Society and Culture Events

Inuit Images: Prints from the Canadian Arctic

October 26, 2012 // 6:00pm9:00pm
Canada Institute
This is a special exhibition to coincide with the 18th Inuit Studies Conference at the Smithsonian Institution, October 24-28, 2012. The exhibition will be on the 4th floor of the Wilson Center from October 26, 2012-January 31, 2013.

18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012

October 24, 2012 // 9:00amOctober 28, 2012 // 6:00pm
Canada Institute
The 18th Inuit Studies Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from October 24 to October 28, 2012, across the Smithsonian campus on the National Mall. The conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including climate change and indigenous peoples; international cooperation in the Arctic; roles of museums and museum collections in preserving Inuit languages, heritage, and culture; governmental programs in the northern regions and their interactions with local communities; and Inuit cultural/political institutions.

[POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] Regional Educational Politics in Russia 20 Years after the Collapse of the USSR

October 23, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. || Alexandr Rusakov, Rector, Yaroslavl State University; Igor Kiselev, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Yaroslavl State University, and former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar

Reform Without End: Europe’s Welfare Traditions

October 22, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Surveying Europe’s welfare traditions since 1500, in this seminar session Tom Adams will discuss characteristics of the modern European welfare state, many rooted in long-held values and centuries of experience. Profound social changes have repeatedly challenged communities to re-examine and reshape institutions and practices. The diversity of arrangements across Europe has contributed to an ongoing exchange of observation, experiment, and aspiration – in short, to reform without end.

The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia

October 18, 2012 // 10:00am11:00am
Global Europe Program
Vasiliki Neofotistos discusses her recently released book, "The Risk of War: Everyday Sociality in the Republic of Macedonia," focusing on the ways middle- and working-class Albanian and Macedonian noncombatants in Macedonia's capital city, Skopje, responded to disruptive and threatening changes in social structure during the 2001 armed conflict.
Webcast

2012 National Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

September 25, 2012 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Asia Program
At this event, we will engage with researchers and leading Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) policy leaders on the results and implications of the groundbreaking 2012 National Survey of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This is the largest-ever nationally representative and comprehensive survey of AAPI public opinion conducted in United States.
Podcast

The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age

July 25, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Cities define us. They shape the outlooks, opportunities and lives of over half of the world’s population. Yet most contemporary political thought neglects their role. The Ancient Greeks, by contrast, thought that every city had its own ethos and values that helped to determine its institutions, political systems and the lives of its citizens. Daniel Bell thinks it is time to revive the thinking of the Greeks and rediscover the spirit of cities.
Webcast
Podcast

Religion and Violence in Central America

July 11, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Violent crime in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has reached unprecedented levels. It is frequently religious organizations that are on the front lines of efforts to reduce gang violence and get young people out of gangs.
Webcast
Podcast

Familiar Strangers in the Soviet Marketplace: Georgian Trade Networks between the Caucasus and Moscow

June 11, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
“Why were Georgian trade networks so successful?” asked Erik R. Scott, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, at an 11 June 2012 lecture. Georgian businessmen and their trade networks and products occupied a unique position in the informal economy in the Soviet Union and supplied many of the scarce and exotic goods Soviet consumers desired. Georgian trade networks exploited the mobility made possible by the porous internal borders of the Soviet Union. Scott characterized the Soviet Union as an “empire of diaspora” comprised of mobile ethnicities who could move and trade throughout the Union.
Webcast
Podcast

Brazil and South America

June 01, 2012 // 9:00am12:30pm
Latin American Program
On Friday, June 1, The Latin American Program and the Brazil Institute convene a panel of experts to discuss regional relations in South America.

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