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Global Understanding Project

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

10 – 11 a.m.
Plangere 135
Cross-Cultural Communication Adjustment of American General Managers Overseas
Don Swanson – CO 226
This presentation is based upon research done over a four-year period with American Pacific Rim General Managers of multinational corporations. It focuses on the intercultural communication challenges they face. This presentation was originally given at APROS Conference in Hong Kong in 2001.
– 11:30 a.m.
Wilson Auditorium
Yearning to Breath Free: Exposing the U. S. Immigration System’s Detention of Non-Criminal Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Residents
Panel Discussion
Panelists: Amy Gottlieb is an attorney and Director of Immigrant Rights at American Friends Service Committee; Jean Pierre Kamwa is a social worker, activist and organizer, survivor of torture and former ICE detainee; Sharon Nyantekyi is a Rutgers University honor student, undocumented resident, activist, and former ICE detainee; Charlie and Geri Mulligan are co-founders of the Interfaith Refugee Action Team—Elizabeth (IRATE). This distinguished panel of speakers will explore how current U.S. immigration detention policies are negatively impacting asylum seekers, difficulties faced by undocumented immigrants, and opportunities for communities to support individuals in detention.
Outside Wilson Auditorium
Advocacy for Asylees – Write Your Legislators about Detention
Elizabeth Berry

11:30 a.m.
— 1:30 p.m.
Club 109
Selected U. S. Social Policies: Issues and Innovations - Poster Exhibit
Mary Lou Kilian - SW 515
A graduate social work class will present their research on various social policy areas. Their work includes the history of a selected social policy the process that led to today’s enacted policy, an analysis of that policy and new ideas and solutions.
11:30 a.m.
– 1 p.m.
McAllan Hall
Education in China
Judith Bazler
This presentation provides information about schooling in China, based on Judith Bazler’s 2005 trip to research science education. This presentation will be illustrated with wonderful pictures of scenery, some along the Yangtze River that no longer exists due to the flooding caused by the dam.
11:30 a.m.
– 12:30 p.m.
Bey Hall 227
Hurricanes Katrina & Rita: One Year Later
Kenneth Cooper– SW 515 02
The Foundation Baptist Church has developed a project, the Fountain Project, to help the indigenous rise again by giving a million dollars for community restoration. This presentation is told by Kenneth Cooper, as Minister to Missions, about the state of New Orleans, predominantly the 9th ward, after one year and the work accomplished by 40 parishioners during his last mission trip.
11:45 a.m.
– 12:30 p.m.
McAllan Hall
Mental Child Abuse – Are We Doing All We Can to Protect Children?
Morris Saldov and Chip Meyer – SW 515
Mental or emotional child abuse is a largely misunderstood and overlooked form of abuse that damages thousands of the most vulnerable members of our communities. This presentation will look at some of the issues and investigate ways that we can change lives.
1 – 2:30 p.m.
McAllan Hall
Ten Thousand Villages: Human Rights though Fair Trade and Economic Development
Suzanne Sammon and Doug Dirks
This colloquium will provide insight into the non-profit organization Ten Thousand Villages and how human rights and social justice are implemented through the Fair Trade Missions.
1 – 2:15 p.m.
Wilson Auditorium
New Jersey and the Global Economy & Business
Panel Discussion
Barry Meyers, Douglas Forrester, and Don Moliver

Moderator: Fred Kelly, Dean School of Business Administration and Member, New Jersey Council of Economic Advisors
– 3:30 p.m.
Turrell Board Room
International Youth Advocacy - Erin Majesty and Lauren Tacconi
Minette Bauer and Sanusi Kargbo
Topics to be addressed: Sierra Leone and Guatemalan street youth; Rehabilitation of child soldiers and the movement to unify organizations working with these vulnerable youth populations.
– 3:30 p.m
Plangere 235
The Remote Village
by Juyan Zhang (A Staged Reading)
This panel is a staged reading of Juyan Zhang's memoirs about growing up in a poor, remote village in northwest China, directed by Deanna Shoemaker in collaboration with Zhang. As students research, adapt, and perform Zhang's account of his complex experiences of home in China, they must grapple with stark cultural differences and experience and empathize with the dramatic cultural crossings and losses Zhang has had to endure.
– 3:45 p.m
Club 109
The Changing Landscape of International Higher Education
Fernando Padro
Higher education is being transformed into a "knowledge industry." Europe's Bologna Process is attempting to make a leaner and more competitive system that is driven by a desire to be more economically viable while improving the quality of life of its attendees.
4 – 5 p.m.
Student Center
- Anacon A
The Great Debate
Political Science Club
Resolved: That the US government should unilaterally place economic sanctions on Sudan and ban all US companies from doing business in Sudan. Four students from the political science club will affirm the resolution and four students will disagree.
– 5:45 p.m.
Elmwood Hall
Peace Begins at Home: Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Lynn Stipick, Judy Nye, and Heather Kelly
This interactive session will demonstrate conflict resolution techniques and practical strategies for everyday use. Participants will be given the opportunity to practice these skills in simulated conflict situations.
7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
Pollak Theatre
Bling: A Planet Rock
The Two River Film Festival is pleased to present a special showing of Bling: A Planet Rock. Directed by Raquel Cepeda. Bling takes a hard-hitting look at how the flashy world of commercial hip-hop indirectly supported the diamond conflict in Sierra Leone-via hip-hop's gawky obsession with "blingin." Bling will link the hip-hop generation in the United States with the residents of Sierra Leone in order to experience a community that has suffered atrocities at the hands of genocidal rebels, some as young as four years old, from 1991 to 2001. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the film's director, Raquel Cepeda.
Bling: A Planet Rock is a Djali Rancher Film in association with Article 19 and cosponsored by VH1 and UNDP.
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Student Center
-Anacon A
Black Diamonds
Pamela Larson – SW 669
Black Diamonds is a film produced by the Pancake Sisters of West Virginia documenting the little known process of mountain top mining (blasting off the tops of mountains with explosives) in the Appalachian Mountains and the overarching impact on the people and the environment.



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