A Shared Longing: Rewriting Nazim Hikmet in Turkish and Turkish-German Literature, 1963-2017

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Nov 26, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Jill Stockwell, Princeton University

Book Launch: Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia

Book Launch
Nov 30, 2018
04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Webster's Bookstore Cafe

Alexander Fattal, Dept. Film-Video and Media Studies, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State

Brand warfare is real. Guerrilla Marketing details the Colombian government’s efforts to transform Marxist guerrilla fighters in the FARC into consumer citizens. Alexander L. Fattal shows how the market has become one of the principal grounds on which counterinsurgency warfare is waged and postconflict futures are imagined in Colombia. This layered case study illuminates a larger phenomenon: the convergence of marketing and militarism in the twenty-first century. Taking a global view of information warfare, Guerrilla Marketing combines archival research and extensive fieldwork not just with the Colombian Ministry of Defense and former rebel communities, but also with political exiles in Sweden and peace negotiators in Havana. Throughout, Fattal deftly intertwines insights into the modern surveillance state, peace and conflict studies, and humanitarian interventions, on one hand, with critical engagements with marketing, consumer culture, and late capitalism on the other. The result is a powerful analysis of the intersection of conflict and consumerism in a world where governance is increasingly structured by brand ideology and wars sold as humanitarian interventions.

Full of rich, unforgettable ethnographic stories, Guerrilla Marketing is a stunning and troubling analysis of the mediation of global conflict.

Reading: Alex Fattal, Assistant Prof. Dept. Film-Video and Media Studies, Penn State University
Commentary: Alex Dent, Associate Prof. Dept. of Anthropology, George Washington University
Music: Adianez Martínez

Free wine and snacks will be provided.

“Guerrilla Marketing is a fascinating examination of how commercial-style branding has been deployed by both
rebels and the state in Colombia's civil war. Fattal deserves high praise for his extraordinary research, carried out over
many years in the edgy and borderless terrain of the war's periphery. His insights are lucid and the stories he tells are
haunting. This book is a must-read for scholars of modern conflict, journalists, and diplomats.”
— Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker staff writer

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

PBS Kids: Let’s Go Luna! Advance Screening Event

Film screening
Dec 01, 2018
02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
WPSU Studios, Outreach Building, 100 Innovation Blvd., University Park

This event has been postponed to December 1st.

Join WPSU Studios for a screening of Let’s Go Luna! Learn about the different cultures in the world through fun activities available for the whole family. Make a “passport”, and explore our world map!


  • Fill your PBS KIDS Passport by learning about the countries featured in season 1.
  • Learn about people around the world and how they dress, what they eat, and where they live.
  • Bring your child’s favorite blanket and watch the first 1-hour episode in the WPSU studio together. (Chairs for grownups will be provided.)

Activities begin at 2:00 p.m., screening at 3:00 p.m.
This free event requires advance registration.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and Penn State Global Programs.

Broadcast Premiere

Wednesday, November 21

Let’s Go Luna! is about exploring people and countries of the world countries through local language, music, and dance. The program will run two times every weekday and be part of PBS KIDS 24/7.

New World Chorographies: Virgil's Aeneid and the Walls of Colonial Lima

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Dec 03, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

German Campos-Munoz, Appalachian State University

Representing the Poor and Disabled in Literature and Art: The Contradictions of Class and Transclass

Dec 03, 2018
02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
111 Wartik Lab

Lennard Davis, University of Illinois

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies

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