The International Studies Colloquium meets weekly on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. for one hour in Schapiro Hall, Room 129.  All students are cordially invited to make this a regular event. Refreshments are provided.

A student committee works with the chair to establish the weekly topics. Suggestions are always welcome.

Senior Concentrators can also earn colloquium credit for attendance at related events. For a full listing of International Studies related events on campus, please see the public calendar.  Email Veronica Bosley ([email protected]) to inform us you attended!


Spring Schedule 2016:

February 7: CDE Country Talk

February 14: CDE Country Talk

February 21: CDE Country Talk

February 28: Alexander Kondakov, Co-director of the Department Development Partnership Program at the European University at St. Petersburg

March 7: Diala Al Masri,”Creative Minds, Troubled Territories: Social and Business Initiatives of Arab Youth and the       Challenges They Face.”

March 14: Vincent Maphai, Professor of Indian Religions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen, Germany. “Salvation Deferred: Post-Hindu Religion and Caste Violence in South India, 1950s-80s.”


April 4: Mariama N’Diaye ’17, Political Science major concentrating in Global Studies with an African Studies Track “Why can’t you hear me?: An Analysis of the Emergence of Hip-Hop in the Banlieues of France and its Effect on those of African-descent”

April 11: Jüri Käosaar and Brigit Rae, “A View from the Baltics: Russian Relations, Nonviolent Revolution, and Historical Memory”

April 18: Michael Wang ’17 The East Asian “History Problem”: Shedding Light on a Dark Past

April 25: TBA

May 3: TBA

May 9: TBA

Fall Schedule 2016:

September 13: “The Persistence of Global Terrorism: A Faculty Panel Discussion” Magnus Bernhardsson (History), Amal Eqeiq (Arabic Studies), and Galen Jackson (Leadership Studies)

September 20: “Human Resources Capacity Building; Strengthening Health Services in Southern Sudan, Central America, and the Dominican Republic” Stan Terrell ’70

September 27:On the Right-Wing Margins: Conversation with Austrian Journalist and Filmmaker Ed Moschitz”

October 4: “The South China Sea: Confrontation or Cooperation?” Sam Crane (Political Science, Global Studies)

October 11: No colloquium – reading period

October 18: “Diaspora Architecture and Community Building in Jiangmen, China” Mei Mei Chan ’17

October 25: “The Global Coffee Trade: Field Notes from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Ethiopia.” Ashok Rai, Associate Professor of Economics

November 1: “Public Health in Zimbabwe: In the Classroom and Beyond” Esther Kim ’18 and Maddie Walsh ’18


November 15:“China’s Internet: A 20 Year Retrospective” Kaiser Kuo


December 6: TBA


Spring Schedule 2016:

February 9: CDE Country Talk: Kader Amadou (Niger), Eric Dongmo Tejiogni (Cameroon), Sulaiman Nyanzi (Uganda), and Tatiana Dasy (Madagascar)

February 16: “The Organizational Roots of Persistent Electoral Violence in Africa” Adrienne LeBas, Associate Professor of Political Science, American University.

February 23: CDE Country Talks: Iris Jiron Montenegro (Nicaragua), Fabrizio Ardiles Decker (Bolivia)

March 1: CDE Country Talks: “Chocolate’s Bitter Taste: the Case of Cote d’Ivoire” by Fernand Konan of Cote d’Ivoire; “Ebola in Guinea” by Ibrahima Diallo and Ibrahima Camara of Guinea

March 8:Alex Mendez ’17 and Ian Concannon ’18,  “Fleeing Stalin: Stories From the Estonian Diaspora”

March 15: No colloquium.  We encourage concentrators and others to attend Cameraperson at 7 pm at Images Cinema.


April 5:REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape & Testimony, Gaudino Presentation (NOTE: Start time is 2:35 p.m. and location is Lawrence Hall Rm 231)

April 12: “Dancing with the Devil: Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Gamble,” Aslaung Asgeirsdottir, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College

April 19: “Food Democracy” Rafi Grosglik, Visiting Professor Brandeis University

April 26: TBA

May 3: David Sussman, TBA

May 10: “Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong” Hoi Yan Ng, Teaching Associate Asian Studies, Williams College


Fall Schedule 2015:

September 5: “Reclaiming Narratives: Returning Agency to Syrian Refugees through Journalism.” Sumaya Awad ’16

September 22:
“FIFA: Beautiful Game, Ugly Business” Magnus Bernhardsson, Professor of History, Roger Kittleson, Professor of History, Neil Roberts, Chair of Religion and Associate Professor of Africana Studies

September 29: 
CDE Country Talks, “Elections in Uganda” with Michael Mwondha and Stella Namuleme; “Malawi/Mozambique
Bilateral Relations” with Chimvano Thawini, Joy Karim, and Manuel Muhabe

October 6:
“Linnaeus University A Divided Europe 25 years After the Cold War? – Prospects for the European Neighborhood Policy” Daniel Silander, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Director of European Studies Program

October 13: 
No colloquium – Fall Reading Period

October 20: CDE Country Talks: Bangladesh. Siban Shahana, Mohammad Monir Hossen, & Tanvir Bashar

October 27: 
Title TBA, Gerard Caprio, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Center of Development Economics and William Brough Professor of Economics, Kenneth Kuttner, Chair Robert F. White Class of 1952 Professor of Economics, Darel Paul, Professor of Political Science

November 3: “Global Environmental Politics” Pia Kohler, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Williams College

November 10:
“Mexican Brain Drain to the USA” Dr.Jesus Velsco Non Resident Scholar Mexico Center, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University (for bio information go to

November 17: 
CDE Country Talks: Abdulraoof Abdullah Saif (Yemen), Farah Alshami (Lebanon), Ruzniya Jainul Abdeen (Sri Lanka)

November 24: 
No colloquium – Thanksgiving Recess

December 1: “African Christianity Rising” Dr James Ault  – CANCELLED

December 8: “
EU Asylum Policy and the Migrant/Refugee Crisis” Charlotte Silander, STINT Fellow Williams College, Senior Lecturer in Political Science Centre for Educational Development in Higher Education Linnaeus University Spring


Spring Schedule 2015

Tuesday Feb. 10th: “Civil Society in Russia,” Karen Olson ’88 – Cancelled

Tuesday Feb. 17th: CDE Country Talk: Yvette Herrera (Philippines), Sorphea Yong (Cambodia)

Tuesday Feb. 24th: “A Visit to Liberia, After the Civil War and Before Ebola,” Scott Lewis, Director of Outing Club, Carolina Bruno ’15, Long Dang ’15, Carmen Linero ’15, Melissa Martinez ’15 and Madelynn Taylor ’16. – Location Change: Hopkins 002.

Tuesday Mar. 3rd: CDE Country Talks: Daniela Bilbao Martinez (Bolivia) & Alejandro Galoppo (Bolivia) – Cancelled

Tuesday Mar. 10th: “Black or Afropolitan? African Diaspora Media in the Digital Age.” Reginold Royston, C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies

Tuesday Mar. 17th: “From Stalinist Neoclassicism to Modernism: The Rebirth of Aesthetics in the St. Petersburg Metro” Clarissa Granados ’15, and “The Problem of Acculturation: Interviewing American Expats in South Korea”, Lillian Audette ’15

No Colloquium Tuesday Mar. 24th and 31st – Spring Break

Tuesday Apr. 7th: “Beyond the ‘After Math’: Exploring Psychological Decolonisation in a Post-apartheid Context of Artistic Praxis.” Farieda Nazier, Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.

Tuesday Apr. 14th: Student Presentations: “The Russian Perspective: Russia, The United States, and Ukraine” Aseel Abulhab ’15, “The Kosovo Myth and Serb Victimhood”; Brian Astrachan and Alex Schidlovsky,

Tuesday Apr. 21st: “Hip Hop and the Making of French Identity,” Students from Professor Annette Joseph-Gabriel’s RLFR 205 France Noire.

Tuesday Apr. 28th: Honors Thesis Presentation: Laurel Jarombek ’15, “Women’s Groups and Social Movements in Turkey”

Tuesday May 5th: “War and Remembrance in Vietnam,” Students from Professor Jessica Chapman’s HIST 465/ASST 465.

Tuesday May 12th: Reception for International Studies Concentrators


Fall 2014 IS Colloquium Schedule

September 9: “Nation Before Pigmentation: Ethnoracial Politics in the Dominican Republic,” Danilo A. Contreras, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Political Science.

September 16: Michael MacDonald, Frederick L. Schuman Professor of International Relations, Williams College, “Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq”

September 23: “Confronting ISIS: challenges in Iraq and Syria,” Adam Hinds, Truman National Security Fellow

September 30: CDE Country Talks: South Asia. Wazir Virk (Pakistan), Ali Hassan (Bangladesh), Krishani Withanage (Sri Lanka), and Birendra Budha (Nepal)

October 7: Rotimi Suberu, Professor of Politics, Bennington College, “Nigerian Federalism and the Boko Haram Insurgency.” This colloquium will be in Bronfman 105.

No Colloquium Tuesday Oct. 14th – Fall Reading Period

October 21: CDE Country Talks: Southern Africa. Mercy Machisa (Zimbabwe), Vangile Dlamini (Swaziland), and Manda Rakotomanana (Madagascar)

October 28: Rosemary A. Kelanic, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Williams College, “Black Gold and Blackmail: The Politics of International Oil Coercion.”

November 4: Kevin A. Escudero, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Latina/o Studies, Williams College, “Organizing While Undocumented: Intersectionality and Engagement with the Law as a Social Movement Strategy.”

November 11 : CDE Country Talk: Malawi. Jane Mbughi, Chisomo Tsonga, and Venancio Mzonda

November 18: Allen R. Carlson, Class of 1955 Visiting Professor of International Studies, Williams College.”Seeing China as an Open Polity Then and Now: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About the Middle Kingdom.”

No Colloquium Tuesday November 25th – Thanksgiving break

December 2: Steven H. Fagin, Director, Office of Regional Affairs Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “U.S. Policy Toward Central Asia: The Impact of the Russia-Ukraine Crisis, Afghanistan, and Other Challenges.”