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Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe

December 05, 2013 // 2:00pm6:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 9th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop - "Democracy, Human Rights, Entrenched Poverty: Political Dispossession of Roma in Contemporary Europe," featuring Dr. Angela Kocze, leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and a visiting assistant professor at Wake Forest University, NC.

The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy

November 04, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Supplemental Security Income, passed in 1972 during an innovative and expansive phase of the American welfare state, marked an effort to do welfare right. But economic and political circumstances, as well as the contingencies of the moment, all combined to turn the program into a source of controversy over such things as whether parents coached their children to act “crazy” in an effort to secure benefits or whether immigrants deserved benefits.

The Russian Orthodox Church and Russia’s Foreign Policy Vectors

October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Contemporary Russia has a set of overlapping and sometimes contradictory foreign policies. Nikolas K. Gvosdev discusses the role the Russian Orthodox Church plays in Russia's foreign policy process.

Can Culture be Shut Down? Bosnia's Cultural Institutions and World Heritage

September 20, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status. On October 4, 2012, Bosnia’s National Museum in Sarajevo closed its doors. Another six key cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina likely face the same future, due to uncertain funding and legal status

Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

September 19, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Former Wilson Center fellow Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

Generation Next: Emerging Civic Leaders in Russia Today

June 26, 2013 // 8:30am12:30pm
Kennan Institute
This half-day conference brought a cross-section of young Russian civic and social leaders to Washington, DC and gave them the opportunity to articulate how young people participate in the public dialogue in Russia today.

Art Opening: Nomades-Matshinanu-Nomads

June 21, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute is pleased to host the opening reception for Matshinanu-Nomades. Largely drawn from the archives and collections at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the photographs included in Matshinanu-Nomads offer an uncompromising look at the close relationship between one of the last nomadic groups in North America and their environment.The exhibit will be featured at the Wilson Center from June 24, 2013 until September 27, 2013.
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Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

June 20, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Africa Program
Dr. Bogaletch Gebre is the recipient of this year's King Badouin African Development Prize. She is a passionate women’s rights activist from Ethiopia and has been recognized for her efforts to transform the lives of women through innovation and altering traditional conceptions of a woman’s role in shaping her political, economic, and social destiny.

The Reinvention of Brazil's Largest City

June 18, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Brazil Institute
On Tuesday, June 18th, the Brazil Institute convenes experts on urban renewal and the case of Sao Paulo.
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The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Middle East Program
A panel of experts shared their views on the current status of religious minorities in Middle East, especially in light of developments after the “Arab Spring,” and provided strategies and recommendations for how these minorities can be protected.

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