Anthropologist to Discuss Japanese Reggae
“Babylon East: Japanese Reggae" presented by Marvin D. Sterling, associate professor of anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Sterling will discuss his recent book, Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae and Rastafari in Japan (2010), which traces the history of the Japanese embrace of dancehall reggae and other elements of Jamaican culture, including Rastafari, roots reggae and dub music.
Sterling considers Japanese performances and representations of Jamaican culture throughout Japan—from clubs and festivals to popular fiction. He illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class as he discusses topics ranging from the cultural capital that Japanese dancehall artists amass by immersing themselves in dancehall culture in Jamaica, New York and England, to the use of Rastafari as a means of critiquing class difference, consumerism and the colonial pasts of the West and Japan. Sterling considers the reactions of Jamaica’s artists to Japanese appropriations of Jamaican culture, as well as the relative positions of Jamaica and Japan in the world economy.
Days-Massolo Center at Hamilton College
U.S. Interior Inspector General to Lecture at Hami
Earl E. Devaney, inspector general for the Department of the Interior, will deliver a lecture titled “How to Protect $800,000,000,000 in Public Spending: Oversight of the Stimulus Package.” His lecture is part of the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center’s Security program.
Devaney has served as the inspector general for the Department of the Interior since August 1999. He has transformed the Office of Inspector General into an innovative organization dedicated not only to detecting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement within the Department of the Interior, but also to assist the Department in identifying and implementing new and better ways of conducting business.
Devaney began his law enforcement career in 1968 as a police officer in his native state of Massachusetts and later became a special agent with the United States Secret Service. Upon leaving the Secret Service, he became the director of criminal enforcement for the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.
Dwight Lounge in Bristol Center at Hamilton College
Nobel Institute Research Director to Lecture
Asle Toje, the research director for the Norwegian Nobel Institute, will present a lecture titled “The Nobel Peace Prize and the EU.”
Toje is also a foreign policy analyst and adviser to government agencies and non-government organizations. He frequently contributes Op-Ed pieces to the media, on contemporary foreign and security policy.
Toje earned his Ph.D. in international relations from Cambridge University in 2007, where his thesis was titled “American Influence on EU Security Policies, 1998-2004.” Toje then spent one year as a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. This program, designed to allow young scholars to work on policy-related questions in security policies, led him to Cold War history, and in particular the history of the transatlantic alliance.
This subject carries particular poignancy for Toje because he is from Norway, a state that experienced the Cold War from a front-line position. During his time at Columbia, Toje developed an interest in international relations theory, in particular realism and internationalism.
Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building at Hamilton College