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

Coca-Cola Socialism: A Conversation with Radina Vučetić

Thursday, November 8, 2018

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) 108 W 39th St, New York, New York 10018
Chace Lecture Series
Radina Vučetić will discuss her exciting new book, "Coca-Cola Socialism," in conversation with Aleksandar Bošković.

After falling out with the Eastern bloc, Yugoslavia's leader Tito turned to the United States for support, but only in certain ways. In the political sphere the distance between the two countries was carefully maintained, yet in the realms of culture and consumption the Yugoslav regime was definitely much more receptive to the American model. "Coca-Cola Socialism" addresses the link between cultural diplomacy, culture, consumer society and politics. Radina Vučetić explores how the Party used American culture in order to promote its own values and what life in this socialist and capitalist hybrid system looked like for ordinary people who lived in a country with communist ideology in a capitalist wrapping. Her book offers a careful reevaluation of the limits of appropriating the American dream and questions both an uncritical celebration of Yugoslavia’s openness and an exaggerated depiction of its authoritarianism.

Radina Vučetić is Associate Professor at the General Modern History Department of History at the University of Belgrade.

Aleksandar Bošković is Lecturer in Bosnian, Croatian & Serbian
Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University.

This event is part of the James Chace lecture series and supported by Foreign Affairs.
Contact: Julia Tinneny

Elections at Home and Abroad: Making Democracy Great (Again)?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice, 42 W. 44 St., New York, NY 10036
A James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series Event
Rokey Suleman, currently executive director of elections for Richland County in South Carolina, has worked overseas on elections in places including Egypt, Russia, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, and Nepal. In the United States he has overseen elections in the District of Columbia and other positions in Virginia and Ohio. Given his breadth of experience, he is in a unique position to understand the challenges and opportunities related to elections—and more broadly, for democracy—in a truly comparative way. He will discuss his many experiences and the lessons he has learned in conversation with Bard College Dean of International Studies James Ketterer, who has also worked on elections at home and abroad. This event is cosponsored and hosted by the Vance Center for International Justice and supported by Foreign Affairs magazine.

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Contact: Julia Tinneny

Archive of Past Events



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Women's Rights Are Human Rights: Global Challenges to Reproductive Health

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Age of Consequences: Climate Change and National Security

SUNY Global Center 
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Syria’s Predicament and the U.S. 

Presented by the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) and Lebanese American University 211 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017  
Thursday, September 8, 2016

After the American Century: The Ends of US Culture in the Middle East

Presented by the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice 
Thursday, May 12, 2016

[Postponed] ISIS: The Caliphate at Two

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 
Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

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 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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

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 
Thursday, March 10, 2016

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

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 
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