Chiasmos: The University Of Chicago International And Area Studies Multimedia Outreach Source [audio]



The University of Chicago International and Area Studies Multimedia Outreach Source is intended as a resource for students, teachers, and the general public. It makes available recordings of conferences, lectures, and performances sponsored and organized by: the Center for International Studies; the Human Rights Program; the Center for East Asian Studies; the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies; the Center for Latin American Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and the South Asian Language and Area Center. It is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Education.


  • “Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the U.S. and Started Prospering”

    10/02/2012 Duración: 01h20min

    A talk by Hal Whitesman, Financial Times' Chicago and Midwest bureau chief. Thanks to demand from big emerging economies, most South American governments have become increasingly "resource nationalistic" and have ramped up social spending to meet the needs of the poor and the indigenous, causing poverty levels to drop - at the same time as poverty has been on the increase in the United States. Will the U.S. continue losing influence in Latin America? Will China soon dominate the area both commercially and strategically? Can the U.S. do business with countries from Mexico to Argentina without interfering in their internal affairs?

  • “All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals”

    13/01/2012 Duración: 01h14min

    A talk by David Scheffer, Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University. As senior adviser to Madeleine Albright and then as President Clinton’s ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, David Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court. All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals is Scheffer’s gripping insider’s account of the international gamble to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and to redress some of the bloodiest human rights atrocities in our time. Introduction by Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program and Senior Lecturer in the College.

  • "Climate Change & the International Negotiations" (audio)

    24/05/2011 Duración: 01h26min

    Since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was established in 1994, efforts to secure international agreement on climate policy have gained increasing attention, but compromise on the issues has not been easy to achieve.

  • "Venezuela Speaks!" (audio)

    14/04/2011 Duración: 01h27min

    For the last decade, Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution” has captured international attention. Poverty, inequality, and unemployment have all dropped, while health, education, and living standards have seen a commensurate rise. Venezuela Speaks! is the real, bottom-up account of the country's bloodless uprising and reorganization. Co-editor Carlos Martinez will explain how the stories in Venezuela Speaks! offer a different perspective than that of the international mainstream media, which has focused predominantly on Venezuela’s controversial president, Hugo Chavez.

  • "Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It"

    25/01/2011 Duración: 01h21min

    In this talk, Robert Pape presents findings from the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism demonstrating that, contrary to popular belief, religion alone motivates only a tiny minority of suicide attacks. Instead, the root cause is foreign military occupation, which triggers secular and religious people to carry out suicide attacks. From The World Beyond the Headlines series.

  • "Moonset on Sunrise Mountain: Narrative, Politics, and the Accession of Kulottunga I Cola"

    21/10/2010 Duración: 01h02min

    A talk by Whitney Cox, Lecturer in Sanskrit, School of Oriental and African Studies.

  • "The Flood Disaster in Pakistan: Socio-economic Consequences and Potential Geopolitical Ramifications"

    19/10/2010 Duración: 01h10min

    Imtiaz Gul is the Executive Director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is the author of three books on the ongoing security concerns in South Asia: The Unholy Nexus, The Al-Qaeda Connection, and The Most Dangerous Place. Gul addresses the longer term political and social consequences of the floods in Pakistan of July of this year.

  • "The Empire and the Birth of Historical Research in India"

    30/09/2010 Duración: 57min

    Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Klimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History at the University of Chicago.

  • "Elephants, Gods and People: The Cultural History of the Asian Elephants"

    17/05/2010 Duración: 01h12min

    Raman Sukumar is the author of three books on the ecology and conservation of elephants, and the recipient of the International Cosmos Prize in 2006. He is presently completing a cultural history of the Asian elephant that will be published in late 2010. Using literary sources and artistic representation of elephants in painting and sculpture, Sukumar's talk traces the changing paradigms in the elephant-human relationship through history, and provides possible ecological explanations for the same.

  • "Between Globalization and Global Warming"

    11/05/2010 Duración: 01h13min

    A talk by Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College, University of Chicago and David Archer, Professor in the Department of Geophysical Science at the University of Chicago on the global climate crisis. As part of the quarterly Workshop on the Global Environment, historian Dipesh Chakrabarty and geophysicist David Archer meet to discuss human-environmental relationships. Archer served as discussant of Chakrabaty's presentation titled "Between Globalization and Global Warming: The Long and the Short of Human History".

  • "America's Water Crisis"

    11/05/2010 Duración: 01h09min

    Robert Glennon is a nationally-renowned water expert, and the author of Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It (2009). His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon explores potential water futures for the U.S. — one driven by passivity, the other by foresight.

  • "Non-Eurocentric Historical Geographies of Modern Science: Perspectives from South Asia"

    07/05/2010 Duración: 59min

    A talk by Kapil Raj, Directeur d'études at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

  • "The Informal Economy in Mexico"

    06/05/2010 Duración: 01h17min

    Santiago Levy is Vice President for Sector and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank and author of the book Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: Social Policy, Informality and Economic Growth in Mexico. Mr. Levy speaks on the growth of Mexico’s informal economy.

  • “Impossible Translation: Beyond the Legal Body in Two South Asian Family Courts”

    17/04/2010 Duración: 49min

    Srimati Basu, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies University of Kentucky on "Impossible Translation: Beyond the Legal Body in Two South Asian Family Courts"

  • “Situating the Subaltern in South Asian Medical History”

    17/04/2010 Duración: 01h08min

    A keynote address by David Hardiman, History, University of Warwick at the Seventh South Asia Graduate Student Conference. With the support of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) and The Center for Gender Studies (CGS).

  • “Language Worlds in South Asia”

    08/04/2010 Duración: 52min

    A talk by Debjani Ganguly, Head, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University. From the South Asia Seminar.

  • “Afghanistan and the Future of Peace Operations”

    08/04/2010 Duración: 50min

    A speech by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO. In his first visit to Chicago as Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen discusses Afghanistan, the lessons learned after eight years, and implications for future operations.

  • “Asian Carp Invasion: Potential Economic and Ecological Impacts in the Great Lakes”

    06/04/2010 Duración: 02h08min

    A multi-disciplinary panel, held at the Shedd Aquarium, provided a public examination and discussion of the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes. Experts in biology, economics and policy shared the most up to date information about how these species threaten the ecology of the Great Lakes, how closing Chicago waterways would affect the regional economy, and the broader implications for the Great Lakes region and environmental management. Cosponsored by the Program on the Global Environment and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.

  • “Celling India: The Mobile Phone's Contribution to Capitalism, Democracy and Unsettling Society”

    01/04/2010 Duración: 40min

    A talk by Robin Jeffrey, Director, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. From the South Asia Seminar.

  • Panel 3: The Politics of Knowledge in a Global World

    12/03/2010 Duración: 01h01min

    Panel 3: Uday Singh Mehta, Amherst College; Arjun Appadurai, New York University; Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Nicholson Center for British Studies.

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