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- Historian Beschloss Meets Students, Discusses 2016 RaceMichael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, best-selling author, and an Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour. But perhaps it is his social media prowess that makes him so relatable to young people—with more than 110,000 followers, he has the largest Twitter following of any historian on earth. Prior to giving his talk […]
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusOAK Room 438
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 / 12-1:30PM / OAK Building Room 438
Book Launch for DEMOCRACY IN THE WOODS (Oxford University Press)
Co-sponsored by India Studies and Asian/Asian American Studies Institute and Department of Political Science
Open to the Public / Light Refreshments Provided
In Democracy in the Woods, to be released for publication in February 2017 by Oxford University Press, PRAKASH KASHWAN, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Affiliate Faculty of India Studies and Asian/Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, asks how societies negotiate the apparently competing agendas of environmental protection and social justice, and why do some countries perform much better than others on this front?
By examining land rights conflicts-and the fate of forest-dependent peasants-in the context of the different forest property regimes in India, Tanzania, and Mexico, this unique comparative study of national forestland regimes challenges the received wisdom that redistributive policies necessarily undermine the goals of environmental protection. It shows instead that the form that national environmental protection efforts take - either inclusive (as in Mexico) or exclusive (as in Tanzania and, for the most part, in India) - depends on whether dominant political parties are compelled to create structures of political intermediation that channel peasant demands for forest and land rights into the policy process.
Prof. Kashwan's book offers three different tests of this theory of political origins of forestland regimes. First, it explains why it took the Indian political elites nearly sixty years to introduce meaningful reforms of the colonial-era forestland regimes. Second, it successfully explains the rather counterintuitive local outcomes of the programs for formalization of land rights in India, Tanzania, and Mexico. Third, it provides a coherent explanation of why each of these three countries proposes a significantly different distribution of the benefits of forest-based climate change mitigation programs being developed under the auspices of the United Nations.
In its political analysis of the control over and the use of nature, this book opens up new avenues for reflecting on how legacies of the past and international interventions interject into domestic political processes to produce specific configurations of environmental protection and social justice.
Democracy in the Woods is included in OUP's Studies in Comparative Energy and Environmental Politics Series, and will be available for purchase at the January 25, 2017 Book Launch Event. Please contact Director of Asian/Asian American Studies Institute Cathy.Schlund-Vials@uconn.edu or Political Science Program Assistant Lindsey.Halle@uconn.edu for more information.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs CampusBabbidge Library, 4th Floor, Room 4-153
Political Science UCHI fellow will deliver her research talk.
Monday, January 30th, 2017
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusOak 438
POLS Colloquium Event
Monday January 30th
Eduardo Moncada, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Barnard CollegeâColumbia University
Title: Resisting Protection? Variations in Forms of Resistance to Protection Rackets
Abstract: Do the victims of protection rackets resist? Existing research on protection rackets emphasizes two key dimensions: supply and demand. Criminal organizations supply the use and threat of violence as part of offering business firms protection, while the latter demand these commodities in contexts of state absence or weakness. Securing the cooperation of firms is central to the sustainability of the protection racket. Yet, relatively little research theorizes if and how the victims of protection rackets might resist. I find that not only does resistance to protection rackets occur, but that it can also assume sharply contrasting forms. To explain this variation I construct a political economy framework focused on the economic and political resources that victims mobilize to mount resistance. I illustrate the frameworkâs analytic utility by using it to explain striking empirical variation in cases of resistance in Medellin (Colombia), Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), San Miguel (El Salvador), and MichoacÃ¡n (Mexico). While some victims publicly contested domination under protection rackets, others engaged in comparatively subtler practices to negotiate the terms of their domination without bringing about the racketâs demise. Some victims resisted by coordinating with the state through formal institutional channels; others established private armed groups to weaken and eliminate rackets. And still others coordinated with the state but through informal channels that advanced extra-judicial violence. The empirical analysis demonstrates that a focus on resource endowments can help us to make sense of such puzzling variation in forms of resistance and advance our knowledge of criminal politics in the developing world.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Deadline for applications. See http://humanities.uconn.edu/become-a-fellow/ for more information.
Friday, February 3rd, 2017
01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Storrs CampusWomen's Center, Student Union 421
Have you ever thought about running for office, now or in the future? Register now for this FREE Student Leadership Training Program.
The Elect Her: UConn Women Win Training will be held from 1 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd, 2017, at the Womenâs Center on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. This training will demystify the campaign process and teach you how to develop and communicate an effective message, how to reach out to your constituency, and how to win a campaign! You will have the chance to learn from experienced facilitators and communications experts, as well as to network with women who currently hold office in Connecticut.
Students will have the opportunity to network with female legislators and political figures from Connecticut who will be in attendance at this event.
This event is being sponsored nationally by Running Start, and on-campus sponsored by the Womenâs Center, with the support of the Undergraduate Student Government and Leadership Programs.
There is a limited amount of spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
Students interested in participating must register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElectHer2017
The registration deadline is Friday, January . 27
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Storrs CampusHBL Room 4-209
Nancy Fraser, The New School
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Storrs CampusHBL Class of 1947 Room
From Exploitation to Expropriation: On the Persistence of Racial Oppression in Capitalist Society
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Storrs CampusKonover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center
Actor and photographer Gili Getz will perform âThe Forbidden Conversation,â an autobiographical one-man performance exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community. This event will take place on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 pm in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Research Center and is made possible by the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and UConn's Middle East Studies Program. The performance is free and open to the public!
In the Forbidden Conversation, Gili Getz presents a deeply personal one-man performance that is based on his own journey. The play will be followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations we have with family, friends, and our community concerning the future of Israel, the American Jewish community, and ways to process fundamental differences and disagreements.
For more information:
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