Society and Culture Events

Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii

September 19, 2013 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Folk songs are short stories from the souls of common people. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions, in form more akin to their traditional tanka or haiku poetry. These holehole bushi describe the experiences of one particular group caught in the global movements of capital, empire, and labor during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Former Wilson Center fellow Franklin Odo situates over two hundred of these songs, in translation, in a hitherto largely unexplored historical context.

Generation Next: Emerging Civic Leaders in Russia Today

June 26, 2013 // 8:30am12:30pm
Kennan Institute
This half-day conference brought a cross-section of young Russian civic and social leaders to Washington, DC and gave them the opportunity to articulate how young people participate in the public dialogue in Russia today.

Art Opening: Nomades-Matshinanu-Nomads

June 21, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Canada Institute
The Canada Institute is pleased to host the opening reception for Matshinanu-Nomades. Largely drawn from the archives and collections at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the photographs included in Matshinanu-Nomads offer an uncompromising look at the close relationship between one of the last nomadic groups in North America and their environment.The exhibit will be featured at the Wilson Center from June 24, 2013 until September 27, 2013.
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Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

June 20, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Africa Program
Dr. Bogaletch Gebre is the recipient of this year's King Badouin African Development Prize. She is a passionate women’s rights activist from Ethiopia and has been recognized for her efforts to transform the lives of women through innovation and altering traditional conceptions of a woman’s role in shaping her political, economic, and social destiny.

The Reinvention of Brazil's Largest City

June 18, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Brazil Institute
On Tuesday, June 18th, the Brazil Institute convenes experts on urban renewal and the case of Sao Paulo.
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The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

June 17, 2013 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Middle East Program
A panel of experts shared their views on the current status of religious minorities in Middle East, especially in light of developments after the “Arab Spring,” and provided strategies and recommendations for how these minorities can be protected.
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Competing Interpretations of Buddhism’s Revival in the Republic of Kalmykia

June 10, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Russia is widely considered to have experienced a religious revival in the two decades since the end of communism. Edward Holland, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, considers the case study of Buddhism in the republic of Kalmykia, and questions this straightforward interpretation of renaissance.
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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
Kennan Institute
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.

Off-site Event: Innovation, Reflection and Inclusion

May 07, 2013 // 10:00am5:00pm
Global Europe Program
This conference seeks to strengthen the profile and advance the research agenda of the Humanities and qualitative Social Sciences within the framework of Horizon 2020. Ireland’s presidency of the European Union provides an ideal platform to promote this section of the EU’s flagship research and innovation document, with particular reference to the delineated thematic challenge of ‘Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.’
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Russian Studies at American Universities in the Middle East: Beirut and Cairo

May 06, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Paul du Quenoy discussed the challenges, rewards, and new perspectives that flow from researching Russia at American academic institutions in the turbulent Middle East. Drawing on his experiences in Beirut and Cairo, he shared insights on teaching and pedagogy and describe his current research, which links the Middle East region to Imperial Russian diplomacy.

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