Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Richard A. Freund, University of Hartford
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Richard Freund leads an international team using noninvasive archeological and geoscience techniques to explore Jewish sites in Vilna (Vilnius, Lithuania), including the remains of the Great Synagogue and the locale of mass killings during the Holocaust. In this talk he will describe his work and future plans for the sites, as well as show film clips from episodes of Nova featuring his discoveries. Prof. Cecile Kuznitz will also provide historical background on the Jewish landscape of Vilna.
Richard Freund is the director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford. He has directed six archeological projects in Israel and three projects in Europe. Prof. Freund is the author of six books on archeology, two books on Jewish ethics, and more than one hundred scholarly articles, and has appeared in 15 television documentaries.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Patricia Alvarez, Brandeis University
Olin, Room 102 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm EDT/GMT-4
In Peru, garments bring together bodies, fabrics, and symbols in a textured weave that has everything to do with power and the power of representation. The expansion of “ethical fashion” - akin to fair trade commodities - has opened a space of dialogue across an intractable racial divide. In this talk, Patricia will trace how fashion designers attempt to create a new post-conflict, inclusive, indigenous-oriented, multicultural “look” for Peru. At stake in her analysis are the ethical claims of design practices in ethical capitalist fashion supply chains.
Patricia's film Entretejido will also be presented. Entretejido weaves together the different sites and communities involved in the making of alpaca wool fashions, from animal to runway. The film is a sensorial immersion into the textures that compose this supply chain, bringing viewers into contact with the ways objects we wear are entangled in national racial politics.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Actors for Human Rights Germany
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Between 2000 and 2007, a far-right terrorist group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murdered 10 people in Germany, nine of them of immigrant backgrounds. The group’s racist and neofascist ideology echoed the belief systems of other right-wing organizations, including the white supremacist Blood and Honour. In 2011, after a failed bank robbery, two members of the NSU committed suicide while the third member, Beate Zschäpe, turned herself in. In the ensuing trial, which ended in July, it became clear that German intelligence agencies had known of and even colluded with the NSU. The failures of the security authorities to stop the group’s crimes highlights the persistence of structural racism in Germany.
Written and performed as documentary theater, The NSU Monologues features the words of three relatives of the NSU’s victims: Elif Kubaşık, Adile Şimşek, and İsmail Yozgat. The stories of Elif, Adile, and İsmail testify to the survivors’ courage and determination. Whether they marched at the head of a funeral procession, organized demonstrations, or demanded that a street be renamed in the victims’ memory, their small acts defied the narrow “official” accounts of German authorities. With their testimonies, they reclaim a space for a historically accountable and antiracist mode of remembrance.
This performance will feature the work of Bard German Studies students, who have translated the original German-language script into English.
For more on AHRG, go to youtube.com/watch?v=Avkn8XGcIw0&t=55s. A trailer of the play (with English subtitles) is available at youtube.com/watch?v=5wANSSDgAJs.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Lesley A. Sharp
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 4:45 pm EDT/GMT-4
Barbara Chamberlain & Helen Chamberlain Josefsberg ’30 Professor of Anthropology
If animal death is a frequent, and inevitable, consequence of much experimentation in laboratory science, how do human personnel understand the morality of their work? How, in turn, might anthropological understandings of death, mourning, and sacrifice facilitate our efforts to answer this question? This talk draws on data derived from long-term ethnographic research on human-animal encounters in experimental science, with a special interest in the consequences of the invisibility of animals, of human labor, and of associated lab-based practices. Whereas a focus on ethical regulations may help one root out adherence to mandated welfare practices, heeding serendipitous and innovative behaviors opens up a rich terrain where one may encounter the obscured dimensions of everyday morality and the meaning of care.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
with Lesley Sharp
Barbara Chamberlain & Helen Chamberlain Josefsberg ’30
Professor of Anthropology
Senior Research Scientist in Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Fellow, Center for Animals and Public Policy
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Campus Center, George Ball Lounge 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Come join us to find out more about the fields of Medical Anthropology and Global Public Health in an informal discussion with Lesley Sharp.
A medical anthropologist by training, Professor Sharp is most concerned with critical analyses of the symbolics of the human body, where her research sites range from cosmopolitan medical centers and research laboratories within the United States and other Anglophone countries to urban centers in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Sharp’s early research (1986-1995) addressed the power of spirit mediumship to mediate the suffering, displacement, and economic struggles of migrants and locals within a booming plantation economy in northwest Madagascar. Since the early 1990s, her research has addressed the ethical and moral consequences of innovative medicine and science, where investigative domains include the ideological and embodied consequences of organ transplantation, procurement, and donation as transformative experiences among involved parties in the United States; the imaginative and temporal dimensions of innovative and highly experimental transplant technologies, with specific reference to xenotransplantation and mechanical heart design in various Anglophone countries; and, most recently, the ethical, alongside everyday moral, consequences of human-animal encounters in experimental laboratory research. Professor Sharp is the recipient of numerous external grants and four teaching awards. Her book Strange Harvest won the 2008 New Millennium Book Award of the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
RKC Lobby 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
What is Anthropology?
What is it like to major in Anthropology?
What is fieldwork?
Can I major in Anthropology and study abroad?
Can I joint major?
What courses are being offered in 2018-2019?
Come enjoy free food and great, informative conversation with students and professors in the Anthropology Program!
Friday, April 6, 2018
Inaugural Conference, History of Capitalism at Bard
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 10:00 am – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Kevin Duong (Bard)
David Kettler (Bard)
Zak Rawle (Bard)
Jane Glaubman (Cornell)
Joseph Sheehan (Bard)
Simon deBevoise (Bard)
Zeke Perkins (SEIU)
Ed Quish (Cornell)
Maggie Dickinson (CUNY)
Joy Al-Nemri (Bard)
Ella McLeod (Bard)
Laura Ford (Bard)
Holger Droessler (Bard)
Monday, March 5, 2018
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley
Olin, Room 102 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
This paper pursues an ethnographic account of intra-Indigenous relations and jurisdictional contest in urban northern Australia. Its narrative explores the relationship between Aboriginal community policing and emergent forms and figures of urban mobility and morbidity in Darwin, capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. While Darwin’s Indigenous patrols have no police powers, and its officers disavow any authority as ‘‘police,’’ they do have a certain status vested in them by the traditional owners of the country on which they patrol. Their Aboriginal-directed efforts thus entail both an assertion of Indigenous jurisdiction and an accompanying reflexivity about the substance and limits of its reach—limits informed by settler colonial oversight, by the diversity of Indigenous claims to urban space, and by poetic figures and mediatized narratives that trope the volatility of Aboriginal dispersal and displacement. The paper explores the ways patrols negotiate their authority and reckon its limits, extending a local poetics jurisdiction and movement to illuminate the new urban worlds they traverse.