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

    Program Schedule

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    9 a.m. - 12 noon

    Dialogue in Nigeria: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future

    Prof. Saliba Sarsar, Monmouth Dialogue Group
    Joe Ritacco, Monmouth Dialogue Group
    Len Traubman and Libby Traubman, Palestinian-Jewish Living Room Dialogue Group, CA


    Anacon Hall


    This award-winning, hopeful documentary gives voices and faces to 200 courageous Muslims and Christians – diverse young women and men – who unite successfully in Jos, central Nigeria. Refusing to be enemies, they are together during days and evenings of the 2010 International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication. They are tense yet excited to finally cross lines of religion, economics, tribe, and gender to transcend the status quo and discover empathy for each other’s personal life experiences. Together they realize that “an enemy is one whose story we have not heard,” while listening-to-learn and thus dignifying themselves and the “others.” Face to face and in small circles, they begin with ice-breakers and continue in depth to discover one another’s equal humanity – fear, grief, needs, hopes, and concrete plans for a shared future. These determined young Nigerians illustrate how others worldwide can successfully connect and communicate to create authentic community. The filmmakers follow the screening with a 60-minute totally participatory audience experience giving voice and ears to everyone in the auditorium. Face-to-face in pairs, then collectively, attendees express:

    1. What in the film touched you, had meaning for you?
    2. What new possibility or initiative was awakened in you?

    This dialogical experience allows a new quality of listening-to-learn while maximizing cinema. It discovers new social intelligence and models community building.

    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    How Child Marriage Affects the Wellbeing of Girls in Bangladesh

    Dr.Golam Mathbor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Faisal Ahmmed, Shahjalal University of Science Technology
    Neaz Ahmed, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Plangere Center 222


    Based on primary data, this lecture aims to draw a comprehensive picture of causes and consequences of child marriage in Bangladesh. The findings suggest that economic poverty, social custom, religion, family norm, fear of sexual harassment of young daughter, perception towards girls, superstition and lack of awareness are significant causes of child marriage. Due to early marriage, physical health, mental development, and childhood are negated. Though the cause of child marriage varies, its consequences are almost similar everywhere in the world.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    A Visual Tour of Guatemala: Faculty, Student, and Indigenous Perspectives

    Prof. Chris Hirschler, Study Abroad, Health Studies
    Shelby Goldman, Jessica O’Dwyer, Genevieve, Fasano, Aarshitha Katta, Alexandra Martini

    (Panel Discussion)

    Turrell Boardroom


    Short films, photo essays, and a panel discussion detailing the work of Monmouth students in Guatemala and the lives of indigenous Guatemalans.

    2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

    4th Annual Global Understanding Convention 5K

    Prof. Joseph Patten, Political Science
    Kristen Gillette, The Kortney Rose Foundation

    (5K Walk/Run)

    Wilson Pillars (Front)


    Register in front of Wilson Hall between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. to join Monmouth University for a 5K WalkRun to raise money for The Kortney Rose Foundation. The foundation was founded by Monmouth University employee Kristen Gillette in order to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. There is a suggested donation of $10 for all those interested in participating. Everyone of the first 100 people to register will received a free T-shirt