Events in UCIS

Wednesday, October 24

1:45 pm Lecture
The Australia-US Alliance in the 21st Century: An Australian Perspective
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Announced by:
Global Studies Center on behalf of
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The US-Australia alliance has been a significant pillar in Australian foreign policy since 1951. The Trump Administration has urged a renewed focus on this relationship but, as Dr. Aiden Warren, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, will illustrate, the alliance also faces increased debate pertaining to a security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, and within the US about the costs of global leadership. Such debates also need to take into account the tensions that derive fro the US's relationship with China, the region's strongest power.

4:30 pm Lecture
The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia
Alcoa Room, Barco Law School
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Urban Studies Program
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Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University. Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? Dr. Koch considers how autocratic rulers use "spectacular" projects to shape state-society relations, but rather than focus on the standard approach - on the project itself - she considers the unspectacular "others." The contrasting views of those from the poorest regions toward these new national capitals help her develop a geographic approach to spectacle. Join us for this upcoming book talk by the author, with a response from Mrinalini Rajagopala, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture

5:00 pm Performance
Diamante Trio
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center