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Mirrored Resonance: Writing English in Chinese Characters

Jonathan Stalling, Oklahoma
Monday, March 2, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Kim Dozier, Penn State

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Kimberly Dozier is a Daily Beast and CNN contributor, after four years as AP’s intelligence writer including traveling to cover the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and 17 years as an award-winning CBS News foreign and national security correspondent. She currently holds the 2014-2015 Bradley Chair at the U.S. Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson College, while working on a book on resiliency and clandestine operations.

Her talk will focus on the role of the media in the age of the internet.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Title TBD

Mykola Polyuha, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Monday, March 16, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Col. Wilkerson will lead a discussion on stategic intelligence.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Title TBD

Matthew Hart, Columbia
Monday, March 23, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Rachel Sayre, Senior Advisor for USAID

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Rachel Sayre, Penn State alum and current senior advisor for USAID, will talk about USAID and development

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Conservatism, Orthodoxy and Intellectual Change: the Qingyuan School of Learning in Early Modern China

Courtney Rong-Fu, Penn State
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
101 Old Botany, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Courtney’s project explores the survival state of Cheng-Chu Confucianism during the mid to late Ming period, focusing on the Qingyuan School. It is situated in the intersections of intellectual, cultural and socio-economic histories. By examining the institutional formation of academies, textual production, cultural consumption, book markets, printing and publishing industries, and overseas trade in Quanzhou, it hopes to lay bare the larger contexts in which an intellectual lineage developed and thrived. My study reveals a complex picture of interconnections between a host of historical dynamics, showing how intellectual forces were bound up with material ones, and local developments were nested in the global contexts. It provides glimpses into a slice of Chinese early modernity, as conservatism nevertheless engendered change, and as intellectual development inevitably became enmeshed in global economic and cultural forces. 

Courtney Rong-Fu  is a Ph.D candidate in the dual-title program in the Department of History and the Asian Studies Program. Her interest is in socio-cultural history of late imperial China with a special focus on scholarly and literati activities. She is also interested in gender history of imperial China and the republican period.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

Fine Illuminations: A Visual Essay on Refinement, Finesses, and Global Cuba

Jacqueline Loss, University of Connecticut
Monday, March 30, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Development Work in Developing Countries

Fawad Sultani, Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Fawad Sultani, Penn State alum and current Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, will lead a discussion on Afghanistan. The financial aid from developed countries to the developing world is often seen as charity, while developed countries are committed to contribute a small percentage of their GDP to the poor countries, this financial aid is rather the right of those poor countries.   The discussion will also focus on importance of donor relations and good understanding of international affairs to channel funds to the developing world.   The importance of expatriate experts and advisors to fill the gap of capacity deficiency in developing countries, and how they can play their role will also be discussed. (Tentative)

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

 

Contemporary Afghan Politics

Fawad Sultani, Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
124 Sparks Building
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fawad Sultani, Penn State alum and current Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, will lead a discussion of the first ever democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan, formation of the unity government as the only option to overcome the election deadlock, challenges with the unity government, withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and its security and financial implication over the Afghan government, and finally what the future of Afghanistan may look like. (Tentative)


This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Under Institutional Eyes: The Search for Collectivity in the Postsocialist Transpacific Novel

Darwin Tsen, Penn State
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
101 Old Botany, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

This lecture attempts to cover the specific forms of collectivity and institutionality imagined by Mo Yan, China's most high-profile contemporary writer. China's renunciation of socialist practice was one of the biggest stories of the twentieth century: its subsequent reforms affected everyone, especially migrant workers from rural areas, who, severed from the social safety net provided by the agricultural commune, flocked to the cities for opportunities. The collectivity of the socialist commune, once central to the organization of village life, is lost to urban sprawl. Without a project that envisions a collective exceeding the conventional ways humans live in capitalist modernity, institutions now play the largest role in shaping the people's collective life.

Darwin Tsen is currently a fifth-year, dual-degree Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at Penn State. His current dissertation project, "Under Institutional Eyes: The Search for Collectivity in the Postsocialist Transpacific Novel" examines how collectivity is imagined in the novels of Mo Yan, Luo Yijun, and Karen Tei Yamashita, three authors whose disparate geographical origins are tied together by the recession of Chinese socialism and the rise of neoliberal globalization.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

 

Santiago Vizcaíno/Alexis Levitin, Destruction in the Afternoon:

A bilingual (Spanish/English) reading from Vizcaíno's book of poetry

April 2, 2015

4:00 p.m. 102 Weaver Bldg

Ecuadoran poet Santiago Vizcaino will read from his award-winning collected volume, Devastación en la tarde, while his translator reads his English versions.

 

Santiago Vizcaino (Quito, Ecuador, 1982) graduated in Literature and Communication from the Universidad Católica of Ecuador in Quito. He spent a year studying the Management of Literary Patrimony in Malaga, Spain and is now pursuing a doctorate in Hispanic Literatures in Quito. His first book, Destruction in the Afternoon, received the National Prize for Literature in 2008 from the Ministry of Culture. At the same time, his critical study of the poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik, Speaking Silence, won second prize in the Ministry of Culture essay competition. In 2010 he won second prize for poetry in the Pichincha competition for his book In the Twilight. His first book of short stories To Kill Mother was published in Buenos Aires in 2012. Here in the USA, his poetry, translated by Alexis Levitin, has appeared in sixteen literary magazines: Bitter Oleander, Chattahoochee Review, Connotation Press, Dirty Goat, Eleven/Eleven, eXchanges, Ezra, Lake Effect, Moon City Review,Osiris, Per Contra, Plume,Rowboat, Saranac Review, Subtropics, and Words Without Borders.

 

Alexis Levitin’s translations have appeared in well over 200 magazines, including  New England Review, APR, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review and Prairie Schooner. His thirty-five books include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, both from New Directions. His most recent books are Salgado Maranhao’s Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions, 2012), Ana Minga’s Tobacco Dogs (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), and Eugenio de Andrade’s The Art of Patience (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013). In January and February, 2015, he will be teaching in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as a Fulbright Specialist and translator. In March of 2015, Diologos Imprint will bring out his translation of Santiago Vizcaino’s Destruction in the Afternoon. In the fall of 2015 White Pine Press will publish his translation of Tiger Fur by Salgado Maranhão.

 

Title TBD

Ian Fleishman, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, April 6, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Evans Revere, Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Evans Revere will lead a discussion on North Korea.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Trash Ecologies: The Transnational Mise-En-Scène of Garbage

Sean Grattan, Gettysburg College
Thursday, April 9, 2015
124 Sparks Building, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Garbage is everywhere, but there is a concerted effort made to ignore, forget, or refuse to acknowledge its existence. Circulating through non-human actors like currents and migratory patterns, garbage crosses national borders and sometimes seems to take on a life of its own. The ubiquity of garbage goes a long way to trouble the divide between nature and wilderness. This talk will examine representations of the obdurate materiality of garbage in what is increasingly described as an immaterial age.

Sean Grattan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College. His current book project is Utopian Affects: Horizons of Community in Contemporary American Literature.  

2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 13, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstracts due February 27, 2015

Penn State’s Center for Global Studies is excited to announce its involvement with the 2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium, being held at the University of Pittsburgh on April 13, 2015. Penn State’s CGS will be working in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center to attract and highlight undergraduate research on a wide variety of global topics and issues. This event will serve as a prime networking opportunity for students looking to build careers in a global field. Any student conducting research emphasizing our interconnected world in areas such as (but not limited to) global economics, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community is encouraged to apply.

In order to apply, a student must first submit an abstract for review (due February 27). Select students will then be asked to submit a minimum of 8-page research paper to be reviewed by a panel, and to speak at the event on April 13. Students who are chosen to participate in the symposium will give a 12-minute presentation outlining their specific research. Applications and more information can be found at the University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies page. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. Meals and round-trip transportation expenses from Penn State campuses are covered.

Title TBD

Nathaniel Mackey, Duke
Monday, April 13, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Karl Hofmann, President & CEO Population Service International

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of PSI (Population Services International), a non-profit global health organization based in Washington, D.C. PSI operates in 60 countries worldwide, with programs in family planning and reproductive health, malaria, child survival, HIV, maternal and child health, and non-communicable diseases. For over 40 years, PSI has measurably improved the health of people in the developing world, making it easier for them to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services. PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations to create health solutions that are built to last. Mr. Hoffman will lead a discussion on demography, fertitility, and sustainability.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Islam and the Literary Imaginary in Twentieth Century North Africa

Hoda El Shakry, Penn State
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
101 Old Botany, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

This talk will present Professor El Shakry's current book-length research project, which explores the influence of Islamic thought and philosophy on the literary milieu of the region of the Maghreb – namely, the former French colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.  Her work examines how twentieth century Arabophone and Francophone textual materials – novels, poetry, plays, as well as literary and cultural periodicals – engage with the Qurʾan, the apostolic tradition of Hadith, in addition to central debates in Islamic exegesis, jurisprudence, and philosophy.  She argues that explicating this confluence between theological and literary discourses exposes the shared formal as well as ethical concerns of both traditions.  Moreover, the imperial context of her inquiry situates this investigation within the broader transnational questions of decolonization, post-colonialism, nation-state building, and globalization.  

Hoda El Shakry is an Assistant Professor of Comparative, Arabic and African Literatures. Her teaching and research interests lie in modern literature, criticism and visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa.  Her scholarship traverses the fields of modern Arabic and Francophone North African literature, Mediterranean studies, Islam and secular criticism, postcolonial studies and narrative theory.  Her current book project explores literary engagements with the Qur’an and Islamic Thought in twentieth century Arabophone and Francophone fiction of the Maghreb.  Before coming to Penn State, Hoda El Shakry was an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.  Her publications include: “Apocalyptic Pasts, Orwellian Futures: Elle Flanders’ Zero Degrees of Separation” in GLQ (2010) and “Revolutionary Eschatology: Islam and the End of Time in al-Tahir Wattar’s al-Zilzal ” in the Journal of Arabic Literature (2011).  She has a forthcoming piece on Arabic literary pedagogy and the Maghreb, entitled: "Lessons from the Maghreb."

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Faculty Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary research.

Title TBD

Dorothy Wang, Williams College
Monday, April 20, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Greg Kruczek, PhD. student, Virginia Tech, Penn State School of International Affairs alumni

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

Title TBD

Jing Tsu, Yale
Monday, April 27, 2015
102 Kern, 12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Peter Van Buren, Policy Expert, Middle East Policy Council

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
116 Katz Building
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department and author of We Meant Well, will talk about nation building.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

The Center for Global Studies
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