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Global Understanding Project
7th Annual Global Understanding Convention

Monday, April 7, 2008

10 — 11:15 a.m.
Bey Hall, BH 223
A Model for Analyzing Social Welfare Policies and Services in a Global Market
Golam Mathbor — SW 326 01
This session will present a model developed by Dr. Mathbor for analyzing social welfare policies and services in a global market. Implications for social work education and practice as a result of globalization will be highlighted.

10 a.m. —
12:45 p.m.
Bey Hall Hallway
HIV & AIDS in Vulnerable Populations as a Global Health Issue
Bojana Beric — PR 422-01/02 — Poster Session
Students in two sections of the AIDS and Global Society course will display posters, followed by a Q & A session.

11:30 a.m. —
12:45 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
Welcome – President Paul G. Gaffney II
Opening Ceremony Address
Sarah Chayes: Journey Through Afghanistan
Monmouth University Chamber Singers — David Tripold
Sarah Chayes, former NPR Reporter and author of The Punishment of Virtue, and founder of Arghand, an NGO that produces hand-crafted products in Kandahar, Afghanistan, will deliver the opening ceremony address for the convention.
There will be a book signing following the lecture.
Student Art Awards
Student Creative Writing Awards

GUP Leadership Awards
GUP Recognition Awards

Global Visionary Awards
Global Service Awards

1 — 2:15 p.m.
Magill Commons Club 109
World Water Challenge—Lecture and Workshop
Katie Feeney
This community educational activity explores the dangers of corporate control of water, the bottled water industry, and actions to "Turn Back the Tide."

2:30 —
3:45 p.m.
Bey Hall, Turrell Board Room
An Unnecessary Media Backlash — Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mohammed Sheikh, Muslim Student Association
Panelists: Golam Mathbor, Kevin Dooley, and Imam Prasodjo
This panel discussion will highlight recent media backlash that scapegoats people’s faith and ethnicity. Emphasis will be placed on ISLAMOPHOBIA and other common causes of media bias.

2:30 —
3:45 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
Having an Environmental Impact: It All Starts with You!
Judith Kramer and Sue Polito — HE 340 01
Dr. Kramer, a local psychologist, is one of a select group of individuals who has trained with Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, to present issues related to global warming. Dr. Kramer’s presentation is based on the understanding that each person can have an impact and holds responsibility for the changes in our environment.

4:30 — 6 p.m.
Wilson Auditorium
Reconstruction Operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq
Dave Wong, Major, US Army Reserve
This veteran and MBA student will present and facilitate discussion on the ground level perspective of U. S. Army reconstruction efforts in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Global War on Terrorism. Ethical treatment during the hiring process of local workers, safety standards, and pay scale will be discussed along with the importance of providing jobs to the formal economy.

4:30 —
5:45 p.m.
Magill Commons Club 110
Monmouth University and National Autonomous University of Mexico Partnership
Golam Mathbor – Monmouth University
Angelica Soto, Georgina Gaussmann, Maria Quiroga, and Carrillo Christopher — National Autonomous University of Mexico
A discussion will focus on the agreement between Monmouth University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which advances academic cultural and educational collaboration between the two universities.

5 — 6:30 p.m.
Magill Commons Club 108
Selected U.S. Social Policies: Issues and Innovations
Mary Lou Killian — SW 326 — Poster Session
Students in Social Welfare Policy and Services class will present posters of their original research regarding a contemporary social policy. We invite everyone to come learn, discuss, and debate current policies, their analysis, and proposed policy changes.

6 — 7:15 p.m.
Wilson Auditorium
Film: Borderline Cases
Julia Riordan-Goncalves, Host



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