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Emily M. Darrow

Program at Columbia University includes presentations by James Chace, Michael Hardt, Christopher Hitchens, and Jonathan Schell

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The conference "One Year Later: Critically Thinking Global Resistance"—presented by Bard College’s Trustee Leader Scholar Program, Human Rights Project, and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, as well as Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature—will be held in New York City on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at Schermerhorn Hall 501, Columbia University. Suggested registration is $30, or $15 for students. Registration fees are waived for Bard and Columbia students. Further information is available at

Organized by students, the "One Year Later" research project at Bard was established to conduct a critical analysis of the global antiwar movements that reached their culmination on February 15, 2003. The conference is just one component of this project, which is designed to help understand the significance of the antiwar movement. "Imagined as a critical event, the conference questions the aims and abilities of a movement that organized the largest protest in history," says conference organizer and Bard student Kelly Burdick. "The size of the February 15 protest, and its global constitution, provides a case study for thinking about democracy, human rights, and politics."

The Saturday, March 27, program will begin at 9:00 a.m. The first panel, "Critically Thinking Global Resistance," includes presentations by Leslie Cagan, United for Peace and Justice; Michael Hardt, Duke University; Jonathan Schell, The Nation; Jackie Smith, SUNY Stony Brook; and Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University. At 11:00 a.m. the second panel, "The Architecture of the Movement" will begin with presentations by Craig Willse, CUNY Graduate Center; Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College; and Noah Chasin, Bard College. The third panel, "Media Reports of the Antiwar Movement," will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed at 3:00 p.m. by two presentations, "Transnational Coalitions and Social Movement Spillover: From Globalization to Antiwar," Dana R. Fisher, Columbia University; and "One Year Later: Cooperation among Antiwar Groups Before, During, and After the Iraq War," by Catherine Corrigall-Brown and David S. Meyer, University of California, Irvine. At 4:00 p.m. David Cortright, Notre Dame University, will speak about, "The ‘Peaceful Superpower’: What Did It Accomplish?" and at 5:00 p.m. the day will conclude with a discussion of antiwar politics by Michael Hardt, Duke University, and Heather Gautney, CUNY Graduate Center.

On Sunday, March 28, the program will open with three presentations, beginning at 10:00 a.m., "Perceptions of War and Justice Among Greek Mobilizers: The Case of the Second Iraq War," Iosif Botetzagias, University of Patras, Greece; "Cosmopolitics on What Grounds? Notes on February 15th and the (Un)securing of the World Picture," by Yates McKee; and "Local Memories in the Global Movements: The ‘World Peace Now’ Movement in Japan," Daishiro Nomiya, Sophia University, Tokyo. The fourth panel, "Does Protest Affect International Relations?" will begin at 1:30 p.m. with panelists James Chace, Bard College, and Lawrence S. Wittner, SUNY Albany. Three presentations will commence at 3:00 p.m. with "Why No Is Not an Answer: Resistance and Manipulation," Janine Ludwig, Humboldt University, Berlin; "February 15th and a New European Public Space," Giovanna Borradori, Vassar College; and "Toward Democratic Action: February 15th and the Politics of Urgency," Nathaniel Farrell, Columbia University. The final panel, "Human Rights and the Question of Intervention," will feature Christopher Hitchens of Vanity Fair and Thomas Keenan of Bard College. The program will conclude with comments by Bruce Robbins, Columbia University, at 6:00 p.m.

For further information or to register, visit the website, e-mail, or call b>845-752-4141.


Conference Participants

Giovanna Borradori is associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College. She is the author of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida, and The American Philosopher: Conversations with Quine, Davidson, Putnam, Nozick, Danto, Rorty, Cavell, MacIntyre, and Kuhn.

Iosif Botetzagias is a researcher at University of Patras, Greece. He holds a doctorate from Keele University, England, and was the organizer of the conference "Contemporary Antiwar Mobilization: Agonistic Engagement within Social Movement Networks" in November 2003.

Catherine Corrigall-Brown is a Ph.D. student in sociology and fellow in the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Western Ontario, and studies political activism among young adults. Corrigall-Brown is the author of several pieces on identity and political mobilization, and is currently completing an ethnographic study of antiwar protests in southern California.

Leslie Cagan is national coordinator for United for Peace and Justice. Her writing appears in four books published by South End Press and numerous progressive publications. She was field director for the 1989 mayoral campaign of David Dinkins and a coordinator for the National Campaign for Peace in the Middle East during the 1990–91 Gulf War.

James Chace is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law and Administration and director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program at Bard. He is the author of Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World; The Consequences of Peace; Solvency: The Price of Survival; and America Invulnerable: The Quest for Absolute Security from 1812 to Star Wars. Chace is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, and other publications.

Noah Chasin is visiting assistant professor of art history at Bard College. His awards include the John Rewald Memorial Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY (1997–98, 1998–99); Mellon Seminar Fellowship (2000); and Library Research Grant, Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles (2000). He has lectured at the Guggenheim Museum and Design Trust of Public Space, New York.

David Cortright is president of the Fourth Freedom Forum, and a visiting faculty fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Cortright was executive director of SANE, the largest U.S. peace organization, from 1977–87, and the recipient of a research and writing award for peace and international cooperation from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He received his Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School of Antioch College while in residence at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He has authored several books and numerous articles about peace issues. His book on the antiwar movement, Peaceful Superpower: The Movement against the War in Iraq, is available from the Fourth Freedom Forum.

Nathaniel Farrell is a Ph.D. student in Columbia University’s Department of English.

Dana R. Fisher is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. Her research interests focus on political and environmental sociology. She is exploring the ways in which civil society participates in political processes—on the local, national, and international levels. One project is studying citizens' involvement in large-scale protests around the world; another analyzes young people's levels of civic engagement canvassing for an environmental organization; and a third looks at the role of civil society within multilateral governance regimes. Her first book, National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime, is forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield.

Heather Gautney is a doctoral student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. She is coeditor (with Stanley Aronowitz) of Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century.

Michael Hardt is associate professor of literature at Duke University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy, and is the coauthor, with Antonio Negri, of Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State-Form and Empire.

Christopher Hitchens received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970. His books include No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family; Callaghan: The Road to Number Ten; Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger; Imperial Spoils: The Case of the Parthenon Marbles; Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies; and The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice; as well as two collections including many Nation essays: Prepared for the Worst and For the Sake of Argument: Essays & Minority Reports. His most recent book is The Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq. He is currently a professor of liberal studies at the Graduate Faculty, New School University, and a columnist for Vanity Fair.

Thomas Keenan is director of the Human Rights Project and associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College. He received a fellowship from the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers, and was Shorenstein Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press and Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. Keenan is author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics, as well as articles in PMLA, Social Identities, Unruly Examples, and Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He is the editor of The End(s) of the Museum and coeditor of Paul de Man, Wartime Journalism, 1939–1943.

Janine Ludwig is academic representative of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in New York City.

Yates McKee is author of "Cosmopolitics on What Grounds? Notes on February 15th and the (Un)securing of the World Picture."

David S. Meyer is associate professor of sociology and political science at the University of California, Irvine. He is author or editor of four books, including A Winter of Discontent: The Nuclear Freeze and American Politics, and author of numerous articles on social movements and public policy.

Daishiro Nomiya is professor and director of the Graduate Program in International Relations at Sophia University, Japan.

Bruce Robbins, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, specializes in 19th- and 20th-century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress; The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below; and Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture. He has edited Intellectuals: Aesthetics, Politics, Academics and The Phantom Public Sphere and coedited Cosmopolitics: Thinking and Feeling beyond the Nation. Robbins was coeditor of the journal Social Text from 1991 to 2000.

Jonathan Schell began his career at The New Yorker magazine, where he was a staff writer from 1967 until 1987 and principal writer of the magazine’s "Notes and Comments." He also wrote long pieces, many of which were published as books. His reflective work on the nuclear question The Fate of the Earth, which first appeared in three parts in The New Yorker, became a best-seller and was hailed by the New York Times as "an event of profound historical moment." It received the Los Angeles Times book prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Critics Award. Schell's other books are The Village of Ben Suc, The Military Half, The Time of Illusion, The Abolition, History in the Sherman Park, The Real War, Observing the Nixon Years, The Gift of Time, The Unfinished Twentieth Century, and The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People. He received the Lannan Award for literary nonfiction in 2000. From 1990 until 1996, Schell was a columnist at Newsday. He has taught at Emory, New York, Princeton, and Wesleyan Universities. Since 1998 he has been the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute, where he is now based, and the peace and disarmament correspondent for The Nation magazine. In recent years, he has devoted himself professionally and personally to writing and speaking on the nuclear issue, and is frequently consulted by members of Congress and the media.

Jackie Smith is associate professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is author of numerous articles on globalization and protest movements, and editor of Globalization and Resistance: Transnational Dimensions of Social Movements.

Sidney Tarrow is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and professor of sociology at Cornell University. His research has spanned three fields: social movements and political parties; southern European politics; and European and transnational politics. His most recent book is Power in Movement: Collective Action, Social Movements and Politics. With his collaborators, Charles Tilly and Doug McAdam, he has written Dynamics of Contention, and with Doug Imig, Contentious Europeans.

Alex Vitale is assistant professor and deputy director of the sociology program at Brooklyn College. He is the author, with Christopher Dunn, Arthur Eisenberg, Donna Lieberman, and Alan Silver, of the ACLU report "Arresting Protest: Protest Policies at the February 15, 2003, Antiwar Demonstration in New York City."

Craig Willse is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Department of Sociology.

Lawrence S. Wittner is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany and author of award-winning histories of the antinuclear movement, Resisting the Bomb, One World or None, and The Struggle against the Bomb. He is a former president of the Conference on Peace Research in History (now the Peace History Society) and is currently chair of the Peace History Commission of the International Peace Research Association. Wittner has received fellowships and grants from numerous groups, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the Aspen Institute.

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