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. These events are free and open to the public by RSVP.

Upcoming Events

The Debate over Religious Freedom and Female Genital Mutilation

Thursday, May 2, 2019

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000-A, NY, NY
Maryum Saifee, career diplomat and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will be in conversation with Faraz Sanei of Cardozo Law School about the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), legal implications and activism around the issue.

There have been several recent court cases involving FGM. A typical defense argument is that the practice of FGM is protected under religious freedom. The purpose of the discussion will be to gain a better understanding of FGM in the United States, how religious freedom relates to FGM, and transnational advocacy efforts to end the practice.

This is part of BGIA’s James Chace Lecture series and is supported by Foreign Affairs magazine.


Archive of Past Events



Thursday, April 18, 2019

“Fight to Live, Live to Fight: Veteran Activism After War.”

SUNY Global Center - 116 E 55th Street, New York, New York 10022 
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Male, Female, Diverse: The Rise and Globalization of a 3rd Gender

BGIA, 108 W 39th St, Suite 1000, New York, NY 10018 
Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Trials of Richard Goldstone: A Book Talk with Daniel Terris

A James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series Event Vance Center for International Justice, 44 West 44 Street, New York, NY 10036 
Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War

A James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series Event Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs