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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

Wednesday, April 7

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Plangere Center Lobby

Context and Family: Issues Influencing Bonding Patterns and Family Life Around the World - Poster Session

Rebecca Sanford and her class SO309

This poster session will provide information about the cultural, social, and contextual issues that influence bonding patterns (dating, marriage, and partnership rituals) and family life (parenting, inter-generational communication, and so forth) in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

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

Do You Want To Join the Peace Corps? - Interactive discussion via Skype/Classroom Colloquium

Miles Vidreiro, Trenna Field, and Nancy Mezey

Have you ever considered joining the Peace Corps? Do you want to learn more about living abroad? Join us for an interactive conversation via Skype with an MU Alum now serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia. This event is part of SO 101 04.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 pm, Edison Hall Hallway

Sport: Inspiration or Opiate? - Poster Session

Vincenzo Mele and his class SO234

Students from the course "Sport & Society" will present their posters looking at how sport is both an essential part of the global culture and a huge commodity that changes the nature of how sport is played.

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

Policy Debate - Nuclear Disarmament - Debate

MU Debate Team

The Monmouth University Debate Hawks will simulate an abridged policy debate round on the topic of nuclear weapons. Resolved: The U.S. Federal Government Should Substantially Reduce the Size of its Nuclear Weapons Arsenal, and/or Substantially Reduce and Restrict the Role and/or Missions of its Nuclear Weapons Arsenal. This debate is sponsored by IGU, the Debate Hawks, and Pi Sigma Alpha, with a chapter grant from Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. In attendance will be the Communications High School students from Wall Township, Monmouth County.

1 - 2:15 p.m., Turrell Boardroom

Global Education in New Jersey - Roundtable Discussion

Terry Conn, Desire Karangwa, Tim Torre, Michael Weinstein, and Monmouth University Faculty

Please join us for the 2nd annual roundtable discussion to share your experiences, successes, and errors, so we all can learn how to improve global education in New Jersey. The session is co-sponsored by the International Scholar Committee (ISC) and the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Monmouth University.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m., Turrell Boardroom

Global Crises: Journalists as Objective Spectators or PR Agents? - Panel

Darijo Cerepinko and Marina Vujnovic

In times of crisis, media coverage of events can often be biased or even wrong. Seen through many case studies and analyses, from the 9/11 attacks to wars in the former Yugoslavia and to the recent Haiti catastrophe, times of crisis open the door for the manipulation of public opinion and the public itself, especially in mo-nopolized and/or controlled media environments. This panel will discuss the link between framed news narratives and journalistsí personal involvement in the stories they are covering, looking at how in times of crisis, journalists tend to become spokespersons for society, more than objective spectators on local, national or interna-tional levels.

3 - 8 p.m., Pollak Lobby

Oppression and Opportunity for Women Around the World - Poster Session

Rekha Datta and her class PS377

Students have been reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Springing off from accounts of women's lives and challenges, students have researched issues and policies at local, national and international levels, and the role of the UN in addressing education, income, health, violence, and human rights issues faced by women and impacting the whole of humanity. The posters summarize their findings.

3 - 8 p.m., Pollak Lobby

The Poverty Challenge: Change and Continuity Amidst Economic Crisis - Poster Session

Rekha Datta and her class PS101

In light of the global recession, how are different political systems coping with economic and socio-political challenges? Covering developed, middle-income, and developing countries, students have researched comparative political systems and economic challenges and solutions attempted by countries such as the United States, Greece, India, Mexico, Sudan, South Africa, Haiti, and Chile. These posters summarize their findings.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Wilson, Versailles and Pompeii Rooms, Wilson Hall

Reception for Keynote Speaker Nicholas D. Kristof and Student Art Awards Ceremony*

This event provides a reception for the keynote speaker for the Global Understanding Convention and recognizes the students who created posters for the convention.

PLEASE NOTE: Reception admission is $15 per person.

5:30 - 6 p.m., Pollak Theatre Lobby

Half the Sky - Book Signing

Nicholas D. Kristof

Come early to the keynote address to have a copy of Half the Sky signed by the author (co-authored with Sheryl WuDunn). Books will be available for purchase.

6 - 7:15 p.m., Pollak Theatre

Allegro Con Brio-Brahms - Musical Performance

Corialis Trio: Laura DuBois, Mike Gillette, and Wayne Arndt

The Corialis Trio—with Mike Gillette on violin, Laura DuBois on piano, and Wayne Arndt on cello—will provide a musical prelude as people are being seated. They will then perform the first movement of the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, "Allegro con brio," as a musical introduction to the keynote speaker.

Welcome by President Paul Gaffney II

Between Oppression and Opportunities: How Women are Facing Change and Stability in Global Environments

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Nicholas D. Kristof

8:30 - 11 p.m., Anacon Hall

Annual Monmouth Drag Show - Performance

Professional Drag Queens and All Lifestyles Included

Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment at Monmouth University's 5th Annual Drag Show, featuring professional and amateur performers. Light refreshments will be served. $5.00 in advance or at the door.



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