Lecture / Reading
In the aftermath of the First World War, the conversion of European intellectuals to Islam raised controversial new questions about Muslim and European pasts and possible futures. Mirza M. Abdurrahman was one such convert who, after leaving Catholicism for Islam in 1922, left his native Yugoslavia to study in Spain, correspond with Muslim missionaries in Berlin, and publish a French translation of a classic Ottoman-Persian mystic text.
The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?
This event will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on the Ethics in Society FB Page at 5pm Pacific.
Ambassador Samantha Power will deliver the 2018 Tanner Lectures on Human Values.
Lecture 1: Wednesday, February 28, 5:00-6:45pm in CEMEX Auditorium
Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and a prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communist and post-communist Europe. She is also a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics, where she runs ARENA, a research project on disinformation and 21st-century propaganda. She is the author of several books, including Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe; and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.
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As represented by John Everett Millais’s painting (1851–1852), Ophelia is a fetishized icon of female victimhood in the West. Japan has its own version of an Ophelia-cult, beginning with Soseki Natsume’s reworking of Ophelia in The Three-Cornered World (1906). The protagonist, a painter, curiously compares O-Nami, a strong-willed, rebellious woman, to Ophelia. The novel also draws on certain Japanese legends and horror tales that link Ophelia with Japanese revengeful female ghosts and monsters.
Join us for an evening with best-selling author and Oxford University Professor of African Studies Jonny Steinberg. Professor Steinberg will give a talk, followed by a short reading of his forthcoming book One Day in Bethlehem, and a moderated Q&A session with Associate Professor of Classics Grant Parker.
Transnational Islam lacks the centralized leadership and institutions associated with Catholicism. Yet hierarchical and authoritative bodies do make decisions regarding Islam in various contemporary settings, including within the institutional frameworks of states. What happens when Muslim faith and practice are adapted to the terms and procedures of bureaucracy and the modern nation-state? Dr. Müller will present an original conceptual framework for studying the bureaucratization of Islam.
The widespread stereotype of Ukraine is that of a divided nation – of several "Ukraines" with diverging orientations, different languages and contested identities. This stereotype has been utilized heavily both inside and outside of Ukraine, most significantly by the Russian media. The usual narrative divides Ukraine into Eastern and Western, where the former is considered pro-Russian and Russian-speaking. These complex historical and regional identifications are often overreaching, excessively divisive, and oversimplified.