Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Online Event 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST/GMT-5
All of us work and study on a large campus and live in a thinly populated rural area. We tend to inhabit virtual bubbles where we are surrounded by people who see things the way we do. And whether we are newcomers to the Mid-Hudson Valley or longtime residents, we do not always understand the “signs” we encounter. What do yard signs in election season or “thin blue line” flags tell us about the landscape in which we live? What do colonial estates-turned-museums reveal about enduring inequalities? What murals and monuments “hide” in plain sight because they do not match our pre-set ideas about the place we may (or may not) feel we belong to? Who harvests the local crops but cannot afford to shop at the farmers’ market?
In an effort to shine some light on systemic racism and anti-racist alternatives in our everyday surroundings, the Division of Social Studies is organizing a “Reading the Signs” roundtable over Zoom as well as an accompanying online archive. The roundtable will also offer Bard community members an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the election on November 3rd, whatever the outcome happens to be.
Call for Contributions!
What signs do you think need reading? What is an image, flag, space, mural, monument, memorial, item of clothing, word/phrase, etc. that points to instances of systemic racism in the past or present? What is a sign that points to anti-racist precedents in the past and/or emancipatory possibilities for the future?
In the days leading up to the roundtable, the Social Studies Division invites all Bard community members (students, staff, and faculty) to send photos, videos, audio recordings, and other documents of systemic racism and anti-racism to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All contributions must be accompanied by a brief written statement (anything from a few sentences to a substantial paragraph) that provides initial context, explanation, and interpretation.
The roundtable will feature many of these contributions, which can be made anonymous upon request. The Division of Social Studies will also maintain an online archive of signs that will be available to Bard community members before and after the event.
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Meeting ID: 863 8920 3500
Friday, September 25, 2020
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger
Associate Professor and Academy Professor, Army Cyber Institute
United States Military Academy, West Point
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Professor Visger will be joining Laura Ford’s Legal Practices & Civil Society (Sociology 305) class, an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences (ELAS) class. Visitors are welcome to join by zoom, using the zoom link provided below. Join via ZoomProfessor Visger will mainly be speaking with us about the international law framework that governs cybercrime, with a focus on the Mueller indictment of Russian hackers, who were charged with conspiracy in connection with the 2016 hack of DNC computers. We will learn about the Talinn Manual 2.0, a 2017 publication based on the collective work of international law scholars and practitioners, working collaboratively as part of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Project.
Professor Visger will also speak with us about his legal experience, working as an army lawyer in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) corps, including his experience as a Preliminary Hearing Officer, responsible for recommending legal proceedings in the case of Sergeant Beaudry Robert (“Bowe”) Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban in 2009 and held captive until 2014.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s case garnered considerable attention, forming the basis for Season 2 of the Serial Podcast. For those interested in learning more about the case, Professor Visger has recommended the Wikipedia page, as a good summary, including links to the Preliminary Hearing transcript. Based on his review of the evidence, Professor Visger recommended a Special Court Martial, a legal proceeding with less punitive consequences, relative to a General Court Martial. Professor Visger’s recommendation was rejected, however, and Bergdahl’s case went forward as a General Court Martial proceeding, one that garnered high levels of political attention, including from President Trump. In late 2017, Bergdahl pled guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He was dishonorably discharged from the army and fined, but he did not receive a prison sentence.
Professor Visger has been teaching at West Point Military Academy since 2011. Before joining the faculty at West Point, he served in the following positions: Chief, Rule of Law, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, I Corps, Fort Lewis, Washington and Baghdad, Iraq (2008-2010) Officer-in-Charge, Bamberg Law Center, Bamberg, Germany (2005-2008); Senior Defense Counsel, Fort Rucker Trial Defense Services (2000-2001); Chief, International and Operational Law, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1999-2000) Trial Counsel, Legal Assistance Attorney and Tax Center Officer-in-Charge, Fort Drum, New York (1997-1999).
Lauraleen Ford is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Legal Practices & Civil Society
Time: Sep 25, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Manor House Dining Room 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Please join Experimental Humanities, Food Lab, and the Human Rights Program for a free lecture and panel discussion between Vivien Sansour, founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the Traveling Kitchen, and Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Company and Seedshed, a local nonprofit dedicated to seed stewardship literacy that promotes social justice solutions.
Free lecture, 4:00–5:30 pm.
Ticketed dinner workshop, 6:00–8:00 pm.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Charlene Teters, who received death threats for trying to retire racist sports team mascots at the University of Illinois, will speak following the showing of the award-winning PBS documentary about her—In Whose Honor?