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Fall 2006 Calendar

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September 21 Carr Center Open House - Come and meet our faculty, staff and fellows. Learn about our program areas, our events and the exciting opportunities for students at the Center. Event Link | Summary | Agenda View
October 10

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 | Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright will discuss his New York Times best-selling book outlining the events leading up to the World Trade Center attacks

Lawrence Wright is an author and screenwriter, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. A portion of his new book, The Looming Tower, was published in The New Yorker and won the 2002 Overseas Press Club's Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting. He has also won the National Magazine Award for Reporting as well as the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism.

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October 16 Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Samantha Power | "Fighting the War on Terror: A Short-Term Vision for a Long-Term Conflict?"

The Carr Center, as a part of its "Long War Series", presents: A discussion of how the global war on terror is shaping U.S. foreign policy, with: Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center

Moderator: Sarah Sewall, Carr Center Director and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance
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October 20 - 22 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
A play by Tom Stoppard with music by Andre Previn

In Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Stoppard contrasts the circumstances of a political prisoner and a mental patient in a Soviet insane asylum, to question the difference, if any, between free will and the freedom to conform.
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October 23 Seminar, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq  with author Tom Ricks

The Washington Post writer and author of  will discuss his new book on the Iraqi insurgency and America’s military response.
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October 24 "Alternatives to Wars in the Middle East" A panel discussion with two members of Combatants for Peace

Yonatan Shapira, a former Captain in the Israeli Air Force Reserves. In 2003, Yonatan initiated a group of Israeli Air Force pilots who refused to fly attack missions on Palestinian territories.

Bassam Aramim, a former member of Fatah who served a 7-year prison sentence after being arrested in Hebron when he was 17 years old.
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November 8 Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq |
Rory Stewart


In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amarah and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq. He spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war. Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart’s year.

Rory Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Places in Between. A former fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for services in Iraq. He lives in Scotland.

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December 2 - 4 Boston Area Darfur Activism Conference | a STAND and GI-Net event

Since 2002, genocide in Darfur has over 300,000 dead, 4500 villages destroyed and over 2.2 millions displaced in camps with inadequate food, water, shelter, or medical care.

But genocide doesn't just happen. It's stoppable and it's preventable. Come learn how and why at the Boston Area Darfur Activism Conference, organized by students from Harvard, Brandeis, Tufts, and Georgetown.

Over the course of the weekend, you will not only hear from experts in panels and workshops, at movie viewings, and at a book signing. You will be also be an active participant in regional networking and the
official launch of a nationwide anti-genocide constituency.
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December 4 Darfur Intervention Series | Options and Obstacles for Intervention in Darfur

A panel discussion addressing the options to intervene in the ongoing genocide in Darfur, and the obstacles faced

Max Boot
Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Omer Ismail
Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government
Samantha Power
Professor of Practice in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government,Harvard University
Sarah Sewall
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of
Government (moderator)

*Co-sponsored by the University Committee on Human Rights Studies (UCHRS); Amnesty International; Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Committee on African Studies; Cultural Agents; Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies; Genocide Intervention Network; Harvard College Advocates; Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School; Physicians for Human Rights; Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution and the Program on Negotiation.
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Spring 2007

Date Title Details
January 29 Carr Center Open House

Come and meet our faculty, fellows and staff, and learn about classes, events and opportunities at the Center.
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February 6 Seminar: "Can Israel Remain a Jewish and Democratic State?"

Co-sponsored with the Middle East Initiative

A Conversation with Eliezer Ya’ari, Director of the New Israel Fund, Jerusalem.
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February 8 Panel: “Peaceful Resistance and Civil Disobedience as Treason: A Sustained Crackdown on Dissent in Ethiopia"

With panelists: Judge Frehiywot Samuel, Chairman of the Ethiopian Inquiry Commission, Ato Mitiku Teshome, Ethiopian Inquiry Commission, Professor and Attorney Al Mariam, California State University, San Bernardino, Dr. Meqdes Mesfin, Cambridge Health Alliance - Victims of Violence and Political Trauma Survivors Program, with moderator Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, Amnesty International USA.

For a transcript of the panel, click here.
February 12 Brown Bag Lunch: "Human Rights, Foreign Policy and the Press"

With Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy.

February 16 Performance: "Rash"

“Rash.” is a 60-minute solo play that gives an on-the-ground perspective of the UN aid worker’s life. It chronicles living and loving under fire, dealing with human rights abuses on a daily basis, and pressure from family to just come home. RASH is the story of how a Scottish woman ended up in Rwanda after the genocide and how that experience changed her life.  

Co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services


To read Jenni Wolfson's blog and comment on Rash, click here.
February 26 Seminar and Book Event: What is the What

Author Dave Eggers, Valentino Achak Deng, and Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, discuss the fictionalized memoir of Sudanese “Lost Boy” Valentino Achak Deng.

Please note: Seating is first come, first seated. Unfortunately, RSVPs cannot be accepted..
March 14 JFK Jr. Forum Event: "I Was a Child Soldier" with Ishmael Beah, Andrea Rossi, Jacqueline Bhabha, and Samantha Power

Co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Introduction by Andrea Rossi, Fellow, Carr Center

Conversation with:

Ishmael Beah, Voices of Youth, UNICEF; Author, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (2007)

Jacqueline Bhabha, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Affiliate, Carr Center

Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Kennedy School; Author of 2003 Pulitzer Prize Winner, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.

April 6 Conference: "Contested Spaces, Competing Narratives: Towards Human Rights and Democracy in Pakistan"

This seminar focuses on the struggle for human rights and democracy in Pakistan, bringing together diverse perspectives on the struggle for democratic spaces in the face of increasing militarization and militancy. What are the broader implications of these trends for Pakistan, South Asia and beyond? What is the role of the media, and the impact of US foreign policy? What are the positive trends and how can they be strengthened?

Led by Beena Sarwar, Carr Center Fellow. 
April 13  “Enemy Combatants, Torture and the Military Commissions Act of 2006” - a public address by Neal Katyal, Professor of Law, Georgetown University.  Lead counsel in Hamdam v. Rumsfeld. Moderated by Sarah Sewall, Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
April 14/21/28  “Human Rights and Media: Breaking and Entering " - We are witnessing a moment when new media tools are bridging the gap between previously insular communities and the outside world. How does this transformation affect the promotion of human rights -- and what can we do about it? Last year, over the course of three Saturdays in April, Harvard students and journalists met with leading scholars and practitioners to discuss the problems of and potential for campaigning for human rights.

This year we will broaden that community and advance the discussion to three instances of community exposure: youth activism (April 14th), soldier media (April 21st), and Beijing's 2008 Olympics (Apr 28th).

Guests will include: Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes), Nancy Updike (This American Life), Jim Cavallaro (HLS), Jack Duvall (Intl Ctr for Nonviolent Conflict), Suzanne Seggerman (Games for Change), Helen Benedict (Columbia Univ.), Bill Alford (HLS), Regina Abrami (HBS), Oxblood Ruffin (Hacktivismo), Sharon Hom (HR in China), Ian Johnson (The Wall Street Journal), James Der Derian (Brown University), Tony Saich (KSG), John Ackerly (Save Tibet), Gene Sharp (Albert Einstein Institution), and OTPOR (Serbian youth activists).

Co-sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, with the support of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.
April 19 Panel: "Preventing Violent Extremism: Winning Hearts and Minds"

Seminar on UK-Muslim Relations, and the DCLG’s approach to cohesive community building, with: Mark Carroll, Director of Race, Cohesion and Faiths, Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), UK Government Moderated by Emran Qureshi, Wertheim Fellow, Labor & Worklife Program, Harvard Law School. 
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May 18 - June 15

Exhibit: “Walls of Martyrdom”: Tehran's Propaganda Murals

This exhibit draws from a collection of over 130 images of the towering political murals that dominate Tehran's urban space. State-sponsored and hand-painted by artists close to the regime, they provide an insider's view of the Islamic Republic's psyche at a time when Iran makes daily headlines. Thematically, the murals feature images of the fathers of the Islamic Revolution and martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war, as well as explicitly anti-U.S. and anti-Israel messages. The exhibit employs mixed visual media such as a fifty-foot-long cityscape design, depicting a number of murals in their urban context; installations simulating martyrs' shrines; and mega-banner replicas, as well as superimposed murals on a digital map of Tehran, giving a sense of their sheer number and geographic spread around the city. The primary objective is to document and present images that are part of Tehranians' daily visual experience and of which people in the U.S. are largely oblivious.



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