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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Harlem and the Roots of Gentrification, 1965-2003Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College

    In the last four decades of the twentieth century, Harlem, New York—America’s most famous neighborhood—transformed from the archetypal symbol of midcentury “urban crisis” to the most celebrated example of “urban renaissance” in the United States. Once a favored subject for sociologists studying profound poverty and physical decline, by the new millennium Harlem found itself increasingly the site of refurbished brownstones, shiny glass and steel shopping centers, and a growing middle-class population. Drawing from Brian Goldstein’s new book, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017), this lecture will trace this arc by focusing on competing visions for Harlem's central block. In doing so, it will reveal the complicated history of social and physical transformation that has changed this and many American urban centers in the last several decades. Gentrification is often described as a process controlled by outsiders, with clear winners and losers, victors and victims. In contrast, this talk will explore the role that Harlemites themselves played in bringing about Harlem’s urban renaissance, an outcome that had both positive and negative effects for their neighborhood. 

    Time: 4:40 pm
    Location: Olin, Room 102

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2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014
The People's Court
Olin, Room 205  5:00 pm
Guest lecturer Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power After Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009).

This lecture surveys the development of the police court in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Police courts were tribunals where mayors or court recorders resolved disputes and punished misdemeanants (including vagrants, prostitutes, and petty thieves) without recourse to formal jurisprudence. They were also sources of popular entertainment that attracted spectators who were engrossed not only by conflicts and confessions but also by the mechanics of the justice system. In this lecture, I am interested in the legal education that audiences took away from these tribunals, or in how they came to know law as theater, as prerogative, and as process. The municipal records produced by the police courts were sparse, when they were kept at all, but we have access to a rich secondary archive of sources -- satirical newspaper columns and cartoons, mock-epic poems and theatrical set-pieces, vaudeville recordings and sheet music, radio transcriptions, and courtroom anecdotes collected as folklore -- that permit us to reconstruct these proceedings in substantial and lurid detail.

Free and open to the public.


Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Literature Program
Alex Benson  845-758-7284  abenson@bard.edu
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Instruments of Lament: Communication without Words in the New Orleans Jazz Funeral
Matt Sakakeeny
Assistant Professor of Music, Tulane University

Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm
In New Orleans, the instruments of the brass band are sound technologies utilized to communicate particular messages to a community of listeners. In the local tradition of the jazz funeral, musicians determine the emotional register of the procession: mournful hymns regulate the slow march to the gravesite and upbeat popular songs signal the transition to celebratory dancing after burial. The musicians not only organize the memorial by changing tempo and repertoire, they communicate to the living and the dead through the material sound of their instruments. Black New Orleanians occupying public spaces where lynchings, race riots, segregation, and gentrification have taken place “give voice” to these submerged histories by marching and dancing to the beat of the brass band. And the most recent generation of musicians has drawn upon hip-hop, integrating the direct language of rap into a polyphony of voices that includes horns, drums, and group singing. In this case study of the brass bands of New Orleans, a holistic approach to sonic materiality integrates the spoken, the sung, and instrumental sound in a densely layered soundscape that creates meaning and value for racialized subjects of power. *Childcare available*
Contact Laura Kunreuther for more information
kunreuth@bard.edu


Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Ethnomusicology
Maria Sonevytsky  845-758-7667  msonevyt@bard.edu
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Talk by Ralph Lemon
Olin, Room 201  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, conceptualist, director, writer, and installation artist. He describes his talk as "about my work (art experiments) with Walter Carter (1907-2009), my centenarian collaborator from Little Yazoo City, Mississippi. Purportedly the oldest man in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Fifty years or so shy of being a full-time slave. But he was an ex-sharecropper, carpenter, gardener... his longest job was planting cedar trees. We had an 8 year "discussion" about our whereabouts, our bodies (and race of course), our belief systems, and mortality, through the most ineffable of languages, his and mine. It ultimately became speculative fiction. A complete collapse of past, present and future time. Something like that."


Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program
Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754  sgilhool@bard.edu
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Thousand and One Futures
Postwar Systems Theory, Cybernetic Gurus, and Postmodern Stories of the Worlds to Come
Reem-Kayden Center Room 103  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Guest lecturer R. John Williams (Yale)

From the mid-1940s to the late-1950s, a new mode of ostensibly secular prophecy emerged from within the authoritative sphere of the American military-industrial-academic complex, spreading quickly throughout the world in technocratic and managerial organizations. This new mode of projecting forward was marked by assumptions about the inherent multiplicity of possible futures as distinct from more powerfully singular visions of “the” future. This presentation tracks the development of this  transformation in two phases: the first computational, secular, and  cybernetic, and the second, narratological, quasi-religious, and generally committed to various "oriental" philosophies.  Questions addressed will include: Is the postmodern era, as some have described it, an “end of  temporality”? Or is the postmodern narrative condition, rather, an intense multiplication of temporal experience? Is it possible that the sheer number of stories we tell ourselves about the future may not be as progressive a practice as we tend to assume it is? How did we arrive at a present with so many possible futures?

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Asian Studies Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Japanese Program; Literature Program
Nathan Shockey  845-758-6822  nshockey@bard.edu
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Film - Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp
Written and Directed by Matt and Erica Hinton
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come learn about one of the oldest forms of American music, shapenote singing, which is still practiced in many parts of the United States and abroad.  This documentary features interviews with longtime singers in this tradition, as well as many minutes of sound and footage of the songs themselves.

The screening will be followed by a brief Q & A period.

Sponsored by Bard Ethnomusicology

Sponsored by: Ethnomusicology; Music Program
Brian Harris  bh1355@bard.edu
  Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: Incarceration
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a panel discussion of incarceration in the United States with guest speakers Keith Reeves, Richard Smith, and Jed Tucker.
Part of the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement series of events.


Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Bard Prison Initiative; Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754  sgilhool@bard.edu
  Thursday, October 23, 2014
"Ain't Scared of Your Jails: How Black Male Incarceration is Undermining the Gains of the Civil Rights Movement"
A Talk By Keith Reeves, Swarthmore College
Olin, Room 102  1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Professor Reeves will present work from his current project examining the effects of incarceration on Black males, followed by a Q&A session.

Part of the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement series of events.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Bard Prison Initiative; Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754  sgilhool@bard.edu
  Wednesday, October 22, 2014
CANCELED Money in Politics Panel
Olin, Room 205  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This panel has been canceled and will be rescheduled for next semester.

Join a panel of researchers and representatives for a discussion of money in politics. 

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Political Studies Program
Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754  sgilhool@bard.edu
Friday, September 26, 2014
Comets and Catastrophe: Native American Narratives of Colonization and Resistance in Unexpected Places
Kelly Wisecup
Olin, Room 205  11:00 am
This talk examines stories told by New England Natives about comets that appeared throughout the seventeenth century and that, according to Natives’ testimony, signaled the impending arrival of European colonists, the diseases they carried with them, and the resulting social, environmental, and spiritual changes. I depart from the scholarly commonplace that the epidemics that devastated New England and its Native communities between 1616-1619 were so destructive that no Native accounts of the epidemics survived. Instead, I bring together Native studies, the history of medicine, and early American literary history to shift our focus from the epidemics and their destruction to the stories that Natives employed to critique colonization and outline paths for survival. By drawing on colonial reports of conversations with Native military and spiritual leaders, indigenous origin stories, and nineteenth-century vocabularies of the Abenaki language, I show that Natives used these “comet narratives” as theoretical and practical resources for responding to physical, social and spiritual upheaval.

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Literature Program
Christian Crouch  845-758-6822 x6874  crouch@bard.edu
  Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Peter Rosenblum
 Professor of International Law and Human Rights

 

"Two Cheers for Corporate Social Responsibility"
A Talk in the Social Studies Divisional Colloquium

Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm
As “corporate social responsibility” enters the mainstream, itsinitials "CSR" have become a dirty word for a broad segment of the
engaged public.  The voluntariness, vagueness, and uncertainty of
enforcement  – not to mention blatant propaganda by companies –
overwhelm any positive value, they argue.  At the other end of the
spectrum, CSR enthusiasts insist that it is leading to a new paradigm,
even challenging traditional forms of corporate governance. Oft
overlooked in the debate over CSR is the way in which public campaigns
have driven change and, even more importantly, shaped the mechanisms
that emerge. CSR continues to be as much the story of savvy activists
leveraging global networks as it is the monitoring mechanisms and
codes of conduct -- maybe more so.  Peter Rosenblum will explore the
current debate, drawing on his recently completed research on Indian
Tea plantations and a soon-to-published chapter addressing advocates
and critics of CSR.

Sponsored by: Social Studies Division
Greg Moynahan  845-758-7296  moynahan@bard.edu
  Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Sociology Open House
Interested in a sociology class?
Kline, President's Room  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Come and meet current and returning faculty to learn about courses in the Sociology Program this fall.

All are welcome—whether you are considering majoring or interested in a particular class.

Refreshments will be served.


Sponsored by: Sociology Program
Sarah Egan  845-758-7083  segan@bard.edu
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Music, Choice, and Consequence:
Thoughts on Artistic Decision-Making in the Early 21st Century
Olin Hall  7:30 pm
A contemplation and contemporary contextualization of processes and impact of selection in music as revealed in the moral dilemma of contemporary African-American commercial music.

ANTHONY M. KELLEY BIOGRAPHYAnthony Kelley joined the Duke University music faculty in 2000 after serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond Symphony for three years under a grant from Meet the Composer. His recent work (like his soundtracks for the H. Lee Waters/Tom Whiteside film "Conjuring Bearden" [2006] Dante James's film, "The Doll" [2007], Josh Gibson's "Kudzu Vine" [2011]) explores music as linked with other media, arts, and sociological phenomena. 
In 2011, Kelley was the winner of Duke's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. 
He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Duke's Department of Music since his appointment to the post in Fall, 2012.


Sponsored by: Chaplaincy; Dean of the College; Student Activities
Nicholas Lewis  845-752-4775  nlewis@bard.edu
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Screening: Trouble the Water
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join the Human Rights Project on Sunday, February 16 at 5:30pm in Weis Cinema for a screening of Academy Award Nominated film Trouble the Water (2008) and a conversation with the film’s editor and co-producer, Todd Woody Richman.

Trouble the Water is a documentary which follows an aspiring rap artist and her husband during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. New York Times reviewer Manohla Dargis called it “superb,” and Rogert Ebert commended the film for conveying the reality of New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane while exposing the outrageous behavior of government agencies. The film received tremendous acclaim, winning the Grand Jury Award, The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights, and the Working Films Award at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as receiving an Oscar Nomination.Todd Woody Richman is a veteran documentary film editor whose past work includes How to Survive a Plague (2012), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), and Bowling for Columbine (2002).The film will be followed by a Q&A with editor and co-producer of the film, T. Woody Richman. More information about the movie can be found hereOrganized by the Human Rights Project.  
*Childcare provided

Sponsored by: Human Rights Project
Danielle Riou  845-758-2171  hrp@bard.edu

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