In this virtual talk titled “Debt, Guilt, Responsibility, Obligation,” feminist scholar Judith Butler will consider how best to de-link debt and guilt in the context of the intensification of student debt in recent years and the movement in favor of debt forgiveness. The argument will seek to show that public obligations to either free or affordable education rely upon a notion of the public good that severs debt from guilt.
Keith Wilson, curator of ancient Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, and Jeffrey Moser, assistant professor of East Asian art at Brown, will discuss cast bronze musical instruments from early China. They will explore some of the challenges that Wilson faced in developing the exhibition Resound: Ancient Bells of China (Oct. 14, 2017 – July 5, 2021), and discuss the strategies that he and his team adopted to give life to the fragile sounds and furtive musicality of these instruments.
Black women face a multitude of disparities from conception to postpartum. This event will highlight the work of Warren Alpert Medical School student Ade Osinubi, whose film “Black Motherhood through the Lens” calls attention to these inequities. After the viewing of two of the film’s short stories, there will be a panel discussion led by Osinubi and two of the women featured in the documentary. An audience Q&A session will follow.
“African American Political Thought” offers an unprecedented philosophical history of thinkers from the African American community and African diaspora who have addressed the central issues of political life: democracy, race, violence, liberation, solidarity, and mass political action. Co-editors Melvin L. Rogers and Jack Turner have brought together leading scholars to reflect on individual intellectuals from the past four centuries, developing their list with an expansive approach to political expression.
Many Americans harbor concerns about the future viability of social security, and they have questions about how it and Medicare are funded and how they work. Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works and the chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, will join Taubman Center Interim Director Richard Arenberg to discuss the current politics and future health of social security and Medicare. Special attention will be paid to the question of what these programs mean to members of the younger generations.
In this panel discussion, alumni entrepreneurs will share how they are changing the future of sustainability when it comes to innovative business models, supply chains and product development in the fashion and retail industries.
Jonathan Kirshner joins the Rhodes Center as the keynote speaker for the conference "Economic Warfare: What Can World War One Tell Us About 21st Century Conflicts?" to discuss how economic warfare begins at home. Assessments of the prospects for economic diplomacy typically focus on apparent material capabilities and their potential coercive power. Less attention has been paid to a crucial permissive factor: the robustness of the domestic social economy of a state contemplating the practice of economic warfare.
Professor Nadje Al-Ali and Brown student Rita Slaoui will co-host a virtual panel with Soudade Kaadan, director of the film “The Day I Lost My Shadow.” In the film, as winter hits hard in Syria, all Sana wants is to cook a hot meal for her son. When a seemingly simple errand search for gas goes awry, Sana is dragged into Syria’s deep internecine conflicts, where people lose their shadows.
Over the last decade, emissions have risen as governments try and fail to impose climate regulations. Will the financial world succeed where governments have failed? In this panel discussion, experts in climate policy and investors trying to address climate change will discuss how companies and financial institutions are trying to step in where some nations fear to tread.
In this panel discussion curated by Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America in partnership with the Office of the Provost, scholars in race and psychological sciences will discuss the role race plays specifically in anti-Black racism.
As part of Il Cinema Ritrovato, the annual restored film festival, viewers are invited to screen “The Forgotten Front” for free. “The Forgotten Front” is a documentary recounting the war fought by the Allied armies in Central Italy from 1943 to 1945, the Nazi occupation of Bologna during the Republic of Salò, and the fight of the partisans to liberate the city with its people’s support.