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2013 Meaning of Citizenship

The full conference program is available here.

Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Scientist and chair of the Penn Program on Democracy and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania will be returning to the Center. 

Professor Smith centers his research on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender. Smith is renowned for his many books about citizenship and racial, gender, and class inequalities. He will be speaking on "The Questions Facing Citizenship in the 21st Century"

Professor Smith will be speaking at Kresge Auditorium in the Purdy Kresge Graduate Library at 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Watch again here.

Professor Smith's visit is co-sponsored by the History Graduate Students' Association.

Arjun Appadurai,Paulette Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, Chair of the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai, and Senior research partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottigen. Appadurai is one of the world's leading theorists of globalization. Dr. Appadurai will speak about art and artists whose work functions to raise social awareness as they focus on issues of identity and cultural production.

Professor Appadurai will be speaking at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.


Bobby Ghosh, editor-at-large for TIME. Previously, Ghosh was TIME's senior editor, managing TIME's terrorism and intelligence reporting. He also served as world editor in August 2007, after serving as Baghdad bureau chief since June 2006. He has covered Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, spending more time in Baghdad than any other print reporter. He has also reported extensively in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Tunisia. Ghosh's recent cover stories include several pieces on the Arab Spring and one on the rise of Islamophobia in America. Ghosh joined TIME in 1997 as a senior editor for TIME Asia, he moved to London to become senior editor of TIME Europe. He is currently based in New York City.

Mr. Ghosh will be speaking at Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library at 4 -5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

Mr. Ghosh's visit is co-sponsored by the Detroit News.  


Victoria Saker Woeste, of the American Bar Foundation will also be joining us to discuss her new work: Suing Henry Ford: America’s First Hate Speech Case, an explosive re-telling of a familiar episode in American history: the 1927 libel lawsuit against Henry Ford and his antisemitic newspaper. This study opens previously unexplored vistas into the history of the legal profession, the history of hate speech, and the history of civil rights activism.

We do hope that you are able to join us in 2013.



Thank You to our 2013 Sponsors:

  • Department of Communication
  • Department of English
  • Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Office of International Programs
  • Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
  • The Lion Fund for Global Citizenship



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