Weatherhead Spotlight 2022–2023

Academic Year 2022–2023

The Weatherhead Spotlight showcases the research and debates of the various units and affiliates of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

The goal of the Spotlight each year is to tease out the robust discussions happening within each respective group and invite the WCFIA community to engage with the ongoing conversations.

All WCFIA affiliates are invited to attend! Lunch will be available starting at 12:00 noon; we will start promptly at 12:15 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. sharp. We will meet in the Bowie-Vernon Room (CGIS K262). The Spotlight is chaired by the Center’s acting director.

Fall 2022

Wednesday, September 21
Featuring the Canada Program from 12:00–1:15 p.m.

“Resource Colony, Transnational Actor: Canada in a Burning World (Introducing the Canada Program, 2022–23)”

  • Kathy Bickmore, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program. Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
  • Judith Ellen Brunton, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program. PhD, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.
  • Pamela Klassen, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program. Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.
  • Daniel Manulak, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program. PhD, Department of History, Western University, Canada.

Wednesday, October 12
Featuring the Graduate Student Associates Program

“When Home Is the Mouth of a Shark: A Study of Boko Haram's Terror and the Continuum of Displacement”

  • Gbemisola Abiola, Graduate Student Associate. PhD Candidate, Department of African and African American Studies and Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.
  • Discussant: Orelia Jonathan, Graduate Student Associate. PhD Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Discussant: Derek J. Robey, Graduate Student Associate; Graduate Research Fellow, Canada Program. PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.
  • Chair: Erez Manela, Acting Center Director (2022–2023); Director, Graduate Student Programs. Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 2
Featuring The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

“Rethinking Responses to Forced Displacement in Africa”

  • Sophia Balakian, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University. “Forged Identities or Just Resistance? Reframing State/NGO Discourses of ‘Fraud’ in Refugee Resettlement from Kenya."
  • Yang-Yang Zhou, Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia; CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, CIFAR. “Inclusive Refugee-Hosting in Uganda Improves Local Development, Increases Incumbent Support, and Prevents Public Backlash."
  • Chair: Timothy J. Colton, Chair, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 30
Featuring the Weatherhead Scholars Program

"The (Ir)Relevance of National Borders in an Era of Climate Change"

  • David Leblang, Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program (fall 2022). Ambassador Henry Taylor Professor of Politics, Department of Politics; Compton Professor, Miller Center of Public Affairs; Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia.
  • Discussant: Giovanni Matera, Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, Weatherhead Scholars Program; Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. PhD, Department of Sociology, L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris.
  • Chair: Erin Goodman, Director, Weatherhead Scholars Program.

Spring 2023

Wednesday, January 25 – featuring the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations 
Wednesday, February 15 – featuring the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion
Wednesday, March 8 – featuring the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Migration
Wednesday, March 29 – featuring the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Business and Government
Wednesday, April 19 – TBD 

See also: Conferences, 2023, 2022