Mar 272016
 March 27, 2016

Migration’s contribution to development remains under-theorized, perhaps due to tConv.HRhe scant attention paid to the role of the migrant herself/himself or to the idea of development itself, which remains embedded within recycled theories of progress, modernization, and nation-state sovereignties.

Is there a way to rethink migration? Might a focus on the migrant herself provide a more innovative path? Can these moving bodies, both at the sites of origin and destination, be the veritable outcomes of states themselves in crisis, portraying the decline of sovereignties as Wendy Brown argues? How can we reset migration theories through a refocus on such bodies and a critical reading of development? This panel seeks to revisit these issues, and takes as its focus the persona of the migrant, and the the changing relation between origins and destination especially in the wake of the crises that is unevenly spread, but yet engulfs both the Global North and South.

Panelists include:
Professor Mark Ellis (University of Washington, Department of Geography)
Professor Thomas Nail (University of Denver, Department of Philosophy)
• Moderated by Professor Michaeline Crichlow (Departments of African and African American Studies and Sociology)

This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.
Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth [] by Monday, October 24th, at noon.

People on the Move: Unthinking Migration Theories
Thursday, October 27th, 4:30-6:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building)
Reception to follow

Mar 212016
 March 21, 2016

symposiumA symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America—whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia, Druze), Jewish, Christian, or secular—in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly remote regions and cultures, with attention to allegiances forged across the Global South. We particularly examine the articulation of a radical politics across different political, cultural, and historical contexts: liberation theologies, feminism, decolonization, Marxism, and socialism. We pay special attention to the expression of these ideologies through not just political movements, but also art, music, media, film, literature, and poetry.

Friday, October 21
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall,
240 John Hope Franklin Center

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SPONSORS: Humanities Futures at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for International Studies, Religions and Public Life Initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Global Brazil Lab

Mar 202016
 March 20, 2016

CoverUpsAs part of the Cover-Ups series, join us for a screening of It Happened Here with Ada Gregory, Executive Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Program Management (former Director, Duke Women’s Center).

Through the intimate portraits of five student survivors, this documentary exposes the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the institutional cover-ups and the failure to protect students, and follows their fight for accountability and change on campus and in federal court.

Cover-Ups: Sexual abuse in the priesthood, date rape at universities, concussions among football players – Why do people protect perpetrators and justify silence? The series is hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke and co-sponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, and the Department of Political Science.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Film screening and discussion will begin at 5:30p.m.,
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (West Duke Building 101)