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

    Program Schedule

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

    Forty Two Years of Bangladesh: Society, Politics, and Development

    Golam M. Mathbor, School of Social Work
    Faisal Ahmmed, Department of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
    Neaz Ahmed, Department of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology

    (Panel Discussion)

    Wilson Auditorium


    Bangladesh achieved its independence in 1971. The country is small in size but amongst the largest in population (160 million). It houses peoples of many ethnic groups, linguistic communities, major religious persuasions, and numerous economic and professional categories. Among all the countries that are striving for development, Bangladesh has made great strides in its economic programs achieving 6 to 7% steady growth rates. It has been able to hold on to its democratic processes, in spite of the numerous obstacles thrown at it periodically. But, most importantly, it has achieved tremendous successes in its social development, and is very close to achieving the goals set for the millennium development. This panel presentation critically examines determinants of social and economic development given the heightened situation the country is encountering.

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

    Interfaith Perspectives on Earthcare

    Joe Ritacco, Monmouth Dialogue Project, Monmouth Center for World Religions & Ethical Thought (MCWRET)
    Lynn Dash (Unitarian Universalist), MCWRET
    Rev. Dana Eglinton, (Presbyterian/Christian), Presbyterians for Earth care
    Naresh Jain, (Jain), MCWRET, International Jain Sangh, Council for Parliament of World Religions

    (Panel Discussion)

    Club 109


    Are faith communities a positive force for motivating their ad-herents and beyond to sustain a livable planet? Hear from representatives from three very different faith traditions; Unitarian Universalist, Presbyterian, and Jain, What do their sacred scriptures say in support of care for the environment? What do these traditions teach and preach their members? What initiatives are these faith traditions actively promoting now?

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    The World We Want for Vulnerable Populations

    Eleonora Dubicki, MU Library
    Prof. Bojana Beric, Nursing and Health Studies

    (Poster Session)
    Related course: PR 422-01

    Anacon Hall


    The session is devoted to global perspectives on HIV/AIDS and vulnerable populations. The information about demographics, risk factors, common health issues, health care access and barriers, as well as treatment and prevention, will be provided about vulnerable populations such as children, women and girls, incarcerated persons, gay men, lesbian women, bisexual men and women, older adults, adolescents, commercial sex workers, homeless people, and others.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    Hiding in the Shadows

    Sally Pillay, Nana Amaowusaua, Sue Kenny, Jennie Palazzi, Cynthia Bernstein, Caitlin Sprague
    Irate and First Friends

    (Lecture Presentation)

    Wilson Auditorium


    This presentation uncovers the flaws within the United States’ justice system by following the path of an immigrant across country borders. Members of IRATE & First Friends and a previous detainee will speak of the horrors of detention, injustices being served, and what we can do to create change to better the lives of current and future immigrants and asylum seekers.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    I Want to Commit a Crime - But in Which Country? Japan, China, or the USA?

    Prof. Peter Liu, Criminal Justice

    (Class Colloqium)
    Related course: CJ 301 Crime Controls in Japan, China, and the USA

    Club 107-108


    This session is designed to facilitate understanding of how criminality and crime control mechanisms are deeply rooted in the US history, culture, and political system. We can always learn from others. For example,the successful experience of crime control in Japan indicates that the social values and the informal social mechanisms such as family, school, workplaces, neighborhood, and religions all affect people’s beliefs, behaviors, and the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. With a global perspective, it is possible for us to scrutinize our own problems in crime control and finda more effective approach to fight against crime

    4:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    Immigrant Voices in Global Dialogue

    Prof. Mihaela Moscaliuc, English

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: EN 598-50 Subjectivities in 20th-Century Anglophone Literature

    Edison Hall 117


    Eighteen graduate students enrolled in English 598 (Immigration Literature) will share excerpts from their work-in-progress. In their brief (6-7 minute) presentations, they will discuss various aspects of the immigration experience as reflectedin writings by Mary Antin, Anzia Yiezerska, Ha Jin, Aleksander Hemon, Bharati Mukherje, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jamaica Kincaid, Li-Young Lee, and others. The examinations will bring into dialogue voices from across cultures to explore questions of assimilation, hybridity, transnationality, and global culture. The presentations will range from close textual analyses to contextualizations that examine the intersection of literature and politics, and will be followed by a question & answer session.