Culture in Global Affairs

CIGA Seminar Series

2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007

Summer 2011

Samdhong RinpocheTibet and the Politics of Exile in the New Millennium
July 14, 2011
Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Prime Minister in Exile

A distinguished scholar and leading Tibetan public intellectual, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche has served as the first elected Tibetan Prime Minister in Exile from 2001 to 2011. He was professor of Tibetan studies and director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, from 1971-1988. In 1990, he was a member of the Drafting Committee Constitution of the Future Polity of Tibet and Law for the exiled Tibetans. From 1991 to 1995 he was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of the deputies of the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies and was later unanimously elected as its Chairman. Samdhong Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1939. He received his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1968 and his Ngarimpa degree in 1969.

Fall 2010

Tristram Riley-SmithFrom Sherlock Jones to the Mysteries of the Cracked Bell: Anthropological Reflections in and on America
November 30, 2010
Tristram Riley-Smith, Head of the Centre for Science, Knowledge & Innovation in the British Government's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure

Dr. Tristram Riley-Smith is the author of "The Cracked Bell", an analysis of the 21st century United States that draws on his training as a social anthropologist at the Cambridge University and his three-year posting as Counsellor in the British Embassy in Washington, DC. His talk explores the relevance of ethnography to a modern Western democracy and what anthropologists can teach us about ourselves.

Mark GoodaleAnthropology, Human Rights and the Ethics of the Ethnographer's Lament
November 15, 2010
Mark Goodale, Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Anthropology, George Mason University

This talk will examine the anthropology of human rights and justice processes, looking at the ethics of problematizing dominant ideas and practices of human rights.
Co-sponsored with the University Honors Program

Ray OffenheiserLet's Start with Haiti: Making President Obama's New Vision for Development Work
October 20, 2010
Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America
video icon Watch the video

Moderator: Robert Maguire, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Trinity Washington University, Chair, Haiti Working Group, United States Institute of Peace, Visiting fellow, CIGA

This talk will consider President Obama's new approach to development and explore its impact on how international agencies, governments, and NGOs seek to assist Haiti. Drawing on experience in other countries, the speaker will also present Oxfam's view on good development practice.

Restrepo posterFilm Screening and Panel: Restrepo: One Platoon, One Valley, One Year
September 30, 2010
Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at George Mason Univesrity
Byron Hartman, MA Candidate in IDS program, ESIA
Moderator: Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at GW

Connect with CIGA


Twitter: @anthroworks

Facebook: AnthropologyWorks

Join the CIGA mailing list to receive information about our upcoming events and activities. Send your name and email address to

Contact Us

Phone: 202.994.6170
Fax: 202.994.0335

Culture in Global Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, D.C. 20052