Who is responsible for protecting human rights? In a circumstance where multiple institutions, including states, corporations, NGOs andinternational organizations can affect the interests that human rights protect, how should we allocate responsibility for protecting those interests? Reeves will examine several types of normative responses to this question with the aim of identifying a principled basis for approaching it. Tort law has faced a similar problem. Who should mitigate specific dangers to legally protected interests in a pervasively risky interactive environment? Hence, he will attempt to draw some lessons from the theory and practice of torts for the purposes of addressing the moral problem posed by human rights.

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VizCult Lecture on justice and the politics of dwelling in the modern city

Chris Butler, lecturer at Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, will deliver the last lecture this semester in VizCult, the Harpur College Dean’s Lecture Series in Visual Culture, at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the University Art Museum in the Fine Arts Building. Using the work of the 20th-century philosopher Henri Lefebvre, Butler will discuss urban spatial practices and “the right to the city” in a paper titled “The Politics of Inhabitance and the Possibility of Spatial Justice.” Go online for an abstract of the talk and for more on the series, which is organized by the Art History Department. This lecture is co-sponsored by the departments of philosophy, political science and sociology, the program in philosophy, politics and law), the Fernand Braudel Center and the Convocations Committee.

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2015 Larry Wells Memorial Lecture April 24

David E. Wellbery, LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will present the 2015 Larry Wells Memorial Lecture, “The Tragic Process in Goethe’s Faust,” at 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, in ES-2008, ITC.

For information on the keynote, go online or e-mail Neil Christian Pages.


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Fernand Braudel Center conference Friday

The Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations presents its spring conference, “Capitalism and Temporality; Theories and Histories” at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Fernand Braudel Center, AA-330. This event is free and open to the public; all are welcome.

This conference will feature presentations by Fouad Makki and Philip McMichael of Cornell University; Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padova; and Dale Tomich, Fernand Braudel Center.

This lecture is sponsored by the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations and organized by Deputy Director of the Center and Professor of Sociology Dale Tomich.

For more information, contact the Center at 607-777-4924, or via e-mail.

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Binghamton University German studies colloquium (BUGSC)

“Readers and Readings: Literature and Literaturgeschichte in German Studies” is the theme for the 2015 German studies colloquium that will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, in ES-2008, ITC.

For program and registration information, go online. For more information, send an e-mail.

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IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series

Isabel Palomo Merino (TRIP) will present “Challenging Franco’s Regime through Detective Fiction: Manuel Vázquez Montalbán – Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?” at noon Wednesday, April 22, in LN-1106.

This presentation will focus on Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, one of the first Spanish writers to create a hardboiled Spanish detective fiction saga, whose relationship with censorship was more contentious than other Spanish writers. Vázquez Montalbán used detective fiction as a way to make a social and political commentary that he probably would not otherwise have been able to make during that time period. It is probably because of the appropriation of this genre as a political tool that his writing posed a threat to the Regime, and it was repressed.

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Entertainment in Roman Tunisia talk April 22

Nejib ben Lazreg, archaeologist at the Institut National du Patrimoine, Tunisia, will present “Entertainment in Roman Tunisia” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in LH-10.

This talk is sponsored by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and the Middle East and North African Studies Program.

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