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, December 6, 2007

The New Russia Challenge

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The J Curve: Why Nations Rise and Fall

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Can Market Mechanisms Address Climate Change

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Iraq After the Petraeus Report

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Unknown Unknowns: Anticipating and Countering Insurgency in Iraq

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Anti-Americanism in World Politics

Thursday, March 22, 2007

HIV and International Security

Thursday, March 1, 2007

How Moral Can We Get? War, Ethics, and US Foreign Policy