Society and Culture Events

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.
Webcast

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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Competing Interpretations of Buddhism’s Revival in the Republic of Kalmykia

June 10, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russia is widely considered to have experienced a religious revival in the two decades since the end of communism. Edward Holland, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, considers the case study of Buddhism in the republic of Kalmykia, and questions this straightforward interpretation of renaissance.
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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
Kennan Institute
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.

Off-site Event: Innovation, Reflection and Inclusion

May 07, 2013 // 10:00am5:00pm
Global Europe Program
This conference seeks to strengthen the profile and advance the research agenda of the Humanities and qualitative Social Sciences within the framework of Horizon 2020. Ireland’s presidency of the European Union provides an ideal platform to promote this section of the EU’s flagship research and innovation document, with particular reference to the delineated thematic challenge of ‘Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.’
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Russian Studies at American Universities in the Middle East: Beirut and Cairo

May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Paul du Quenoy discussed the challenges, rewards, and new perspectives that flow from researching Russia at American academic institutions in the turbulent Middle East. Drawing on his experiences in Beirut and Cairo, he shared insights on teaching and pedagogy and describe his current research, which links the Middle East region to Imperial Russian diplomacy.

POSTPONED: The Imperatives of Inter-Religious Dialogue in Nigeria

April 30, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
This event has been postponed until further notice.
Webcast

Drug Policy: A 21st Century Approach to Reform

April 25, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
The illegal drug problem has posed challenges to the United States and Latin America for many decades. While efforts to disrupt the cultivation, processing, and trafficking of drugs to the United States have shown mixed results, the drug trade continues to pose serious threats to citizen security, economic prosperity, environmental conservation, human rights, and democratic governance throughout the hemisphere. In this National Conversation, panelists will address the question of how the U.S. is reforming its policies to address this problem and show sustainable results.
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Between Turkish Sunnis and Iranian Shia Influences: Islamic Revival in Azerbaijan

April 22, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Bayram Balci, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment, analyzed the various aspects of Shia and Sunni revival, including the roles played by Turkey and Iran, and how Azerbaijan is reacting to these “new” religious cleavages. In his talk he contended that the Islamic influences from Iran (Shia) and from Turkey (Sunni) are recreating new dividing lines between Azerbaijani Shia and Sunni Muslims.
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Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields

April 18, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
William Brumfield, Professor of Slavic Languages and Germanic Languages, Tulane University, presents an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941-1942) of the Great Fatherland War. This presentation focused on the author's recent field research and photography in the Viazma region of Smolensk oblast'.

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