Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict

  Asch Center Research Seminar Speakers

Spring Semester 2006


January 10, 2006 Thomas Hill, Director of Iraq Program, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University: "Community-Level Peacebuilding in Iraq"

January 17, 2006 Bernardo Mariani, Saferworld International Arms Transfer Controls Co-ordinator: "The Case for an International Arms Trade Treaty"

January 24, 2006 William Burk-White, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania: "The Political Effects of International Criminal Tribunals in Post-Conflict States: Illustrations From Bosnia and DR Congo"

January 31, 2006 Miles Hewstone, Professor of Social Psychology and Fellow, New College, University of Oxford: "New Frontiers in Research on Intergroup Contact"

February 7, 2006 Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey: "Insurgent Media in the New Iraq: An Examination of How Insurgent Groups Communicate in Post-War Iraq and Their Messages"

February 14, 2006 Rob Kurzban, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "Laboratory Evidence on Moralistic Aggression: Audience Effects"

February 21, 2006 Paul Robinson, Colin S. Diver Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania: "Accommodating Shari'a and International Norms in Drafting an Islamic Penal Code:  Penn's Criminal Law Research Group in the Maldives"

February 28, 2006 Renee Fox, Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania: "Foundational Principles, Abiding Issues, and Changing Circumstances: A Sociological Perspective on Humanitarian Action"

March 14, 2006 Cindy Storer, Senior Analyst in the Counterterrorism Center at CIA: "The Ziggurat of Zealotry: the Architecture of Extremism"

March 21, 2006 Monroe Price, Visiting Professor of Communication and Director of the Project for Global Communication Studies at Pennfs Annenberg School for Communication: "Information Intervention, Conflict and the Market for Loyalties"

March 28, 2006 Tristan Mabry, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "Muslim Nation or Nation of Islam? The Mobilization of Sindhi Separatists"

April 4, 2006 Al-Hassan Conteh, President, University of Liberia: "Rebuilding a State University in Post-Conflict Liberia: Challenges and Opportunities"

April 11, 2006 Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, and Director of the Solomon Asch Center: "More Than Smart Bombs: The Psychology of Suicide Terrorism"

Fall Semester 2005


September 13, 2005 Brendan O'Leary, Director of the Solomon Asch Center and Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "1001 Hours of Negotiations In and Over Iraq"

September 20, 2005 Stuart J. Kaufman, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware: "Escaping The Symbolic Politics Trap:  Reconciliation Initiatives And Conflict Resolution In Ethnic Wars"

September 27, 2005 Adam Cohen, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia University: "Effects of Religious Group on Moral Judgment and Forgiveness"

October 11, 2005 Ian Lustick, Heyman Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "Terror in the Homeland: Threat or Ploy?"

October 25 Donald Levine, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago: "Harmony in Cyprus: How Aiki Practice Connected Arabs, Israelis, and Other Conflicting Ethnies"

November 1, 2005 Jonathan Hyman, Photographer and Documentarian: "A New Americana: The 9/11 Murals and Depictions of the World Trade Center Towers"

November 8, 2005 Don Ellis, Department of Communications, University of Hartford: "E-Deliberation: Online Argument Between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians"

November 15, 2005 Tina Kempin, Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "Utilizing the Power of the Law: Minority Rights and Ethnic Conflict Resolution Within the UN System"

November 29, 2005 Manos Karagiannis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Solomon Asch Center: "Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami: The Challenge of Non-Violent Radical Islam"

December 6, 2005 Paul Kaiser, Associate Director, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Attempts to Prevent Violent Conflict in Zanzibar -- An Assessment of the October 30th Elections"

Spring Semester 2005


January 11, 2005 Lawrence W. Sherman, Greenfield Professor of Human Relations, Chair and Professor of Criminology, Director, Fels Institute of Government & Jerry Lee Center of Criminology: "Ethnicity and Reconciliation: Randomized Trials of Crime Victims Meeting with Their Criminals"

January 18, 2005 Marc Ross, Kenan Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College: "Cultural Contestation: Slavery, the Civil War and the Politics of Racial Representation in the American Symbolic Landscape"

January 25, 2005 Brendan OfLeary, Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director, Solomon Asch Center at Penn: "Looking Back at the IRA"

February 1, 2005 George Bonnano, Department of Psychology, Teacher's College, Columbia University: "Adult Resilience to Loss and Trauma"

February 8, 2005 Christian Leuprecht, Department of Political Studies, Queenfs University, Canada: "The Illusion of the Rainbow: Comparative Evidence on Strategies for the Regulation of Inter-communal Relations on Mauritius and Fiji"

February 15, 2005 Brian Spooner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "Teaching Iraq"

February 22, 2005 K. Tudor Silva, Professor of Sociology at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka: "Globalization and Tsunami: Opportunities and Challenges for Shaping the Future of Sri Lanka"

March 15, 2005 Ruth Ben-Artzi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Browne Center for International Politics at Penn: "Defiant Soldiers: Causes and Consequences of Refusal to Serve in Israel's Defense Forces"

March 22, 2005 Lee Smithey, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Swarthmore College: "Inside Out: Transforming Conflict in Northern Ireland within Communities and Traditions"

March 29, 2005 Sumathy Sivamohan, Professor of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: "Middle Passage: Migration and Displacement of Tamil Women of the Diaspora"

April 5, 2005 Shane O'Neill, Director, School of Politics and International Studies at Queen's University Belfast and Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "A Critical Theory of Ethnopolitical Conflict"

April 12, 2005 Stefan Klusemann, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "Micro-Situational Antecedents of Violent Atrocity"

April 19, 2005 Julie Chalfin, Asch Center Postdoctoral Fellow and Psychosocial Research Fellow at Save the Children, Washington, DC: "Monitoring Psychosocial Needs in Crisis Situations: Lessons Learned in Darfur"

Fall Semester 2004


September 14, 2004 Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director, Solomon Asch Center at Penn: "The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq"

September 21, 2004 Larry Hollingworth, Humanitarian Programs Director and Visiting Professor of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University: "New Challenges in Humanitarian Aid: A Perspective on United Nations Work in Iraq, Chechnya and the Balkans"

September 28, 2004 Randall Collins, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "How and When Does Carousing Lead to Violence?"

October 5, 2004 Ali B. Ali-Dinar, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Towards Understanding the 'Genocide' in Darfur-Sudan"

October 12, 2004 Britt Cartrite, Postdoctoral Fellow, Solomon Asch Center: "The Clash of (Scottish) Civilizations: Local Culture and National Identity"

October 19, 2004 Arancha Garcia del Soto, Director of Refugee Initiatives & Lina Cherfas, Research Specialist, Solomon Asch Center: "Exhumating Memories: Researching the Impact of Exhumations in Rural Areas of Peru and Guatemala"

November 2, 2004 Rudhramoorthy Cheran, Department of Sociology and Centre for Refugee Studies, York University: "Multiple Homes and Parallel Civil Societies: Refugee Diasporasand Transnationalism"

November 9, 2004 Paula Sabloff, Senior Research Scientist and Adjunct Associate Professor: "Do Mongols and Kazakhs Think Differently about Democracy and Market Economy?"

November 16, 2004 Vida Bajc, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "Understanding Security in Public Events: The Case of Public Rituals in Jerusalem"November 23, 2004 Ian Lustick, Heyman Professor of Political Science at Penn and Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center: "Unilateral Withdrawal from Gaza: A Good Idea Because It Will Fail"

November 30, 2004 Diana Mutz, Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania: "Hearing the Other Side: Effects of Television on the Perceived Legitimacy of Oppositional Views"

December 7, 2004 Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology at Bryn Mawr College and Director, Solomon Asch Center at Penn: "Prescription for Riot: Horowitz and Varshney"

Spring Semester 2004


January 13, 2004 Richard Koenigsberg, Director, Library of Social Science: "Dying and Killing for Nations: The Psychology Of War And Genocide"

January 13, 2004 Cath Bryne, Postdoctoral Fellow, Solomon Asch Center: "They Said They Would Bring Us the Bones: Interviews with Victims of Human Rights Violations"

January 13, 2004 Renee Fox, Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania: "Ethical Issues in Humanitarian Intervention: The Case of HIV/AIDS in South Africa"

February 3, 2004 Britt Cartrite, Postdoctoral Fellow, Solomon Asch Center: "Erupting Volcanoes, Crashing Meteors, or Global Warming?: Competing Conceptions of Ethnopolitical Mobilization"

February 10, 2004 Tomas Radil, Czech Academy of Sciences and Monell Center at the University of Pennsylvania: "Ethical Philosophy of the Holocaust: Exploring Collective Guilt, Individual Punishment, and the Reconciliation Dividend"

February 17, 2004 Marc Ross, Kenan Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College: "Museums, Monuments and Memorials in Post-Apartheid South African Peacebuilding"

February 24, 2004 Sophia Moskalenko, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "What CAN your country do for you? Terror Management Theory, Perception of Control, and Group Identification"

March 2, 2004 Nancy DiTomaso, Professor of Organization Management at Rutgers University: "The American Non-dilemma: Why There is No Moral Dilemma Among White Americans about the Existence of Racial Inequality"

March 16, 2004 David Sloan Wilson, Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University-SUNY: "American Prosociality"

March 23, 2004 Juris Draguns, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Penn State University: "Ethnopolitical Relations in the Baltic States in Light of Sociopsychological Research: Identity, Stereotypes, and Empathy"

March 30, 2004 Neil Boothby, Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University: "Mozambique's War of the Spirits:  What Has Become of Renamo's Child Soldiers?"

April 6, 2004 Tom Tyler, Professor of Psychology, New York University: "Managing Social Change: Motivation and Organizational Design"

April 13, 2004 Marc Sageman, MD, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "Al Qaeda and the War of Ideas"

April 20, 2004 Greta Uehling, Solomon Asch Center Postdoctoral Fellow, UNHCR Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit, Geneva: "The Ethics and Politics Of Research in Humanitarian Contexts"

Fall Semester 2003


September 9, 2003 Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "The Framing of Atrocities"

September 16, 2003 Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, and Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Genocide: Typology and Psychology"

September 23, 2003 Subrata Banerjee, Visiting Professor and Senior Adviser, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, India: "Kashmir: In the Context of the Indian National Question"

September 30, 2003 Brendan O'Leary, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Multi-national Federalism, Federacy, Power-Sharing and the Kurds of Iraq"

October 7, 2003 Lee Cassanelli, Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania: "The Role of African Emigre Communities in Homeland Development and Peacemaking: Examples from the Horn of Africa"

October 14, 2003 Bob Vitalis, Director of the Middle East Center and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "The Origins of the New York-Saudi Arabia Conflict: The Year Bin Ladin Was Born"

October 21, 2003 Oren Yiftachel, Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University, Israel: "The Making of 'Ethnocracy': Land Policies and Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine"

October 28, 2003 Walker Connor, Visiting Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Middlebury College, Vermont: "Some Ruminations on the Nation and Its Myth"

November 4, 2003 Alistair Ager, Professor, Centre for International Health Studies, Queen Margaret University College, UK: "Humanitarian Response to Conflict: A Psychosocial Perspective"

November 11, 2003 Alan Keenan, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies, Bryn Mawr College: "Building a Democratic Middle-Ground: The Politics of Human Rights and Organized 'Civil Society' in Sri Lanka's Peace Process"

November 18, 2003 Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "The Geneva Initiative and the Israeli-Palestinian Debacle"

November 25, 2003 Marilyn Brewer, Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University: "Ingroup Love and Outgroup Hate: Two Sides of the Same Coin or Different Currencies?"

December 2, 2003 Barbara von Schlegell, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania: "Another Side of Islam: Why Are We the Strangers Here?"

12/5 Gerald Steinberg, Professor of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel: "The Myth of Ripeness in Conflict Resolution and the Failure of the Oslo Process."

Spring Semester 2003


January 10, 2003 Yaacov Shamir, Professor of Communication, Hebrew University: "Hostile Neighbors, Hostile World: Israeli and Palestinian Views on Terrorism and Democracy"

January 14, 2003 Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Aesthetics in Nationalism and Patriotism: The Making of the Kamikaze"

January 21, 2003 Michael Karayanni, Fulbright Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law School: "The Individual, the Religious Community, and the State: Applications of Multiculturalism in Israel"

January 28, 2003 Igor Kopytoff, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "Expanding Conflict to Resolve Conflict in Southwestern Congo"

February 4, 2003 Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College: "Negativity Dominance, Peace Education, and Conflict Resolution"

February 11, 2003 Chris Giannou, MD, Chief Surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross: "War Medicine in the Middle East: Protection and Medical Assistance to Victims of Conflict"

February 25, 2003 Brendan O'Leary, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Consociational Theory: Refinements and a Defense"

March 4, 2003 Lawrence Davidson, Professor of Middle East History, West Chester University: "Orwell and Kafka in Israel/Palestine--Observations on Perceptions and Reality based on a Recent Trip to the Region"

March 18, 2003 Randall Collins, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "Rituals of Solidarity and Security, and Processes of Mass Hysteria, in the Wake of Terrorist Attack"

March 25, 2003 Vincent Price, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania: "Deliberation and its Influence: The Electronic Dialogue Project"

April 1, 2003 Dominic Bryan, Director and Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast: "Ethnicity and the Irish Border: Rituals of Protestantism and Orangeism"

April 8, 2003 Julie Mostov, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Drexel University: "From Gender to Nation"

April 15, 2003 Stephen Del Rosso, Senior Program Officer for International Peace and Security, Carnegie Corporation of New York: "Self-Determination in an Age of Globalization: Opening up Brubaker's 'Triadic Nexus' of Nationalism in Estonia and Beyond"

April 22, 2003 Jon Drummond, Major, United States Air Force, and Department of Psychology, Princeton University: "Tolerating Atrocity: Making Combatancy Attributions About Noncombatants and Withdrawing Moral Condemnation of Perpetrators"

Fall Semester 2002


September 10, 2002 Brendan O'Leary, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania , and Director of the Solomon Asch Center: "Partition"

September 17, 2002 Gameela Samarasinghe, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "Community Interventions vs. Counseling in the Context of Ongoing Conflict in Sri Lanka"

September 24, 2002 Ifat Maoz, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University, and Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "Evaluating Planned Encounters between Jews and Palestinians in Israel as Models of Intergroup Interaction"

October 1, 2002 Amal Jamal, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University, and Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "Citizenship as Opposition: Minority Strategies for Equality in Ethnonational States"

October 8, 2002 Moshe Maoz, Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University: "Islam, Islamic Militants, and Arab-Israeli Relations"

October 22, 2002 Fernando Chang-Muy, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania: "Refugees in the U.S.: Race, Nationality, and Political Opinion as Grounds for Obtaining Refuge"

October 29, 2002 Arancha Garcia del Soto, Director of Refugee Initiatives, Solomon Asch Center: "Refugee Programs: An Evaluation Following the European Union System"

November 5, 2002 Usha Menon, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Drexel University: "Exploring Hindu Women's "Militancy": Revisiting the 1990s"

November 12, 2002 Amra Hadzimuhamedovic, Architecture Faculty,University of Sarajevo: "Religious Apartheid or Religious Pluralism: The Struggle Over the Heritage of Bosnia-Herzegovina"

November 26, 2002 Marc Sageman, MD, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "Escape from Alienation: Drifting into al-Qaeda"

December 3, 2002 Harvey Rubin, Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response: "The Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response: Update and Plans"

Spring Semester 2002


January 15, 2002 Jim Sidanius, Professor of Psychology, UCLA: "The Interactive Nature of Sex and Race Discrimination: A Social Dominance Perspective"

January 22, 2002 James Gibson Professor of Government, Washington University: "Does Truth Lead to Reconciliation? Testing the Causal Assumptions of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Process"

January 29, 2002 Brian Spooner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "Afghanistan Today: Historical and Cultural Factors"

February 5, 2002 Sonia Roccas, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Open University of Israel: "Guilt by Association: Feelings of Collective Guilt among Israeli Students"

February 12, 2002 Doug Massey, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "The Costs of Self-Deception: U.S. Immigration Policy 1986-2000"

February 19, 2002 Randall Collins, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "A Micro-Sociological Theory of Violent Interaction"

February 26, 2002 Francisco Gil-White, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "What You Think You Know About the War in Yugoslavia"

March 5, 2002 Clark McCauley, Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, and Director, Solomon Asch Center: "Group Dynamics and Intergroup Conflicts"

March 19, 2002 Steven Rubenstein, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Ohio University: "Colonialism and Ethnogenesis"

March 26, 2002 Kate Bezrukova, Visiting Sholar, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania: "Exploring Ethnic Faultlines, Coalitions, and Conflict: The Moderating Effects of Group Identity and Leadership"

April 2, 2002 Barbie Zelizer, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania: "Images from the Past and September 11"

April 9, 2002 Colette van Laar, Departments of Psychology and Education, Leiden University, Netherlands: "Social and Personal Identity Concerns in Stereotype Threat"

April 16, 2002 Shana Levin, Assistant Professor of Political Psychology, Claremont McKenna College: "In Search of a Viable Common Ingroup Identity: A Social Dominance Perspective"

April 23, 2002 Marc Schaller, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia: "Danger, Disease, and Prejudice"

May 3, 2002 David Bargal, Professor, School of Social Work, Hebrew University: "Political Leadership and Reconciliation"

May 7, 2002 David Cook, Ph.D., Rice University: "Apocalyptic-Messianic Aspects of Conflict for Muslim Radicals"

Fall Semester 2001


September 11, 2001 Ian Lustick, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "The Meanings of Catastrophe, Historical Knowledge, and the Return of Exiles: The Predicaments of Palestinians and Jews"

October 2, 2001 Brendan O'Leary, Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "The Belfast Agreement: Results and Prospects"

October 9, 2001 Ibtisam Ibrahim, Visiting Scholar, Solomon Asch Center: "Israel's Ethnic Project Towards Its Palestinian Minority: The Case of the City of Shafa-amr in Western Galilee"

October 18, 2001 Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom: "The Challenges of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Two States...or One Grave?"

October 23, 2001 Marc Ross, Professor of Political Science, Bryn Mawr College: "The Politics of Cultural Performance and Memory in Ethnic Conflict"

October 30, 2001 Martin Hebert, Peace and Conflict Studies, Haverford College: "Beyond the Community: The rise of a National Pan-Indigenous movement in Mexico"

November 6, 2001 Robert Vitalis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Nubar Hovsepian, Associate Director of Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania: "September 11th: Problematizing Cause and Effect"

November 13, 2001 Robert Kurzban, Department of Anthropology, UCLA: "Domain-Specific Cognition and Racial Discrimination"

November 20, 2001 Milada Anna Vachudova, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: "Promoting Ethnic Tolerance and Democratic Reform in the Balkans: International Incentives and Domestic Actors"

November 27, 2001 Roy Eidelson, Executive Director, Solomon Asch Center: "Individual Core Beliefs and Collective Worldviews: Some Preliminary Research Findings"

December 4, 2001 Andrew Ward, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College: "A Social Psychological Perspective on Conflict and Negotiation"

December 11, 2001 Ann Lesch, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University: "National Identity Dilemmas in the Sudan: The Difficulty of Constructing Civic Nationalism"

Spring Semester 2001


January 16, 2001   Arthur Waldron, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania: "Thoughts on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Violence from a Historian of China"

January 23, 2001   Rose Kadende-Kaiser, Ph.D., Asch Center Visiting Scholar: "The Paradox: Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict in Burundi"

January 30, 2001   Elijah Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "Violence and the Inner City Poor"

February 6, 2001   Brian Spooner, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "Fundamentalism and Terrorism"

February 13, 2001   Ian Lustick, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "United States Foreign Policy and Prospects for Resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process"

February 20, 2001   Daniel Baraz, Ph.D., Mellon Foundation Humanities Fellow, University of Pennsylvania: "Early Ethnic Stereotypes of Cruelty: Medieval and Early Modern Imagery of Cruelty and Violence"

February 27, 2001   Carolyn Makinson, Ph.D., Program Director, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: "Issues and Interventions in the Refugee Field: How Can Universities Help?"

March 6, 2001   Paul Kaiser, Ph.D., Associate Director, African Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania: "From 'Imagined Community' to Multicultural Mozaic: The 'Politics of Difference' in Tanzania"

March 20, 2001   Renee Fox, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology (Emerita), University of Pennsylvania: "Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World: A Report from the Field of a Study of Medical Humanitarianism and Human Rights Witnessing in Action"

March 27, 2001   Igor Kopytoff, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "How To Become an African Ethnic Group in the Twentieth Century: A Case Study"

April 3, 2001   Paul Bolton, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Center for Refugee Studies, Johns Hopkins University: "Cross-cultural Assessment of Mental Health: When Back-Translation is Not Enough"

April 10, 2001   Adam Cohen, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Religion and the Morality of Mentality"

April 17, 2001   Barbara Smith, Ph.D., Vice President of Overseas Programs for the International Rescue Committee: "Refugees in Crisis: The Role of Mental Health Programs"

April 24, 2001   Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D., Asch Center Research Fellow: "Some Propositions on Liberian Civil War and its Aftermath as Issues for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict"

Fall Semester, 2000


September 12, 2000   Edna Foa, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center: "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its Treatment"

September 19, 2000   Gerard Prunier, Ph.D., Professor of History, University of Paris, and Senior Researcher in Modern and Contemporary History, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique: "Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kivu: The Heart of the Congolese War"

September 26, 2000   K. Etty Jehn, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: "Ethnic Faultlines and Escalating Conflict Situations"

October 3, 2000   Sonia Roccas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Open University of Israel and Asch Center Visiting Scholar: "Identity Complexity"

October 10, 2000   Francisco Gil-White, Asch Center Visiting Scholar: "Developing a Proper Methodology for Studying Ethnic Cognition"

October 17, 2000   Seminar Group Discussion: "The Middle East Crisis"

October 24, 2000   Allen Feldman, Ph.D., Program in the Anthropology of Everyday Life at the Institute for the Studies of the Humanities in Ljubljana, Slovenia: "Strange Fruit: The South African Truth Commission and the Demonic Economies of Violence and Memory"

October 31, 2000   Carolyn Marvin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania: "How Nationalism Works at a Religious Level"

November 7, 2000   Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D., Professor of Government and International Relations, Clark University: "Gendering Our Curiosity about Ethnic Conflict"

November 14, 2000   Seminar Group Discussion: "Issues of Identity"

November 21, 2000   Robert Wright, Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania: "Information Technology, Social Cohesion, and Social Conflict"

November 28, 2000   John Mueller, Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University: "The Banality of 'Ethnic War': Hate and the Propensity for Violence"

December 5, 2000   Robert Kaplan, Journalist and Author: "Order and Chaos in the Year 2010"

Spring Semester 2000


January 18, 2000   Ian Lustick, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "What is a Meme and What Might It Mean for Ethnopolitical Conflict?"

February 1, 2000   Robert Vitalis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "From Theories of Race Development to Ethnopolitical Conflict"

February 8, 2000   Lawrence Sherman, Ph.D., Director, Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania: "Apologies for Crime: A Randomized Experiment"

February 15, 2000   John Darley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Princeton University: "How Repressive Regimes Empower Resistance"

February 22, 2000   Jeanne Marecek, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College: "Poisoned Relationships: Honor, Anger, Revenge, and Sri Lanka's Epidemic of Suicide"

February 29, 2000   Usha Menon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Drexel University: "Towards Understanding Militancy amongst Hindu Women"

March 7, 2000   Andrew March, Marshall Fellowship Recipient, University of Pennsylvania: "Revenge and Violence in Post-War Kosovo"

March 21, 2000   Doug Massey, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania: "Black English and Housing Discrimination in Philadelphia"

March 28, 2000   Stephen Steinberg, Ph.D., Executive Director, and William Boltz, Ph.D., Associate Director, Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community: "Building Community through Public Discourse: An Update on the Work of the Penn National Commission"

April 4, 2000   Harold Schiffman, Ph.D., Professor of Language Learning, University of Pennsylvania: "What is Language Policy and Where Does It Reside?"

April 11, 2000   David Rousseau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania: "Identity and Threat in International Relations: An Experimental Analysis"

April 18, 2000   Miguel Centeno, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Princeton University: "Differences in Political Violence Between Latin America and Europe"

April 25, 2000   Alan Fiske, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, UCLA: "Basic Structures Motivating Conflict, Cooperation, and Constraint"

Fall semester, 1999


September 28, 1999   Andrew Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College: "Psychological Barriers to Conflict Resolution"

October 5, 1999   Roy Eidelson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania: "Communal Group Core Beliefs and Their Role in Ethnopolitical Conflict"

October 12, 1999   Ifat Maoz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University, Israel: "Jewish-Arab Encounters in Israel"

October 19, 1999   Laurence Piper, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Rutgers University: "The Rise and Fall of Zulu Nationalism in South African Politics, 1994 to 1999"

November 2, 1999   Keith Oppenheim, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania: "Ethnopolitical Conflict: The Ethiopian Experience."

November 9, 1999   Clark McCauley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College and University of Pennsylvania: "The Exposure Index: A Measure of Intergroup Contact"

November 16, 1999   Roy Baumeister, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Case Western University: "Bad is Stronger Than Good"

November 23, 1999   George Zeo, Department of Psychology, Temple University: "Perspectives on Kosovo"

November 30, 1999   S. K. Menon, Solomon Asch Center Fellow: "The Institutional Framework for Conflict Resolution in India"

December 7, 1999   Melanie Green, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Ohio State University: "Virtual Worlds, Real Impact: How Narratives Affect Beliefs"

December 14, 1999   Julie Exline, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Case Western University: "Forgiveness"