Diasporic Tradition as Curatorial Practice
In this talk, Nazan Bedirhanoglu reflects on the use of symbols and narratives as building blocks of the Kurdish diasporic identity and share insights about her field research on the Kurdish diaspora in the United States.
Kurds are denied their basic human rights in their home region, divided by Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and struggle against the assimilation by their governments. Many Kurds see these governments as colonial powers, and they construct their identity with symbols and narratives defying inner-colonial rhetoric. Bedirhanoglu explores the production and representation of diasporic traditions through the use of these symbols and narratives in the making and recasting of a Kurdish identity away from home.
Nazan Bedirhanoglu is a Freedom Project Post-Doctoral fellow in the Political Science Department at Wellesley College. She is a 2019 Newhouse Center summer faculty fellow.
Apr 21, 4:30–6 PMLessons on a Literary Rivalry: Corneille and Racine, Dueling Playwrights
Newhouse Fellow Hélène Bilis explores competing plays on the same subject by different playwrights and the lessons on authorship, influence, and literary prestige these literary contests reveal.Event Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2020 -4:30pm to 6:00pm
Mar 3, 3:45 PM, Mar 4, 12:45 PMGods and Robots: Myths and Ancient Dreams of Technology
Who first imagined robots? This talk explores how some of today’s most advanced innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence were foreshadowed in classical antiquity.Event Date:Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 3:45pmEvent Date:Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:45pm
Mar 17, 4:30–6 PMThe Legacy of Whiteness in Multiracial Ireland and Irish America
Are immigrants as welcome in Ireland as citizens claim? Newhouse Fellow Sarah Townsend unearths the secret history of Irish-American assimilation that haunts race relations in Ireland today.Event Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2020 -4:30pm to 6:00pm
Feb 27, 4:30–6 PM