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.

Click here to RSVP.
Contact: Julia Tinneny

Archive of Past Events



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Out in the Periphery: Latin America's Gay Rights Revolution

Presented by the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program and the SUNY Global Engagement Program SUNY Global Center - 116 E 55th Street, New York, NY 10022 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

False Dawn: Protest, Democracy and Violence in the New Middle East

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Muslims in Diaspora: Navigating the Politics of Old and New

Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, NY, NY 
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Death of Expertise: A Conversation with Author Tom Nichols

42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Decline of Nation-States after the Arab Spring

211 East 46th Street New York, NY 10017-2935 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crisis of the Liberal Order: Leon Botstein & Walter Russell Mead

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, 170 E 64th St., New York, NY 10065 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Subverting Disinformation: Journalism in the Age of Fake News

410 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 
Thursday, March 2, 2017

True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy

Bard Hall, Multipurpose Room, 410 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

New York Academic Center of the Lebanese American University, 211 East 46th Street, New York, NY.