Special Event

Sep 20

Identity, Sovereignty, and Cold War Politics in the Building of Baghdad

9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street

This conference is open to the public.

Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts. The full day event (September 19) will be preceded by a Keynote Panel held the prior evening, focused on the relationship between war and urbanism, a theme that will re-emerge comparatively and historically in subsequent day’s panels which focus on a range of theoretical, historical, and practical dilemmas facing Baghdad and other cities in the region. The conference ends with a half-day discussion of the urban planning, design, and governance challenges facing the city now and in the near future.

Sponsored by Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Co-Sponsored by Aga Khan Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; MIT Center for International Studies; Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master of Design Studies Program; Harvard GSD Urban Theory Lab; Harvard GSD Master of Design Studies; Harvard Urban Planning and Design Interdisciplinary Initiative.

Contact:

buildingofbaghdad@gmail.com
Visit the conference website for full details and program: http://gsd.harvard.edu/buildingofbaghdad

Sep 19

Identity, Sovereignty, and Cold War Politics in the Building of Baghdad

8:30am to 7:30pm

Location: 

Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street

This conference is open to the public.

Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts. The full day event (September 19) will be preceded by a Keynote Panel held the prior evening, focused on the relationship between war and urbanism, a theme that will re-emerge comparatively and historically in subsequent day’s panels which focus on a range of theoretical, historical, and practical dilemmas facing Baghdad and other cities in the region. The conference ends with a half-day discussion of the urban planning, design, and governance challenges facing the city now and in the near future.

Sponsored by Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Co-Sponsored by Aga Khan Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; MIT Center for International Studies; Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master of Design Studies Program; Harvard GSD Urban Theory Lab; Harvard GSD Master of Design Studies; Harvard Urban Planning and Design Interdisciplinary Initiative.

Contact:

buildingofbaghdad@gmail.com
Visit the conference website for full details and program: http://gsd.harvard.edu/buildingofbaghdad

Sep 18

Identity, Sovereignty, and Cold War Politics in the Building of Baghdad

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street

This conference is open to the public.

Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts. The full day event (September 19) will be preceded by a Keynote Panel held the prior evening, focused on the relationship between war and urbanism, a theme that will re-emerge comparatively and historically in subsequent day’s panels which focus on a range of theoretical, historical, and practical dilemmas facing Baghdad and other cities in the region. The conference ends with a half-day discussion of the urban planning, design, and governance challenges facing the city now and in the near future.

Sponsored by Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Co-Sponsored by Aga Khan Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; MIT Center for International Studies; Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master of Design Studies Program; Harvard GSD Urban Theory Lab; Harvard GSD Master of Design Studies; Harvard Urban Planning and Design Interdisciplinary Initiative.

Contact:

buildingofbaghdad@gmail.com
Visit the conference website for full details and program: http://gsd.harvard.edu/buildingofbaghdad

Oct 02

Open House for Undergraduates

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Fisher Family Commons, 1st floor

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs warmly welcomes Students of Harvard College to join us for our annual Open House for Undergraduates.

Learn about Weatherhead Center programs and opportunities for undergraduates including: summer travel grants for thesis research and J-term research/travel, thesis workshops, seminars on international topics, IRC-WCFIA events, and grants for student groups. Meet the Weatherhead Center’s faculty, Fellows, staff, IRC members, graduate students, and visiting scholars.

Refreshments will be served!

Apr 25

Symposium: Science, Identity, and Ethnicity

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Belfer Case Study Room (S020)

"Science, Identity, and Ethnicity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes"

A two-day interdisciplinary symposium, free and open to the public. For up-to-date details on the schedule and free registration, please visit: www.scienceidentityethnicity.eventbrite.com

Keynote Speaker:

Nadia Abu El-Haj, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University.

Co-sponsored by the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School of Government, the Committee on African Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of African and African-American Studies, and the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

Apr 24

Symposium: Science, Identity, and Ethnicity

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

William James Hall, Room 1550

"Science, Identity, and Ethnicity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes"

A two-day interdisciplinary symposium, free and open to the public. For up-to-date details on the schedule and free registration, please visit: www.scienceidentityethnicity.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Kennedy School of Government, the Committee on African Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of African and African-American Studies, and the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.

Apr 18

Prize Fellows' Workshop

8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: 

61 Kirkland Street, 2nd Floor Seminar Room

"Workshop on Manufacturing and Economic Development"

Speakers:

Hunt Allcott, Assistant Professor of Economics, New York University.

Ann Harrison, Professor of Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Keniston, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University.

Kala Krishna, Liberal Arts Research Professor, Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University.

Shanti Nataraj, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation.

Andrea Szabo, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Houston.

Nicholas Ryan, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University.

Co-sponsored by the Prize Fellowships in Economics, History, and Politics. Organized by Nicholas Ryan. Please contact jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu to register.

Contact:

Jessica Barnard
jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu

Apr 11

Special Workshop

10:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 

61 Kirkland Street, Room 202

"The Making and Unmaking of Manchukuo"

This one-day workshop will focus on the history, literature, and culture of "Manchukuo" (Japanese colonial Manchuria) from multidisciplinary and multinational perspectives. The presenters will include faculty members and graduate students from Harvard and nearby universities.

Co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University, the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Harvard Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.

To register, please email miyaxieqiong@gmail.com.

Apr 10

Weatherhead Center Fellows Special Seminar

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250

"Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Responses to a Global Crisis"

Speakers:

Dan O’Bryant, Chairman, Board of Directors, Shared Hope International.

Anne Stetson, Fellow, Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.

Christopher Sage, Fellow. Colonel, United States Air Force.

Contact:

Kathleen Molony
kmolony@wcfia.harvard.edu

Apr 17

Special Event

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Carpenter Center Lecture Hall, 24 Quincy Street

"Beneath The Killing Fields: In Pursuit of the Truth"

Screening of Thet Sambath's Enemies of the People and Panel Discussion.

For up-to-date information, visit http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/beneath-killing-fields...

Panel:

Thet Sambath, 2013-14 Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow.

Christopher Decherd, Voice of America Khmer Service Chief.

Gregory H. Stanton, Founder and President of Genocide Watch; Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project.

Moderator:

Homi Bhabha, Director, the Mahindra Humanities Center; Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University.

Co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard Scholars At Risk, The Film Study Center at Harvard, and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.

Mar 31

Special Seminar

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, S250

"Shakespeare to Wordsworth: The Bible, Capitalism, and the English Poor"

Speaker:

David Aberbach, Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University.

May 07

Weatherhead Center Special Seminar

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S050

“Slum Health: Suffering and Survival in a Setting of Legal Exclusion”

A billion people, or one-seventh of the world’s population, now live in slums in developing country cities. Mumbai, India, possibly has the world’s largest population of slum dwellers: 50-60% of its population lives in informal settlements on <9% of the city’s land area. A significant proportion of those slum residents live in “non-notified” settlements that lack any legal recognition, resulting in their exclusion from formal municipal services such as water, sanitation, and electricity. From 2009 to 2012, a team of researchers from PUKAR (a Mumbai-based research collective), the Harvard School of Public Health, and NYU engaged in an interdisciplinary project investigating health in a non-notified slum of 14,000 people. With support from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, several new findings have emerged from these data in the last year that the research team wishes to disseminate to the public. This event will consist of a few short presentations of original research findings followed by reflections on the findings by professors from the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Apr 11

Conference: "The Power of Peace: New Perspectives on the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815)"

2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Busch Hall, Lower Level Conference Room

For up-to-date information and the full program, please visit the conference website: http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/vienna2014

Co-sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Harvard International and Global History Seminar.

Contact:

Sarah Delude
sadelude@fas.harvard.edu

Conference Organizers:

David R. Armitage, Executive Committee; Faculty Associate. Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.

Stella Ghervas, Visiting Scholar in European History, Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Senior Fellow Maison des Sciences de l'Homme d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux. 

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