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Global Understanding Convention

Transcending Our Differences, Transforming the World:

Exploration and Activism

APRIL 6-9, 2009

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Time: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Location: McAllan Hall Room 221

Classroom Colloquium

Model UN-WHO

Professor Kevin Dooley's class will be conducting a Model UN World Health Organization session.

Time: 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Bey Hall, Young Auditorium

Lecture and Workshop

Water: The Israelis and the Arabs - Causus Belli or Road to Peace?

In the past, water, more than oil, has been a flashpoint for conflict between the Israelis, the Palestinians, and the Arab states, especially between Israel and Syria prior to the June, 1967 war. Recently, however, due to changes in Israeli sources of water and the needs of the Palestinians for additional water sources, there is new opportunity for Israeli-Palestinian cooperation on water issues. Alan J. Steinberg was a member of the mission to Israel of former EPA Administrator Steve Johnson in October 2008 and participated in discussions with both Israeli and Palestinian infrastructure and environmental leaders

Welcome and Introductions:
Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute

Discussion Moderator:
Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for Academic Program Initiatives

Keynote Speaker:
Alan J. Steinberg, former Regional Administrator of Region 2 EPA

Amir Mane, PhD, Doctoral Student, Israeli History, Rutgers University

This session is co-sponsored by the Urban Coast Institute and the Jewish Culture Program.

Time: 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Bey Hall Room 133

Classroom Colloquium

Africa Today: Independence, Development, and Challenges Ahead

This session includes a presentation by two individuals who have first-hand experience in Ghana and Zimbabwe. Discussion will focus on the challenges that African countries face even after decades of political independence. What lies ahead?

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Club Room 107-109


Voices Unheard, Stories Untold

The Coalition of Aging Out and Transitioning Youth (COATY) was established to bring awareness and resources to the aging out. COATY is helping to assist Ocean Harbor House (OHH), a nonprofit organization that helps youth who are homeless, abused, or have run away. Their mission is to offer safe havens for ages 10-21 who run away, are homeless, abused, neglected or abandoned. The agency advocates for the safety and welfare of youth by promoting family reunification.

Time: 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Howard Hall Room L 512

Panel Discussion

Race and Racism in the Classroom

This panel discussion will take place in the context of the African Diaspora class (HS 293-01).

  • Dr. Karanja Keita Carroll, Department of Black Studies, SUNY-New Paltz
  • Dr. Sharon Lewis, Department of English, Montclair State University
  • Professor Danielle Wallace, Department of Black Studies, SUNY-New Paltz
  • Dr. Leslie Wilson, History Department, Montclair State University

Time: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Club 107-108

Lecture and Workshop

Homosexual Culture and the Impact of HIV/AIDS

Research has been collaborated and reviewed in regards to the development of homosexual culture and the impact of HIV/AIDS development in Western cultures. The research is designed to give counselors an idea of how to work with individuals with multi-dimensional compounding minorities (ethnicity, sexual orientation, health, socio-economic status, and religion).

Time: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Wilson Auditorium

Panel Discussion

Policy Debate: Impact of US Agricultural Subsidies on the Global Economy

Dr. Joe Patten and members of the Monmouth University Debate Team will debate whether or not the US Government should cut agricultural subsidies.

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Anacon Hall

Panel Discussion

Activism Sin Fronteras

For 16 years the Sin Fronteras Chile Project has brought students from US institutions to the población of La Pincoya in Santiago, Chile. This panel discussion will be a chance for participants to share their experiences of building relationships with our Chilean partners and participating in social change activities both in Chile and the US. Participants will share what they have learned: about Chile, especially regarding its recent past and the long-term effects of political violence that remain; about the relationship of the US to Chile both today and in the recent past; and what they have learned about themselves.

  • Djar Horn – Sin Fronteras
  • Elizabeth Purdy – MSW student, DYFS
  • Trina Scordo – MSW student, Change to Win union organizer
  • Katharine Skuback – Undergraduate Monmouth University student

Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Bey Hall, Turrell Boardroom

Roundtable Dialogue

The Impact of the 287(g) Policies on the Immigrant

287(g) is a tiny provision in federal immigration law that allows Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take local police away from their mission of fighting crime and pull them into the murky territory of targeting immigrants for arrest without suspicion of crime. ICE described the 287(g) program as a public safety measure to target “criminal illegal aliens,” but its largest impact has been on law-abiding immigrant communities. Rather than focusing on serious crime, police resources are spent targeting day-laborers, corn-vendors, and people driving vehicles with broken tail-lights.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bey Hall, Turrell Boardroom

Panel Discussion

Challenges in Global Health

Monmouth University's visiting foreign scholar, Mario Pecheny, professor of political science, University of Buenos Aires, will moderate a panel session on global health challenges, including the HIV/AIDs crisis and other issues in the Developing World.

Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Location: Monmouth University Library, Library Seminar Room

Classroom Colloquium

Children of the Caribbean

Discussion will focus on the current gallery exhibition of the same name (see Exhibit Schedule). Refreshments will be offered.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Wilson Auditorium


The Visitor

This session, which includes a showing of the film The Visitor, is an opportunity to learn about immigration detention and deportation. In the film, Richard Jenkins portrays a dispirited college professor whose life is changed by his encounter with Tarek, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend. Their lives are disrupted when Tarek is arrested and held for deportation as an undocumented immigrant. Meaghan Tuohey-Kay, an immigration lawyer and founding member of the Interfaith Refugee Action Team-Elizabeth, will join us to discuss immigration and detention in New Jersey and answer questions raised by the film. The film has been made available to us by Active Voice.



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