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International Discussion Series: KOD and the Erosion of Democracy in Poland

KOD, the Committee for the Defense of Democracy, is a Polish civic organization founded in November 2015 as a reaction to the Polish constitutional crisis. The legislative changes pushed through Polish parliament (Sejm), where the conservative Law and Justice Party (PIS) holds majority, were widely criticized in Poland and across the European Union as threatening the rule of law and the human rights of Polish citizens.

Book Event - "The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War" by Jeffrey Stern

Jeffrey Stern is a writer and development worker who is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other publications. His book, The Last Thousand, is focused on an ethnic minority community and school in Afghanistan that educates both girls and boys and promotes critical thinking. The book also explores the possible impact of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Korea Entrepreneurship Update: Current Trends and Dynamics

Panelists Catharina Min (Vice Chair of Firmwide Business & Finance and Partner, ReedSmith LLP), David Chang (President and CEO, Conifer Networks, and former Chairman, Korea IT Network), and Dr. Yong Suk Lee (SK Center Fellow, Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies) discuss developments and trends over the last year or so in the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the Republic of Korea (South Korea).  Topics we expect to address include:  What areas of opportunity are hot at present?  How are recent shifts in global su

International Discussion Series: Transforming Women's Water Burdens Into Economic and Leadership Opportunities

Gemma Bulos is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur and musical activist. She is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative, training grassroots women in Sub-Saharan Africa to become water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technicians, trainers and social entrepreneurs.

The Promise and Practice of Victim Reparations in International Criminal Justice

Reparations are often seen as a central aspect of a more victim-oriented approach to justice and peace in the wake of mass atrocities. In what can be described as a potentially significant shift in which international criminal law is conceived, the International Criminal Court (ICC) became the first international criminal justice body to which individual victims of mass crimes could submit claims for reparations. Other internationalized criminal courts now also consider reparations for victims, most notably the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Ritual Seals as Evidence for Silk Road Studies

Strikingly similar uses of seals (including ideas of seals) are widely attested in religious and magical practices across Afro-Eurasian history, in cultures and periods as disparate as medieval Britain, ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and Tang China. This much is easily shown. What is much more difficult to answer are questions of how to understand these connections.

The Story of Mulan: Women and War in Early Medieval China

The story of Mulan, a woman who went to war, has undergone many transformations, in China and beyond. Its earliest version, however, “The Poem of Mulan,”  was not Chinese in origin, but apparently came from among the Inner Asian Tuoba people who in the late fourth century conquered the Yellow River plain to establish the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). Though the received version of the poem is in Chinese, evidence is strong that this was a translation of a folk song in the Tuoba’s Altaic language.


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