The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series

The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series
The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series features leading figures in international affairs discussing topical and timely issues of global concern. Events are held approximately once a month, typically on a Thursday evening, and are open to the general public. The James Clarke Chace Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs magazine.

Our Location

The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series takes place at at the BGIA office, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000-A (between 6th Avenue and Broadway). The Series is held in the Fall, September- December and the Spring, January- May.

Current and Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A conversation with author Sean McMeekin presented by the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series
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.*

RSVP Here:  http://tools.bard.edu/wstools/webforms/view.php?id=271638

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.
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St, NY, NY
E-mail: rmeyer@bard.edu

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

James Chace Memorial Speaker Series
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.
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
E-mail: rmeyer@bard.edu