2014 - 2015

School of International Affairs Lectures

Nation-building and why it's so hard to do

Peter Van Buren, Policy Expert, Middle East Policy Council

North Korea

Evans Revere, Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group

(Re)imagined Communities: Christians and the Search for a Place and Identity in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

Greg Kruczek, PhD. student, Virginia Tech

Demography, Fertility, Sustainability: How Global Population Trends Shape Your Future

Karl Hofmann, President & CEO Population Service International

Development Work in Developing Countries

Fawad Sultani, Penn State alumnus and current Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

Contemporary Afghan Politics

Fawad Sultani, Penn State alumnus and current Program Implementation Coordinator for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan

Development: The Third "D" of National Security

Rachel Sayre, Senior Advisor for USAID

Strategic Intelligence

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

Poverty and the Academy: 'How We Know Poverty' is What Causes Poverty

Lakshman Yapa, Penn State

Guns vs. Butter in American Politics

Ryan Crotty, Fellow and Deputy Director for Defense Budget Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Arctic - A Region for the Future?

Leif Trana, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Norway

Root Causes of Terrorism

James Piazza, Penn State

Religious Freedom: A Global and Historical Exploration

Roger Finke, Penn State

A Few Thoughts on Sustainability

Richard Alley, Penn State

Comparative Literature Luncheon Series Lectures

Asian American Poetry and the Politics of Form

Dorothy Wang, Williams College

A Group Interview with Nathaniel Mackey

Nathaniel Mackey, Duke University 

The World Unspoken: Kleist, Kafka, McCarthy

Ian Fleishman, University of Pennsylvania 

Threshold to the Kingdom: The Airport is a Border and the Border is a Volume

Matthew Hart, Columbia University 

The Labours of Tovarisch: Ezra Pound’s Slavic Worlds

Mykola Polyuha, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 

Mirrored Resonance: Writing English in Chinese Characters

Jonathan Stalling, University of Oklahoma

Towards an Aesthetics of Stigmata: From Van Gogh's Paintings to Claire Denis's Films

Sabine Doran, Penn State 

The First Hebrew Shakespeare Translations

Lily Kahn, University College London

The Disintegration of Civil War Memory in Brown v. Board Literature

Michael LeMahieu, Clemson University 

Resuming Maurice: Maeterlinck and Literary Celebrity

Philip Mosley, Penn State, Worthington Scranton 

Plastic: The Desire for a Container

Heather Davis, Penn State

On Affect and Articulation: Reading Oe’s Anti-Nuclear Speeches 

Margherita Long, University of California, Riverside

The Missing Event and Other Traumas in Tomás Rivera's Chicano Classic  And The Earth Did Not Devour Him (or Why So Many Latino Stories Are Bildungsromanen)

John Ochoa, Penn State

Exploring Ireland’s Literary Communities

James O’Sullivan, Penn State

Blister you all: The Calibanic Genealogy in Brazil

Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University

Affirmations of Blackness: Reading the Black Enlightenment

Surya Parekh, Penn State

Fieldwork in Theory: Anthropologies of Levantine Intellectuals

Fadi Bardawil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Calcutta-London-Madrid: The Politics of Translation in Global Modernisms

Gayle Rogers, University of University of Pittsburgh

Poetry and the Global Migration of Form

Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia

Solidarity and Sacrifice: Poetry Translation and the Russian Radical Left

Brian Baer, Kent State University

Dissent and Digital Transumption in An Age of Insecurity

Djelal Kadir, Penn State

We Can't Go There With You: Trauma Rhetoric and its Abuses in Times of Sustained Threat

Rosemary Jolly, Penn State

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