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TUESDAY January 9


Threading and unthreading: Trajectories of conflict, clinic, politics and social justice in Pelotas, Brazil

Dominique Behague (Vanderbilt)


WEDNESDAY January 10


Cheaper, Cleaner: A Game-Changing Model for Carbon Capture

Bill Brown (NET Power)


Making Peace in Drug Wars

Benjamin Lessing in conversation with Brodwyn Fischer (both UChicago)


THURSDAY January 11


America in Japan / Japan in America

Towards a Topographical Analysis of Japanese Intellectual History

Naoyuki Umemori (Waseda)

5pm  •  International House, Assembly Hall


Seizing Jerusalem: The Architectures of Unilateral Unification

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan (UChicago)


FRIDAY January 12


The Travails of Abulabaz: An 'Abbasid Elephant in Charlemagne's Court

Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvania)


January 12-13


The Connected Iron Age

Interregional Networks in Eastern Mediterranean, 900-600 BCE




WEDNESDAY January 17


Violence Seen Through a Public Health Lens

Selwyn O. Rogers Jr. (UChicago)


THURSDAY January 18


Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Michael Hardt (Duke)


FRIDAY January 19


Darwin's Afterlives: Recollection and the Making of Biography

Janet Browne (Harvard)


New Book Salon: The Mana of Mass Society

William Mazzarella (UChicago)


TUESDAY January 23


Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914-1921

Laura Engelstein (Yale) in conversation with Faith Hillis and Kenneth Pomeranz (both UChicago)


You Only Live Twice: Dr. Muhammad Kkansu (a.k.a Jeong Su-Il) and the Question of the Diasporic 'Other' in the Two Koreas

Theodore Jun Yoo (Yonsei University)






Karen AbuZayd (UN Human Rights Council)

Kathleen Newland (Migration Policy Institute)

Juliet Sorensen (Northwestern)




Dan Friend (Northwestern)







Turn Back the Clock

The 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock




Red Press: Radical Print Culture from St. Petersburg to Chicago

Through January 15


Art Institute Exhibit: Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test

Through January 15




Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

January 27   2pm  •  Chinese-American Museum


A Safer or a More Dangerous World? Nuclear Weapons in Today’s Global Community

With Austin Carson, Robert A. Pape, Paul Poast, Paige Price Cone, Paul Staniland (all UChicago)
Moderated by Steve Edwards (WBEZ)


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FACULTY FELLOW  •  Deutsche Welle

Land reform: Will Zimbabwe’s economic downfall be repeated in South Africa?

In 2000, Zimbabwe's government expropriated white farmers without compensation. Hyperinflation and food shortages followed. Now the South African government is discussing a similar law. Political Science professor and 2017-18 CISSR Fellow Michael Albertus weighs in on whether the same risks lie ahead.


FACULTY FELLOW  •  Psychology Today

Explaining the Moral Foreign-Language Effect

An update on experiments by Boaz Keysar, professor in the Department of Psychology and 2017-18 CISSR Fellow, whose research suggests that the emotional impact of decisions is reduced when they are made in a foreign language.


Washington Post

Will U.S. threats to Pakistan help crack down on terrorism? Not really.

Last week the US State Department announced it will be suspending security aid to Pakistan. Political Science professor Paul Staniland and PhD candidate Asfandyar Mir offered five reasons why US threats were unlikely to work.


New York Times

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to mount amid missile tests and taunts, history professor Bruce Cumings helps explain the Korean War and the impacts that linger more than 60 years after its end.


Nobel Laureate Lars Peter Hansen on Global Economic Growth

Nobel Prize laureate and Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics Professor Lars Peter Hansen weighs in on global economics growth in this Bloomberg Markets interview, and indicates the recent run-up in stock prices may be "fragile.”


Sociology professor and CISSR Director Jenny Trinitapoli has been following a cohort of 1500 Malawian women since 2009; new findings shed light on why fertility remains so high in this part of the world and how population trends respond to changing life circumstances.


CFP: 20th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference


CFP: Undergraduate Journal of Ethnic Studies