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Lecture - "Betrayals: Ethnography Through the Romanian Secret Police Files"
Start Date: 2/9/2015Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 2/9/2015End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
Lecture: "Betrayals: Ethnography Through the Romanian Secret Police Files"

Dr. Katherine Verdery, Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Among the questions often asked of people who have read their communist-era secret police files is, "Did your close friends report on you? Did you feel betrayed?" In this lecture, based upon a chapter from her current book project, the memoir My Life As A Spy, cultural anthropologist Katherine Verdery describes some cases of betrayal by her friends and then meditates on whether we should see them as betrayals. Katherine Verdery’s prize-winning books include The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change, What Was Socialism and What Comes Next?, and Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture (with Gail Kligman).

Reception to follow.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 199 - Cunniff Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Rose Maio
Phone: 610-328-8106
Email: rmaio1@swarthmore.edu
Event Sponsors
Sponsored by the Swarthmore College Provost's Office as part of the Swarthmore-Temple Identity and Culture in Europe (ICE) Consortium.
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The Public

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