Center for Global Studies to host renowned author, historian Vijay Prashad

September 08, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Center for Global Studies (CGS) will be hosting Vijay Prashad from Trinity College with a lecture on western military strength and the influence and implications the west can have on eastern societies, which will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Penn State Lewis Katz Auditorium.

Following the catastrophe of the Iraq War, the United Nations pushed a new mandate called Responsibility to Protect (R2P). This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the failure of Iraq. After the implementation of R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils.

Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist, as well as the chair of South Asian studies and professor of international studies at Trinity College. His work can be found in various international and domestic publications. Prashad has authored 20 books, with his most recent being "The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution" (2016).

The presentation intended to provoke discussion about the connection between western and eastern societies, destruction of governments and communities through western intervention, and how the Responsibility to Protect has caused huge consequences for millions of people. Following the lecture will be a question-and-answer forum with Prashad. Sophia McClennen, director of CGS and associate director of the School of International Affairs, will moderate the discussion. This visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature and the Weiss Chair of the Humanities, the Department of History and the Rock Ethics Institute.

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Last Updated September 14, 2016