On October 24, 2012, Anna Dolidze an assistant Professor with Carleton University's School of Law was invited to speak with the students of POL 339, Human Rights, on the role of NGOs in shaping emerging international law norms. Ms Dolidze described NGOs appearance as 'friends of the court' in high profile cases before international and ad hoc commissions raising transnational interests and often involving widespread abuse of human rights.
On October 24, 2012, Prof Michel Agier is an anthropologist and the Director of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Development Research Institute) where he heads the Center for African Studies. He is also Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Prof. Agier was invited to speak with students of POL 339 Human Rights on the subject of the narrative of contemporary humanitarianism and its impact on the human rights and dignity of "undesirables" such as refugees and internally displaced persons. Prof Agier's visit was co-sponsored by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States.
On October 16, 2012, Prof. Spencer J. Pack, Professor of Economics, Connecticut College, was invited to talk to students of POL 229 Classical Political Economy, about: 'Aristotle and Adam Smith: two systematic thinkers, one ancient, one modern'.
On October 3, 2012, the award winning documentary ‘Dear Mandela’ was screened as part of the class Human Rights (POL 339). The documentary captures a community of slum dwellers who fight for their right to housing: they challenge summary government evictions before the South African Constitutional Court. The New York based directors of Dear Mandela joined Lehman faculty and students at the screening for a Q&A.
On October 3, 2012, Eddie Daniels, a survivor of Apartheid and fifteen years of imprisonment on the infamous Robben Island was invited to speak with students of Politics and Culture (POL 26) on the subject of oppression, resistance and reconciliation.
On 12 March 2012, the Department of Political Science in cooperation with the Leonard Lief Library, the Department of Languages (French section) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York invited French journalist Jade Lindgaard to Lehman College to discuss her book ‘The Impostor: BHL in Wonderland’ (Verso Books). Faculty and students discussed the popular allure of pseudo-philosophers and populist academics .Ms Lindgaard's visit was co-sponsored by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States.
On 2 April 2012, adjunct faculty Barry Murdaco presented his research paper ‘China and USA: A Distorted Communication’ as part of the Department of Political Science working paper series. Faculty and students discussed media representation of politics and culture in China and the US.
On 18 April, 2012, New Jersey based lawyer Ciatta Baysah guest lectured to students of International Law (POL 344) on the subject of her work as an advocate for Darfuri victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide before the International Criminal Court.
On 23 April, 2012, Prof. Stephane Beaud of ENS Paris discussed his book ‘The Strike of the French Football Team in South Africa’ with students of Politics and Culture (POL 266). Students learned how race and class tensions manifest themselves in France and Europe. Prof. Beaud's visit was co-sponsored by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States.
On 10 May, 2012, The Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies with the co-sponsorship of the Department of Political Science, and the CUNY Latino Initiative hosted “Nueva Visión: Latino Politics and the Rights of Migrants in the Americas.” The conference was attended by nearly 500 people and included panelists such as Dr. Chris Zepeda (University of Chicago), Dr. Aide Acosta (Indiana University), Dr. Adrian Felix (University of California Santa Cruz), Prof. Ediberto Roman (Florida International University Law School), and Sandy Placido (PhD student, Harvard University). The conference also featured some of the leading immigrant and indigenous rights organizations from the New York, California, Arizona, and Latin America.
On 27 October, 2011, Dr. Raymond Rocco of Department of Political Science of the University of California delivered a talk entitled “Configurations of Foreignness: Latino Membership in the U.S. and the Politics of Empowerment.” The talk was attended by nearly 50 students and included faculty members from the Department of Political Science at Lehman.
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