University of Vermont

Center for Cultural Pluralism

Spring 2014 Speakers & Workshops

Visiting Scholar: Dženta Karabegoviċ

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 and Friday, April 4th, 2014

Dženta Karabegoviċ is a Ph.D. Research Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in England. Her research is part of an European Research Council funded project, "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty," under the supervision of Dr. Maria Koinova. It focuses on Bosnian diaspora mobilization in Europe around issues of transitional justice, genocide remembrance, and political participation in home and host states. Ms. Karabegović holds M.A. from the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago. She conducted field work on Bosnian diaspora in Sweden and completed graduate work during a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University. She holds a B.A. from the Honors College at the University of Vermont in Political Science and German with a minor in Holocaust Studies. She was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina but subsequently grew up as a refugee of war in Berlin, Germany before resettling to Burlington, Vermont with her family in 1998. She retains a somewhat nomadic lifestyle between field research sites, Bosnia, England and the United States.

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These events are funded by the "A Network for Understanding the New Europe Initative" Project through the Faculty Resource Network of NYU and the European Union.

Past Events This Semester

Indigenous Vermont Identity: The Political and Social Science of Ethnic Renewal

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 PM

Waterman Memorial Lounge

Open to the public!

A wealth of new information was discovered in the 2009-2012 period by Vermont Indigenous Communities in their efforts to secure Vermont State Recognition. This information has revolutionized our view of Indigenous Vermont history and ethnicity. It has also led to many communities moving past a more generalized, "Pan-Indian" view of themselves and a desire to use their own newly documented culture history as a basis of ethnic renewal. The Haven Project, developed in 2010 to archive, organize and interpret this information has been working with these communities in this emerging field of ethnic engineering. Haven's Director, Professor Fred Wiseman and his colleague Melody Brook, will share some of the first fruits of this endeavor. The lecture will be accompanied by slide and video of these successes.

The Slippery Slopes of Stereotyping: Getting a Handle on Ideas That Harm

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This session presents a series of issues for understanding the common and difficult concepts of "racial" stereotypes and prejudice in the USA. Presenter will focus on the specific case of Asian/Asian Americans. Participants will engage in discussions of the day-to-day issues critical to beginning to explore both individual and institutional bias as well as impact on our lives and work.

This workshop will particularly benefit faculty and staff who are motivated to work to address unconscious and institutional racism in the classroom and in work settings. The session assumes a very basic understanding of culture, identity development and prejudice. It will focus on the different ways race impacts perceptions and relationship. It seeks to introduce many of the complex aspects of both race and prejudice. You'll recieve an email with the location once you register.

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 to Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

On April 2nd and 3rd, Dr. Ruha Benjamin will be delivering a public lecture and a workshopon the intersections between science and race. Dr. Ruha Benjamin's teaching and research interests are in the areas of science, medicine and biotechnology; the construction and naturalization of racial and gender taxonomies; science policy, public health and social theory.

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