Events

“Family and its discontent in early Chinese thought”

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Oct 23, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

Tao Jiang, Rutgers University

FLAS information session

Information session
Oct 24, 2017
04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
308 Boucke

The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce the competition for FLAS Fellowships for the Pennsylvania State University. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Learn more about this exciting opportunity by coming to our informational session and by visiting our FLAS page. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Echoes of 20th Century Fascism in Modern Politics and Culture

Panel Discussion
Oct 24, 2017
06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
109 Walker

Bringing together faculty and graduate students from both the Political Science and History departments, "Echoes of 20th Century Fascism" provides a platform to discuss varying perspectives on a complex and pertinent topic: the history of Fascist thought in the United States and globally and how this relates to the current political climate.  This event seeks to bring together faculty and students - university-wide as well as the general public to discuss the importance of using history to understand recent events. 

Arabic Film Screening

CGS Arabic Film Series
Oct 24, 2017
07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

“When Species Meet: A Comparative Reading of Wolf Totem and Disgrace”

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Oct 30, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

Hansong Dan, Nanjing University

Race in the Americas 2017 Conference

Conference
Nov 03, 2017 12:00 PM to
Nov 04, 2017 04:30 PM
102 Oak Building

Keynote speaker: Micol Seigel, Indiana University, Bloomington

The Race in the America Conference (RITA) at Penn State is a forum for future academics, professionals, and activists engaged in the study of racial paradigms in the Americas. With a history of participants from around the country, RITA seeks to bring together scholars dedicated to the study of the Hemispheric Americas from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors.

RITA’s mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on race, displacement, and immigration in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other geographies throughout the Americas; to promote the interests of its diverse participants; and to encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate on political and racial issues in the Hemispheric American context. RITA hopes to foster meaningful engagement with the economic, social, and political conditions of racialized subjects throughout the region, and build a vibrant community of inquiry and innovation at each meeting. The title for the 2017 Conference is "Space/Place/Race: Geography and Power in the Americas". 

The Joke is Mightier than the Sword

Lecture followed by signing of Youssef's Revolution for Dummies
Nov 03, 2017
04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Nittany Lion Inn, University Park

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg which was the first of its kind, political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, Al-Bernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.

Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 for being "anti-Islam" and for insulting the President.  In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 - under the “Pioneers” category, was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the leading global thinkers during the same year.

Youssef’s most recent projects include Democracy Handbook; a ten-part series exploring topics of democracy on fusion.net, the launch of his new book, Revolution for Dummies:  Laughing Through the Arab Spring in March 2017 and the release of Tickling Giants, a documentary film about Bassem Youssef directed by Sara Taksler, in April 2016.

Youssef majored in cardiothoracic surgery, passed the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS).  

This event will be followed by a signing of Youssef's Revolution for Dummies. Youssef's visit is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department, Africana Research Center, African Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Egyptian Student Association, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Migration Studies Project, Paterno Fellows Program, Rock Ethics Institute, School of International Affairs, and Schreyer Honors College.

Film screening of Tickling Giants followed by discussion

film screening, panel discussion, book signing, reception
Nov 04, 2017
05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Katz Auditorium and Atrium, University Park

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that’s every mother’s worst nightmare... He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian.

Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al-Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers.

In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to hold those in power accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al-Bernameg employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion.

Tickling Giants follows the team of Al-Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won. The young women and men working on Bassem’s show are fearless revolutionaries, who just happen to be really, really funny.

Bassem Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg - which was the first of its kind, political satire show in the Middle East. Originally a 5-minute show on YouTube, Al-Bernameg became the first online to TV conversion in the Middle East and the most watched show across the region with 30 million viewers every week.

Throughout its three seasons, Al-Bernameg remained controversial through its humorous yet bold criticism of the ruling powers, which led to tens of lawsuits being filed against the show and its host. Youssef was even issued an arrest warrant in March 2013 for being "anti-Islam" and for insulting the President.  In recognition of his success, Youssef was named among the Time Magazine most influential list for 2013 (under the “Pioneers” category), was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the CPJ, and was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the leading global thinkers during the same year.

A senior producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Sara Taksler has pitched stories and jokes, and researched footage for over a decade. Taksler’s first film, Stop the Ignorance: The Beauty That Is New Jersey, was a tribute to her home state. Her latest documentary, Tickling Giants, had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Youssef's visit is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department, Africana Research Center, African Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Egyptian Student Association, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Migration Studies Project, Paterno Fellows Program, Rock Ethics Institute, School of International Affairs, and Schreyer Honors College.

TICKLING GIANTS
Presented by Sarkasmos Productions LLC in association with Technicolor
Directed, Produced, Written and Executive Produced by Sara Taksler
Produced by: Frederic Rose, Maziar Bahari and Monica Hampton
Executive Producers: Technicolor and Hassan Elmasry
Starring: Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, Andeel, Miral El Desoki, Tarek AIQazzaz and Hend Radwan

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Nov 06, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
102 Kern

N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University

Photography and Migration in Interwar Senegal and France

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 08, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
157 Burrowes

Johann Le Guelte, Penn State

Photography was a central tool of the French colonial bureaucracy. Following World War I and the massive deployment of Senegalese soldiers (tirailleurs sénégalais) to the French metropole, authorities implemented various strategies to control the movements of colonial subjects. In this talk, I will explore the politics of administrative photography (identification cards, livrets, passports etc.) in interwar Senegal and France, and its effects on intercolonial migrations. My archival research conducted in both Senegal and France and funded by CGS demonstrates that the empire relied on photography to act as a deterrent to migration. However, colonial subjects used photography in alternative ways in order to bypass and subvert new administrative restrictions.

Johann Le Guelte is a fifth-year doctoral Candidate in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Penn State. His dissertation, Uncovering the Colonial Lens: Creation and Subversion of the French Visual Empire, explores how France, during the 1920s and 1930s, developed a visual empire as part of its colonial apparatus. During these years, the colonial state was involved to an unprecedented extent in the production and dissemination of colonial photographs, thereby fixing the stereotypical representation of the colonial other. In turn, however, he looks at photographers in French West Africa who created spaces of photographic "resistance" (a different esthétique de soi). By focusing on one colony – Senegal – he shows how the appropriation by locals of image-production created a visual counter-discourse, inviting the bodies of those under colonial rule to overturn the Western state’s perpetuation of a constructed colonial “savagery.

The Causal Architecture in Naturally Acquired German by Adult Korean Native Speakers

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 15, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
157 Burrowes

Hyoun-A Joo, Penn State

In this lecture, Hyoun-A is presenting her dissertation research where she is asking how the German syntactic structure found representation in the minds of Korean immigrants in Germany. In the 70s, many Koreans moved to Germany for work purposes and they acquired German predominantly naturally by living and working in Germany rather than through formal instruction. Today, after more than 40 years, this population’s L2 German acquisition has reached a stable state and they developed into very different levels of proficiency. This presents a favorable situation to investigate the syntactic structure of German as it may have taken different forms in the minds of natural L2 acquirers. By pursuing this research, Hyoun-A aims to evaluate theories about the development of the German syntactic structure with insights from a matured clausal architecture, thereby advancing our understanding of how languages are acquired.

Hyoun-A is a graduate student in the German Department pursuing a dual degree in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science. Her current research interests involve second language acquisition and maintenance, as well as syntax. Having grown up within two languages and cultures, Hyoun-A developed a natural interest for bi-/multilingualism, which led her to work in Berlin, Seoul, and now Penn State. Her life and work experience in three different countries crucially shaped her sensitivity for ‘global citizenship’ that she also integrates into her research.

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