Venezuela's dictatorial regime has produced an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy with migration pressures on neighbors, particularly Colombia, where the peace process following decades of conflict is being challenged. Central America's northern triangle is torn by drugs, gangs, poverty, corruption, and migration north with impact on Mexico and the United States. Nicaraguans deal with political divisions and authoritarian rule, Populism is rife in Brazil and Argentina. What are the prospects for Latin America and options for U.S. policy?
Join us November 5th with Ambassador John Maisto to learn more.
Sohrab Ahmari, author of the bestselling memoir "From Fire, by Water," will discuss his journey from the Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a vibrant Catholic faith. Along the way, Ahmari will share hard-learned lessons about the centrality of conscience, the perils of relativism and present-ism, and how to tune out modernity's noises to make room for Truth and Permanent Things.
Much has been written about the more deleterious dimensions of social media websites, platforms, and apps, from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to Instagram and Snapchat, dating apps like Tinder, and more recent apps like TikTok. We are all more than familiar with critiques of social media corporate and government surveillance, the commodification, expropriation and exploitation of user-provided data, the tailoring and curation of content, and of course recent dilemmas focused on “fake news” tying our use of social media to international cyberwarfare. In this lecture, Matthew Flisfeder, associate professor of Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Winnepeg, argues that social media helps us to grasp the co-ordinates, not merely of our trouble with machines and new media, but with the larger totality of twenty-first century capitalism. Conceiving social media as a central metaphor for our historical present, Flisfeder proposes extending the concept to its fullest potentials. Instead of abandoning the concept, Flisfeder argues that the term “social media” helps us to render what is problematic about contemporary neoliberal capitalism, proposing that it is only by pursuing and failing to achieve a truly authentic social media as our goal that we are best positioned to understand the real contradictions of our time, as well as dominant forms of subjectivity, consciousness, and enjoyment.
"One Drop of Love" is a multimedia solo performance by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. This one-woman show incorporates filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the United States and how it affects our most intimate relationships. A moving memoir, "One Drop" takes audiences from the 1700s to the present, to cities all over the U.S. and to West and East Africa, where Fanshen and her father spent time in search of their ‘racial’ roots. The ultimate goal of the show is to encourage everyone to discuss ‘race’ and racism openly and critically.
Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.
Dr. Wendy Pearlman's book, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled”is the result of personal interviews with over 300 displaced Syrians across the Middle East, Europe and the United States. It chronicles the Syrian war from its origins in peaceful protest to its present horror, solely through the words of ordinary people transformed by its unfolding.
The film "We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân" tells the story of the revitalization of the Wampanoag language, the first indigenous language with no remaining native speakers to be revived in the United States. This film screening is the final film event of the Fall Indigenous Languages Film Series recognizing the United Nations' Year of Indigenous Languages. Two animated short films, Steven Paul Judd and Ryan Redcorn's "First Contact and Uncivil History's The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened," will be shown before the documentary screening. Discussion will follow the film. Co-sponsored by Indigenous Studies and Anthropology.