Monday, November 18, 2013

This Week at SAIS: November 18-22

We’ve got some great stuff going on at campus this week!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
“I Am Here Until Development Comes: Displacement, Demolitions and Property Rights in Urbanizing Abuja”
12:30 p.m. – Room 736, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Carl LeVan, assistant professor at the American University School of International Service, and Josiah Olubowale, a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, will discuss this topic.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
“History in 3-D: Ancient and Modern Examples of Modeling Knowledge, East and West”
12:30 p.m. – Room 812, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Angela Lorenz, artist and author, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program at saisees@jhu.edu. 

“Beyond the Fog of War: Personal Stories of Conscience and Accountability From Iraq
4 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Kirk Johnson, author of To Be a Friend Is Fatal and former USAID staff member in Iraq; Leslie Cockburn, journalist, author of Baghdad Solitaire and documentary filmmaker; and Azar Nafisi (moderator), executive director of SAIS Cultural Conversations, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to SAIS Cultural Conversations at laustin@jhu.edu. 

“North Korea’s Changing Society: Insights From a Young North Korean Defector”
6 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Seongmin Lee, a North Korean defector, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS here. NOTE: The speaker’s comments will be off the record.

“Turkey and the Regional/ Global Energy Geopolitics”
5:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Memduh Karakullukçu, vice chairman and president of Global Relations Forum, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the Energy, Resources and Environment Program at saisereglobal@jhu.edu.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
“The Challenges of Democratic Transition in Tunisia”
12:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Wassim Daghrir, an associate professor at the University of Sousse, Tunisia’s English Department and a Fulbright Scholar at Villanova University, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Conflict Management Program here. 

“Inside South Africa’s Transition: Challenges of Post-Liberation Governance”
4:30 p.m. – Room 500, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Barry Gilder, director of operation of the Mapungubwe Institute, will discuss this topic. 

“The IMF’s New Economic Outlook Report for Central Asia and the Caucasus With Special Focus on Armenia”
5:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW(A reception will precede the forum at 5 p.m.)
Juha Kahkonen, director of the International Monetary Fund’s Department for Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia; Mark Horton, assistant director of the IMF’s Department for Middle East and Central Asia, division chief for South Caucasus and Turkmenistan, and mission chief for Armenia; and Thomas de Waal, senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss this topic. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at saiscaciforums@jhu.edu.

“Technology as a Spark for Growth”
5 p.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will discuss this topic at the annual Rostov Lecture on International Affairs. NOTE: Attendance of this event is by invitation only. However, the lecture is open to the media for coverage. Members of the media must RSVP to fklubes@jhu.edu or 202.663.5626. 
There will be a live webcast for this event available here. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
“Continued Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation With U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold”
9:30 a.m. – Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Russ Feingold, the U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region, will be the featured speaker at this event. Members of the public should RSVP to the SAIS Conflict Management Program at itlong@jhu.edu.
NOTE: Russ Feingold’s comments will be off the record.

“The U.S., Japan and the Changing Middle East”
4:30 p.m. – Room 806, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Kent Calder, director of the SAIS Japan and Korea Studies programs and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, will discuss this event. Members of the public should RSVP to the Reischauer Center at reischauer@jhu.edu. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
“The Mysterious Meritefnut: A Missing Persons Case From the 7th Century B.C.”
6:30 p.m. – Rome Building Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Jeremy Pope, assistant professor in the College of William and Mary’s Department of History, will discuss this topic.
Thanks for reading!
– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions