Friday, November 30, 2018
A Symposium Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Tehran Conference
Olin Hall 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Organized by the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, in association with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) of St. Petersburg State University, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
For most Americans, the most controversial—and famous—summit meeting of the Second World War remains the Yalta Conference, where, in the minds of many conservative critics, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt essentially handed over control of Poland and much of Eastern Europe to the Soviet Union. What is often overlooked, however, is that most of the agreements achieved at Yalta were first discussed over a year earlier at the Tehran Conference. Viewed from this perspective, the Yalta Conference represents the moment at which “the Big Three” put the finishing touches on what was already agreed at the Tehran gathering.
The aim of this joint U.S.-Russian symposium is to gain a deeper understanding of the Tehran Conference and what impact the decisions taken at this first, all-important summit meeting had on U.S.-Russian relations, not only during the Yalta Conference but also in the years that followed. The event will include presentations from leading historians and political scientists from the United States, Russia, and Great Britain, touching on historical topics such as Poland, the Second Front, future of Germany, postwar planning, shifting balance of power, Soviet entry into the war against Japan, as well as the current state of Russian-American relations.
The symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition of key documents and photographs from the FDR Presidential Library and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library at the Stevenson Library at Bard College from November 26 to December 24, 2018.
The symposium is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
We will be webcasting via Facebook Live on the Bard Center for Civic Engagement Facebook page, beginning at 9:00 am on November 30.
You can download the symposium program via the link at the bottom of this page.Symposium Schedule9:00-10:00 a.m. Conference Opening: Understanding Tehran and Yalta A Moment in U.S.–Russian Relations - Jonathan Becker, Bard College What Tehran 1943 and Tehran 2018 Tell Us about Russian-American Relations - Darya Pushkina, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation [via video-feed] New Documentary Evidence Regarding the Organization of the Tehran and Yalta Conferences – Olga Golovina, Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, Russian Federation [via video-feed]10:00–11:00 a.m. Keynote Address The Soviet Union in U.S. Strategic Planning during World War II – Mark Stoler, University of Vermont11:00–11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15–12:45 p.m. Tehran in Retrospect: The Turning Point of the Second World War? Chair and Discussant – Yana Skorobogatov, Williams College Tehran and Stalin’s Grand Strategy - Sean McMeekin, Bard College At the Peak of Friendship: Soviet-American Perceptions from Tehran to Yalta – Ivan Kurilla, European University at St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Tehran as the Foundation of the Postwar World – Andrew Buchanan, University of Vermont12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00–3:30 p.m. Yalta in Retrospect: Start of the Cold War? Chair - Richard Aldous, Bard College Looking Beyond Victory: FDR and the Russians at Yalta – David Woolner, Roosevelt Institute/Marist College/Bard College “I don’t think I’m Wrong about Stalin:” Churchill’s Strategic and Diplomatic Assumptions at Yalta - Richard Toye, University of Exeter, United Kingdom Stalin’s Victory at Yalta – Harold Goldberg, Sewanee–The University of the South Discussant – Yuri Rogoulev, Moscow State University, Russian Federation3:30–4:00 p.m. The Student Perspective Presentation of the Bard College Student-Curated Digital Exhibition on the Tehran and Yalta Conferences4:00–4:15 p.m. Coffee Break
4:15–5:45 p.m. The State of U.S.-Russian Relations Today Chair and Discussant – Robert Person, United States Military Academy, West Point The Puffer Fish and the Eagle: Russia and the United States since the End of World War II – Timothy Naftali, New York University A New Yalta? Is There an Affirmative Project in Russian Foreign Policy and Are We to Take It Seriously? – Artemy Magun, European University at St. Petersburg, Russian Federation Putin and America: U.S.-Russian Relations Today - Nina Khrushcheva, The New School5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks – David Woolner
Download: SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM.pdf View the program
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm EST/GMT-5
Greg Drilling recently served as a Finance Associate on Governor Andrew Cuomo' re-election campaign. In this role, he worked with a small team to create, organize, and implement a fundraising strategy that raised over $38 million. Greg also worked closely with the campaign's Research Director during the final six months of the campaign. Prior to working on Governor Cuomo's campaign, Greg worked as a Senior Political Fundraiser at a New York City-based consulting firm where his clients included federal, state, and local candidates. Greg graduated from Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2016 after completing degrees in Political Studies and Music Performance. He is currently on the advisory board for the Bard Conservatory.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Nina Hagel, Bates College
Olin, Room 102 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Across the humanities and social sciences, appeals to authenticity have been subject to a variety of criticisms. Developments in postfoundational philosophy have challenged many of the foundational concepts underlying ideas of authenticity, such as a unitary self, transparent self-knowledge, and accounts of authentic roots. Many scholars are particularly critical of how authenticity is deployed in political life: authenticity claims may marginalize those deemed “inauthentic,” they may challenge facts and expertise in the name of feeling, and they may marginalize those who do not identify with their vision of the good. In this talk, I examine the political risks and possibilities of authenticity claims in a particular contemporary discourse—namely, in the self-descriptions of transgender children. At first glance, the authenticity claims in this discourse may generate troubling inadvertent effects: they may disseminate constraining and narrow standards of what it means to be “real,” they may encourage a false presentation of self in order to elicit rights and recognition, they may deem other identities less real and less valuable. I suggest that some of these effects arise from the particular frames we use to read these claims, and offer an alternative framing that may help us better negotiate their risks and grasp the political stakes of authenticity. In what I term a democratic frame, I show how there are certain ways of reading and deploying authenticity claims that can do the work of critique and resistance without becoming mired in potentially depoliticizing debates about ontological truths of the self, genuine self-knowledge, or “realness.” Such a reading separates the political stakes of authenticity from the ontological language often advanced by appeals to the term; showing that we don’t need to believe in a “true self” to grasp the political stakes of these claims. By attending to the ways we read authenticity claims, we might be able to counter the tendency to make automatic and unconscious determinations of authenticity, and enable the term to be deployed in freer and fairer ways.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Erin Cannan, Vice President for Student Affairs
Cammie Jones, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement
Simon Gilhooley, Assistant Professor of Political Studies
Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters
Monday, October 29, 2018
Catherine Z. Sameh
University of California, Irvine
Olin, Room 102 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
The anti-colonial thrust of revolutionary and post-revolutionary Iran has been narrated largely through key male theorists and politicians, primarily Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Shariati. Decolonial scholarship tends to resurrect this voice through its often uncritical and romanticized engagement with Shariati as the sole anti-colonial voice of Iran. Inviting attention to Iranian women’s rights activists as theorists in their own right, this talk will elaborate an alternative decolonial voice, one characterized by decoloniality’s very commitment to gendered analysis and unrelenting challenge to binary ways of thinking.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Democratic Candidate for New York State Assembly District 103 (incumbent)
Barringer House Global Classroom 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Democratic Candidate for New York State Senate District 41
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
This event is part of a series organized in coordination with the ELAS (Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences) courses PS 209, Civic Engagement, and PS 265, Campaign 2018. Please watch out for future announcements of other candidate visits to campus.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism
Olin, Room 102 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm EDT/GMT-4
Emily Bell is founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a leading thinker, commentator, and strategist on digital journalism. As editor in chief across Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Bell led the web team in pioneering live blogging, podcasting, multimedia formats, data, and social media, making the Guardian an internationally awarded beacon of digital transformation. She is coauthor of a number of lectures and papers on the transformation of journalism, including “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present” (2012) with C. W. Anderson and Clay Shirky; coeditor of the book Journalism after Snowden (2017); and most recently, “The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-engineered Journalism” (2017) with Taylor Owen.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Olin, Room 102 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Based on demographic projections, most Americans believe that their society will transition soon to a majority-minority one. But the projections fail to adequately account for a major social and demographic phenomenon of the early 21st century: the rise of a group of young Americans with mixed minority-white ancestry. In a departure from the one-drop regime of past racism, these individuals appear to be growing up in mixed family settings, but because of the binary, zero-sum rigidities that still guide our thinking, they are mostly classified as minorities in demographic data. Without this classification, however, the emergence of a majority-minority society in the foreseeable future is far from certain. Moreover, the evidence we possess about the characteristics, social affiliations, and identities of mixed individuals contradicts an exclusively minority classification, except for partly black individuals, who suffer from high levels of racism. Taking into account the ambiguous social locations of most mixed minority-white persons, I suggest that, even should a majority-minority society appear, it will not look like we presently imagine it.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Inaugural Conference, History of Capitalism at Bard
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 10:00 am – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Kevin Duong (Bard)
David Kettler (Bard)
Zak Rawle (Bard)
Jane Glaubman (Cornell)
Joseph Sheehan (Bard)
Simon deBevoise (Bard)
Zeke Perkins (SEIU)
Ed Quish (Cornell)
Maggie Dickinson (CUNY)
Joy Al-Nemri (Bard)
Ella McLeod (Bard)
Laura Ford (Bard)
Holger Droessler (Bard)
Thursday, March 29, 2018
PhD Candidate, UCLA
Olin, Room 102 4:45 pm EDT/GMT-4
How and why did the political discourse of “little citizens” become a rhetorical tool enabling both national mobilization and social contestation in modern Japan? Despite the print media’s celebration of children’s citizenship and their status as subjects in Meiji Japan, the rights bestowed upon children were inconsistent, as were expectations of their actions as “little citizens” with a political identity. In this talk, I discuss how the development of formal education and the circulation of children’s magazines, such as The Boy’s World (Shōnen sekai, 1895–1933), created the historical conditions necessary to mobilize children as “little citizens.” At the same time, heterogeneous configurations of linguistic and literary practices in different cultural settings demonstrated various ways in which the vernacular conventions of childhood occasionally deviated from the operation of the state apparatus, functioning as a subversive force against the standardization of childhood. To exemplify such power dynamics, this talk highlights a series of literary works called shōnen-mono (stories about children and childhood), which emerged right after the First Sino-Japanese War (1864-1865) as a site of poetic imagination to resist social normalization and negate children’s subjection as imperial subjects under state power. By unpacking various symbolic constructions of “little citizens,” I demonstrate how the multilayered representation of children, as a part of discursive practices, lead to a complex interplay between standardization and decentralization in the politics and poetics of childhood in a modern capitalist society.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, 42 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
The United Nations is a key component of the post-WWII international system yet remains misunderstood and the target of criticism. Gillian Sorensen, senior adviser to the United Nations Foundation and longtime UN official, will discuss this institution in conversation with BGIA Director and Bard College Dean of International Studies James Ketterer. A reception will follow.
This event is part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series, cosponsored and hosted by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and supported by Foreign Affairs magazine. It is free and open to the public by RSVP.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
Olin, Room 102 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Hosted by Big Ideas 215: Of Utopias.
This talk explores the intersections of politics, philosophy, and radical psychiatry in 20th-century France. It focuses on a psychiatric reform movement called “institutional psychotherapy” that had an important influence on many intellectuals and activists, including François Tosquelles, Jean Oury, Felix Guattari, Frantz Fanon, Georges Canguilhem, and Michel Foucault. Anchored in Marxism and in Lacanian psychoanalysis, institutional psychotherapy advocated a fundamental restructuring of the asylum in order to transform the theory and practice of psychiatric care. More broadly, for many of these thinkers, the psychiatric offered a lens to rethink the political in the particular context of postwar France.
Camille Robcis is associate professor of history at Cornell University. Her teaching and research interests have focused on three broad issues: the historical construction of norms, the intellectual production of knowledge, and the articulation of universalism and difference in modern French history. Her first book, The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in France (2013), examines how French policy makers called upon structuralist anthropology and psychoanalysis to reassert the centrality of sexual difference as the foundation for all social and psychic organization. She is currently working on a history of institutional psychotherapy, a movement born after World War II that advocated a radical restructuring of the asylum in an attempt to rethink and reform psychiatric care.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature,
New York University
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 4:45 pm EST/GMT-5
The longest-lasting ongoing struggle in France today is the occupational attempt to block the construction of an international airport in farmland in western France, the ZAD, or “zone à defendre,” outside of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. In this talk I will consider a number of innovative practices reworked and lived by the inhabitants of the ZAD, in relation to historic examples such as the Commune de Paris of 1871. At the center of my presentation will be the notion of the territory and the logics of difference, possibility and autonomy it implies—the local, often rural construction of an autonomous zone, in secession from the state, which does not result in a closing in upon itself. What is a territory worth defending? What does it mean to defend a zone, or to work at creating—over time, and perhaps over a lifetime—a territory worthy of defense? How can a struggle whose particularity lies in being anchored in one place be extended to other territories?
Kristin Ross is professor emerita of comparative literature at New York University. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, she is the author of a number of books about modern and contemporary French political culture, all of which have appeared in French translation, including The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (1988); Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995); and May ’68 and Its Afterlives (2002). Her most recent book, Communal Luxury (2015), was published first in France by La Fabrique.
Monday, February 26, 2018
The Bard Fiction Prize winner and National Book Award finalist Karan Mahajan reads from his work.
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 2:30 pm EST/GMT-5
On Monday, February 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, novelist Karan Mahajan reads from his work. Presented by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, and followed by a Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
Karan Mahajan studied English and economics at Stanford University before earning an M.F.A. in fiction from the Michener Center for Writers. His first novel, Family Planning (2012), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (2016), won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, and the NYPL Young Lions Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, in addition to being named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and others. In 2017, Mahajan was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.
PRAISE FOR KARAN MAHAJAN
“The Association of Small Bombs is wonderful. It is smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. . . . Mahajan is the real deal.” —Fiona Maazel, New York Times Book Review
“A voracious approach to fiction-making . . . Mahajan has a cinematic attunement to the spectacle of disaster.” —New Yorker
“Mahajan is an incredibly assured stylist. . . . Hugely promising.” —Jay McInerney, Daily Beast
“Even when handling the darkest material or picking through confounding emotional complexities, Mahajan maintains a light touch and a clarity of vision.” —London Review of Books
“Mahajan . . . has already developed an irresistible voice with a rich sense of humor fueled by sorrow.” —Washington Post Book World