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O'Connell Initiative Events

2019-2020 Events


FALL 2019

October 8 / Tuesday

Speaker: Westenley Alcenat
Title: “We Are Not What We Seem: The Wealth of American Capitalism and the ‘Exceptionalism’ of Haitian Poverty”
Affiliation: Fordham University
Location: South Lounge, LC                                     


November 4 / Monday

Speaker: Bathsheba Demuth
Affiliation: Brown University
Title: “The Ethical Choice of Whales: Bowheads, Hunters, and the Nature of History”
Location: South Lounge, LC


December 2 / Monday

Speaker: Sheila Fitzpatrick
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Title: “Who Owned Europe’s Postwar ‘Displaced Persons’? A Cold War Tussle Between the Soviet Union and Its ‘Capitalist’ Wartime Allies, 1945-50”
Location: McNally Amphitheater, LC



February 27 / Thursday

Speaker: Victoria Smolkin
Affiliation: Wesleyan University
Title: “A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism”
Location:  South Lounge, LC


March 26 / Thursday

Speaker: Nick Estes

Affiliation: University of New Mexico
Title: “Our History Is The Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance”
Location:  South Lounge, LC


April 6 / Monday

Speaker: Paul Ramirez

Affiliation: Northwestern University
Location: South Lounge


April 20 / Monday

Speaker: Robin D. G. Kelley

Affiliation: University of California Los Angeles
Location:  McNally Amphitheater, LC