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November 2014

Why Do We Need a Mass Movement for Economic Justice? Class, Poverty and Lessons from Occupy Wall Street

Monday November 17, 2014
12:00 PM
Thomson Hall, Room 317, UW

Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Center for Global Studies/JSIS

Leah Hunt Hendrix:
Has her PhD in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Princeton University, where she wrote on the concept of solidarity. Prior to pursuing her doctorate she lived and worked in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, where she focused her research on the effects of international aid and development, and the history of popular protest. She is an advisor at the Sister Fund and serves on the board of the New Economy Coalition and the EDGE Funder Alliance. She is currently a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where she works on issues of corporate power and economic inequality.

Please join us for an informal, engaging talk.  Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.  Light refreshments available.  This event is free and open to the public.

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A Conversation with Daniel O'Neill, Founder, Mercy Corps

Tuesday November 18, 2014
12:30 pm
Thomson Hall, Room 317, UW

Dan O'Neill

Jackson School Student Association and Center for Global Studies

Come join us for an up close and personal conversation with Dan O'Neill, founder of Mercy Corps, a leading international development agency.  In 1981, Dan incorporated Mercy Corps with a mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build just, secure and productive communities.  Since then, the global aid agency has generated billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries, assisting children and families with cost-efficient, high-impact relief and development programs through a broad range of services and innovative strategies.

Dan has traveled the world meeting many political and religious leaders, observing Mercy Corps programs and witnessing natural disasters, political upheaval, war, famine and other humanitarian crises. He has been a White House guest during the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations, and has appeared on CNN, the BBC and many other national and local TV and radio networks. O'Neill has authored numerous books, articles and opinion pieces.

Dan was born in Olympia, Washington, in 1948. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and in 2008 was named among its top 100 graduates. He has received honorary doctorates from Warner Pacific College (2004), Willamette University (2007) and the University of Portland (2009).

Dan received the Mother Teresa Award in 2006. Most recently, he was honored with the Seattle World Affairs Council’s 2014 World Citizen Award, following such recipients as Governor Christine Gregoire, Governor Gary Locke and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “GPS”, stated at Mercy Corps' 2013 Board dinner that the best thing Dan O’Neill has done for the world, and himself, was to start Mercy Corps.

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Electrifying India Book Launch

Wednesday November 19, 2014
3:30 PM
Thomson Hall 317, UW Campus, Seattle

Sunila S. Kale, Assistant Professor of International Studies at UW

South Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies, UW

 Sunila S. Kale, Assistant Professor of International Studies at UW, will present from her recently published book Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Political Development.

Throughout the 20th century, electricity was considered to be the primary vehicle of modernity, as well as its quintessential symbol. In India, electrification was central to how early nationalists and planners conceptualized Indian development, and huge sums were spent on the project from then until now. Yet despite all this, sixty-five years after independence nearly 400 million Indians have no access to electricity.Electrifying India explores the political and historical puzzle of uneven development in India’s vital electricity sector.

In some states, nearly all citizens have access to electricity, while in others fewer than half of households have reliable electricity. To help explain this variation, this book offers both a regional and a historical perspective on the politics of electrification of India as it unfolded in New Delhi and three Indian states: Maharashtra, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh. In those parts of the countryside that were successfully electrified in the decades after independence, the gains were due to neither nationalist idealism nor merely technocratic plans, but rather to the rising political influence and pressure of rural constituencies. In looking at variation in how public utilities expanded over a long period of time, this book argues that the earlier period of an advancing state apparatus from the 1950s to the 1980s conditioned in important ways the manner of the state’s retreat during market reforms from the 1990s onward.

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Variations in Rationality in Foreign Policy Decision Making

Friday November 21, 2014
12:00 - 1:20 PM
Gowen 1A (Olson Room)

Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor of International Relations, Univ. of Southern CA; Discussant - Travis Nelson, UW Political Science PhD student

Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, Center for Global Studies, and Dep't of Political Science

Dr. Rathbun received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and has taught at USC since 2008. He has written three solo-authored books on humanitarian intervention, multilateral institution building, and diplomacy. His articles appear or are forthcoming in the field's leading journals, including International Organization, Security Studies, and International Studies Quarterly to name a few. Dr. Rathbun's research integrates insights from political, social and cognitive psychology into the study of international relations, and more particularly on how ideology influences foreign policy decision-making. He's also an excellent dancer. Paper available upon request.

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Variation in Rationality in Foreign Policy Decision-Making

Friday November 21, 2014
12:00 -1:20 PM
Gowen 1A (Olson Room)

Brian Rathbun, Associate Professor of International Relations, Univ. of Southern CA

Severyns-Ravenholt Endowment, Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, Center for Global Studies, and Dep't of Political Science

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February 2015


Saturday August 30, 2014 to Sunday February 15, 2015
SAAM Hours
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle WA


Seattle Art Museum

 Bollywood movie culture, venerated politicians, religious traditions, and art historical icons all contribute to the myriad of influences in contemporary urban Indian culture. The artists in this exhibition pay tribute to this multitude even as they introduce elements of irony, introspection, and critique.

Through their photography and sculpture, the artists negotiate diverse ideas and influences on contemporary Indian society—Hindu mythology, Bollywood movies, Indian and western art, and icons of everyday life in a global market economy. Many of the works are influenced as much by popular movie culture and the use of digital technology as by the conventions of religious ritual and street processions, traditional theater, and dance.

Come see the colorful, contradictory, and complex India of today through the works of some of the country’s leading artists.

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