In this lecture, Susan Thomson, focuses on a single life story to reflect on the Rwandan government’s unfulfilled promise of ethnic reconciliation in the thirty years since the country’s traumatic genocide of 1994.
Fritz Bartel is a diplomatic historian at Texas A&M University. His book on the end of the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2022), The Triumph of Broken Promises, has been widely praised for its political-economic interpretation of the demise of the Soviet Union and the rise of neo-liberalism in the United States.
Co-sponsored by the International Politics & Economics program
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs program on Autocracy and Democracy presents “Leaders in the Middlebury East and North Africa: How Ideology Shapes Foreign Policy” with Dr. Sercan Canbolat, inaugural director of Abrahamic Programs at the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Global Affairs and a postdoctoral research associate UConn’s Department of Political Science.
The opening of the first McDonald’s in Moscow on January 31, 1990, was widely seen as proof of the Soviet Union opening up to the outside world after years of Cold War isolation. McDonald’s decision to pull out of Russia within months of its full-scale attack on Ukraine in early 2022 was thus naturally seen as the end of an era. This talk will look at how we got from Point A to Point B. Why did Soviet leaders agree to allow McDonald’s in, first as a joint venture with the Moscow city soviet, and what did they hope to get out of it?
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs program on Global Health and Medicine presents Gender-Based Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: reflections on the prevalence, prevention of, and policy response to this public health and human rights crisis, with Sophie Morse, Philip R. Lee Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco and Women’s Health Policy Researcher.
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs program on Global and International History presents Aparna Kapadia, associate professor of history at Williams College and ” Walking with the Mahatma: Kasturba Gandhi’s Political Life.”
Aparna Kapadia (Ph. D., SOAS, University of London, 2010) is a social historian of early modern and modern South Asia. Her research particularly focuses on western Indian regional cultures, identities, and power structures as well as the subcontinent’s links with the Indian Ocean networks.
Yevgenia Albats — a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, writer, and radio host — will talk about Russian society and politics in the context of Russia’s invasion of, and ongoing war in, Ukraine.
Building from the approach to decolonization and abolition in the Haitian Revolution as well as from Frantz Fanon’s view of combative decolonization and decoloniality, the presentation makes the case for the abolition of the humanities as a crucial component of the project for decolonizing knowledge today.
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Program on Global Health and Medicine presents “Junk Food Politics: How Beverage and Fast Food Industries are Reshaping Emerging Economies” by Eduardo J. Gómez, professor in the Department of Community and Population Health and director of the Institute of Health Policy and Politics, Lehigh University.
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs program on Global Economics presents “Identification, Polarization, and Their Behavioral Consequences” with Luca Henkel, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago and University of CEMA.
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