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"FROM THE NATIONAL TO THE GLOBAL AND BACK? THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AS A SUPRANATIONAL INSTITUTION" IS THE TOPIC OF THE SECOND ANNUAL BARD/HUMBOLDT STUDENT SYMPOSIUM Bard hosts visit by students from Berlin’s Humboldt University with two-day symposium, March 12–13

Emily M. Darrow
845-758-7512
darrow@bard.edu
03-12-2004

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—"From the National to the Global and Back? The Role of the United Nations as a supranational Institution" is the topic of the second annual Bard/Humboldt student symposium to be held on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13. Free and open to the public, the symposium is a joint project of Bard College and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is sponsored by the Institute for International Liberal Education, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, and Humboldt University’s Institute for English and American Studies and Office of International Affairs.

Twelve students from Humboldt and four students from Bard will present papers during the symposium that explores whether the United Nations can remain effective as an international organization or if there is a need for a more supranational authority. The students will approach the topic from both the German and American points of view to shed light on the continuing transatlantic dialogue.

The program is organized by faculty and students from both Bard College and Humboldt University: professors Susan Bernofsky (Bard), Reinhard Isensee (HU Berlin), Philipp Kneis (HU Berlin), Janine Ludwig (HU Berlin), and students Bert Bobock (HU Berlin), Emily Steinberg (Bard), and Valon Xharra (Bard).

Friday’s session will begin at 1:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Olin Language Center; Saturday’s will begin at 10:30 a.m. in room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. For further information, visit the website www2.hu-berlin.de/amerika/projects/un/index.html or call 845-758-7332.

Program Schedule:

Friday, March 12
Room 115, Olin Language Center

Opening & Session I
1:00–3:00 p.m.
John Schulze, Thomas Wagenknecht (HU Berlin): "Perspectives for Saving the UN"
Juliane Bönisch, Christian Chilla (HU Berlin): "(Dys-) Function of Collective Security, or the Security Council and the Concept of Collective (Un-)Security"

Session II
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Bert Bobock (HU Berlin): "Anxiety and Politics as a Threat for Democracy and the United Nations Organization"
David Rose (HU Berlin): "‘The New World Disorder’: Perspectives for Transnational Democracy beyond the UN"
Julia Roth, Ulrike Stiefelhagen (HU Berlin): "The UN and the New Wars"

Keynote address, followed by reception: 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 13
Room 102, Olin Humanities Center

Session III
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Arielle Ginsberg (Bard College) "The United Nations as an International Body"
Liz Dempsey (Bard College) "The U.S. and the UN: Separating Fact from Fiction"

Lunch Break

Session IV
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Nadine Helm (HU Berlin) "The UNESCO — Supporting Regional Identities within a Global Setting"
Kate Crockford (Bard College) "International HR Law in the Levant: Palestine and Israel"

Session V
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Karen Asmus (HU Berlin) "‘We, the Peoples’: Governmental and Nongovernmental Representation at the United Nations"
Katrin Nowka, Melanie-Simone Schlender (HU Berlin) "The Role of Germany within the EU and the UN"
Peter Kolesar (Bard College) "Central Europe: A Bridge between Europe and America? The Role of International Organizations in Foreign Policies of Central European Countries"

Dinner Break

Concluding discussion
7:30–8:30 p.m.

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This event was last updated on 03-05-2004