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Fall 2017 Schedule

Child Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation in South East Asia: Prevention and Protection Perspectives

Speaker: Yvonne Rafferty, Psychology

Monday, September 25, 2017
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room E321, One Pace Plaza, New York City


Child trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation is a complex phenomenon, requiring multifaceted programs and policies by various stakeholders. Responses focus on three overarching strategies, including prevention, prosecution, and protection. Prevention activities aim to stop children from being trafficked by implementing strategies designed to combat demand for sex with children, or to tackle supply factors such as warning potential victims about the perils of human trafficking. Prosecution actions are linked with law enforcement and concentrate on identifying, arresting, and criminally prosecuting perpetrators. Protection focuses on the provision of services and interventions for children, and include activities designed to identify victims, ensure their safety, and provide them with appropriate services to ensure their successful recovery and (re)integration into society. This presentation focuses on this area–the provision of appropriate services and supports to children in aftercare residential facilities in South and South East Asia, a part of the world where children are highly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation with few studies that have focused on their psychosocial needs. In addition, it highlights the Spectrum of Prevention as a viable theoretical framework to guide the development of future research, policy and practice


“Put [the cash] in the green trash kan on the devil strip”: Forensic Linguistic Evidence in Threat Cases

Speaker: Tammy Gales, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Director of Research, Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis, Hofstra University

Monday, October 16, 2017
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room E321, One Pace Plaza, New York City


In Illinois in the mid-1980s, a hand-written ransom note was left on the doorstep of an abducted juvenile’s home; one week after the 9/11 attacks, anthrax-laced letters were sent to news media and two U.S. senators; in 2013, three ricin-laced letters were sent to President Obama, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, and ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ Director Glaze.

In such anonymous threatening situations as these, there are three primary questions asked by investigators in their assessment of the threats: 1) is it a threat? 2) how likely is the threatener to carry it out? 3) who wrote it? This talk will focus on the third question in which linguistics can play a key role.

First, in situations where there is no immediate suspect, an examination of the linguistic evidence may reveal potential demographic information about the threatener. Second, in situations where there is a limited set of suspects, a comparison of the language in the threat and in known documents from each suspect may help narrow down the suspect pool. We will review a variety of sample profiling cases in which information and disinformation play a key role in the analysis of the language evidence.

Dr. Gales is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics at Hofstra University and the Director of Research at the Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded a Washington DC Research Fellowship to support her dissertation research on the language of threatening communications at The Academy Group, Inc., the world’s largest privately-owned forensic behavioral science firm, comprised of former FBI Supervisory Special Agents.
Dr. Gales’ scientific examination of the linguistic aspects of threatening communications has changed the way many scientists and practitioners view threats. She has presented her forensic linguistic work to international audiences of linguists, psychologists, and lawyers at conferences; has trained law enforcement agents from a variety of agencies across Canada and the U.S.; has applied her work to a wide range of criminal and civil cases for both the prosecution and defense; and has published in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as Discourse and Society, Discourse Studies, the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, and the International Journal of Legal Discourse.


Hong Kong and Bollywood in the Global Soft Power Contest

Speakers: Satish Kolluri, Communication Studies, PNY,  and Joseph Lee, History Department and Confucius Institute, PNY

Monday, November 13, 2017
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room E321, One Pace Plaza, New York City

FACULTY BOOK PRESENTATION: Joseph Lee and Satish Kolluri (eds.), Hong-Kong and Bolywood: Globalization of Asian Cinemas (Palgrave, MacMillan, 2016)


Much has been written about the desire of China and India to see their cinemas, television programs, and cultural products become competitive in the global media market. What is missing is a comparative analysis that brings together Hong Kong and Bombay, two Asian cities with their successful film industries that transcend the conventional categories of Chinese and Indian national cinemas, and reposition themselves as new cultural forces in the pantheon of world cinema. This presentation highlights the phenomena of cinematic appropriation, elaboration, and plagiarism in the cultural flows between Hollywood, Hong Kong, and Bollywood. It examines the force of globalization that has driven Hong Kong Chinese and Indian producers to make films for nontraditional audiences, to address controversies in their works, and to gain legitimacy from and negotiate with various state authorities. The investigation entails not just a mere description of two local-turned-global Asian film industries but also represents an attempt to theorize a fruitful area of study.

For more information, contact adanylenko@pace.edu, Chair of the Seminar