Category Social Sciences Forum

Elizabeth Fenn

Ecological Encounters on the Upper Missouri: The Making of Mandan Indian History

Social Sciences Forum
Wednesday, April 8 | 4:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Fenn, Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Elizabeth Fenn’s lecture tells the story of North Dakota’s Mandan Indians, widely known for hosting Lewis and Clark during the winter of 1804-1805. The challenges the Mandans faced included epidemics of smallpox and whooping cough and invasions of Norway rats, which diminished Mandan numbers from more than 12,000 in 1500 to fewer than 300 in 1838. (Click heading for full description.)

Devin Hagerty

India, Pakistan, and Nuclear Weapons: Deterrence Stability in South Asia

Humanities/Social Sciences Forum
Thursday, May 7 | 4:00 p.m.
Lipitz Lecture
Devin Hagerty, Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Studies, UMBC
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Recent events suggest that South Asia may be trending toward yet another nuclear-tinged Indo-Pakistani crisis. Meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India has stalled, the disputed territory of Kashmir has seen regular exchanges of fire across the Line of Control (LOC), and Indian strategic elites worry about the possibility of another Mumbai-style terrorist attack. This talk assesses the robustness of Indo-Pakistani deterrence stability and analyzes the likelihood that another mass-casualty attack on Indian soil, carried out by terrorists sponsored by elements of the Pakistani state, would escalate to conventional – and perhaps nuclear – war between Pakistan and India. (Click heading for full description.)

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