Transcending Our Differences, Transforming the World:
Exploration and Activism
APRIL 6-9, 2009
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Transcending Borders, Transforming Futures:
Asia in a Globalized World
As we go through the global downturn, what is happening on the Asian front? What are the lessons from China? What can We learn from Japan and how it encountered its economic downturn? How will outsourcing affect this uncertain economy? These and other looming issues that connect Asia to the world, will be the focus of this poster session and student-led roundtable discussion.
Language as a Unifying Moment Between Cultural Differences
Students from Professor Maria Simonelli's Italian and Latin courses will discuss how the world becomes boundary-free through the study of languages.
The Economic Crisis, an Opportunity for Global Understanding or a Global Misunderstanding?
The economic crisis that started in the United States is hitting the entire world, and depending on how it is dealt with, it could become either an opportunity for global understanding or drive us to a complete global misunderstanding. It could result in countries working together to find common solutions to the problems of poverty, education, technology, and others and establish global relationships that promote harmony and democracy. Or, it could arouse the phantom of protectionism, the beast of xenophobia, and in poor countries promote totalitarian regimes. Two faculty members from the Foreign Language Department—Dr. Priscilla Gac-Artigas and Professor Laura Valenzuela—and students from their classes (FS 310: Culture and Civilization of Latin America and FS 102:Elementary Spanish 2) will give presentations on these issues.
Convention Plenary Speaker
The Inheritance: Transcending Our Differences, Transforming the World
David E. Sanger
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Sanger will deliver the closing address. While Mr. Sanger is currently the Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, he spent a number of years writing on issues related to foreign policy for the Times’ Tokyo Bureau. He has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and has the distinction of being one of the White House correspondents with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001. It was these experiences that led him to write the award-winning book, Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?
Mr. Sanger will be available to sign copies of his book following his convention address.
This speech is funded by the Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Lecture Series.
Journalism and Popular Culture in the Context of Global Understanding
This classroom colloquium will start with an introduction of the short clip from the movie Borat and will be followed with discussion of the presentation of cultural differences using journalism as a method of storytelling in the popular movies.
Border Health from the Rio Grande Valley to New Jersey
The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a popular border crossing for undocumented migrants. Health issues accompany these migrants on their journey north with many ending up in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. This presentation will offer information that can hopefully help local biomedical and mental health professionals in their care of this population.
Beyond Prison: Transcending Our Differences, Building Communities
This interactive and informative panel discussion features three men who have served time at a maximum security prison in New York: Mr. Elijah Ingram, currently a youth counselor; Mr. Lawrence "Bubba" Hayes, previously a Black Panther and political activist; and Mr. "Postive." The panelists will discuss life in prison, their transition to life outside of prison, and how they work to transcend differences and transform their communities.