Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Join us for a screening of the documentary followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Avi Mograbi, and the co-director of Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, Avner Gvaryahu.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Online Event 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
12 PM New York l 6 PM PM Vienna
The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts presents the world premiere of a CHRA digital commission, featuring a Q&A with artist Brian Lobel and writer Season Butler, moderated by Jack Ferver (Bard College).
Two friends and food makers share their recipes for healing, their personal histories and food journeys, and wider reflections on medicine versus the medicinal, knowledge versus expertise, the homegrown and the home-y, the wholesome and the holy-cow-get-that-away-from-me.
Brian Lobel is a performer, teacher and curator who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others. His performance work has been shown internationally in a range of contexts from Harvard Medical School, to Sydney Opera House, to the National Theatre (London) and Lagos Theatre Festival, blending provocative humour with insightful reflection. Books include Theatre & Cancer, Purge and BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer. Brian has received commissions and grants from the Wellcome Trust, Complicite, and Arts Council England, among others. Brian is a Professor of Theatre & Performance at Rose Bruford College, a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow and the co-founder of The Sick of the Fringe.
Season Butler is a writer, artist, dramaturg and lecturer in Performance Studies and Creative Writing. She thinks a lot about youth and old age; solitude and community; negotiations with hope and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future. Season’s current work-in-progress explores bodies and identities in constant motion, crossing borders, heading from crash to crash. Her recent artwork has appeared in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Tate Exchange, the Latvian National Museum (Riga) and Hotel Maria Kapel (Netherlands). Her debut novel, Cygnet, was published in spring 2019 and won the Writers’ Guild 2020 Award for Best First Novel. She lives and works between London and Berlin.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
A panel discussion on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
COVID-19 has killed nearly five million people worldwide, so far. Like most novel microbes, the virus that causes it—known as SARS-CoV-2-- was at first assumed to have come from nature. A person, perhaps a trapper or butcher, was infected by an animal that carried the virus. But early in the epidemic, members of the Trump administration began speculating openly that the virus could have leaked from a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, located in the Chinese city where the disease was first detected. Since then, prominent scientists have argued fiercely over the natural transfer vs lab leak theories, and the Biden administration has also weighed in on the issue. Knowing how this pandemic started will help prevent future ones, but the search for answers is politically fraught. In this panel discussion, Bard biology professors Felicia Keesing and Brooke Jude will explain the science of what we do and do not know about the origin of SARS-CoV-2, and what the data so far tells us about what is and isn't possible.
Felicia Keesing, an ecologist specializing in emerging infectious diseases teaches biology at Bard
Brooke Jude, a molecular microbiologist specializing in bacteria and viruses teaches biology at Bard
Helen Epstein (moderator) a writer and researcher specializing in public health
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
A Virtual Panel and Discussion with Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Kathleen Blee
Online Event 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Although white supremacist movements have received renewed public attention since the 2017 violence in Charlottesville and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, they need to be placed in deeper historical context if they are to be understood and combated. In particular, the rise of these movements must be linked to the global war on terror after 9/11, which blinded counterextremism authorities to the increasing threat they posed. In this panel, two prominent sociologists, Cynthia Miller-Idriss and Kathleen Blee, trace the growth of white supremacist extremism and its expanding reach into cultural and commercial spaces in the U.S. and beyond. They also examine these movements from the perspective of their members’ lived experience. How are people recruited into white supremacist extremism? How do they make sense of their active involvement? And how, in some instances, do they seek to leave? The answers to these questions, Miller-Idriss and Blee suggest, are shaped in part by the gendered and generational relationships that define these movements.
Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Education at American University, where she directs the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL).
Kathleen Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. If you would like to attend, please register here. Zoom link and code will be emailed the day of the event.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Online Event 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Since its defeat in WWII Japan has continuously been a close political ally of the United States, with local corporate media serving as a primary main tool for directing public opinion and silencing dissent. Despite media blackouts on the occupation of Palestine through the late 1990s, information on the Palestinian cause trickled in. A solidarity movement was created through individual-level communication and activism, and evolved from marginalized intellectual circles in the 1960s, to underground student activism and armed struggle in the 1970s and 80s. The long journey of solidarity from the Far East has yet to celebrate justice for Palestine, but where does it stand today?
Mei Shigenobu is a journalist, writer, and media specialist focusing on Middle Eastern issues. She holds a PhD in media studies from Doshisha University in Japan and an MA in international relations from the American University of Beirut. She is the author (in Japanese) of Unveiling the "Arab Spring"; Democratic Revolutions Orchestrated by the West and the Media (2012), From the Ghettos of the Middle East (2003), and Secrets — From Palestine to the Country of Cherry Trees, 28 years with My Mother (2002). She has worked as a live TV host for Asahi Newstar in Tokyo and currently works as a media consultant and producer of programs and documentaries for Japanese and Middle Eastern TV channels. She is the daughter of Japanese Red Army founder Fusako Shigenobu and has been featured in films such as Children of the Revolution, The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Adachi Masao and 27 years Without Images,and others.
Zoom Link: https://bard.zoom.us/j/88504383921?pwd=TCtmQjZEdkM2Y0VwWXgxRlpMbjBIdz09
Meeting ID: 885 0438 3921
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Online Event 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Cynthia Conti-Cook ’03 - Attorney
Kwame Holmes - Scholar in Residence, Human Rights
Peter Rosenblum - Professor of International Law & Human Rights
ID Number: 899 7973 0035
Thursday, April 22, 2021
White Nationalism, White Supremacy, and the Environmental Movement
Online Event 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
National experts Eric Ward, Scot Nakagawa, and Lindsay Schubiner will lead the Bard community, regional community leaders, and Hudson Valley NGOs in exploring connections between white supremacy, the growth of white nationalism, and the environmental movement over the past 30 years.
Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. In his 30+ year civil rights career, he has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. The recipient of the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award, Eric’s widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward, and Co-Chair for The Proteus Fund.
Scot Nakagawa is senior partner of ChangeLab, a national racial equity think/act lab addressing issues of demographic change and the transformation of racial identity and meaning in the United States in context of globalization, including the rise of white nationalism and of right wing nationalist movements in communities of color.
Lindsay Schubiner directs Western States Center’s program to counter the dangerous ascension of white nationalism and hate violence across the country. She previously led advocacy efforts against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry at the Center for New Community. Lindsay has served as a congressional staffer handling housing, health, and immigration policy, and managed advocacy for sexual health and rights at American Jewish World Service.
Monday, March 22, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
This lecture is sponsored by the Photography Program, the Human Rights Project, and the Office of the Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Bard College. In preparation for the lecture, please watch Krinsky and Ross' film, Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) which can be found on Amazon Prime. The lecture will be discussing the film, so it is very highly recommended that you watch the film if you wish to attend the lecture. Please find the Zoom link to the lecture below.
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ARTIST LECTURE: RaMell Ross, Maya Krinsky '04 (03/15)
Time: Mar 22, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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FILM DESCRIPTION: Hale County This Morning, This Evening
"Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming."
Maya Krinsky is a visual artist, photographer, and multilingual learning specialist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Her recent projects include the photographic series “Ideal Abyss,” published in Camera Austria International in 2018. Her video work "Spanish Lessons," made in collaboration with nibia pastrana santiago, screened at Hidranteee in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2019. Krinsky co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated experimental documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening (dir. by RaMell Ross) which received a Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at its premiere in the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She has taught studio and seminar courses at Brown University, UMass Dartmouth, and Rhode Island School of Design and has years of experience teaching languages in various contexts. Krinsky was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2015 - 2016 and is a graduate of RISD and Bard College.
RaMell Ross is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer, and liberated documentarian. His work has appeared in places like Aperture; Hammer Museum; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; and Walker Art Center. He has been awarded an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and is a 2020 USA Artist Fellow. His feature experimental documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening won a Special Jury Award for Creative Vision at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and 2020 Peabody Award. It was nominated for an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards and an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Film. RaMell holds degrees in Sociology and English from Georgetown University and is faculty in Brown University’s Visual Art Department. His work is in various public and private collections.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Online Event 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST/GMT-5
OSUN's Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College invites you to its inaugural public event, an online lecture by Faustin Linyekula entitled "Of Ruins and Responsibility."
According to Linyekula, "This lecture will be (again) a dialogue with the ruins I inherited from my fathers, guided by the poet’s voice."
Linyekula is a multi-award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director living in Kisangani, DRC. He is the founder of Studios Kabako, a community-based space dedicated to dance, visual theater, music, and film, providing training programs, and supporting research and creation in the Lubunga district. His work is site-specific, politically driven, and multidisciplinary. It mixes movements, texts, video, and music.
This event is part of an eight-part international lecture series produced by CHRA.
This is an online event.
Join via Zoom.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Online Event 10:30 am – 12:00 pm EST/GMT-5
The Human Rights Project and Russian/Eurasian Studies Program present a panel discussion on "Fighting for Freedom 2020: Protest Across Asia."
Moderator: Thomas Keenan, Bard College
Thomas Keenan teaches human rights, media theory, and literature, and directs the Human Rights Project as well as Bard’s degree program in Human Rights. He has served on the boards of a number of human rights organizations and journals, including WITNESS, Scholars at Risk, The Crimes of War Project, The Journal of Human Rights, and Humanity. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility, 1997; and with Eyal Weizman, Mengele’s Skull, 2012. He is co-editor, with Wendy Chun, of New Media, Old Media, 2006, 2nd ed. 2015; with Tirdad Zolghadr, of The Human Snapshot, 2013. The Flood of Rights, co-edited with Suhail Malik and Tirdad Zolghadr, appeared in 2017.
Maksimas Milta on Belarus, European Humanities University
Maksimas Milta leads the Communication and Development Unit and is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Arts at the European Humanities University, a Belarusian University-in-Exile. Starting from the outbreak of the revolt in Belarus, Maksimas has been a frequent commentator to Lithuanian, regional and international media (including BBC, Times Higher Education etc.), providing daily reports on the dynamics of the protest and analysis of the political movement in the country. Maksimas holds a Master's degree in Eastern European and Russian Studies from Vilnius University.
Alesia Rudnik on Belarus, Karlstad University
Lesia Rudnik is a Research Fellow at the Center for New Ideas, PhD Fellow at Karlstad University (Sweden). Lesia Rudnik is also involved in consulting ongoing projects of the Belarusian opposition. She is based in Sweden where she also chairs an organization of Belarusian diaspora. Alesia has published her analyses for media and analytical editions based in Belarus, Sweden, Poland, Germany, UK, the USA. Lesia holds the following degrees: MA pol sci (Stockholm University), MA Journalism (Sodertorn University), BA pol sci and European research (European Humanities University). Her academic research is digitalization of politics, protest mobilization via social media.
Medet Tiulegenov on Kyrgyzstan, America University of Central Asia
Medet Tiulegenov teaches political science at the Department of International and Comparative Politics of American University of Central Asia. His teaching and research interests include normative diffusion, civil society in transition countries, contentious politics, politics of identity and political participation.
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For more information, contact Olga Voronina at [email protected] or Danielle Riou at [email protected].