Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Gabriel Hetland, Associate Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Sociology Department, SUNY Albany
Olin 102 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST/GMT-5
This will be a book talk. In case you want an image of the book or other details, click here.Is democracy possible only when it is safe for elites? Latin American history seems to suggest so. Right-wing forces have repeatedly deposed elected governments that challenged the rich and accepted democracy only after the defanging of the Left and widespread market reform. Latin America’s recent “left turn” raised the question anew: how would the Right react if democracy threatened elite interests?
This book examines the complex relationship of the Left, the Right, and democracy through the lens of local politics in Venezuela and Bolivia. Drawing on two years of fieldwork, Gabriel Hetland compares attempts at participatory reform in cities governed by the Left and Right in each country. He finds that such measures were more successful in Venezuela than Bolivia regardless of which type of party held office, though existing research suggests that deepening democracy is much more likely under a left party. Hetland accounts for these findings by arguing that Venezuela’s ruling party achieved hegemony—presenting its ideas as the ideas of all—while Bolivia’s ruling party did not. The Venezuelan Right was compelled to act on the Left’s political terrain; this pushed it to implement participatory reform in an unexpectedly robust way. In Bolivia, demobilization of popular movements led to an inhospitable environment for local democratic deepening under any party.
Democracy on the Ground shows that, just as right-wing hegemony can reshape the Left, leftist hegemony can reshape the Right. Offering new perspectives on participation, populism, and Latin American politics, this book challenges widespread ideas about the constraints on democracy.
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Lecture by Yuliya Yurchenko
Avery Art Center; Ottaway Theater 10:10 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4
Yuliya Yurchenko is a senior lecturer in political economy at the Department of Economics and International Business and a researcher at the Political Economy, Governance, Finance, and Accountability Institute, University of Greenwich, UK. She will speak about her book, Ukraine and the Empire of Capital (Pluto, 2017).
Friday, September 29, 2023
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
The Alexander Hamilton Society at Bard is inviting you to our speaker event this Friday evening. On September 29 at 5:00 pm in Olin 102, Dr. Kori Schake will be discussing the future of US grand strategy with Malia Du Mont ’95 moderating.
Dr. Schake is the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, Dr. Schake was the deputy director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She has had a distinguished career in government, working at the US State Department, the US Department of Defense, and the National Security Council at the White House. She has also taught at Stanford, West Point, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, National Defense University, and the University of Maryland.
Please join the Alexander Hamilton Society in welcoming Dr. Schake this Friday.
Refreshments will be provided!
Friday, April 28, 2023
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
The AHS Chapter at Bard is honored to host Development Associate at Bard Prison Initiative and US Air Force Veteran Julia Liu to discuss the role of women in the Air Force. Refreshments will be provided!
Monday, April 24, 2023
Dr. Jill McCorkel, professor of sociology and criminology at Villanova University and the founder and executive director of the Philadelphia Justice Project for Women and Girls
Olin 102 5:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Women are the fastest growing segment of virtually all sectors of the carceral system (jail, prison, parole, and probation). This is also the case at the back end of the system, among those serving extreme sentences of 50 years in prison or more. People serving these sentences refer to their experience as "death by incarceration" given that sentence length and statutory limitations and exclusions from parole eligibility guarantee that they will die in prison. The number of women serving these sentences has exponentially increased in recent decades. The vast majority are survivors of gender violence. Their criminal convictions are often directly or indirectly tied to their encounters with violence and abuse. In this talk, I'll discuss why and how this is happening and what we can and should be doing about it.
Philadelphia Justice Project for Women and Girls
Monday, April 17, 2023
U.S. Foreign Affairs in Europe
Olin Humanities, Room 102 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
The Alexander Hamilton Society at Bard is inviting you to their speaker event tonight! On April 17th, 6:00 PM at OLIN 102, Mr. Daniel Fata will be talking about U.S. Foreign Affairs in Europe.
Mr. Fata is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. Currently, he is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS).
* Food and refreshments will be available
Bring a friend!
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
with speakers June Nemon and leaders from the Stony Run Tenants Union
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:10 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
This event is part of the Political Organizing Speaker Series, Spring 2023
Thursday, March 16, 2023
with speakers Becky Simonsen and Puya Gerami
Olin Humanities, Room 203 5:10 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
More information on the work of these speakers can be found here.
This event is part of the Political Organizing Speaker Series, Spring 2023
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Inaugural De Gruyter–Arendt Center Lecture in Political Thinking
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Part of “Judgment, Pluralism, & Democracy: On the Desirability of Speaking with Others” conference.Stream the Keynote Lecture on YouTube
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Weis Cinema 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Prof. Michel DeGraff is a leading linguist known as one of the most prominent Haitian creolists. He is a professor at MIT and the founder of the MIT-Haiti Initiative promoting learning of science and technology in Kreyòl. His New York Times opinion piece, "As a Child in Haiti I Was Taught to Despise My Language" (published in October 2022), will be an entry point to this lecture where he will provide an analysis of some of the long-lasting nefarious impact of colonialism in Haiti, especially in the realms of education. The eventual objective is to enlist lessons from history in order to help usher better futures for those sufferers whom Fanon calls the “Wretched of the Earth” and whom Jean Casimir calls the “ Malere ”—better futures in Haiti and beyond.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Professor J.T. Roane, assistant professor of geography at Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EST/GMT-5
This talk is drawn from Roane's recently published book, Dark Agoras: Insurgent Black Social Life and the Politics of Place (NYU Press, 2023). Roane shows how working-class Black communities cultivated insurgent assembly—dark agoras—in twentieth century Philadelphia. He investigates the ways they transposed rural imaginaries about and practices of place as part of their spatial resistances and efforts to contour industrial neighborhoods. In acts that ranged from the mundane refashioning of intimate spaces to confrontations over the city's social and ecological arrangement, Black communities challenged the imposition of Progressive visions for urban order seeking to enclose or displace them.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Panel discussion at Bard College with Masha Gessen (Bard/New Yorker), Anna Nemzer (TVRain/RIMA), Archie Magno (Bard)
Moderated by Ilia Venyavkin (RIMA)
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EST/GMT-5
In his recent Nobel Prize lecture Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov called independent journalism “the antidote against tyranny” and promised that Russian journalists would never give up. Still, if we look at the history of independent media in Russia, we will see that the hope that unbiased media coverage would protect society from relativism, conspiracy theories, propaganda and — at the end of day — from dictatorship, has proven unjustified. Or has it?
The panel will discuss the history of the past 20 years of Russian independent journalism: How did dictatorship in modern Russia become possible? What did independent media do wrong? Have we learned anything new about freedom of speech that we did not know before?
At the panel we will also present the Russian Independent Media Archive (RIMA) — a joint digital initiative of Bard College and PEN America to protect the work of Russian journalists from censorship.
The event is sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement, the Gagarin Center at Bard College, and PEN America.