Ukraine Round Table
University of Michigan faculty experts discuss the situation in Ukraine as it stands on March 13, 2014. Speakers include Pauline Jones Luong, Zvi Gitelman, Mikhail Krutikov, Oksana Malanchuk, Ekaterina Mishina, Svitlana Rogovyk, and Greta Uehling. Video
Connecting Thought and Action across Borders
Rebecca J. Scott, Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, suggests ways in which cross-national discussions can yield legal definitions and strategies for addressing the phenomenon of coerced labor. Video
The 2013 II Fall Symposium asks, "What is the Future for Islands?" This interdisciplinary symposium examines islands' roles in the political, cultural, and ecological realms, tackling urgent questions about the possible futures for islands in a world of increasing global interconnection and environmental change. Video
The International Implications of the Syrian Civil War: A Panel Discussion
Four experts on the Middle East analyze the social and political effects of the war on Syria and its neighbors, and examine consequences for the region and the involvement of the major powers and other countries influencing the conflict.
Translating Human Rights Symposium
How does the interdisciplinary study of human rights translate bodies as and into evidence? How are recent technological advances transforming what counts as evidence? Going beyond a view of translation framed in terms of accuracy or equivalence, this symposium explores the relationship of bodies, evidence, and translation within the context of critical debates in human rights studies.
South Sudan Roundtable
Susan D. Page, U.S. ambassador to South Sudan, joined a panel of U-M faculty to discuss America’s relations with the East African nation and the challenges facing the new country, which gained independence in July 2011 after more than 50 years of civil war with Sudan. Panelists include: Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Women's Studies, and Anthropology; Anne Pitcher, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Political Science; and John Ciorciari, Assistant Professor of Public Policy.
New Media Symposium
New Media/Social Change symposium questions the impact “new media” (social, network, digital) have had on cultural and political formations and practices and how this impact relates to area studies. Leading scholars from across the U.S. and Europe, along with prominent U-M faculty, address the following:
- How have new media changed the way world regions function and are imagined?
- How have new media reshaped the study of international questions and locations?
- How may news media and other reporters of news be put at risk by changing technologies and practices?
Middle East Round Table
The February 2011 round table "Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East" analyzed the underlying tensions in the Middle East that have led to widespread unrest and political instability. U-M scholars participated in a candid, informal discussion about how protests in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries have led to a shakeup of the existing governments. Speakers include Joshua Cole, Juan Cole, Nadine Naber, Philip Potter, Mark Tessler, and Susan Waltz.
Area Studies Symposium
Relevant/Obsolete?, a symposium hosted by the University of Michigan International Institute and its centers in October 2010, addressed the future of area studies in the U.S. academy. Five leading scholars from across the nation discussed the changing relationships between area studies and the disciplines, the future of area studies centers, and the role of area studies in future research, policy, and public education agendas. Speakers include Gilbert Merkx, Patricia Steinhoff, Kevin O' Brien, Sugata Bose, and Michael Kennedy.