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2017 Spring Newsletter



Upcoming Events for Spring 2017:

Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
A book talk with author, Max Bergholz

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Hampton Room , Second Floor, Malott Commons, Scripps College
Book Raffle to Follow

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination of a chain of local massacres that began earlier in the summer. In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence. This deeply researched microhistory provides provocative insights to questions of global significance: What causes intercommunal violence? How does such violence between neighbors affect their identities and relations?

Max Bergholz is Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University in Montreal, where he holds the James M. Stanford Professorship in Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 A.M. Doors open to the Hampton Room at Noon.

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No Rule of Law, No Democracy:
Conflicts of Interest, Coruption, and Elections as Democratic Deficits
Cristina Nicolescu-Waggonner

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Hampton Room, Second Floor, Malott Commons, Scripps College

Book Raffle to Follow

Dr. Nicolescu-Waggonner is a visiting assistant professor at Scripps College. Her teaching and research focuses on the European Union, Comparative European Politics, democracy, rule of law, and corruption. Her book No rule of law, no democracy: Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, and Elections as Democratic Deficits was published in December 2016 and looks at the obstacles of establishing stable healthy democracies at the beginning of the 21st century. She received her BA from the University of Bucharest, Romania and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. She studied a year at the Law School of the University of Salamanca, Spain with an Erasmus/Socrates scholarship.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 am. Doors open to the Hampton Room at noon.

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Past Events for Spring 2017:

Christian Kracht
A Reading and Discussion

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
Humanities Museum, Scripps College
Book Raffle & Reception to Follow
Cosponsored by the Department of German Studies, Scripps College

Christian Kracht is a Swiss novelist whose books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His previous novels include FASERLAND, 1979, and I WILL BE HERE IN SUNSHINE AND IN SHADOW. His novel, IMPERIUM, was the recipient of the 2012 Wilhelm Raabe literature prize, and one of Publishers Weekly’s ten best publications of 2015. His most recent novel DIE TOTEN (THE DEAD) is the recipient of the 2016 Hermann Hesse Prize and the Swiss Book Prize. He lives in Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The European Refugee Crisis
Neoliberal Racial Capitalism and Queer Activism

Fatima El-Tayeb
Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies

Director of Critical Gender Studies
University of California San Diego

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Vita Nova 100, Scripps College

The “European refugee crisis” – referencing less the plight of millions trying to leave military and economic warzones than the inconvenience their arrival is causing the European Union – is dominating debates across the continent. Most present the EU as an island of stability and prosperity, surrounded by chaotic regions: a Middle East succumbing to radical Islam, a permanently underdeveloped Africa and an aggressive Russia threatening the continent’s East. The crises originating in these regions are now reaching Europe, which needs to find imminent solutions to overwhelming challenges. This is a convenient narrative, but it ignores Europe’s culpability, not only in allowing the situation to escalate, but also in creating many of its sources. This talk contextualizes European reactions to the crisis, which are rapidly becoming hostile and punitive, within a post-Cold rewriting of the continent’s past and present that combined post-fascist and post-socialist narratives into a western capitalist success story, but completely ignored the aftereffects of colonialism. El-Tayeb’s analysis employs a queer diasporic perspective, centering Europe as a postcolonial space.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 am.

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European Union Relations with Cuba

Alain Bothorel
Deputy to the Ambassador, EU Delegation in La Havana, Cuba

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Hampton Room, Second Floor, Malott Commons, Scripps College

Alain started his career in Finance in the private sector in the United States and in Europe. Has extensive international experience, mainly with the European Commission where he held several positions in the Informatics Directorate, in the Economics and Finance DG, in External Relations with the Former Soviet Union and with Central Europe. He was posted to Budapest, Hungary in 1997 for five years, participated in the accession negotiations of Hungary to the EU. He implemented strategies in very diverse fields such as trade, economic development, science, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc. From 2002 to 2006 worked in the EU External Relations with Latin America, in the European Commission Delegation in Lima, Peru, as Head of the Political, Economic and Trade Affairs. From September 2006 to August 2009, was tasked with a special assignment to open an EU Office in the northern part of Cyprus to implement an economic development program with a view to preparing the Turkish Cypriot Community to an eventual reunification of Cyprus. From September 2009 to August 2011, worked in the Commission headquarters in DG ELARG in Brussels where he was in charge of the coordination of financial assistance to the countries candidate to join the EU.
From September 2011 to August 2014 he held the position of Head of the Political, Trade and Communication Section, and Deputy to the Head of Delegation in the EU Delegation in La Paz, Bolivia. Currently working at the EU Delegation in La Havana, Cuba since September 2014, he holds the position of Deputy to the Ambassador and is also Head of the Political, Trade and Press/Communication Section. He studied Accounting and Finance, then International Business in post-graduate studies and holds an MBA degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Alain was born in France on 23 August 1954. He is married and has one daughter.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 am. Doors open to the Hampton Room at noon.

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How do we Avert a Solvency Crisis in the EU?
A Conversation About European Fiscal Policy

Christos Shiamptanis
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm
Vita Nova 100,
Scripps College

Cosponsored by the Department of Economics, Pitzer College

Dr. Christos Shiamptanis is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University at Albany, State University of New York. His research interests are concentrated in both theoretical and empirical fiscal sustainability and solvency crisis. In particular, Dr. Shiamptanis is interested in the interaction between monetary and fiscal policy, the effects of fiscal policy on inflation and interest rates, the implications of fiscal policy on sovereign default, and how risky fiscal policy is in developed countries.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.