Security Events: (3/25 - 3/29)
Power Grid Outages in FEMA Region X: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation
Power grids are subject to a number of threats and hazards, including from natural, accidental, and malicious (cyber and physical sabotage) causes. A catastrophic event leading to a protracted, wide-area outage would have significant impacts on inter-dependent infrastructures, vulnerable populations, and economic activity. This presentation summarizes a study done in collaboration with FEMA Region 10, which comprises Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to prepare a comprehensive grid threats, hazards analysis report...
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Sponsors: ITI and CIRI
In Their Own Words: North Korean Painters on Practicing Art in the DPRK
- Seminar related to security
- March 27th 12:00 pm - 1:30pm
- Lucy Ellis Lounge - Room 1080 Foreign Language Building
In this talk, I seek to answer the simple question “What does it mean to be an artist in North Korea?” In order to answer this straightforward question, I turn to North Korean art theory in search of the local understanding of art. I pay attention to the organization of the art world and I focus on art pedagogy in a way to grasp how North Korean talent is reared and socialized.
All this abstract knowledge has come to life through ethnographic fieldwork with North Korean artists over the summer of 2018. In conversations with the staff of the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts and with a select group of Korean painters at the Mansudae Art Studio, I learned how these individuals understood themselves as artists in their own society.
Dr. Koen De Ceuster is a historian of modern Korea at Leiden University, Netherlands. He has published widely on South and North Korean affairs. Interested in the social construction of history and the politics of memory, he studies North Korean propaganda posters and art. He is an internationally recognized authority on North Korean art theory and practice.
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Sponsors: The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security
The Korean Peninsula in Crisis?
- ACDIS sponsored symposium related to security
- March 28th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
The Korean Symposium is a day-long event that covers topics such as general developments on the Korean Peninsula, relations with and portrayal of North Korea, first-hand experiences in North Korea, and the nuclear arms race and the Korean Peninsula. The Korean Symposium will feature a variety of speakers from around the world who are respected and distinguished individuals in their respective fields.
Please register if you plan on attending the symposium!
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Sponsors: The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security and The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Lenin's Revenge: Regional Fracture and Security (Dis)Order in Post-Communist Eurasia
- Lecture related to security
- March 28th 4:00pm
- Room 101 International Studies Building
While we know a great deal about the benefits of regional integration, we know considerably less about areas where regional ties between states and societies are weak and dysfunctional. Professor Anna Ohanyan introduces the theory of regional fracture to explain Russia’s foreign policy in its conflict-ridden periphery spanning the Donbas to Damascus. Drawing from cases of conflict regions in Russia’s near-abroad, the theory of regional fracture seeks to explain how and why regions come apart, prolong dysfunctional ties within the region and foster weak states. It demonstrates regional fracture by default as a post-imperial legacy in Russia’s peripheries. It further explores ‘regional fracture by design’, a deliberate foreign policy strategy employed by the Kremlin which aims to keep states in post-Communist Eurasia weak and in Russia’s orbit. Her presentation draws upon a recently published volume edited by Professor Ohanyan, Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (Georgetown University Press, 2018).
Sponsors: REEEC and The Department of Political Science
Racial Capitalism Symposium
- Symposium related to security
- March 29th 9:00 am
- Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Radical ColLab conference on Racial Capitalism with keynote lectures by Michael Dawson (Political Science, U of Chicago) and Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Geography, Graduate Center, CUNY)
Sponsor: Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory
The Geopolitics of Northeast Asia: continuing conflicts, popular memory, and economic-cultural interdependence
John Lie is C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. For the past three decades, he has been at the forefront of research on social theory, political economy, social identity, Asian America, and East Asia. Prof. Lie has published many books and articles on the political-economic and cultural transformations in East Asia. In his most recent book, The Dream of East Asia: The Rise of China, Nationalism, Popular Memory, and Regional Dynamics in Northeast Asia (Association for Asian Studies, 2018), Prof. Lie analyzes the standard narratives that have come to dominate American and European ideas about East Asia and discusses how to move beyond these and arrive at a more historically informed and culturally nuanced understanding of the region. This authoritative book is the foundation for the CEAPS seminar presentation.
Sponsors: The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, and The Department of Sociology