University College Dublin | An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy

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    President Clinton addresses the Institute Sept 2010

Research Seminars

Current Seminars

Spring 2011

January 24th Professor Erika Doss  (Notre Dame)
Memorial Mania: Commemoration and Affect in Contemporary America’
Professor Erika Doss is Chair of the Department of American Studies at Notre Dame University. She is the author of numerous publications including Benton, Pollock, and the Politics of Modernism: From Regionalism to Abstract Expressionism (1991), Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith, and Image (1999), Looking at Life Magazine (editor, 2001), Twentieth-Century American Art (2002), and Memorial Mania: Self, Nation, and the Culture of Commemoration in Contemporary America. This presentation will include discussion of 9/11 memorials and the dynamics of public fear.
5.30pm, Seminar Room, Clinton Institute

February 7th Professor Jim Collins (Notre Dame)
‘A Digital Archive of One’s Own?
We may live in a world where we can access practically any form of media, anytime we please, but the impact of archivable aesthetic experience, from the form of the work itself, to who can accumulate it, to who can speak as an authority about it, to what pleasures it generates remains largely unexplored, except in terms of grand generalizations about the wonders of instantaneous total access. This talk will consider the ramifications of archivability rather than just accessibility. How have new modes of 'collecting' culture via iPods, e-readers, and YouTube changed our understanding of the ultimate value of culture?
5.30pm, Seminar Room, Clinton Institute

February 15th Academic Freedom and Campus Dissent (Panel)
Chair: Paddy Healy, Former President, Teachers Union of Ireland
Professor Stephen Shapiro, University of Warwick (Academic Freedom and Campus Dissent in the UK)
Dr. Paula Gilligan, Centre for Public Cultures, IADT (Flexicurity/Insecurity’; New Managerial Cultures and Academic Freedom)
Aidan Rowe, Free Education for Everyone, NUI Maynooth (Academic Freedom and Campus Dissent-the Student Perspective)
6.30pm, William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

February 21st Dr. Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds)
‘Narrative Cinema and the 'War on Terror'.
6pm, Seminar Room, Clinton Institute

April 4th  Professor John Dumbrell (Durham University)
‘Evaluating President Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy’
5.30pm, Seminar Room, Clinton Institute

April 5th Professor Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)
‘Wikileaks, Old Diplomacy, and New Journalism’
5.30pm, Seminar Room, Clinton Institute

Professor John Dumbrell visits UCD Clinton

Professor John Dumbrell visits UCD Clinton

Professor John Dumbrell of Durham University visited the Institute and delivered a fascinating address on the foreign policy of President Bill Clinton.  Dumbrell, author of Clinton’s Foreign Policy: Between the Bushes suggested a framework for evaluating the foreign policy success of a presidency: the limits of structure and agency, the way in which a President conducts the foreign policy process, the coherence of an administration’s purpose, and the President’s ‘contextual intelligence’.  Dumbrell suggested that, despite early criticisms of his presidency, Clinton can largely be seen as a successful President, when measured by these indices.  Dumbrell pointed out that while much of the criticism of the disorganized nature of Clinton’s early presidency was merited, Clinton actually ran the foreign policy process more smoothly than many other Presidents, including Carter, Reagan and George W Bush.  Dumbrell argued that democratic peace theory and free trade economics formed the ideological core of Clinton’s foreign policy and that Clinton deserves great credit, not only for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, but for his deft handling of Russia and China, as well as his role in bringing about the Dayton agreement in Bosnia.  Clinton’s Bosnia policy, however, was also the subject of criticism from Dumbrell, who noted the administration’s initial reluctance to get involved in the Balkans and its inability to quickly build an international coalition to take action there.  Dumbrell also pointed out the administration’s inaction in Rwanda and Clinton’s ultimate failure to negotiate peace between Israel and Palestine as his biggest foreign policy failures

Research Seminars Archive

Details on past Seminars at the UCD Clinton Institute can be found in the Events Archive