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January 2018

ACMCU event: “Esotericism in Modern Muslim Thought: Muhammad Abduh, Rashid Rida, and the Bahai Question” with Dr. Teena Purohit

January 17, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EST
ICC 270

Jamal al-din al-Afghani (1838-1897), Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905), Rashid Rida (1865-1935) are widely regarded as the founders of Islamic modernism, the religio-political movement (1840-1940) that first attempted to reconcile Islam in the modern period with European values of the Enlightenment. Scholars locate the development of their ideas primarily in relation to one another. Although it is no doubt the case that Al-Afghani was an important teacher for Abduh and Abduh the mentor of Rida, this mentor/mentee frame cannot account for ideas…

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John Tutino Book Launch: The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000

January 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

The Mexican Heartland provides a new history of capitalism from the perspective of the landed communities surrounding Mexico City. It tells the story of story of how landed communities and families around Mexico City sustained silver capitalism, challenged industrial capitalism―and now struggle under globalizing urban capitalism. In a sweeping analytical narrative spanning the sixteenth century to today, John Tutino challenges our basic assumptions about the forces that shaped global capitalism―setting families and communities at the center of histories that transformed the…

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February 2018

Alexander Thurston Book Launch: Boko Haram, The History of an African Jihadist Movement

February 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement examines one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Boko Haram has killed more than twenty thousand people and displaced more than two million in a campaign of terror that began in Nigeria but has since spread to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well. This is the first book to tell the full story of this West African affiliate of the Islamic State, from its beginnings in the early 2000s to its most…

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ACMCU event: “Cecil Brown: Journalism’s Crusader for Truth” with Dr. Reed Smith

February 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm EST
ICC 270

Cecil Brown was a journalist from the 1930s until 1970 who, although he won all of broadcast journalism’s major awards, has been largely overlooked by media historians until now. After beginning his career as a freelance newspaper reporter, CBS hired Brown to become a member of the famous Edward R. Murrow European radio news team at the start of World War II. Brown reported from Italy, Yugoslavia, North Africa, Singapore and Australia, and survived the Japanese sinking of the British…

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Remapping IR: Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics

February 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA, 1201 36th St NW
Washington, DC United States

Despite being repeatedly surprised by unexpected change and public debate, mainstream international relations scholarship continue to assume that the world is governed by calculable risk based on estimates of power. Protean power highlights and challenges this assumption by arguing for the acknowledgment of uncertainty as an important condition of political and social life.Peter Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of International Studies at Cornell University and a former President of the American Political Science Association.RSVPThe goal of Remapping IR…

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2018 Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award and Lecture

February 12, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Gaston Hall Georgetown University, 37th O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA Washington, DC United States
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Maksoud Lecture Series: Carnival, Transgression, and Citizenship in (Post)-Revolutionary Tunisia

February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
CCAS Boadroom, Intercultural Center 241, Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW

Dr. Charis Boutieri will speak Tuesday, February 20th for the next installment in our Maksoud Lecture series. In her talk on what she's termed "radical laughter," she will discuss end-of-year high school carnivals in Tunisia -- as targets of official repression and as case studies that illuminate generational tension and post-revolutionary politics. Dr. Boutieri is a professor of social anthropology of the Middle East at King's College London. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and has been conducting field…

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