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Historical heroes and the contagiousness of courage – a lecture with Brian Palmer

[caption id="attachment_3631" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Brian Palmer next to a picture of Rachel Corrie, an American human rights activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer when she tried to prevent the demolishment of a house in Palestine, 2003.Photo: Margit de Boer[/caption] Brian Palmer, social anthropologist and scholar of religion at Uppsala University, guested the Gothenburg Science Festiv ...

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Interview with Cosmopolitan Associate Professor Eyassu Gayim – “Out of the Ordinary”

Q: First of all, I would like to thank you for responding to this interview. Let me start with the course on globalization which you gave us last February. This is an important course since very few students realize the broader implications of the currents of economic globalization or that we live in a globalized world. As I told you earlier, taking that course and interacting with all those interesting stu ...

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Inga-Britt Ahlenius: an Unabashed Voice in Global Politics

On Thursday the 16th of May, Inga-Britt Ahlenius is coming to the Society of International Affairs and this calls for a quick overview of her life and work. What were the highlights of her career, and what was the specific content of her criticisms of UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon which have become so famous in the international community? Born in Karlstad in 1939 and graduated from the Stockholm Schoo ...

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The One State Solution

What is often perceived as being the optimal solution to the situation in Palestine, the ‘goal of the peace-process’ that many observers tend to stick to, is what has been dubbed the ‘two-state solution’. It states the case for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state on the West bank and in Gaza, and for Israel to acknowledge Palestine as a sovereign state and withdraw to the borders of 1967. The ...

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Intervju med Michael Alexander, numera vapenvägrare

Michael Alexander ville göra militärtjänst. Trots att han bott i USA hade han alltid känt sig som en israel. Med judisk mor fick han israeliskt medborgarskap, och snart fick han vakta israeliska bosättningar. Hur kändes det att göra militärtjänst i Israel? – Att göra den allmänna värnplikten är en del av att vara israel, det är då du ”blir en man”. Men snart började jag fundera, jag passade inte in. Allt ja ...

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Interview with Cecilia Malmström

When I start off the interview by asking the Swedish commissioner to the EU Cecilia Malmström to describe her work in a few words, she smiles, gives a short laugh, and answers: – I’m primarily responsible for two questions: Migration and asylum, and crime fighting. Malmström gave a lecture hosted by the UF on March 4th in front of a big audience. Considering the high interest in her lecture, I ask her why s ...

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Lecture: ”How and why do the Israelis vote the way they do?”

Tuesday 26th of febuary Isabell Schierenbeck, researcher and lecturer at the Shool of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg came to Sprängkullsgatan 25 to give a lecture on how and why Israelis vote the way they do, with the Arabic spring in mind. I was there, in Israel when the Arabic spring began. I was watching the fireworks over the western wall that told me Hosni Mubarak had resigned. Isabells ...

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Föreläsning: ”Om utvecklingen i Bhutan”

Onsdagskvällen den 30 januari besöktes Hörsal Sappören och Utrikespolitiska föreningen av Alf Persson från Svensk-bhutanesiska föreningen, vars föreläsning handlade om Bhutan och detta historiskt sett otillgängliga kungarikes väg in i det globala samhället. Alf har haft flera förtroendeuppdrag för biståndsprojekt förlagda i Bhutan, och har bland annat arbetat med korruptionsbekämpning och digitalisering av ...

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Interview with Ronald Inglehart

Ronald Inglehart, Professor in Political Science at University of Michigan, gave an open lecture on “Evolutionary Modernization and Social Change” at University of Gothenburg in 21st November 2012. In connection, Utblick’s David Westerberg met with him to discuss issues of politics, religion and secularism. Q: Is religion an independent variable? Inglehart: Yes. I would say yes because religion has been aro ...

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Go to the places that scare you

 A review of the lecture on civil courage by Brian Palmer at the Gothenburg Annual Lecture on Global Collaboration, November 2012 Outside the windows of the old university building in Vasaparken, the fog and the darkness join each other, spreading a cold and dark blanket over the city of Gothenburg. Two hours ago, I attended a seminar on climate change in the same room and even though the speakers talked ab ...

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