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The Witches of Gambaga


Monday, April 18, 2011

4:30pm Screening, 6pm Discussion with the filmmaker Yaba Badoe

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building

1st Floor Conference Room

162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick,



The Withces of Gambaga is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana.  Made over the course of 5 years, this disturbing expose is the product of a collaboration between members of he 100 strong community of 'witches' and women's movement activists determined to end abusive practises and improve women's lives in Africa.  Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracised by their communities.

Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform



Lecture Presented by Sharyle Patton

Director of the Health and Environment Program at Commonwealth


Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4:30 PM (Reception to Follow)

Alexander Library, 4th FL Lecture Hall


The Centers for Disease Control/NHANES human biomonitoring study tells us that we all carry in our bodies dozens of environmental chemicals. Sharyle Patton will provide an overview of the relevance of biomonitoring results as a public health tool, discuss why we should be concerned about concentrations of environmental chemicals in all our bodies and present case studies using data from  NHANES and other biomonitoring studies to illustrate data use and results communication.


Sharyle Patton is the director the Health and Environment Program for Commonweal in Bolinas, California. She also directs the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, a program that helps geographical and non-geographical communities learn more about the tool of biomonitoring. She was a co-founder and served as the Northern Co-Chair of the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Network, a network of over 300 public-interest groups around the globe who are active in UN negotiations dealing with toxic chemical regulation. In addition, Patton serves on the board of the Barbara Smith Fund, Greenpeace US and the board of The Endocrine Disrupter Exchange.  Please join us for this fascinating lecture!

Read more: Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform

A Spectacle of Wings: Wild Birds of the American Wetlands


Artist talk with Rosalie Winard

International Photography Award Winner


Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM (Reception to Follow)

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick NJ

Award-winning photographer Rosalie Winard will take participants on a guided tour of wetlands across America.  Imagine banding 2,500 white pelican chicks in North Dakota, airboating on the Great Salt Lake amongst black-necked stilts and white-faced ibises, or sleeping in the middle of the Platte River surrounded by thousands of sandhill cranes.  With her camera, Winard has witnessed and documented avian adaptations to habitat encroachment and sudden disappearance and re-emergence of bird colonies.  Her stunning avian photography seeks to promote awareness and conservation of large wetland birds and their habitats in North America.


Her presentation will include photographs from her award-winning book, Wild Birds of the American Wetlands, as well as photos from her personal archives. Put her name into for an introductory treat!

Read more: A Spectacle of Wings: Wild Birds of the American Wetlands

Civil Resistance and the Struggle for Land: Experiences in India and Brazil

Image Lecture presented by Kurt Schock

Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers­­–Newark

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 4:30 PM (Reception to Follow)
Alexander Library, 4th FL Lecture Hall

Kurt Schock is the founding director of the Program on Civil Resistance at Rutgers–Newark. His book Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies was awarded Best Book of the Year (co-winner) by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association. Schock’s research seeks to understand how civil resistance movements challenge state domination and economic exploitation. Currently, he is researching land reform and land rights movements in the global south by examining how civil resistance is being used to prevent land alienation and promote a more equitable distribution of land and resources.

Read more: Civil Resistance and the Struggle for Land: Experiences in India and Brazil

Cross-Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows

Image February 25th, 2011
9:00 am. -  5:00 pm.
Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library, Rutgers U-New Brunswick

Do current environmental crises, politics, and studies compel literary and cultural studies to revisit their usual perspectives on nature? Ecocriticism names the emergence of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the interactions between humans and physical environments and non-human species in literature and other media.

Read more: Cross-Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows

Photo Exhibition by Kenyan Photographer Boniface Mwangi

Image Please attend a photo exhibition at Rutgers by the Kenyan photographer Boniface Mwangi of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.

February 14-28, 2011.

Rutgers University

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
600 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Sponsored by Pcha Mtaani, the Ford Foundation, and the Rutgers Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures and Center for African Studies.

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The Democracy Movement in Tunisia and Egypt

Image The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Presents:  "The Democracy Movement in Tunisia and Egypt"

Place: Busch Campus Center (604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway, NJ)

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

Speakers: Hamid Abdeljaber, Sinan Antoon, Eric Davis, Toby Jones, Tarek Kahlaoui, and Samah Selim

Moderated by Ousseina Alidou


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Read more: The Democracy Movement in Tunisia and Egypt

The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South

4:30PM (Reception to Follow)
Alexander Library, 4th FL Lecture Hall

Mumbai, Nairobi, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City. Megacities. These are the "slumdog" cities of our time, sites of intense poverty and deprivation, ecologies of pollution and toxicity, places of struggle and bare survival. In this talk, Ananya Roy will present an analysis of global urbanism, paying particular attention to cities of the global South. Against apocalyptic renderings of the urban future, she will argue that the world's megacities contain new horizons of politics and new formations of social life.

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A Celebration of Palestinian Heritage & Its Legacy of Resilience

ImageThe Palestine Children's Relief Fund of Rutgers University proudly
presents its exciting Palestine Cultural Festival




A Celebration of the Heritage of Palestine and its Legacy of Resilience

What is the Palestine Children's Relief Fund?

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is a registered non-political,
non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that was established in 1991
by concerned people in the U.S. to address the medical and humanitarian
crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East. It has since
expanded to help suffering children from other Middle Eastern nations
like Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria based only on their medical needs.

The P.C.R.F. helps to locate free medical care for children from the
Middle East who are unable to get the necessary and specialized
treatment in their homeland.




Palestinian Artwork

Voices of the Repressed: A selection of images taken from the
Palestinian side of the Israeli West Bank Barrier

Read more: A Celebration of Palestinian Heritage & Its Legacy of Resilience

16 Days of Activisim Against Gender Violence

Image It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us and a coalition of student organizations for 16 Days of Activisim Against Gender Violence!  Please support your fellow students and attend any of the events.

November 25th through December 10th

If you would like more information about the global 16 Day Campaign, please visit:

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Open House

Image The Center for Latin American Studies welcomes you to attend an Open House!

Please join us on Wednesday,  November 17th, from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.

On the Douglass Campus at

106 Nichol Avenue Building (Building B, European Studies)

A few blocks from the Jameson bus stop, next to Dudley Road

Read more: Open House

More Articles ...

  1. Continuity and Change in Post-War Italian Politics
  2. Narratives Of Power
  3. Taking Lives: State Power and Genocide
  4. Panel on The Current Crisis In Petroleum Geopolitics
  5. Two Hundred Years of Independence and One Hundred Years after the Revolution: Retrospectives
  6. Global Risk Assessment: The Search for a Common Methodology
  7. The Africa You Don't Know
  8. Fighting the Battle Against Poverty & Malnutrition
  9. First-ever Peace Corps Volunteers Return to Rutgers
  10. Francophonie, Language Endangerment And Language Vitality In The Twenty-First Century
  11. Traumatic Urbanization and its Consquences
  12. Water Work Women in science & art discuss water issues & activism
  13. Hearing the Footsteps of Dawn: The Armenian Genocide in Modern Turkish Consciousness
  14. Speculative Urbanism and the Making of the Next Global City
  15. Institutional Robustness
  16. Siri Oko Fo (Efik for Mending Fences)
  17. Is There a Path to Sustainable Development - And Can the World Get on It?
  18. Is There a Path to Sustainable Development - And Can the World Get on It?
  19. 7th Annual Culture Conference
  20. Reinventing Ecology in the Anthropocene
  21. Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States
  22. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
  23. Space of Democracy: A Lecture Series
  24. Art After Hours: Water
  25. A Poetry Reading on Hurricane Katrina
  26. Art and Disaster: Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later
  27. Immigration, Security, and Democracy:
  28. Empowering Women
  29. An International Conference on Chinese Classics and Thought
  30. Don't believe the hype: EU will muddle through
  31. Ecologies in the balance? The way forward 2010-2011
  32. Award Winning Film Screening
  33. Romani Politics in Contemporary Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Mobilization and The Neo-Liberal Order
  34. Readings and Conversation with Internationally Acclaimed Lusophone Authors
  35. Ecology of the Raritan River: Reports from the Field
  36. Twenty Years After Mandela's Release
  37. Lecture: The Swiss Path to Universal Health Care
  38. Ecology of the Raritan River: Reports from the Field
  40. The Literature and Art of Hope: The Damascus Spring Writers and Artists
  41. Twenty Years After Mandela's Release
  42. Britain's War on Poverty
  43. Politics and the Egyptian Economy: Past, Present, and Future Prospects
  44. Climate Change Policy: Lessons from the European Experience
  45. Politics and the Egyptian Economy: Past, Present, and Future Prospects
  46. The Last Frontier
  47. African Women Day: Celebrating the African Woman
  48. ***RESCHEDULED*** Film Screening: Brincando el charco
  49. Lecture Series on Dutch Architecture
  50. Colloquium Series 2009-2010

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