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Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018 - Lunch Program
Authoritarian Consolidation and the Criminalization of Knowledge Production in the Middle East
Asli Ü. Bâli

Asli Bâli, professor at UCLA Law School, will examine the ways in which authoritarian consolidation in Turkey has produced new frameworks through which rule-of-law discourse is inverted and deployed to undermine rather than protect academic freedom. She will then examine the ways in which similar frameworks have been developed across a number of other contexts in the Middle East and conclude with some reflections on why incipient forms of populist authoritarianism across the region have come to treat knowledge production as a particularly dangerous threat.

Academic freedom is often thought of as something that depends upon and is protected by law—the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of opinion, and freedom of thought are understood to be core civil and political rights protected under the international human rights regime and the right to science is similarly seen as a fundamental economic, social, and cultural right. The centrality of the marketplace of ideas to the freedoms tied to self-government is a well-worn trope of liberal democratic practice. It is therefore unsurprising—though remarkably under-appreciated—that the rising tide of authoritarianism has been accompanied by global campaigns of repression targeting academics and universities. Nowhere is this more true than in the Middle East, where social scientific research and other forms of inquiry are increasingly heavily regulated and even prohibited by the state.

Bâli is faculty director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, and professor of law at the UCLA School of Law where she teaches in the International and Comparative Law Program. Bâli’s scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of International Law Unbound, International Journal of Constitutional Law, UCLA Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as numerous edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Her edited volume,Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy, was published by Cambridge in 2017. She also currently serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch-Middle East.

Professor Bâli's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - Evening Program
Modern Time, Classical Time, and Cosmic Time in the Progress of Théodore Géricault
Thomas Crow

From the moment of his journey to Rome in 1816, the young outsider Théodore Géricault—the most meteoric talent of Romantic painting—underwent dramatic transformations as an artist, under both the stimulus of ancient remains and the charged intensity of Roman daily life. He was accompanied in this odyssey by his lesser known contemporary Antoine Jean-Baptiste Thomas, whose startlingly vivid and sociologically sophisticated depictions of the city remain almost unknown. On his return journey to Paris in 1817, as Thomas Crow, professor of modern art at NYU will discuss, Géricault witnessed scenes of climate-induced privation and distress that haunted his fraught progress toward the epoch-making Raft of the Medusa.


Thomas Crow is Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His first book, Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Yale University Press), won a number of awards. His most recent books are The Long March of Pop: Art, Music, and Design 1930–1995 (Yale University Press, 2015) and No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art (University of Washington Press, 2017). Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art (Princeton University Press), based on the 2015 Andrew Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery in Washington, will appear this fall.  

Crow earned his doctorate at UCLA, and his first teaching position was at CalArts. Subsequent posts included the University of Michigan, the University of Sussex, Yale, and USC. In the 2000's, he brought the study of California art to the Getty Research Institute as its director. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Pomona College and the University of London. Last year, he delivered the 2017 Paul Mellon Lectures at Yale and the London National Gallery: "Searching for the Young Soul Rebels: Style, Music, and Art in London 1956-1969."  

Professor Crow's Athenaeum presentation is the Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.