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Emily M. Darrow
"International Crime" and "The Consequences of Iraq" are topics of lectures on March 18 and April 8

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.β€”The Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program spring speaker series will offer two lectures in March and April. On Thursday, March 18, Bard alumnus Jack Blum ’62, an expert on international criminal law, will speak about quot;International Crime"; on Thursday, April 8, Ian Buruma, professor of human rights and journalism at Bard, will speak on "The Consequences of Iraq." Both programs are free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Bard Hall, 410 West 58th Street, New York. Reservations are requested as seating is limited. The lectures will be moderated by James Chace, director of the BGIA Program.

Jack A. Blum is an expert on international criminal law and international taxation. He was special counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1987 to 1989, responsible for the committee's investigation of the relationship between narcotics law enforcement and American foreign policy interests. He prepared hearings on money laundering, the U.S. association with Panamanian General Manuel Noriega, and related subjects. From 1977 to 1987, Blum was the senior partner in the firm of Blum, Nash, and Railsback, where he specialized in energy issues and international aw. During that period he was general counsel of the Independent Gasoline Marketers Council, a trade association of nonbranded independent gasoline marketers. From 1972–76 he was associate counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, handling the committee's investigation of the international petroleum industry and corrupt foreign payments by American corporations. From 1966 to 1972 Blum was assistant counsel to the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee. A graduate of Bard College and Columbia Law School, Blum is a member of the District of Columbia bar. He is a senior editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Social Change.

Ian Buruma is a specialist on Asia, about which he has written in his most recent book, Inventing Japan: 1853–1964 (2003), a "masterly short history of modern Japan," according to Christopher Benfey in the New York Times. Buruma is also the author of Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing (2001), Anglomania: A European Love Affair (1999), The Missionary and the Libertine (1997), The Wages of Guilt (1995), Playing the Game (1990), God's Dust (1988), and Behind the Mask (1983). He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, New Yorker, The Guardian, and other publications in the United States and Europe. Buruma has been a fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford; the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He has served as foreign editor of the Spectator and cultural editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He studied Chinese literature and history at Leyden University, the Netherlands, and was a graduate student in Japanese cinema at Nihon University, College of Arts, Tokyo. He is chairman of the humanities center of the Central European University in Budapest.

The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program offers students in their third or fourth year of college a unique opportunity to live in Manhattan and study with eminent scholars, journalists, and leading figures in the field of foreign relations. According to James Chace, director of the BGIA and the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law and Administration at Bard, "As the world capital of media and international finance and the home of the United Nations, New York offers a singular opportunity for undergraduates to spend a semester combining academic study with work as interns in international financial, human rights, and policy-setting organizations."

For reservations or further information, call 212-333-7575 or e-mail For further information about the program, visit

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This event was last updated on 03-09-2004