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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. They are free and open to the general public by RSVP. The James Clarke Chace Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs magazine.


  Monday, July 25, 2016

BGIA Alumni/ae Movie Night131374

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
BGIA Alumni/ae, come join us for the HBO Bryant Park outdoor movie screening of Three Days of the Condor (1975). We will be picnicking outside with a potluck-style dinner. Bring any food, drinks, and friends! We'll set up blankets for a good spot early on. Call 347-563-8579 to find us. Please RSVP and let us know what you'll be bringing. We are thrilled to reunite with our alumni/ae!  Film summary: Directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, a bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

[Postponed] ISIS: The Caliphate at Two130893

Michael Weiss in conversation with James Ketterer

A James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series Event co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs Magazine, hosted by The Carnegie Council

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Due to a scheduling change, this event has been postponed.

Michael Weiss, an expert on ISIS and co-author of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror," will discuss the current situation with ISIS, the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the broader regional and international implications. BGIA Director James Ketterer will serve as discussant. This event is part of the James Chace Lecture Series and is supported by Foreign Affairs magazine. The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is host and co-sponsor. 

Michael Weiss is a Senior Editor at The Daily Beast and co-author of the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. He also edits The Interpreter, an online translation and analysis journal devoted to all things Russian and Ukrainian.

James Ketterer is dean of international studies at Bard College and director fo the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Volatility in Geopolitics & the Global Economy: Risks, Opportunities & Challenges Ahead," with Dambisa Moyo130735

A James Chace Memorial Speaker Series Event co-hosted by the SUNY Global Engagement Program
SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street, New York, NY  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
**This event will not take place at BGIA's main location on 108 West 39th Street.**

This is part of the James Chace Lecture Series and is supported by Foreign Affairs magazine. The SUNY Global and the SUNY Global Engagement Program are co-sponsors.

Time: Presentation, 6pm-7pm, with a reception to follow.
Location: SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street, Manhattan.
RSVP here for "Volatility in Geopolitics and the Global Economy"

This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities for global economic growth. Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. Her work has taken her to more than 70 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge on the inherent conflicts facing developed economies, as well as the interaction between politics, international finance and developing markets.

In particular, her work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; capitalizing on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"South Africa and the World," A Talk with The Honorable Dr. Wilmot James130591

Presented by the BGIA and CEU-NY Alumni Associations and Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, 42 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
*This event will not be held at BGIA's 39th Street location.*
Location:  42 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
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The BGIA and CEU-NY Alumni Associations present a conversation with Dr. Wilmot James and discussant Professor Drew Thompson of Bard College's programs in Africana and Historical Studies. This event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.

The Honorable Dr. Wilmot James is a noted South African academic-turned-politician, who currently is an a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He was born in Paarl in 1953. Dr. James serves as the country's Shadow Minister of Basic Education and is the Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. He is an Honorary Professor of Sociology (University of Pretoria) and in the Division of Human Genetics (University of Cape Town). He is also chairperson of the board of the Africa Genome Education Institute.

James has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1982) and a B.A. (Hons) cum laude from the University of the Western Cape (1977). He has held visiting positions at Yale University, Indiana University, American Bar Foundation (Chicago), the California Institute of Technology, and Edinburgh University. He served as chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. He is also a former trustee of the New York-based Ford Foundation.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Will Fear Trump Hope? American Politics in 2016130926

Sponsored by: Political Studies Program, Global and International Studies Program, Center for Civic Engagement, Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program, and election@bard
Henderson Technology Laboratories (Annex) 106  8:00 am – 10:00 am
A panel featuring:
Walter Mead, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College
Simon Gilhooley, Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Bard College
Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Political Studies, Bard College (chair)
What is going on in US politics?
What does the rise of Trump mean for the Republican Party?
What does the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders mean for the Democrats?
What do the results of the primaries mean for the
presidential election and the future domestic and 
foreign policies of the US?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Who is Arming Asia? Arms Transfers and Their Implications for US Regional Influence"130718

A Presentation by Jonathan Caverly of MIT for the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series
108 West 39th St., Suite 1000A, New York, NY 10018  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jonathan Caverley is a Research Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Asha Castleberry will serve as discussant. 

Time: Presentation, 6-7:15pm; Reception, 7:15-7:45pm.
Location: 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000-A (10th floor)
RSVP here for "Who is Arming Asia?"

Dr. Caverly's research identifies incentives at the international and domestic levels for increased defense effort and militarized conflict, with an emphasis on U.S. foreign policy. He is currently examining how actors, particularly the United States, use the international arms trade and training of foreign militaries as tools of influence. His 2014 book, Democratic Militarism: Voting, Wealth, and War, examines the distribution of the costs of security within democracies, and its contribution to military aggressiveness. 

Ms. Castleberry is a U.S. Army veteran who recently completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East.  Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served for for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait. Asha serves on the Board of Advisors of America’s Impact, Veterans 4 Diplomacy, and Women Veterans and Families Network.  She is a also a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council and a cofounder of International Youth Council.  A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as one the Diplomatic Courier’s Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East"


A conversation with author Sean McMeekin presented by the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St, NY, NY  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Time: Presentation, 6pm-7pm; Reception and Book Signing, 7pm-7:30pm
Place: Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street
*This event will not be held at BGIA's 39th Street location.*

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Professor Sean McMeekin of Bard College will discuss his new book on this important and timely topic. Professor Ilgu Ozler, director of the SUNY Global Engagement Program will serve as discussant. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs Magazine and Bard Middle Eastern Studies.

Between 1911 and 1922, a series of wars—chief among them World War I—would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states. It is a story we think we know well, but as historian Sean McMeekin shows us in THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908–1923 (Penguin Press), we know far less than we think. Drawing from McMeekin’s years of groundbreaking research in newly opened Ottoman and Russian archives, THE OTTOMAN ENDGAME is a revelatory new history that recounts the social, political, and demographic transformations unfolding across the Middle East in the run-up to and aftermath of World War I. With great storytelling flair, McMeekin brings to light the entire strategic narrative that led to an unstable new order in postwar Middle East—much of which is still felt today.

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