Revolucion 100 years after the Mexican revolution: Film screenings and panel discussion
Revolucion is a major new Mexican film featuring contributions from ten of the country's hottest young directors. Marking the centenary of the Mexican revolution, the film asks each of the ten directors, "What does the revolution mean to you today." The resulting filmed responses create a fascinating portrait of Mexico and the role of the revolution in contemporary society and the collective imagination. Produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who also each direct segments.
Revolucion screened at Stirn Auditorium on April 27th and 28th. Roger King, Copeland Fellow, introduced the screenings.
Revolucion directors Amat Escalante and Mariana Chenillo were present at both screenings.
Students from Amherst and the Five Colleges joined the film directors for a lunch and discussion on April 28th.
Directors Mariana Chenillo and Amat Escalante, and Amherst faculty members Javier Corrales (Professor of Political Science) and Rick Lopez (Associate Professor of History) Participated in a panel discussion on the film, the legacy of the revolution and Mexico today, with audience participation. Introduction by Roger King, Copeland Fellow.
Mexican refreshments were prepared by Amherst College kitchens.
This event was sponsored by the Copeland Colloquium in collaboration with the Massachusetts multicultural Film Festival, curated by Cathy Portuges, with the support of Amherst College/Film and History Departments and funding from the Corliss-Lamont Lectureship for Peace.
"The emerging tiger and lagging lion: Why Pakistan is losing the economic race with India?"
On April 7, 2011, Shahrukh Khan gave a lecture of Pakistan's lagging economic growth as part of the Spring Lecture Series at Mount Holyoke College.
To learn more about this event see here.
An evening with acclaimed photojournalist, Ed Kashi, March 30, 2011
Kashi, an inspirational figure for students and professionals alike, showed recent multimedia work from several major projects, including studies of Agent Orange’s legacy in Vietnam and 50 years of oil in the Niger Delta. He discussed his approach to documenting injustice and shared thoughts on photography and social change.
Kashi, whose powerful work in the Niger Delta is featured in the book, CURSE OF THE BLACK GOLD, has dedicated his photographic career to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. Since graduating with a degree in photojournalism from Syracuse University in 1979, he has photographed in over 60 countries. His images and essays have appeared inNational Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, Geo,Newsweek, and various other domestic and international publications.
To learn more about Ed Kashi, visit his website: http://www.edkashi.com
Watch an interview with Kashi about the situation in the Niger Delta:
See additional Kashi work at MediaStorm: http://www.mediastorm.com/contributor/ed-kashi/34
The event was organized by Copeland Fellow Christiane Badgley.
Ha-Joon Chang, March 23, 2011
23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism
Ha-Joon Chang, one of world’s leading – and most provocative – development economists discussed his latest book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism.
“We may like or dislike capitalism, but surely we all know how it works. Right? Wrong. Today, most arguments about capitalism are dominated by free-market ideology and unfounded assumptions that parade as ‘facts’. With the help of the ‘Dead Presidents’ on the dollar bills, Walt Disney’s Rescuers, an Indian bus driver named Ram, and sheep-burning French farmers, Ha-Joon Chang’s new book, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism (Bloomsbury USA, January 2011), tell the story of capitalism as it is and shows how capitalism as we know it can be, and should be, made better.” You can learn more about Ha-Joon Chang on his website: http://www.hajoonchang.net/
Watch a recent interview with Ha-Joon Chang on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/19/economist_ha_joon_chang_on_currency
Director Luis Argueta, March 8, 2011
AbUSed:The Postville Raid
This event featured a screening of "AbUSed: The Postville Raid" and a discussion with the director. This full-length documentary tells the story of the most brutal, the most expensive and one of the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the history of the United States. By weaving together the personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town directly affected by the events of May 12, 2008, the film presents the human face of the issue of immigration reform and serves as a cautionary tale against abuses of constitutional human rights. For more information and a trailer, visit www.abusedthepostvilleraid.com.
Event Sponsors: Copeland Colloquium and the Center for Community Engagement
The Future of the Internet and Global economic restructuring
Global strategist Enrique Rueda-Sabater talked about exploring four divergent future scenarios for the internet in 2025 and how developing countries might harness its power for their economic and social objectives. The development of the internet over the past 15 years has been breathtaking, but to date only 2 billion of the world’s 7 billion people have had any experience of it. What will it take to ensure that the internet realizes its potential to increase the prosperity and welfare of people worldwide? The next 15 years, as the internet expands its depth and breadth, are likely to be equally fascinating. Its durability will be tested as new populations and powers will have a growing stake in its benefits and regulation. The way the internet evolves will help determine the structure of the global economy.
Enrique Rueda-Sabater is currently Senior Director of Strategy and Economics for Cisco in Emerging Markets. Previously he was director of strategy at the World Bank where he worked for two decades. He is a Spanish national and has been a visiting professor in Spain and Malaysia. He is vice-chair of the non-profit Center for Transformation and Strategic Initiatives and a member of the Global Business Network.
The lecture was introduced by Roger King, Copeland Fellow
For some background on internet use throughout the world, here are a few links:
If you are interested in seeing some of the exciting uses of ICT in the developing world, check out the white AFRICAN site, which is full of information, stories and links: http://whiteafrican.com/
Global Voices, founded in 2005, is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to create reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media: http://globalvoicesonline.org/
The Military and Economic Development in Pakistan
Shahrukh Rafi Khan and Aasim Sajad Akhtar explored the role of Pakistan’s military in the context of economic development. They presented an illustrative comparative performance of Pakistan’s economy under both military and civilian administrations, indicating that there is little justification for military intervention on economic grounds -- a claim often made during a take-over. They followed up with a more detailed argument showing democracy as preferable to military governments for development. They also discussed the military mindset in Pakistan that perpetuates rapacious behavior, creates social resentment and undermines its own professional effectiveness.
A Q & A followed the presentation. You can read Shahrukh Khan's paper here: The Military and Economic Development in Pakistan
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Esteemed development economist Peter Matlon spoke February 10th on the "New African Resurgence." He focused his discussion on agriculture as a possible economic engine for equitable development.
The New Millennium has witnessed a profound economic resurgence in a growing number of African countries. The agriculture sector has contributed significantly and is being transformed in the process. The new dynamic, however, is fragile, and requires new approaches to sustain the momentum. In particular, its market driven nature poses challenges to ensure that the poor participate in, and benefit from, the new dynamism. Key lessons for research and development, and possible ways forward, are explored.
Peter Matlon, has been Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director for Africa, and Chief of the UNDP Global Food Security Program. His PhD in Agricultural Economics was from Cornell University, where he is currently adjunct professor at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
Introduced by Roger King, Copeland Fellow
For some background on African agriculture and the "new" green revolution, here are a few articles and a link to the the AGRA site:
Food First coverage: http://www.foodfirst.org/node/1506
BBC coverage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7376957.stm
AGRA site: http://www.agra-alliance.org/
Oil: Africa’s Pipeline to Prosperity?
On December 8th, Christiane Badgley screened her recent work for PBS/Frontline World, “Cameroon: Pipeline to Prosperity?” The short film, which revisits the “model” Chad oil development project is the first installment in Badgley’s ongoing documentary work on African oil.
After the film screening Ian Gary, Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America, and an internationally recognized expert on the African oil industry, spoke about the challenges facing communities seeking to avoid the “resource curse.”
You can listen to Gary’s talk here: Ian Gary
“Immigration Politics: What’s Next after the Election?”
Copeland Fellow Daniel Altschuler and Professors Carleen Basler, Javier Corrales and Ilan Stavans participated in a panel discussion on immigration politics in light of the mid-term election results.
“The Development Game: Experiences with International Development in Fact and Fiction”
Roger King has worked extensively with international development agencies in Africa and Asia, and also has written novels that are concerned with the human experience of these activities. Drawing on his own experience, he looks at the unintended consequences of the international development era, the fictions of official versions, and the role of fiction in discovering truth.
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“A Woman’s Womb; The Politics of Reproduction”
The French documentary filmmaker, Mathilde Damoisel presented her film, “A Woman’s Womb,” sponsored by the Amherst College Copeland Colloquium. Betsy Hartmann of Hampshire College, author of “Reproductive Right and Wrongs,” who appears in the film, was the host.
See Website: www.tempsnoir.com/womanwomb.aspx
“Eye on Pakistan: What will the Floods Leave Behind?”
Shahrukh Rafi Khan, October 26, 2010
“Turning Pain to Gain”
This talk highlighted his research on the “brain drain” problem. While acknowledging that the “brain drain,” or the migration of highly educated persons from low- to high-income countries, shows no signs of slowing down, Khan nonetheless identifies individual, NGO and state non-force mechanisms currently underway that can lessen the pain for low-income countries. Khan goes further, proposing to make this process more systematic and effective—turning pain to gain. Khan’s findings are included in his new paper (PDF) on the issue.
Listen to the talk below, or download the MP3
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Christiane and Roger met with students at the Career Center to discuss “creative paths” in international development work. King spoke about his work as both a development consultant and a writer; Badgley talked about international reporting and filmmaking.
“Is All Child Labor Bad?”
Kate Orkin, a doctoral candidate and Rhodes Scholar at the Department of International Development at Oxford University, gave a talk for students and faculty on October 13th. Orkin is currently a research associate with the Young Lives Project in the U.K. and has recently been part of a four-country study of the causes and consequences of childhood poverty. Her work focuses on child labor and raises the provocative question, “Is all child labor bad?”
Orkin, who began her work opposed to all child labor, has come to believe that the current abolitionist approach is overly restrictive. She now argues for a regulatory approach, using the “least restrictive” alternative test applied in law. Orkin contends that children and parents are able to define “harmful work” more precisely than international organizations, suggesting that locally specific definitions developed with working children should form the basis of a regulatory approach.