BGIA News and Events

James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series features leading figures in international affairs discussing topical and timely issues of global concern. Events are typically held one Thursday evening per month. The James Clarke Chace Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs magazine.

BGIA Events

All events are free and open to the public.
                                        

2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring132929

211 East 46th Street New York, NY 10017-2935  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This book discusses the outcome of the Arab Spring, arguing that the nation-state system has been undermined and replaced with a decentralized and ‘communitarian-based’ governance structure. This new structure may replace autocratic nationalism and have positive consequences on pluralistic and diverse societies in the region. ‘Communitocracy’ strengthens minority alliances in countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, and Jordan, and preserves the interests of Kurdish, Armenian, Sunni, Shia, Orthodox, and Catholic communities.

Author Imad Salamey is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and the Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution at the Lebanese American University. 

James Ketterer will serve as interviewer/discussant. He is the dean of international studies at Bard College and the director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA).

This event is part of the James Chace lecture series at BGIA and is co-sponsored by Lebanese American University and supported by Foreign Affairs.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crisis of the Liberal Order: Leon Botstein & Walter Russell Mead132474

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 E 64th St., New York, NY 10065  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, and Walter Russell Mead, Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute, the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College, and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest, will discuss trends in politics across the globe. What explains the resurgence of populism and the rise of political actors on the right? What are the effects on longstanding alliances, international institutions and accepted norms? Why are democratic systems creating non-democratic outcomes?

This event is part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series, which is supported by Foreign Affairs. It is co-sponsored and hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

This event is sold out. Tickets are required to attend.

Location: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 East 64th Street, New York, NY.

  Thursday, April 20, 2017

Subverting Disinformation: Journalism in the Age of Fake News132805

410 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
In the twentieth century, propaganda was an important part of the Cold War toolkit. Disinformation and the rise of fake news, however, pose a new challenge to journalists and citizens alike. How should journalists, media companies, politicians, and the informed citizen combat disinformation? And with so much of disinformation originating in Russia, how should we understand the Kremlin's goals? 

The panel discussion will be from 6-7pm, followed by a a reception.​ It is part of BGIA's James Chace Memorial Speaker Series and co-sponsored by the BGIA Alumni Network, with support from Foreign Affairs magazine. RSVP here.

Ilan Greenberg is a journalist who has reported across the globe for publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Foreign Policy, and Slate. He founded the crisis reporting platform Coda, which adheres to a unique approach of following a single topic throughout its unfolding.
Molly McKew is a writer in Washington, D.C. From 2009 to 2013 she worked as an adviser to Mikheil Saakashvili, then the president of Georgia.
Simon Ostrovsky is a reporter for CNN Investigations. He previously worked as a journalist covering the 2014 crisis in Ukraine for VICE News and as a documentary filmmaker. In his 2015 documentary, Selfie Soldiers, he re-enacted a Russian soldier's social media posts to track him to Ukraine. He was briefly held hostage by pro-Russia militants there in April 2014.
Nathan Thornburgh (moderator) is co-founder and CEO of Roads and Kingdoms, an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture. He spent the better part of a decade working at TIME Magazine as foreign correspondent and editor and has reported on everything from cyberwar in Russia to information war in Georgia to the drug wars in Juarez. 
 

  Monday, March 6, 2017

Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) Info Session131668

Study and Intern in NYC
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join BGIA staff and recent alumni to learn more about the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) including:

-- BGIA faculty, course offerings, and distribution requirements you can fulfill
-- internships and types of projects students work on
-- our dorms in NYC
-- fun cultural events
-- how to apply to BGIA
-- the impact that a semester in NYC can have on senior project ideas and career goals
-- Q&A

Location: RKC 103

Thursday, March 2, 2017

True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy132527

Bard Hall, Multipurpose Room, 410 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kati Marton, author of True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy, will discuss the book in conversation with moderator Tim Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner and co-director of NYU’s Center for the United States and the Cold War.

In True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy (Simon & Schuster; September 6, 2016) award-winning journalist and best-selling author Kati Marton tells Noel Field’s full story for the first time. Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and ’40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. He ended his days behind the Iron Curtain, diminished, but he never showed regret for his role in abetting a murderous dictatorship. With a reporter’s eye for detail and a historian’s grasp of the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century, Marton captures Field’s riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong.

Kati Marton is the author of True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy and Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include Paris: A Love StoryThe Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the WorldHidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our HistoryWallenbergThe Polk Conspiracy; and A Death in Jerusalem. She is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent. She lives in New York City.

This event is part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series, which is supported by Foreign Affairs.

This event is free and open to the public by RSVP on Eventbrite. Reception and book signing to follow.
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran132473

New York Academic Center of the Lebanese American University, 211 East 46th Street, New York, NY.  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Laura Secor, contributor to the New Yorker and author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran, will discuss the book in conversation with James Ketterer of Bard College and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA).

This event is part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series, which is supported by Foreign Affairs. It is co-sponsored and hosted by the New York Academic Center of the Lebanese American University.

The event is free and open to the public by RSVP.