Speakers and Events for Spring 2012

All events are on Tuesdays at 4:15 pm in the George C.S. Benson Auditorium.

Wadada Leo SmithWadada Leo Smith Southwest Chamber OrchestraFebruary 7
Wadada Leo Smith and Southwest Chamber Music

A concert, “Musics for Democracies:  Southwest Chamber Music and Wadada Leo Smith perform Wadada Leo Smith,” followed by a panel discussion with Wadada Leo Smith and Jeff von der Schmidt (Director, South West Chamber Music), moderated by Donald Brenneis (UC Santa Cruz). 

“Musics for Democracies” draws from Wadada Leo Smith’s “Ten Freedom Summers,” which premiered in October 2011 at REDCAT; here is the review  from the Los Angeles Times.

More about the concert.

Wadada Leo Smith and Southwest Chamber Music are the Murray Pepper & Vicki Reynolds Pepper visiting artists for 2012.
Patrick Keefe February 21 - POSTPONED; will be rescheduled
Patrick Radden Keefe

"The Hazards of Secrecy"

Patrick Radden Keefe is the author of Chatter: Uncovering the Echelon Surveillance Network and the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping (2005) and The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream (2009). He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Slate, and a fellow at The Century Foundation. He has been the recipient of both a Marshall Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Akhil Gupta February 28
Akhil Gupta

"Democratic Politics and Capitalism in Contemporary India"

Akhil Gupta (Anthropology, UCLA) is author of Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty in India (2011).
Christina Beltran March 6
Cristina Beltrán

"Democracy and Identity in the Post-Racial Era: Theorizing Latino Politics Today"

Cristina Beltrán
(Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU) is author of The Trouble with Unity: Latino Politics and the Creation of Identity (2011) and winner of the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Award for 2011.
Tim Mitchell April 3
Tim Mitchell
“The Egyptian Revolution: Twelve Months On from Tahrir Square”

Tim Mitchell
(Political Science, Columbia University) is author of Rule of Experts (2002).
Geoff Eley April 10
Geoff Eley
"What Produces Democracy?  Revolutionary Crises, Popular Politics, and Democratic Gains in Twentieth-Century Europe"

Geoff Eley
(History, University of Michigan) is author of Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000 (2002).
Asli U. Bali April 17
Aslı Ü. Bâli
"A Turkish Model for a Democratic Arab Spring? Civilian-military relations in democratic consolidation"

Asli Ü. Bâli
is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War
Rebecca Solnit April 24
Rebecca Solnit
"Crashing Down, Rising Up: Disasters, Civil Society, and Social Possibilities"

Rebecca Solnit is author of Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics (2007).
Wendy Weiser May 1
Wendy Weiser
"The 2012 Battle over the Right to Vote"

Wendy Weiser is Director, NYU Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice’s "Democracy Program."