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Simulations for Equity in Education (SEE)

February 28, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

SEE is intended to help countries develop cost-­effective, pro-­equity education strategies, and to serve as a global tool for developing evidence-­based documentation of and advocacy for such strategies. Cornerstones of this effort are the Simulations for Equity in Education model and a database on the effectiveness of education interventions around the world.

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China’s Influence and Impact on the Future of Everybody’s Internet

February 27, 2013
04:30PM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111

This talk will provide an overview of the issues and the stakes, and ask what it will take to ensure that our globally interconnected Internet evolves in a manner that respects the rights and serves the interests of all Internet users, whether they live in the East or the West.

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Mali: Islamic Militarism and Foreign Intervention

February 27, 2013
02:00PM - 05:00PM

Silverstein Forum, first floor Stiteler Hall

University of Pennsylvania Africa Center Presents a Round-table on: “Mali: Islamic Militarism and Foreign Intervention” February 27th, 2013 2:00 – 5:00 PM Steitler Hall, Silverstein Forum, 208 South 37th Street Co-Sponsors: Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg School for Communication Free & Open to the Public Among the presenters: Dr. Susanna Wing, Haverford College Dr. Bruce Whitehead, Lehigh University Mr. Jermey Dell, University of Pennsylvania Mr. Mohamed Keita, Committee to Protect Journalists

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Evaluating US Foreign Assistance Programs: Perspectives from the State Department

February 21, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Since the US Agency for International Development established its first evaluation office in 1968, evaluation has been institutionalized in foreign assistance programs. USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation and now the Department of State have been conducting evaluations of their policies, programs and projects. The focus of evaluations has been largely on examining the performance and, to a limited extent, the impacts of foreign assistance interventions.

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Writing the Social History of Iranian Cinema

February 20, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This talk focuses on the just released 4-volume book, A Social History of Iranian Cinema, a work that took nearly four decades to complete. The volumes’ overarching argument is the significant and signifying role of film and cinema in overdetermining modernity in Iran.

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From Tehran to Tahrir: Public Space Redefined

February 8, 2013
08:30AM - 05:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication

Reconceptualizing “public space” in the 21st century, this symposium draws on recent global events in order to identify potential shifts in the meaning of the term across temporal and geographic boundaries. The symposium will discuss how the use of public space for political or social purposes is contested or rendered illegitimate, and how alternatives arise.

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Shaping Palestinian Media: A Case Study in Western Funding, NGO Actions and Internal Pressures

February 7, 2013
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

This talk considers the role of Western powers in establishing and influencing media institutions in the Middle East. Drawing on the Palestinian territories as a primary case study, it considers the motivations that underpin Western funding of Palestinian media as well as the limitations that are imposed on local expression by such financial arrangements. Addressing theories of globalization, hybridity and international diplomacy, the talk analyzes specific, locally produced television programs in order to identify the power relations that help shape them. Ultimately, the talk argues for the need to move beyond structural, economic analysis and engage in local production study in order to understand these complex, highly asymmetrical forms of international media coproduction.

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