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Global Understanding Project
7th Annual Global Understanding Convention

Thursday, April 10, 2008

9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Bey Hall Hallway
Environmental Health and You — Poster Session
Sue Polito - HE 340
Student posters regarding environmental health will be on display.

10 — 11:15 a.m.
Bey Hall, BH 222
The Role of Geography in the Middle East — Lecture
Karen Schmelzkopf—GO 101 01
Patrick Mc Greevey, Director of the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut
Dr. McGreevey will speak to the class regarding the role of geography in the Middle East.

10 — 11:15 a.m.
Bey Hall, H. R. Young Auditorium
Mahatma Gandhi: The Soldier of Non-Violence — Panel Discussion
Moderator: Datta Naik - SW 326 01/PS 222 01
Panelists: Rekha Datta, Golam Mathbor, and Ravi Sharma
Historical, political, and social aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life will be examined including his new weapon of non-violence that helped many countries to win freedom and human rights from foreign rulers.

10 — 11:15 a.m.
Magill Commons Club 108
Teen Voices from the Holy Land: Who Am I to You? — Lecture
Mahmoud Watad and Leonard Grob
Drs. Mahmoud Watad and Leonard Grob, co-authors of Teen Voices From the Holy Land, interviewed 34 Palestinian and Israeli teenagers about their daily lives with an eye toward putting a human face on "the enemy." This session will shed light on the conflict in the Middle East.

11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
The Conservation Challenges for China’s Waterways
Urban Coast Institute (UCI) — Lecture and Discussion
Moderator: Tony MacDonald, UCI Director
Presenters: Michael Weinstein, President, New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium; and Andy Wilner, Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykee
Rapid development and population growth along China’s coasts and waterways has resulted in serious degradation of the environment. This session will discuss challenges facing China as it continues efforts to raise the standard of living while also seeking to restore and protect riverine and coastal ecosystems.

11:30 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
Bey Hall, BH 222
Cultures Beyond Borders — Panel Discussion
Moderator: Julius Adekunle — HS 297
Panelists: Kathy Smith-Wenning, Atiqur Rahman, James Oigara, and Imam Prasod
The panel, consisting of two faculty members and two international scholars, will examine aspects of cultures that have crossed borders to other parts of the world and have reformed as a result of interaction with other cultures. The panel will also discuss aspects of culture that have ceased to exist when they cross borders.

12:30 —
2:30 p.m.
Student Center Patio
Rain location: Anacon Hall A
Speak Out for Peace
Dante Barry
Peace is more than the absence of war. It is the presence of a deliberate commitment to creating peace. Come demonstrate, sing, raise your voice, and listen to others, all in the name of creating peace.

1 — 2:15 p.m.
McAllan Hall, MH 19
Generations Crossing Borders
Julia Riordan-Goncalves, Priscilla Gac-Artigas, and Maria Simonelli — FS 410 01 & FI 202-01
Foreign Language students will present how they embody living beyond borders, culturally and linguistically. There will also be posters, artwork, collages, and poems.

1 — 2:15 p.m.
Magill Commons Club 108
Higher Education Quality Assurance in Europe & the Bologna Protocols
Fernando Padro
Europe is transforming its higher education system as part of the Bologna Protocols. The focus is on standardizing higher education making it easier for students to access universities and degrees that will be recognized for their value.

1 — 3 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
Film: Yesterday
Ahisha Quallis
After falling ill, Yesterday (Khumalo) learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday’s goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. After the film there will be a discussion.

1 — 2:15 p.m.
Bey Hall, BH 226
Migration: Experiences of Asian Immigrant Populations in the USA
Golam Mathbor and Kathleen Shapiro
- PR 434 01
Golam Mathbor will familiarize participants with experiences and issues related to Asian immigrant populations in the United States.

2:30 —
3:45 p.m.
Bey Hall, Turrell Board Room
Green Living – The Environment and You
Sue Polito with Ingrid Justick – HE 340
Ingrid Justick is a well-known environmentalist. Much of her work has focused on helping individuals to understand the impact they have on the environment.

2:30 —
3:45 p.m.
Bey Hall, H. R. Young Auditorium
Disaster, Race, and American Politics: Katrina in the Classroom, and How We Can Create National Critical Learning Environments
Melissa Harris Lacewell and Richard Veit — AN/HS 264
Dr. Lacewell will lecture on a service learning project she directed in New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

4 — 5:15 p.m.
Magill Commons Club 109
To Educate or Correct?
Joe Garippa, Stacey Goldstein, Lisa Olson, Deanna Stango, and Kathleen Armstrong — Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society Project
Costs vs. benefits of spending for education in the U.S. vs. the cost of incarceration will be discussed. There will be a commentary followed by Q & A.

4:30 — 6 p.m.
Wilson Auditorium
Visiting Writer Series: Michael Thomas — EN 202 54
Caryl Phillips, Professor of English, Yale University
Novelist and author Caryl Phillips (“one of the literary giants of our times"--New York Times) will give a literary reading of his recent work. His most recent novel is Foreigners published by Knopf in 2007. Co-sponsored with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Visiting Writers’ Series.

6 — 7:30 p.m.
Library — L206
Teaching Beyond Borders
Heide Estes — EN 500
How can engagement with literary texts by teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, reach beyond political, social, economic, and other borders?

7 — 9 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium
The X-Ray Project
Diane Covert
Sponsored by Hillel, Jewish Student Organization Monmouth University
The X-Ray Project promotes global understanding of terrorism and how it affects people worldwide by exhibiting the X-rays, thoughts, and feelings of its victims.


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