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Date: December 3, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Presenters: Kelly Gillespie, Lwazi Lushaba, Leigh-Ann Naidoo, Layla Brown, D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson, Ajamu Dillahunt Jr.

Sponsors: Concilium on Southern Africa, and Duke University Center for International Studies

Location: Friedl – Fredric Jameson Gallery – Map

In light of recent student protests in South Africa and the US and in a number of other countries across the world, the Concilium on Southern Africa is hosting a teach-in, Thursday, December 3. The teach-in brings University of the Witwatersrand faculty and students via Webex into conversation with local Duke and other area students and activists. These include: Kelly Gillespie who currently serves as Chair of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand; Lwazi Lushaba a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand and currently a Wits lecturer in political science and sociology; Leigh-Ann Naidoo a PhD candidate in Education and student activist on several South African campuses; Layla Brown a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke, an affiliate of the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (AAPRP), and activist involved with the Dream Defenders and teach-ins after the Ferguson uprisings; D’atra”Dee Dee” Jackson, HBCU Field Organizer for Ignite North Carolina, an activist working with students across the state concerned with college affordability and accessibility, Black Lives Matter, and institutional racism; and Ajamu Dillahunt, a student and organizer at North Carolina Central University.


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“Karl Radek, Then & Now: 45 Years to Warren Lerner’s The Last Internationalist”

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: 240 John Hope Franklin Center
Speaker(s): Liliana Riga

Of the many scholarly works on revolutionary socialism in Russia, Warren Lerner’s biography of the Bolshevik Karl Radek as The Last Internationalist is not only among the most compelling, but it is also among the few that remain enduringly relevant despite changing intellectual fashions. In his book, Lerner pierced through many of the tropes of the day to create a distinctive portrait of a socialist revolutionary that was uncompromisingly empirical and brave. From Radek’s early radicalism in Polish groupings in Austrian Galicia, to his journey through various German and Russian socialist parties, to his final, famous days in the Stalinist purges, Radek becomes an unlikely lens through which we glimpse both the impossibilities of the fragile empires and the equally impossible socialist utopia. But in the age of nationalism, understanding what animated Radek’s core commitment to internationalism’s universalism might still be his – and indeed Lerner’s – most elusive contribution. In an attempt to grasp Radek’s internationalism, Riga offers relative departures from Lerner’s Radek, but she hopes thereby to reaffirm the continuing suggestiveness and vitality of The Last Internationalist to our own debates.

Liliana Riga is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and Programme Director of its MSc in Sociology and Global Change. Her research interests are in political and comparative historical sociology. Her recent book was The Bolsheviks and the Russian Empire, and she is currently writing a book on immigration, ‘alien labor’ and the shaping of inequality in Progressive Era America.

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Since the 1990s, the Duke University Center for International Studies has supported a number of thematic working groups that are both interdisciplinary in membership and student-driven in design. These working groups are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature.  Within these working groups, graduate students have the opportunity to share their own research and to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

In 2015-2016, the Duke University Center for International Studies awarded the following graduate working groups on global issues: Forest Elephant, Global Environmental Health and Energy, Global (In)Humanities, Humor and Politics, Informed Choices for Equitable Development, Ocean Policy, People and Nature, and Transboundary Water Resources.  To learn more about these working groups, please click here.
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Join us for a Panel Discussion with the author of “The China Model”
Date: Monday, October 19, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Sanford Building, Classroom 04

Over the past three decades, China has evolved a system in which leaders are selected based on their abilities and virtues, rather than elected through a participatory democratic process. In his book, Bell argues that this Chinese-style meritocracy has many advantages over electoral democracy, and can help remedy some of its key flaws. During the discussion, the panelists will explore the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy and whether it can be successfully combined with electoral democracy. RSVP online.

To borrow a copy of the book before the discussion, please email Joe Tham.

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Date: 10/19/2015
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Xavier Dolan, 2014. 139 m. CAN. In French with English subtitles. Mommy portrays a widowed single mother (Anne Dorval) struggling to raise her violent son (Antoine-Oliver Pilon). A powerful and emotional film out of Québec. Mommy has been lauded by critics and spectators alike. It was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2014.

Located at Griffith Film Theater at Bryan University Center on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available at the Bryan Center.

Presented by the Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) in collaboration with the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, the Screen Society, the Council for North American Studies, and the Department of Romance Studies.

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At the Forum for Scholars & Publics


Free & Open to the Public


Duke professor and acclaimed poet Nathaniel Mackey talks with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim about his wide-ranging career in music. Ibrahim plays with his ensemble Ekaya on Friday, October 16 at Baldwin Auditorium.


Since signing his first record deal in 1964, South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim has made a staggering fifty-two albums as pianist and bandleader and has played a central role in his country’s twentieth-century musical and political landscape. Born into the rich culture of pre-Apartheid Cape Town, Ibrahim absorbed the songs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the burgeoning marabi tradition in the townships, and, of course, American jazz. The result is a musical voice that is at once intellectual and deeply felt. After a 2014 performance at New York’s Schomburg Center, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times said of the music, “It reached the audience as if it were a music never heard before, and did so by degrees: first like a history lesson, then like a party, then like a deep and serious matter.”


Thursday, October 15, 12 – 1 PM
Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke West Campus (Directions)
Free & open to the public; a light lunch will be served for all attendees starting at 11:45 PM.

A part of Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writers, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances, Forum for Scholars & Publics, and Duke Africa Initiative.


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DUCIS provides administrative and programming oversight for Duke’s international and area studies centers in their work to link globally focused faculty and staff from across the university, and to offer educational and research opportunities related to global themes in the social sciences, humanities and public policy.

Duke’s international and area studies are:

Asian Pacific Studies Institute
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
Council for North American Studies
Council for European Studies
Concilium on Southern Africa
Duke University Middle East Studies Center

DUCIS hosts most of these centers at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center, which also provides a home to many university councils and initiatives focused on particular world regions, or global areas. Zanalda hopes these programs will continue to build collaborations amongst each other, both within and outside of their global areas, to foster Duke students’ exposure to global themes.

Zanalda’s leadership comes at a time of transition for international and area studies at Duke and nationwide, as federal funding for international studies has declined and centers at Duke and other universities have adapted their work to changes in international relations and U.S. foreign policy priorities. At Duke, Zanalda and colleagues have already begun to reframe traditional approaches to the study of global issues by focusing on how global trends and patterns can affect local communities, traditions and customs within a larger network.

Zanalda brings many years of international experience to his position as director of DUCIS, having lived and conducted research in a number of countries and at the World Bank.

“We’re very fortunate to have Giovanni leading international and area studies at Duke,” said Michael Merson, vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs. “He has a clear vision for how to improve the centers’ work and has already made great strides toward supporting their goals.”

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September 15 – October 13, 2015  | Festival Week: September 25 – October 4, 2015

This year the festival focuses on how film represents the dreams of many in the region, by the experience of baseball as one of the most important sports played and followed in the Americas; it also explores how art plays a role in the lives of young undocumented migrants, some of the current challenges regarding water, and the victories and struggles of citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Cuba during the past decades. The film festival will encompass the fundamental relationship between life, sports, music, history, and politics in the Americas. Audiences will enjoy the presence of filmmakers, scholars, musicians, and artists. .

Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. This event is made possible through funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the US Department of Education. Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Screen/Society, Duke Art of the Moving Image, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Duke Romance Studies, Duke Women’s Studies, Duke Literature Program, FHI Humanities Writ Large, the Duke Brazil Initiative and the Global Brazil Lab, the Institute for the Study of the Americas at UNC-CH, the Latino Migration Project at UNC-CH, UNC-CH Romance Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-CH, PRAGDA, North Carolina Central University, the Carolina Theatre of Durham, and the Durham Arts Council.

The Venezuelan series is possible thanks to the Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografía de Venezuela (CNAC) in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and the New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Curated by Haydeé Chavero and Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Thanks to the IAmQuixote Festival.

For a list of the 2015 program, please click here.

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When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: John Hope Franklin Center – 2204 Erwin Road, Room 240 – View Map
Speaker: Giovanni Zanalda
Associate Research Professor SSRI, Economics, and History and
Director of the Duke Center for International Studies
Contact: Catherine Angst
919.668.1937 (p)

Giovanni Zanalda is an Associate Research Professor at the Social Science Research Institute, Economics, and History and Director of the Duke Center for International Studies and International Area Studies. He is an economic historian specialized in financial history and history of development and globalization.

The deepening of the Greek financial crisis has forced the inhabitants of some Greek cities and islands to use Alternative Local Currencies called TEM or Volos. In this talk, Professor Zanalda will show how the use of emergency money, which has a long history dating back to the time of the Peloponnesian Wars, has enabled economies to function under duress whether wars or financial crises. The talk will also cover issues related to the Greek debt crisis and the Eurozone.

Zanalda’s lecture is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center and the Duke University Center for International Studies. Parking is available in the Erwin Road and Trent Drive decks.  The series provides a parking voucher for 1 hour to series guests, and a light lunch will be served.

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Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues

2015-2016 Call for Proposals:
Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues

The Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) invites proposals for interdisciplinary, student-driven working groups with a global focus. We expect students to form a working group that will meet at least 3 times per semester (i.e., for meetings, reading groups, mini-conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.). DUCIS will provide up to $2,000 per working group, which may be used for expenses related to meetings, and reading and audio-visual materials. DUCIS expects to support 2 to 3 working groups annually.

We encourage the formation of working groups from different disciplines on a wide range of topics related to a global theme.  Examples of past working groups include: Ethics After Modernism, Human Rights, Global Health, Conceptualizing Justice, The Political Party and Its Alternatives, Development from Below, Ocean Policy, Migration and Post-Colonialism.

To apply, please complete the online Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues Application Form by Monday, October 5, 2015. Awards will be announced by Friday, October 9, 2015.

Online application form

For any questions related to these working groups or the application process, please contact:

Nancy Hare Robbins, Assistant Director
Duke University Center for International Studies
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404
Duke University
Durham, NC 27705-0404
P: 919.684.6454
E: nancy.robbins@duke.edu


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