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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Waging (and Financing) Modern Wars: From Smart Phones to Smuggling to ...

An undergraduate discussion supper with Anthropologist
Carolyn Nordstrom of the University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, January 25, 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Harlos House, 1331 E. Tenth Street

Anthropologist Carolyn Nordstrom has seen the changes in how war can be waged and financed and by whom. We live in a time when major attacks can be launched by non-governmental groups and individuals can use new technologies to shut down the electric grid and hack cyber sites or to call others to the streets and squares. She has researched the shadowy worlds of diamond, drug, and arms smuggling; war profiteering; piracy; and other transnational crimes. "I have studied the ways in which people gain the necessities to wage war and create peace, and how people pay for these services," she has said. "Drugs, precious gems, human labor and sex are routinely used in international black markets to purchase everything from guns and computer-based weapons systems to antibiotics and food." Her books include Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World, Shadows of War: Violence, Power, International Profiteering in the 21st Century, and A Different Kind of War Story, and The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror. For more information, visit her webpage. We invite you to join Professor Nordstrom for a wide-ranging discussion.

Carolyn Nordstrom will be on campus to participate in the Framing the Global Research and Publication Project, a five-year initiative of the IU Center for the Study of Global Change and the IU Press. She will give a public lecture, "Global Fractures, Cyber-Sovereignty, and Wild-Card Powers: Windows on the World's Tomorrows," on Thursday, Jan. 26, 5-6:30 p.m., in the Oak Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. For more information on her lecture and the project visit

SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in this undergraduate event, please e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Waging Wars" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied.

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