• Climate Refugees

    $5 admission (waived for Summer Teacher Institute 2011 attendees) In 2006, Michael Nash learned that a U.N. University study found that there are more environmental refugees in the world than political or religious. With that in mind, Nash set out to document how humans worldwide are being displaced by environmental change and increasingly extreme weather conditions. Through personal […]

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  • Climate Change & the International Negotiations

    Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was established in 1994, efforts to secure international agreement on climate policy have gained increasing attention, but compromise on the issues has not been easy to achieve. Jonathan Pershing serves as the Department of State’s senior climate negotiator and Head of Delegation at official level meetings of […]

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  • The Emerging Middle-Class: Thoughts from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)

    Brazil, Russia, India, and China commonly known as BRIC, together constitute more than 25% of the world’s GDP. These countries are projected to grow much faster than developed economies in the next 20 years. The goal of this May 13th program (and the subsequent Saturday conference) iss to bring together experts on Brazil, Russia, India, […]

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  • Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach

    In Creating Capabilities, University of Chicago Law School professor Martha Nussbaum argues that our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our most basic human needs for dignity and self-respect. For the past twenty-five years, Nussbaum has been working on an alternate model to assess human development: the Capabilities Approach. She and her […]

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  • Venezuela Speaks!

    For the last decade, Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution” has captured international attention. Poverty, inequality, and unemployment have all dropped, while health, education, and living standards have seen a commensurate rise. Venezuela Speaks! is the real, bottom-up account of the country’s bloodless uprising and reorganization. Co-editor Carlos Martinez explained how the stories in Venezuela Speaks! offer a […]

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  • Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics

    Why Leaders Lie: The Truth About Lying in International Politics catalogs the kinds of lies nations tell each other. Political Science professor John Mearsheimer provided the first systematic analysis of lying as a tool of statecraft, identifying the varieties, the reasons, and the potential costs and benefits. Drawing on a wealth of examples, he argued that […]

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  • Images as Beings: Blood, Sweat and Tear

    In Spain, images seemingly exuding blood, tears, and sweat provoked veneration and miracles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and then faced increasing skepticism. The cycle was repeated in the 1920s in Spain, the 1950s in Western Europe in general, and continues today. William Christian is an independent scholar who lives in Las Palmas de […]

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  • Islamist Movements Across the Globe: Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere

    Over the last decade, public discussion of Islam and Islamist movements has been framed largely by the vocabulary of US counter-terrorism strategies and US foreign policy goals often repeated by journalists who cover the Middle East and Central and South Asia. This vocabulary ignores the idiosyncrasies of local forms of government, political counter-narratives, and religious […]

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  • What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Sludge Disaster?

    As Hungary began its presidency of the European Union, it was still recovering from the October 4 toxic spill that killed ten people and injured more than one hundred. The seven foot wave of red mud that burst from an alumina plant reservoir covered more than fifteen square miles and flooded several villages and towns. […]

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  • What Are We Doing Here?

    What Are We Doing Here? questions the effectiveness of charity given to Africa over the last five decades. The film tells the story of four brothers—Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein—who travel across Africa in an attempt to understand one of the great problems of our time; the failure to end poverty. In the film, the […]

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