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Global Understanding Convention 2010

Bojana Beric, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair of Global Understanding Convention

Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of Global Understanding Convention

Institute for Global Understanding

Bey Hall, Room 101A



Dr. Rekha Datta


Associate Director

Dr. Nancy Mezey



Kristen Gillette

Global Understanding Convention

Change and Stability in Global Environments

APRIL 5-8, 2010

An Annual University-wide Interdisciplinary Convention sponsored by the
Institute for Global Understanding

Program Schedule

Tuesday, April 6

8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Young Auditorium

Israel and Palestine: One-State vs. Two-State Solution - Lecture followed by Q & A

Hussein Ibish and Saliba Sarsar

The developing American and international consensus regarding the two-state solution has changed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a zero-sum equation to what can and should be a win-win solution—Israel and Palestine living alongside each other in peace and security.

10 - 11:15 a.m., Young Auditorium

Israelis and Palestinians: Learning Each Others Historical Narrative - Presentations and Video followed by Q&A

Saliba Sarsar, Joe Ritacco, Monia Abou Ghali, and Michael Marks

The focus will be on the “Shared History Curriculum Project” developed by the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East, and the joint work that Israeli psychologist Dan Bar-On and Palestinian educator Sami Adwan did while they served as Fulbright Scholars in Residence at Monmouth University during Spring 2007. This event is part of PS376 01.

10 - 11:15 a.m., Bey Hall 222

Corporate Social Responsibility Using Strategic Management Planning - Classroom Colloquium

Noah Hart and his class BM327

Multinational corporations and governments are increasingly criticized for business practices that are harmful to global stability. This presentation will examine selected problems which undercut global environmental stability and propose strategic management.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Young Auditorium

The Earth Will Survive: Will Humans? - Lecture/Workshop

Chris Hirschler

Recent events and reports indicate that the human species is accelerating its own demise due primarily to industrialization and globalization. Urgent action is required to address looming environmental catastrophes that will have dire public health consequences for those in poor and wealthy countries. What steps should governments, corporations, and individuals take to avert or lessen the impact of this potential disaster? How can we plan to meet the needs of current inhabitants while planning for a future that will likely be radically different in terms of access to cheap energy and materials, and productive farmland? The human mind contributed to this predicament; can it get us out of it?

1 - 2:15 p.m., Wilson Auditorium

Chile: Resiliency in the Face of Disaster - Lecture/Workshop/Fundraiser

Rosemary Barbera, Trina Scordo, and Molly Greenberg

This session will briefly introduce the generations of human rights and then give examples from the US and Latin America of social movements struggling for human rights.

1 - 2:15 p.m., Young Auditorium

Meet a Peace Corp Volunteer: Skype on Haiti - Classroom Colloquium

Shannon Alston and Nancy Mezey

Join us for this unique opportunity to talk with Shannon Alston, a recent MU graduate who is serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. In this interactive discussion, Shannon will share her experiences living right next door to Haiti during the earthquake and discuss local efforts to help those in need. This is event is part of SO/GS 225 02.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Wilson Auditorium

Capital Irate And First Friends - Lecture/Workshop

Falon Limberes

IRATE and First Friends is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to treating immigrants with dignity and compassion, and providing visitors and non-legal assistance for immigrants held in detention. IRATE functions as an advocate for immigrant rights, specifically the end of detention for non-criminal asylum seekers. Such detention is morally wrong, legally suspect, and wasteful of taxpayer funds.

4:30 - 7:15 p.m., Edison Hall Hallway

Why Haiti? Introduction to a Global Sociology of Earthquakes - Poster Session

Vincenzo Mele and SO/PS274

Are natural disasters just “natural”? Does an earthquake affect poor and rich people of the world in the same way? Why does the global public react in a different way to similar catastrophes? The students in SO/PS 274 will focus on Haiti, using it as a case study for a broader sociology of natural catastrophes in the global age.

6 - 8 p.m., Wilson Auditorium

Women in War Zones - Movie Screening and Discussion with Directors Scott and Melanie Blanding

In the messy aftermath of the Rwandan civil war, thousands of women who have been raped and mutilated can attest that the momentum to kill and maim is still in full swing despite a peace agreement signed in 2003. Nestled in the hills along the Rwandan border, Panzi Hospital stands as the last hope for many of Congo's victims of sexual violence. This film dives intimately into the lives of two young women during their time of treatment at Panzi hospital as they struggle to maintain hope and a sense of dignity as they come to grips with their violent and tragic past.

6 - 8 p.m., Anacon Hall

International Film Fest: Global Metal - Film

International Student Club

Discover how the West’s most maligned musical genre—heavy metal—has impacted the world’s cultures beyond Europe and North America. Travel on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East to explore the underbelly of the world’s emerging extreme music scene, where metalheads are creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.



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