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War in Ukraine

Event time: 
Friday, March 4, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Henry R. Luce Hall LUCE, 101 (Auditorium) See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will host a panel discussion on the situation in Ukraine featuring the following panelists: Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale, Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale, and Nellie Petlick, a Jackson graduate student who previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in south-central Ukraine.
Attendance is limited to current members of the Yale campus community with a valid Yale ID and registration via EventBrite is required. *Please note that registration for this event is now full.
The event will be recorded; the video will be posted to our website jackson.yale.edu/virtual-events

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The Parthenon Projective Disturbances: From Freud and Le Corbusier to Scully and Kahn, Autobiographically

Event time: 
Monday, March 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
Rosenkranz Hall RKZ, 241 See map
115 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Encountering the Sacred Rock of the Athenian Acropolis has signaled for numerous historical personalities nodal processes of self-reflection conveyed autobiographically. Confronting the Parthenon emerges mostly as an enigmatic instance of unsettling revelation. Crucial, inspiring yet intricate such occurrences emerge through the announced four travelers of the title, further linked to more thinkers or artists of the 20th century, deeply affecting their respective fields and us.
Aristotelis Dimitrakopoulos (N.T.U.Athens ‘98, M.Arch. Yale ‘00) is an architect and urban designer, educator, design consultant, writer and theoretician with a multifaceted professional and academic experience in multiple countries and regions.
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Russian Émigrés and their Impact in Interwar Greece

Event time: 
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
Henry R. Luce Hall LUCE, 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

The victory of the Bolshevik Red Army over its opponents forced thousands of Russians to abandon their homes and pursue their lives in exile. Embarking on a long period of transit, former subjects of the Russian Empire spread across the five continents and established diasporic communities, known as Russia Abroad. This presentation will focus on one of the stops on their journey ––Greece––and will attempt to reconstruct the experiences of Russian émigrés in a country afflicted by its own refugee crisis.
Charis Marantzidou is a PhD student in modern European history and a Richard Hofstadter Fellow at Columbia University. Her research focuses on modern Russia and the Soviet Union with a particular interest in the communities of Russian diaspora in Europe.
Before coming to Columbia, Charis completed a master’s in International History at the London School of Economics. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.
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Constantinopolitans and the View from the City: on Greek Diaspora, National Homeland, and Cosmopolitan Identity

Event time: 
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Event description: 

The Evolution of a Nation
In light of the anniversaries of the 1821 Greek revolution and the end of the Greco-Turkish war in 1922 the Hellenic Studies Program proposes a lecture series focused on the historic demographic shifts which have shaped the current state of the Greek nation. The series addresses the manner in which the introduction of Greek communities from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea into the Greek polity expand and complicate our understanding of the evolution of the Greek nation. In doing so, the lectures contest and disturb the linear narrative of a pre-existing nation unfolding wings to its present diverse forms from the mythical origin of a Peloponnesian heartland.
Foremost among the critical language we employ to address the diffusion of the Greek nation is the term “repatriation” (επαναπατρισμός), which fails to account for the geographical origins of the alleged repatriated communities into the Helladic domain of the Greek state. For the communities in question (Asia Minor, Black Sea, and Egypt) the Greek mainland was never their homeland and their mostly forced transplantation to Greece was a form of exile. As these communities took root in the urban centers of Greece, they also developed strategies and institutions explicitly aimed at preserving traditions that testify to the rich diversity of Hellenic identities and their adoption of and contribution to the wider cultural canvas of their lost and new homelands.
The series, titled “The Evolution of a Nation,” will also extend to more recent demographic shifts since the early 1990s by a parallel but related discussion of the ways and tactics by which second generation Greeks from immigrant communities balance the dynamic and constructive tension between assimilation and a potentially hyphenated Greekness that also acknowledges and fosters their families’ ethnic origins.
Ilay Romain Ors is an Associate Professor in Social Anthropology based in Athens, Greece. She earned her BA degrees in Sociology and Political Science & International Relations at Bogazici University Istanbul, studied at the MSc program in Social Anthropology at the University College London, and received her PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation project on the Rum Polites, the Constantinopolitan Greek Orthodox community, was revised and published as Diaspora of the City: stories of cosmopolitanism from Istanbul and Athens (Palgrave 2018). Her other research interests, teaching, and publications center on urban studies, social movements, minority identity, migration, multiculturalism, food, sports, and everyday life in Greece and Turkey. Currently, she is engaged in a multi-sited project on overlapping migratory waves in the Aegean based on research in Athens, Lesvos, and Leros, which is funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. Ors is an Associate Lecturer at the American College of Greece, Deree College, and holds a Research Affiliate position with the University of Oxford.

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PRFDHR Seminar: What is Home? Stories of Belonging from the New Syrian Diaspora, Professor Wendy Pearlman

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University - Political Science Department
Event description: 

What is home? While of universal significance, this question gains special meaning in contexts of forced migration, as the violent dislodging of persons from their established moorings brings to the fore dynamics of home-making that are obscured in more settled circumstances. Syria is a particularly illustrative case due to the staggering speed and scope of the displacement of millions of people, as well as the unparalleled variety of experiences that they are having in nearly every country across the globe. This presentation will introduce Professor Wendy Pearlman current book project, which explores experiences of losing home, searching for home, finding home, or not finding home based on 475 original interviews that she has conducted since 2012 with Syrian refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers, now residing on five continents. Professor Pearlman argues that Syrians’ life stories reveal how home is the convergence of many elements, including security, fulfillment, place, love, and belonging. When these elements do not straightforwardly merge in a single home, people must bring home into being however they can. They might create elements anew, make do with some elements but not others, or come to a new understanding of what matters to them most. Doing so requires perseverance through adversity in order to grow an awareness of whom one really is and what gives one a sense of being anchored in the world. For those who do not have the privilege of taking home for granted, therefore, home is an achievement. Seeing home in this light exposes the hollowness of discourse that either accuses migrants and refugees of living easy on social benefits or that tokenizes the successes of migrant doctors, entrepreneurs, or star pupils who defy the odds to earn social accolades. Instead, it considers how simply arriving at the point where one feels at home is itself a feat worthy of recognition. To be cast out into the world and search for home anew is an act of courage. To find home is a gift worth celebrating. To persevere without it is a reflection of strength worthy of recognition and respect.
Wendy Pearlman is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she holds the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence and specializes in Middle East politics. Her research has focused on comparative politics, social movements, political violence, refugees and migration, emotions and mobilization, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She is the author of four books: Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Triadic Coercion: Israel’s Targeting of States that Host Nonstate Actors (with Boaz Atzili, Columbia University Press, 2018) and We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (HarperCollins, 2017). Her new book about Syrian narratives of homes is under contract with Liveright.

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35 Years of Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: The Legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe Schmitter

Event time: 
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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Event description: 

Discussants:
1.Prof. Philippe Schmitter: Emeritus Professor of Political Science (EUI), Co-Author of the Book
2.Prof. Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell: Professor of Political Science (UNSAM)
3.Prof. Milan Svolik: Professor of Political Science (Yale University)
Moderator:
Martin Mejia: Visiting Doctoral Fellow CLAIS (Yale University/Tulane University)

Admission: 
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"Clepsydra and Other Poems" Book Discussion with Translator Adam Mahler

Event time: 
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Event description: 

Join the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies and the Yale Translation Initiative to welcome alumnus Adam Mahler back to Yale for a discussion related to a forthcoming book - a new translation of the 1920 book of poems by Portuguese symbolist poet, Camilo Pessanha, who resided in Macau for the last part of his life (1894-1926). The session will feature a reading of a selection of the original poems in Portuguese with Adam’s new translations. Yale Professor David Jackson wrote the introduction for the book, “Camilo Pessanha in Macau (1894-1926): Symbolism, Orientalism, Exile, Modernity in Clepsydra,” and will provide welcome remarks.
Peter Cole, Horace W. Goldsmith Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies and Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Yale, will moderate the event.

Admission: 
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Transitional Justice from a Gender Perspective - Special Webinar Workshop

Event time: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Event description: 

Women’s Groups Waving Truths in Conflict Scenarios
DESCRIPTION:
This session will present different examples on Truth Commissions, Women´s Courts, People´s Tribunals and other tools that promote visibility and dignity among protagonists (victims/survivors/subjects of rights) in the so called “post-conflict” scenarios. There is a strong emphasis on case studies, basically focused on women´s groups from Latin America and Europe that have experienced wars and forced migration (Colombia, Guatemala, Balkans and Migrants in Greece). The main approach in the presentation is applied knowledge based on gender, generational, ethnic and community perspectives.
BIO:
Professor Arancha Garcia del Soto, has worked with victims of war and structural violence since 1993 (Balkans). She is currently accompanying Human Right Defenders in Honduras and Colombia providing them with online psychosocial support, and collaborating with EQUITAS, Colombia (forensic work and support to the families of the disappeared), and with UNATE Cantabria, Spain (The Permanent University for Senior People). Until December 2019 she was working for the Colombian Truth Commission, within its Exile Team, coordinating the work with the Colombian victims/survivors in Europe and the US, under the supervision of Carlos M. Beristain.

She taught and worked in 2006-2009 at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) of Fordham University in New York City. Previously, she was the Director of Refugee Initiatives, at the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia (2002-2006). In the Fall Semester of 2012, she held the position of “Global Peace Leader” at Haverford College, PA, and she has been holding workshops at this Campus once yearly since then.

She has taught and practiced international human rights work in Europe, Colombia, Africa, Sri Lanka, and Mediterranean countries with migrants, refugees and IDPs, mostly implementing protection and psychosocial projects for conflicts´ victims. In 2011 she came back to Asturias, Spain where she is currently based after spending 9 years working overseas, with base in the US.

A Doctor Member of the Center for the Advanced Studies of the Social Sciences, CEACS, at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, Spain, she teaches short courses to graduates in Masters, and mentors Ph.D. work on Humanitarian work and Migration in different continents. She holds a degree in Social Psychology by the University Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain. A Masters in Social Sciences by the CEACS (Center for Advanced Social Studies) at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid, and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Salamanca (awarded with the “Premio Extraordinario” and “Premio Nicolas Pérez Serrano del Centro de Estudios Constitucionales”). She supports research, training, and applied work on (1) Community well-being, (2) Gender and SGBV- Sexual Gender based Violence, (3) Generational and Cultural approaches, and (4) Migrant and Refugee Women’s Networks. Her main interests are applied knowledge in gender and generational differences, and the community and do-no-harm approaches when working with protagonists (victims/survivors/ rights holders) in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

She has implemented work on trauma, collective and individual harm assessments for trials on Gender Based Violence, psychosocial support of witnesses and victims, mapping of Internally Displaced Persons, and design of quantitative and qualitative tools to deepen on the impacts of violence.

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Between Turkish Nationalism and Greek Irredentism: The Greek Orthodox Community of Istanbul (ca. 1908-1923)

Event time: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
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Speaker/Performer: 
Dimitris Kamouzis
Event description: 

Dimitris Kamouzis is a Researcher at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies (Athens, Greece). He received his PhD in History at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, King’s College London. He has written several articles on the Greek Orthodox populations of the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and is co-editor of the collective volume State – Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945 (Oxon: SOAS/ Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2013). His research interests include Non-Muslim Minorities in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, Greek-Turkish Relations, History of the Greek Diaspora, Oral History, Refugee Studies, and the History of Humanitarianism.
Sponsored by the Hellenic Studies Program at Yale University. The activities of the Hellenic Studies Program are generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies at Yale University.

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Career Conversations Hour: REEES Alumni on non-academic professions

Event time: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
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Wondering what a career related to Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies might look like, and how to pursue it successfully? Come hear alums from several REEESNe institutions (large and small, public and private) talk about how their studies of this part of the world prepared them for non-academic professions and how they have navigated careers in areas ranging from development and investing to government accountability, from journalism to environmental and human rights non-profits. This hour-long webinar (4:30-5:30 Eastern) will include presentations from alumni, a student Q&A session with the speakers, and a resume/C.V. session to help you think about how to position yourself for different types of careers. Stay for an optional additional Q&A (5:30-5:45) to learn more about how the speakers have crafted their own job application materials. The webinar is intended mostly for undergraduate and masters-level students in REEESNe institutions, a network of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States administered through Yale’s REEES program, but is open to any students, faculty, and administrators who care to join by registering here: https://bit.ly/3iO4tVB
Featured speakers:
Austin Barvin (Analyst, US Government Accountability Office)
Dawn Seckler (Director of Development, Bridgeway Capital)
Aliya Uteuova (Environmental Justice/Data Journalist, The Guardian)
Kate Watters (Co-founder & Executive Director, Crude Accountability)

Admission: 
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