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SGS faculty to give "Back to School" lectures during Stanford Family Weekend

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Jan 29 2019

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Global Studies-affiliated faculty will participate in Stanford Family Weekend taking place February 22 and 23, 2019. This annual event provides families with a glimpse of their undergraduate student's life at Stanford. The weekend features varied activities and informative sessions, including faculty lectures, campus tours, a resource fair and community open houses and receptions.

Faculty members from the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice will give "Back to School" lectures. Read more about the talks below.

Are Human Rights in Retreat?

February 23, 2019 - 10:30 to 11:30 am

Lecturers:
David Cohen, Director of the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Beth Van Schaack, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School and Faculty Fellow at the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Class Description:
The global reach of existing systems of international criminal justice suggests that the promises made during the Nuremberg era are not mere history. With the establishment of the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Cambodia, and Lebanon, as well as the permanent International Criminal Court, the international community has undertaken a considerable investment to protect human rights by enforcing international criminal law in conflict and post-conflict situations. And yet, the global commitment to international justice for human rights abuse remains inconsistent, at best, as calls for criminal accountability for the situations in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and Syria—among others—go unanswered. Meanwhile, around the world we are seeing resurgent nationalist political agendas built on intolerance, authoritarian turns enabling violence to be carried out with impunity, and refugee flows higher than any point since World War II. Are human rights in retreat? What are the prospects for a new generation of human rights advocates who aspire to effect meaningful change in the world? In this session, we consider the challenges as well as the opportunities for human rights advocacy.

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Around the World in 10 Films

February 23, 2019 - 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Lecturer:
Pavle Levi, Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Art & Art History and Faculty Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Class Description:
This class explores a variety of global themes pertaining to the cultural heterogeneity, political diversity, and socio-economic differences in the contemporary world, and does so through a comparative study of the dynamics and history of international cinema.  A cross-regional emphasis, alongside thematic and aesthetic analysis, grounds the in-depth exploration of films from countries around the world.  In this one-hour lecture, Professor Levi will focus on the topic of multiculturalism and the origins of cinema. Reaching as far back as the Lumiere Brothers' invention of the movies, he will consider the then prevalent Eurocentric views, and contrast these with some relevant present-day filmmaking practices.

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