PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown will host two lecture series this spring on a range of timely issues related to development, governance and security. All events are free and open to the public.
The Development and Governance Seminar Series is a cross-disciplinary speaker series that will bring a diverse range of scholars to Brown to present innovative research and thinking on the challenges of national and global transformation in the 21st century. It will also draw on a core group of faculty in the development and governance research programs at the Institute and a large community of graduate students at Brown.
The spring semester line-up beging Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, with a lecture by Eli Friedman ofCornell University on “Peripatetic Reproduction: Urbanization, Education, and Urban China’s Second-Class Citizens.” Friedman will analyze what he describes as the exclusionary politics that restrict reproduction rights among migrants in urban China. The series continues with lectures by leading scholars on civil war and the distribution of public goods.
The Security Seminar Series is part of an effort to expand the Institute's engagement with pressing contemporary security issues and policy debates. Bridging the divide between academia and the policy world, the series includes prominent security scholars, journalists, and practitioners.
Bruce M. Selya, senior federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and former chief judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, opens this series with a lecture on Monday, Feb. 10, on “The View from inside the FISA Courts.”
Other lecture topics in this series include state strategies for managing violence in Asia and maintaining security within the U.S. global network of military bases.
More information on the seminar series and other events at Watson are available at watson.brown.edu/events. The Watson Institute is located at 111 Thayer St.
Development and Governance Seminar Series
Peripatetic Reproduction: Urbanization, Education, and Urban China’s Second-Class Citizens
Eli Friedman, assistant professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University
Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.in the McKinney Conference Room
The Evolution and Transformation of Civil Wars Over the Past Two Centuries
Stathis Kalyvas, the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University
Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in the McKinney Conference Room
Identity Politics and Public Goods
Rajiv Sethi, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Economics at Barnard College
Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in the McKinney Conference Room
Security Seminar Series
The View from inside the FISA Courts
Bruce M. Selya, senior federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and former chief judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
Monday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Joukowsky Forum
Anglo-America and the Dynamics of Globalization
Peter J. Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University
Monday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Joukowsky Forum
Governing Coercion: States and Violence in Asia
Paul Staniland, assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy
Monday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the Joukowsky Forum
Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945
Amy Austin Holmes will discuss her new book on the topic with Catherine Lutz, the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown, and Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University.
Monday, April 7, at 5 p.m. in the Joukowsky Forum