Lecture spotlight: ‘Persistence of Slavery’; Europe’s Green Recovery; ‘Infrastructural Governance’

Critical Research on Africa — “The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria” with Robin Chapdelaine, assistant professor, Department of History, Duquesne
4-5:30 p.m. March 1

Chapdelaine’s new book, “The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria, ponders how can a child’s value be understood in economic contexts where children are items of exchange? She expresses how crucial it is that scholars and humanitarians recognize that slavery, in all its various forms, has evolved over time. The movement of bodies and the use of labor has always depended on immediate economic, social, and political circumstances, as well as the reiteration and application of force and control. It is only in this nuanced manner that we can truly understand the persistence of slavery as it relates to child trafficking in Southeastern Nigeria today. Register here


Europe’s Green Recovery with Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Commission
Noon, March 2

Timmermans is leading the European Commission's efforts on the European Green Deal and will discuss the path forward for a greener Europe. This event is a part of Jean Monnet in the U.S. event series and the Pitt European Studies Center's Year of Creating Europe. Register here.


“To What End? On Infrastructural Governance,” featuring Brett Frischmann, professor in Law, Business and Economics, Charles Widger School of Law, Villanova University
3-4 p.m. March 4

Frischmann will discuss how emerging technologies — from artificial intelligence to blockchain to Big Data — pose enormous challenges to the roles and functions of law in society. This virtual seminar on the Future of Law in Technology and Governance is hosted by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs' Center for Governance and Markets and is organized and moderated by Michael Madison, Pitt professor of Law.  It is co-sponsored with the Future Law Project at the Pitt Law School. The seminar includes a 25-minute presentation by Frischmann followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Register here