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November 2017

  • Thursday, November 30th Paying Lip Service to Peace: Public Dissent and Foreign Policymaking in the Early Cold War

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    Thursday, November 30, 20174:00PM - 5:30PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop

    Description

    In 1946, Secretary of Commerce Henry Wallace wrote with concern to President Harry Truman over the direction of postwar US foreign policy. With the continued production of atomic bombs, he wrote, “these actions must make it look to the rest of the world as if we were only paying lip service to peace at the conference table.” Fired for perceived Soviet sympathies expressed in this letter, Wallace was both reviled and lauded for his public criticism of the US position on atomic energy control. The controversy surrounding his dismissal is a crucial example of how the Truman administration reacted to public opposition in the emerging Cold War. This talk will explore the intersection between domestic and foreign policymaking in the atomic age, arguing that Wallace’s dismissal presents one of the earliest examples of hardline anti-Communism that would shape the Cold War for years to come.

    Katie Davis is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto where she is a Connaught International Scholar. She holds a Master’s degree in the Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. Katie’s research interests focus on international nuclear history and the role of public opinion in foreign policymaking. She is also the editor of Past Tense Graduate Review of History.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Katie Davis
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Sponsors

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


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December 2017

  • Friday, December 1st Rightlessness: Hunger Strikes, Force-feeding, and testimony at Guantánamo

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    Friday, December 1, 20173:00PM - 5:00PMSidney Smith Hall
    100 St. George Street, Room 2125
    University of Toronto
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    Series

    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    A. Naomi Paik will address themes raised in her new book, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II, which grapples with the history of U.S. prison camps that have confined people outside the boundaries of legal and civil rights. Removed from the social and political communities that would guarantee fundamental legal protections, these detainees are effectively rightless, stripped of the right even to have rights. Specifically, this talk will focus on both the bodily practices of and discourses surrounding prisoner practices of self-harm and the U.S. state’s efforts to preserve life—in particular, its force-feeding of hunger strikers at the current Guantánamo camp. By interpreting the testimonies of hunger strikers, Paik examines the prisoner body as a site of power and struggle waged between the U.S. state and the prisoners, who attempt to seize their own form of habeas corpus, taking their bodies back from the camp regime, by inflicting self-harm.

    A. Naomi Paik is assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American and comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration. Her manuscript, “Rightlessness: Testimonies from the Camp,” (UNC Press, 2016), reads testimonial narratives of subjects rendered rightless by the U.S. state through their imprisonment in camps. She has published articles on the indefinite detention of HIV-positive Haitian refugees at Guantánamo in Social Text and Radical History Review. She has also published on post-September 11th attacks on academic freedom, particularly on postcolonial studies, in Cultural Dynamics. She earned her doctorate in American studies from Yale University, and held the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh.

    REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    A. Naomi Paik
    Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Sponsors

    Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto


    Disclaimer:

    Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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January 2018

  • Thursday, January 25th Silent Cities: Rachel Carson and the Imagination of U.S. Urban Space

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    Thursday, January 25, 20184:00PM - 5:30PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop

    Description

    Information is not yet available.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Caroline Holland
    PhD Candidate, Department of English, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Sponsors

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


    Disclaimer:

    Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



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