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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Germany as an Immigration Country: Labor Migration and the Refugee Influx

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director and Director of the Research Unit, Expert Council of German Foundations on Intergration and Migration (SVR)

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter, German Historical Institute, West

Immigration and migration issues are currently at the top of the political agenda as all parties prepare their strategies for the upcoming federal elections in which Chancellor Merkel seeks her fourth term. More narrowly, the consequences of the refugee influx are passionately debated – a topic on which public opinion in Germany is sharply divided. More broadly, Germany aims to establish itself...   More >

The Steppe's Capital: the Meanings of Money in late-Qing Mongolia

Lecture | February 28 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Devon Dear, Independent Scholar

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

Sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel famously described money as “colourless.” For many historians, money, like number, has been an equalizer capable of bringing previously-incomparable objects into relation. This talk challenges that idea as it explores the multiplicity of currencies and ad-hoc commodity monies used in Qing Mongolia in the 19th century as it explores Mongolians' roles in...   More >

What’s Next for Romania? Political Activism as a Tool Against Political Corruption

Lecture | February 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Sum, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of North Dakota

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The massive demonstrations in Romania show that peaceful protests can influence political outcomes, but mobilization is only a first step in combatting the endemic corruption in the country. Options to move forward include replacing key political actors, perhaps through new elections, and reforming political institutions, such as reinforcing the autonomy of the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption...   More >

The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | February 28 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The first lecture is titled "The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Nina Jablonski

Why Non-Christians Should Study Christian Theology

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor and Chair of Religion, Princeton University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

By now most universities recognize that the religious dimensions of culture and experience are too important, and potentially too dangerous, either to be neglected by our educational institutions or to be consigned exclusively to religious institutions to study. But should the study of religion in universities include theology, which, after all, is rightly regarded as historically Christian and...   More >

Ravinder Kaur | The Second Liberation: Spectacular Capital and the Making of the Aam Aadmi

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies; Director, Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Copenhagen University

 Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies and Director or the Centre of Global South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.