Transcending Our Differences, Transforming the World:
Exploration and Activism
APRIL 6-9, 2009
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Transcending Differences: An Historical and Comparative Perspective
This panel would include four historians from Monmouth University faculty who will offer their perspectives on how successful different societies have been at transcending differences and the obstacles that remain toward acceptance of differences within them.
- Dr. Julius Adekunle, Department of History and Anthropology, speaking on Nigeria and Africa
- Dr. Maryanne Rhett, Department of History and Anthropology, speaking on Israel andPalestine
- Dr. Frederick McKitrick, Department of History and Anthropology, speaking on contemporary Europe
- Dr. Kenneth Campbell, Department of History and Anthropology, speaking on contemporary Britain
Lecture and Workshop
Social, Economic, and Environmental Implications of Vessel Scrapping in Bangladesh
Vessel scrapping is a growing activity in developing countries to acquire much needed steel. The industry is constantly moving from one region to another with a continuing degradation of working conditions, with no institutional support for social justice, and with no mechanism to prevent severe environmental damage. This presentation will discuss the saga of vessel breaking, the scope of its operations, and the absence of public policy framework to guide its operations. Bangladesh will be used as an example regarding what can be done to rectify the situation.
Women Today: Different Cultures, Different Roles in Society?
Graduate students Cristina Onciu from Romania and Rie Komatsu from Japan will moderate a discussion about the importance of national culture in defining women's roles in today's world.
Lecture and Workshop
Transnational India: Migration, Outsourcing, and the Making of Modern India
This lecture presentation looks at the creation of modern India, focusing on Indian migration and United States outsourcing.
- Dr. Johanna Lessinger, John Jay College, City University of New York, author of From the Ganges to the Hudson: Indian Immigrants in New York City
- Dr. William Mitchell, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University
After the presentation, Dr. Lessinger will sign copies of her book.
Lecture and Workshop
Republic of Kosovo: Past, Present and Future
In accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the United Nations was tasked to govern Kosovo through its Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). This mission administered Kosovo for the past nine years and eventually handed over the administration to the European Union’s largest foreign mission, EULEX, on December 9, 2008, gradually replacing all UNMIK operations in Kosovo. This presentation will help participants to learn about the chronicles of the emergence of Kosovo as a newborn state, its present, and will review the implications of these interim administrations in Kosovo as a sovereign state.
- Mr. Defrim Rifaj, Director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Republic of Kosovo
- Dr. Golam Mathbor, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Cultural Encounters and Transformation Through Film
In this session, students will present clips from several foreign language films that show how different cultures and peoples come into contact with each other and what they learn from the experience. Each student will offer an explanation and contextualization of the clip shown, and they will also have the opportunity to share their own personal reflections and opinions about the cultural encounters portrayed in each film clip. The films chosen will be from various countries and in several different languages.
Study Abroad in China and the 2008 Olympics
Dr. Peter Liu, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Monmouth University, took a class of 11 students to Tianjin University of Commerce in the summer of 2008. The students experienced the richest cultural events, and the unbelievable 2008 Olympics. The experiences taught them new perspectives which they will share with the audience.
"Global Education in New Jersey- Transcending the Campus, Transforming Lives - A Joint CETL-IGU Session
Discussion will focus on the prospects of interinstitutional cooperation on global education in New Jersey.
- Dr. Katherine L Tietge, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair, NJ Global Educators
- Dr. Terry M. Konn, Associate Professor, Faculty Liaison to the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft,NJ
- Dr. Robin Mama, Dean, School of Social Work, Monmouth University
- Dr. Alison Maginn, Chair, Department of Foreign Language Studies, Monmouth University
- Robyn Asaro, Assistant Director, Study Abroad, Monmouth University
- Dr. Nancy Mezey, Associate Director, Institute for Global Understanding, Monmouth University
- Dr. Bojana Beric, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Co-Chair, Global Understanding Convention, Monmouth University
- Dr. Rekha Datta, Chair, Department of Political Science, Director, Institute for Global Understanding, Monmouth University
WELCOME – President Paul G. Gaffney II
PRESENTATION – Student Creativity Awards
Convention Keynote Address
Good People in an Evil Time
Dr. Svetlana Broz
Dr. Svetlana Broz will deliver the convention’s keynote address. Dr. Broz brings with her firsthand experience as a medical volunteer in the Bosnian War and a unique perspective on human rights, health, and humanitarian assistance. Before beginning formal training in cardiology, Dr. Broz (grand-daughter of former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito) spent several years working as a free-journalist in the former Yugoslavia. It was this unique combination of medicine and journalism that allowed her to gather firsthand accounts of the Bosnian War from the victims themselves. Dr. Broz compiled the stories into her first book, titled Good People in an Evil Time, and has been a much sought-after speaker ever since.
6 - 6:30 p.m. Dr. Broz will be available to sign copies of her book in Wilson Auditorium.
The Call To Appalachia: A Personal Experience of Service
This colloquium will focus on a Monmouth University graduate social work alumnus who traveled to eastern Kentucky in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains during the month of March to serve a three-week project during a program called WorkFest. Discussion will include service experiences, a description of human services in the Appalachian Mountains, and the culture of those living in this mountain region.