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Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of Disobedience

Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History and International Comparative Studies, Duke University Mohandas K. Gandhi has been described as “an artist of non-violence” crafting a set of practices of the self and politics that earned him the mantle of Mahātma, “the great soul.” There is an enormous body of scholarship that has explored and critiqued Gandhi’s philosophy and praxis of satyāgraha, non-violent civil disobedience. Yet what does it mean to think of satyāgraha as an aesthetic regime, and its principal exponent as the paradigmatic artist of disobedience? In this presentation, Ramaswamy sets out to answer these questions with the help of India’s modern artists who have turned to the Mahātma as their muse over the past century, but especially in recent decades.

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Understanding Islam Series

Join the Muslim Chaplaincy at Syracuse University for its renowned 7-week program intended to educate and increase understanding of Islam, and also to engage participants of different backgrounds into a productive dialogue and better understanding of common and different grounds. The series is free of charge and open for the campus and off-campus interfaith community. Please RSVP via email to aduric@syr.edu to express interest in one or all sessions. The series will be facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and co-sponsored by Muslim Student Life at Syracuse University, Muslim Students’ Association, SU Libraries and Hendricks Chapel. Wednesdays, Oct. 2 through Nov. 13, 2019 from 5:30-7 p.m. Schedule: Oct 2: Introduction to the basic terms and concepts               Oct 9: Contemplation and Submission               Oct 16: Perfecting Moral Character                 Oct 23: Demystifying Jihad               Oct 30: An Insight into the Gender Jihad              Nov 6: Muhammad, mercy to the worlds Nov 13: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque Note: Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

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Young Alumni Entrepreneurs: Breaking the Rules, Blazing New Paths, Not Waiting Their Turn

Six successful young alumni entrepreneurs are returning to Syracuse University this week to share their insights and inspire others to follow their own creative paths to success. Joshua Aviv ’15, G’17, Kelsey Davis ’19, Daniel Folkman ’12, Julia Haber ’18, Erin Miller ’16 and Michelle Schenandoah G’18 will participate in a panel discussion, moderated by Davis, on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The event—“Young Alum Entrepreneurs: breaking the rules, blazing new paths, not waiting their turn”—is free and open to the public. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. Presented by University Lectures and co-sponsored in association with the Syracuse University Libraries, the Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars, the Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and the Office of Academic Affairs.    

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Through American Eyes: The Mahatma and Margaret Bourke-White A Mini Seminar

Sumathi Ramaswamy will conduct a mini-seminar on representations of Mohandas Gandhi i drawing upon the Margaret Bourke-White collection housed at the Special Collections Research Center. Focusing on an iconic set of photographs of Mohandas K. Gandhi taken by the American photographer Margaret Bourke-White when she visited India in the 1940s, this mini-seminar considers the role played by the camera in creating and consolidating an image of Gandhi as Mahatma. In addition, we will explore how iconic photographs (such as Bourke-White’s) have an afterlife in the work of the contemporary artist of India who turns to them as productive resource but also as problematic inheritance and provocative incitement. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Emera Bridger Wilson (elbridge@syr.edu) by November 4.

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State of Democracy Lecture: Making Sense of Impeachment

Making Sense of Impeachment: A Panel Discussion with Maxwell School faculty members Shana Gadarian, Political Science; Thomas Keck, Political Science; Sean O’Keefe, Public Administration and International Affairs; and Margaret Thompson, History. A discussion on the impeachment of Donald Trump and its broader historical and political context. Reception to follow lecture. This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from the Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman Fund.

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War from the Ground Up

Hein Goemans, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Rochester Why are citizens willing to sacrifice for their homeland? An essential fact of warfare in the modern era is that individual citizens are called upon to contribute to the war effort. The willingness of citizens to sacrifice and fight for the homeland presents an especially important problem since territorial conflict is the deadliest form of international conflict. Why then are citizens willing to sacrifice, fight and die for their homeland? In the vast literature on war, this question is completely ignored. To answer it, I first ask and answer a series of additional critical questions: Why are individuals willing to fight for homeland territory, but not for other territory? How do individuals know what constitutes their homeland? Why does it matter? To what extent are leaders constrained by their citizens’ conceptions of the homeland? The answers to these questions hopefully fit together to not only explain why citizens are willing to sacrifice for their homeland, but together form the basis for an individual-level theory of international conflict.

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Active Learning: Making the Most of “Lecture” Time

Session four in the Certificate in University Teaching seminar series will explore a few ideas about how to use “lecture” time in ways that promote student engagement and effective learning. The seminar is led by Prof. Jason Wiles (Biology).

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Economics Presents: Evan Riehl

Applied Micro Seminar Light refreshments served beforehand. Topics will include theoretical and applied microeconomics, with speakers from SU and other universities. Speakers will discuss their own work or important recent contributions to microeconomics. Sponsored by the Economics Department.

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National Security and Silicon Valley

This is a conference call hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Academic Conference Call series provides the opportunity for students across the country and around the world to participate in an interactive conversation with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or other expert. Calls take place every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are dedicated to a wide range of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy topics. Background readings are distributed prior to each call, and the audio recording is posted online afterward. The speaker for this conference call is Amy B. Zegart, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Davies Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; and Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, Stanford University. Sponsored by the International Relations Department.

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Driving Entrepreneurship: Exploring Models of Innovation and Supports, A SyracuseCoE Research & Technology Forum

Innovation and entrepreneurship come in many shapes and sizes. At this month’s SyracuseCoE Research & Technology forum, we will focus on different models of innovation and growth, including an award-winning student-led start-up, PAANI, that has developed clean water solutions for global health; an internal model of innovation in a global company, Ramboll, that engages students and the community to leverage hyperspectral imaging to address harmful algae blooms; and a federal agency, U.S. Trade Development Agency, that provides grant funding to support U.S. businesses in emerging markets around the world. Join us, in-person or via webinar, for an exciting discussion of unique models of innovation and entrepreneurship and the agencies that support their growth.

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ASI Seminar featuring Vikesh Amin

Vikesh Amin, Associate Professor of Economics, Central Michigan University “Mental Health, Schooling Attainment and Polygenic Scores: Are There Significant Gene-Environment Associations” Sponsored by the Aging Studies Institute.

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Democracy and Identity in the EU

This is a conference call hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Academic Conference Call series provides the opportunity for students across the country and around the world to participate in an interactive conversation with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or other expert. Calls take place every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are dedicated to a wide range of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy topics. Background readings are distributed prior to each call, and the audio recording is posted online afterward. The speaker for this conference call is Kathleen R. McNamara, Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Sponsored by the International Relations Department.

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Tanner Lecture on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility with Marta Tellad0

Marta Tellado, Ph.D., President and CEO at Consumer Reports is the guest speaker at the next Tanner Lecture on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility. This lecture is sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and coordinated by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. The Tanner Lecture Series has been generously endowed by Dr. W. Lynn Tanner, founder, CEO, and chairman of TEC Canada, and also a Syracuse University alum, receiving his Ph.D. from Maxwell.

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