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Announcements for Grad Students – 10/26

October 26, 2009

1. Panel Discussion on “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World

2. Fireside Chat with David Hatch, Historian for the National Security Agency

3. The Fall of the Wall… 20 years later: Berlin Disco and Film Party

4. The Revised Birth of Negritude: Communist Revolution and “the Immanent Negro” in 1935

5. Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature – Conference



1. Panel Discussion on “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World

This coming Monday, November 2, 2009, the West European Studies Center will present a two-part panel discussion on “Inclusion, Isolation and National Identity in a Globalized World.” The discussions will take place in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. The first panel, “The Politics of European Inclusion and Exclusion in Scandinavia,” will begin at 2:00pm. Panelists for this session will include Dr. Toivo Raun (Central Eurasian Studies, IUB), Dr. Per Nordahl (International Studies, IUB), Dr. Timothy Hellwig (Political Science, IUB) and Dr. Ulf Bjork (Journalism, IUPUI).

The second session will start at 4:00pm in the Dogwood Room and will be looking at “European Inclusion and Exclusion Through Poetry.”  Rika Lesser, poet and translator, will talk about translating Göran Sonnevi’s work.  Her translation of his “Mozart’s Third Brain” in English came out in September.  She is also the winner of the Poetry Translation Prize of the Swedish Academy and twice awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Translation Prize.  She will be followed by Dr. Kevin Karlin, who will speak on “Do I have a share of the repulsive?: inclusion, exclusion, identity, and self in Mozart’s Third Brain.”

This event is sponsored by West European Studies, the Department of Germanic Studies, and the Creative Writing Program.  There will be a light reception between panels. 

2. Fireside Chat with David Hatch, Historian for the National Security Agency

Monday, Oct. 26, 7-8:15 p.m.

HHC Great Room (811 E. Seventh St.)

Free and open to the public!

How does the U.S. government collect Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) about foreign adversaries and prevent them from gaining access to classified national security communications?  Join DAVID HATCH, an IU alum and now the head historian for the NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, for a conversation about the history of the NSA, and its responsibilities within the U.S. government to protect the United States and its citizens.  Hatch will speak about major accomplishments of the NSA during the Cold War and then take questions.  The state of Indiana has produced a number of famous cryptologists, such as Herbert Yardley, the “father of American cryptology,” and Hatch will also talk about several of these famous Hoosiers.

The National Security Agency (NSA) was established by President Truman in 1952 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense to collect foreign Signals Intelligence.  The breaking of German and Japanese codes was important to the success of the Allied powers during World War II, and the U.S. government believed establishing an agency devoted to breaking the codes of adversaries would prove useful in the postwar period as well.  With the advent of the digital age and the thousandfold increase in the volume of phone and computer messages sent every minute, the challenge of trying to find one important digital message out of the terabytes of data circling the globe every minute has also grown.  Aside from its offensive role, the current NSA is also in charge of Information Assurance (i.e., making sure sensitive U.S. government communications are protected). 


3. The Fall of the Wall… 20 years later: Berlin Disco and Film Party
Date/Time: Friday, November 6th, starting at 9pm
Location: The Lodge (6th and N. Walnut, Bloomington)
Age limit: 18+

On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall ceased to divide East and West Germany.  The night of *Friday,* *November 6th* *starting at 9pm, *we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ‘Fall of the Wall’ with a dance party at *The Lodge* in downtown Bloomington.  There will be beer, wine, German films, German music, lots of dancing, and of course? some serious David Hasselhoff worship!  *The Fall of the Wall… 20 years later: Berlin Disco and Film Party* is not only an awesome and fun way to celebrate German Reunification, but also an excellent way to find out more about the upcoming IU DEFA Project/East German Film Series beginning in January here in Bloomington.  So come dance, drink and party like it’s 1989! Age limit is 18+, and 21+ to purchase beer and wine.


4. The Revised Birth of Negritude: Communist Revolution and “the Immanent Negro” in 1935

Christopher Miller, Yale University 

Friday, October 23, 3:30 pm

College Arts & Humanities Institute

1211 E. Atwater Ave. (corner of Atwater & Ballantine)

Sponsored by the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

About the lecture:  In 2008, Christian Filostrat, in his book Negritude Agonistes, published the “missing link” of negritude: the long-lost 1935 article in which Aimé Césaire used the word négritude for the first time. Deeply engaged with Communist discourse, this article is very different from the epic poem that made negritude famous, Césaire’s Notebook of a Return to My Native Land (1939). Are the roots of negritude “red” as well as black?

About the speaker:  Christopher L. Miller is  Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University. He is author of The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (Duke University Press, 2008);  Nationalists and Nomads: Essays on Francophone African Literature and Culture (The University of Chicago Press, 1998); Theories of Africans:  Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa  (The University of Chicago Press, 1990): finalist, Melville Herskovits Prize Competition of African Studies Association, 1991; and Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French  (The University of Chicago Press, 1985).

5. Place of Islam in Contemporary European Literature – Conference

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nanovic Institute for European Studies

McKenna Hall, University of Notre Dame

The purpose of this symposium is to enrich our understanding of contemporary European literature by addressing how Muslim and Muslim-born writers address the place of Islam in their work. Thematically, we will use the word “place” in reference to its different meanings: location, role, status, etc. Where do writers place Islam geographically, spatially, and in memory? What role do its concepts and cultural practices play in literature? How large it its role as a shaping force in literature, and what power does this literature have?

In focusing on these literary themes at the conference, we seek to move beyond the hot-button controversies and turn our attention to categories that transcend them. We will begin our discussions with individual literary processes; then we will turn to the unique contexts of individual writers, raise questions about generational dynamics and identities, and finally reflect on the largest questions about the power of literature itself and its relationship to other powers. The symposium will be structured around four panels, which we will use to pose questions of individual participants and then promote group discussion.

For a detailed conference schedule and list of panelists, contact

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