28 November 2017

I-GMAP talk on Thursday

The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP)

Justice After Atrocity:
Is it Possible at All?

A Presentation by and Conversation with
Eduardo Gonzalez
I-GMAP Practitioner-in-Residence 
Thursday, November 30
6:30 pm
Admissions 189

From the ongoing slaughter in Syria, to the misery of the Rohingya minorities in Myanmar, the world seems mired in an ongoing horror. And yet, conflicts end, most of them inconclusively, as the parties exhaust themselves and agree to negotiate. After half a century of fighting, Colombia seems ready to initiate a peace that generations have not known. What should happen when conflict ceases? Should societies forget, and avoid stirring in the trauma and enmities of the past? Or should they seek accountability?

Come and discuss these questions with Eduardo Gonzalez, a Peruvian sociologist who works as an independent professional in the field of transitional justice, providing strategic and technical advice to governments and civil society organizations, toward an effective and fair system of transitional justice. He has been a key advisor in the truth and reconciliation processes in Peru, East Timor, Morocco, Liberia, Canada, the Western Balkans and, most recently, Sri Lanka.

laptops in classrooms

But a growing body of evidence shows that over all, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequivocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that electronics also undermine learning in high school classrooms or that they hurt productivity in meetings in all kinds of workplaces.

17 November 2017

Public Humanities Fellowships

ask me about this if you're interested:

2018-2019 Institute for Advanced Studies for the Humanities (IASH) Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship
In Partnership with Humanities New York

The Institute for Advanced studies for the Humanities (IASH) and Humanities New York
announce the call for applicants for the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Public Humanities
The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities
New York in partnership with nine New York research universities to bring humanities
scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive
of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public

work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-
long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of

the public humanities and work by the Fellow to develop a public project related to their
own scholarship in partnership with a community organization.
The skills and experiences afforded by the Fellowship are intended to serve scholars
who have a record of working with the public as well as those who are starting to
explore the public humanities. It is equally valuable for scholars who plan to pursue
careers within the academy and those who plan to pursue other career paths.

13 November 2017

SPEL Workshop rescheduled

the Workshop on "Time Management" has been postponed.

and that is not a joke.

new time:

11:45 - 1:00

location: IASH Conference Room

05 November 2017

cut cut cut

uh oh.

gotta pay for tax cuts for billionaires somehow.

02 November 2017

Conference reminder -- on Saturday

Saturday at the Downtown Center ...

9:00AM – 9:30AM Breakfast, Room 224
9:30AM – 10:10AM Ryan Adams: “Dignity and Violence: A Personalist Ethics of Resistance”
10:10AM – 10:50AM Elham Beygi: “Coordination Duty to Disobey the Law in Non-Legitimate States”
10:50AM – 11:05AM Coffee Break, Room 224
11:05AM – 11:45AM Alicja Duda: “A Phenomenological Analysis of Violence and Vulnerability in the El Salvador Civil War”
11:45AM – 12:25PM Wendy Lynne Lee: ” Unsustainable: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Approach to Resistance and Environmental Justice”
12:25PM – 1:05PM Rachael Flores: “William Morris’ Solution to Marxist Aesthetics”
1:05PM – 2:20PM Lunch, Room 224
2:20PM – 3:00PM Stephen Wrenn: “Failure and Generation”
3:00PM – 3:40PM Steven Powers: “Post-Hope: What’s Left For Us?”
3:40PM – 3:55PM Coffee Break, Room 224
4:00PM – 5:30PM Keynote Gabriel Rockhill: “Standing Before the Law: Toward a Theory of Immanent Normativity”

01 November 2017

Predatory or symbiotic?


But it’s increasingly clear that many academics know exactly what they’re getting into, which explains why these journals have proliferated despite wide criticism. The relationship is less predator and prey, some experts say, than a new and ugly symbiosis.
Many faculty members — especially at schools where the teaching load is heavy and resources few — have become eager participants in what experts call academic fraud that wastes taxpayer money, chips away at scientific credibility, and muddies important research.