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September 2016

EURO Major and TAM Ice Cream Social

September 16, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Thinking about declaring a European Studies major, or want to learn more about the TransAtlantic Master’s Program? Join current EURO majors and TAM students for free ice cream and networking right after the September 16 talk of the Friday Lecture Series presented by the Center for European Studies.

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October 2016

Discussion with Klara Peter

October 1, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This presentation is based on Klara Peter’s co-authored study on the long-term health effects of the early-life shocks caused by the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union during WWII. The study looks at individuals who, at the time of the war, were in utero or in their early childhood. The results help explain the developments affecting late-life well being of the survivors, such as mortality, certain health condition, depression, as well as subjective health assessments and life satisfaction. Peter is…

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November 2016

Klara Peter, “The Long-Term Health Effects of the Nazi Occupation of the Soviet Union”

November 1, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This presentation is based on Klara Peter’s co-authored study on the long-term health effects of the early-life shocks caused by the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union during WWII. The study looks at individuals who, at the time of the war, were in utero or in their early childhood. The results help explain the developments affecting late-life well being of the survivors, such as mortality, certain health condition, depression, as well as subjective health assessments and life satisfaction.

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Eddy Malesky and Markus Taussig, ‘Labor Protection in Vietnam’

November 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Regulatory non-compliance by firms causes grave dangers for surrounding communities in emerging economies. This lecture describes the results of a two-year experiment in Vietnam, which tests the possibility that firms asked to give feedback on a draft regulation are subsequently more likely to comply with the resulting costs and constraints imposed by government. Study results indicate that participating firms were significantly more likely to: 1) allow inspections by chemical safety experts working for a business association affiliated with the government;…

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January 2017

Jeff Jones, ‘A Cold War Crusader on an Ideological Battlefield: Andrew Eiva, the KGB and the Soviet-Afghan War’

January 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

An analysis of Andrew Eiva’s role as a Cold War crusader based on material he wrote as a lobbyist, Western media accounts and clandestine reports about him from the files of the Lithuanian KGB reveals his behind-the-scenes significance as an ideologically-driven individual outside of the confines of government helping to shape U.S. policy during the Soviet-Afghan War. The conflict in Afghanistan, the final proxy war of the Cold War, began with the Soviet invasion in December 1979 and lasted until…

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Study Abroad 101 Info Session: UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand Summer Programs

January 24, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thinking about study abroad over the summer? Interested in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand? Come to this general information session to learn more about study abroad opportunities over the summer, with a focus on programs in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand!

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February 2017

1. Willa Dong, “Sex Work and Mental Health in Shenzhen China”

February 16, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Carolina Asia Center for the second installment in the “Tea & Talk” series. Sandwiches and bubble tea will be served. Based on eight months of fieldwork in Shenzhen, a special economic zone in China, this talk will describe female sex workers’ mental health challenges in the context of stigma, economic development and gender. The logistical, methodological and ethical issues that arise when doing global fieldwork will also be discussed. Willa Dong is a second-year doctoral student in health…

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Hana Pichova, “The Labyrinth of Central Europe and the Paradise of Milan Kundera’s ‘Ignorance’”

February 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture is part of the Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West series, co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Duke University Council for European Studies. Hana Pichova is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages. She specializes in 20th century Czech and Russian prose. Most of her published work focuses on literature in exile, specifically on how memory…

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March 2017

Discussion with Mark Sorensen

March 7, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Mark Sorensen is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A biological anthropologist by training, his research looks at the ecological impacts of globalization, modernization and cultural change in the remote areas of the former Soviet Union. This is part of the Lunch and Learn series presented by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

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Carolina Asia Center Tea & Talk Series: Sebastian Strangio, ‘Cambodia at the Crossroads’

March 9, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the Carolina Asia Center for a discussion with journalist Sebastian Strangio on his book Hun Sen’s Cambodia. The book charts the country’s history since the collapse of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in 1979, a period that has been dominated by the pugnacious personality of Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders. With Hun Sen now into his thirty-third year in control, however, his hold on power may be slipping. A youthful population, more educated and connected than perhaps…

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August 2017

Phillips Ambassadors Info Session

August 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

First information session of the year to learn all about the Phillips Ambassador Program! Learn how you can study abroad in Asia. All majors welcome!

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Memorial Service for Rula Quawas, 1960-2017

August 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations for a memorial service for Rula Quawas, professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Jordan. Quawas, an accomplished scholar and champion for women’s rights in the Arab World, maintained close ties with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she mentored students and collaborated with faculty on a number of projects. Friends, colleagues and former students of Quawas…

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September 2017

Affective Geopolitics: Entanglements of Geopolitical Lives of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

September 1, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

In this talk, Dr. Banu Gökarıksel an Associate Professor of Geography at UNC-CH will address the affective geopolitics of the Syrian war from the perspective of ordinary Turkish nationals (in Istanbul, Konya, and Malatya, focus group research conducted in 2014-2016) in relation to their encounters both with Syrian refugees and the discourses that frame or contest Turkey’s official ‘open door’ policy. She will focus on feelings of uncomfortable identification that can provoke a turn away from the other for fear…

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October 2017

Peter Vandergeest: “Slavery Scandals: Capitalist Labor Processes and Coercion in the Thai Fisheries

October 11, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The recent scandals around unfree or slave labor in the Thai fisheries has provoked action by corporate seafood buyers, importing governments, intergovernmental agencies, and the Thai government aimed at eliminating unfree labor.  These scandals are not limited to Thailand however, with migrant labor being a feature of the seafood sector globally.  In this presentation we outline the emergence of these scandals, and policy and regulatory responses, as a way of exploring the question of whether what is being labelled modern…

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Michele Rivkin-Fish, ‘Fight Abortion, Not Women: Russian Reproductive Politics and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics

October 17, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

An increasingly vibrant Russian movement has developed over the last two decades to delegitimize, restrict and criminalize abortion, even as rates of pregnancy termination decreased 5.5 times from 1989 to 2015. Contraceptive use is replacing abortion for routine fertility control, but conservatives decry abortion as a sin, and cast family planning services as a threat to national security. Political efforts to increase births have become a central tactic for nationalist revival and state legitimacy. Michele Rivkin-Fish will trace the ways supporters…

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Sarah Lemmen, ‘In Exile: Political Emigration from Eastern Europe During the Last Decades of the Cold War’

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Contrary to the prevalent rhetoric of the Cold War, the 1970s and 1980s were a time of intensive exchange across the “Iron Curtain”. Particularly in the context of the international human rights movement, a Western public grew more interested in the activities and plight of East European opposition groups. East European political exiles in Western Europe and North America played a significant role as intermediaries between East and West. They also provided opposition groups across the Iron Curtain with information,…

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December 2017

Department of State Funding Opportunities Info Session

December 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join CGI, UNC’s Diplomat-in-Residence and the Office of Distinguished Scholarships for an information session on government-funded opportunities, several of which are designed for students interested in international affairs and the foreign service. Some of the awards that will be discussed include: Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: Provides incoming graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program: A six-week, domestic…

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February 2018

Nicolai Petro, ‘The Tragedy of Ukraine’

February 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

What are the origins of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine? What are Russia’s strategic objectives, and why did the Minsk Accords fail? Based on his experience and observations as a Fulbright Scholar in Odessa, Nicolai Petro will address these and other questions in relation to the deep domestic roots of the conflict, now in its fourth year. Petro is a professor of political science and the Silvia-Chandley Professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island.

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March 2018

Olga Linkiewicz, ‘Ethnicity and Race in Poland, Politics and Mobility of Knowledge, 1918–1952’3

March 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This presentation will explore how these notions were integrated, domesticated and altered to fit into debates on a complex relationship between science, modern society and the state, and especially how they interplayed with the local-level ideas of assimilation, citizenship and patriotism on the one hand, ideological and geopolitical threats on the other. On the basis of an exhaustive use of archival sources, Olga Linkiewicz will argue that the studies of ethnicity and race which developed in interwar East Central Europe…

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April 2018

Book Reading with Marente de Moor

April 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) winner Marente de Moor for a reading of selections from her book The Dutch Maiden. Learn more about de Moor and the EUPL here. Contact Sarah Hutchison to receive a few free copies of the novel.

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Sarah Cameron, ‘The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan

April 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Though it is one of the most dramatic consequences of Stalinist modernization, the story of the Kazakh famine of 1930-33, which led to the death of 1.5 million people and transformed a territory the size of continental Europe, has long remained hidden from view. Sarah Cameron’s talk will examine this largely unknown history, revealing the famine’s devastating consequences for Kazakh society. She will also consider how the case of the Kazakh famine should alter our understanding of violence, modernization and…

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October 2018

Princeton in Asia Info Session

October 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you graduating this year? Looking for an opportunity for fellowship, work, and adventure? Apply to be a Princeton in Asia fellow for 2019-20! Don't delay - applications close November 2, 2018. Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization affiliated with and located on campus at Princeton University. Founded by students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive…

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November 2018

Does International Justice Have an Impact? The Legacies of Criminal Tribunals

November 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Diane Orentlicher is a professor of law at the Washington School of Law at American University. Professor Orentlicher has served in various public positions, including as the Deputy for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department of State; United Nations Independent Expert on Combating Impunity (on appointment by the UN Secretary-General) and Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She is the author of Some Kind of Justice: The…

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November 9, 2018 @ 12:25 pm - 2:00 pm

Organized by Political Science Professor Milada Vachudova, this panel will feature Samuel Greene. Sam Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London and senior lecturer in Russian politics. Prior to moving to London in 2012, he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years, most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School, and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His book, Moscow in Movement: Power…

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January 2019

Transatlantic Antifacisms: From the Spanish Civil War to the End of World War II

January 25, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

Antifascism has received little attention compared to its enemy. No historian or social scientist has previously attempted to define its nature and history – yet antifascism became perhaps the most powerful ideology of the twentieth century. Michael Seidman fills this gap by providing the first comprehensive study of antifascisms in Spain, France, the UK, and USA, with new interpretations of the Spanish Civil War, French Popular Front, and Second World War. He shows how two types of antifascism – revolutionary…

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February 2019

Visegrad Talk • Winning the Battle, Losing the War: Polish Courts as EU Courts?

February 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In September 2018 the European Commission referred Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for violating the principle of judicial independence with the controversial law on appointing Supreme Court judges. At the same time, the judges currently serving on the Polish Supreme Court, as well as the Supreme Administrative Court, referred several questions to the CJEU (under the preliminary ruling procedure) concerning the new laws on the judiciary. Can the Court of Justice of the EU…

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April 2019

Universities as Elevators: Education and Migration of Human Capital in Slovakia

April 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Slovak higher education sector. The number of students has increased fourfold, the number of universities has doubled, and new universities have been established in smaller towns. Despite this trend, Slovakia still faces emigration of the university-educated population. This has negative implications for the country’s future economic development. This talk will address the key drivers of today’s “brain drain” in the region, while analyzing the impact of individual characteristics, family background, and the wider socio-economic environment on people’s decision to seek…

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