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

    Program Schedule

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Journalists in Danger

    Prof. Eleanor Novek, Department of Communication

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: CO 215 News Writing

    Plangere Center 234



    Journalists around the world often risk life and limb to report the news. The class will report on conditions in parts of the world where reporters face threats, violence, and suppression from various entities, governments, religious groups, and criminals.

    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Group Presentations in International Finance

    Prof. Benedicte Reyes, Economics, Finance and Real Estate

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: BF 421-01

    Bey Hall 231



    Finance majors will present three articles related to the financial characteristics of a foreign country they picked. Class concepts such as country risk, trade, and government intervention on exchange rates will be discussed.

    10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco

    Prof. Anne Massoni, Art and Design
    Amy Thompson Avishai, College of Art & Design

    (Lecture and Gallery Exhibition)

    Library 206



    The Dar Taliba, El Hanchane, is a girls’ dormitory in southern Morocco, which King Mohammed VI supported as part of a national initiative to build dormitories near secondary schools to help girls in remote areas continue their education. The dormitory was designed for sixty students; one hundred and eleven girls boarded there. Some went home on the weekends, while others, because of finances or distance, stayed at the dormitory for weeks at a time. Within the walls that separate girls from the public space of boys and men, I discovered a hidden world.

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

    Microfinance and Indigenous Women: Assessing the Impact of Credit on Manipuri Handloom Industry in Bangladesh  

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

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Wilson Auditorium



    The micro-credit institutions and agencies all over the world focus on women in developing countries. Micro-finance institutions have extended their operation in indigenous communities and offered micro-finance under the same social and institutional arrangements that are used for the mainstream society. Women of Manipuri indigenous community in Sylhet division use hand looms to weave clothing and sell in the market. These women are integrated with micro-finance and trying to increase their business. But observation reveals that micro-finance is creating problems in their traditional production and marketing system. Based on qualitative investigation, this lecture aims to explain the dimensions of these problems.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    Friends of Socrates: Why Can’t We All Have Access to the Best Health Care in the World, Right Here in America?

    Prof. Bojana Beric, Nursing and Health Studies
    Tony Lazroe, Monmouth University Office of Grants and Contracts
    Claude Taylor, Monmouth University Faculty Athletic Advisor
    Prof. Marina Vujnovic, Communication

    (Panel Discussion)

    Turrell Boardroom



    This roundtable discussion will explore and question various health care options available to people around the world, such as universal health care in European countries, as well as new health care in US - Obama Care.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    Our Argentine Experience: The Importance of Travel and Cultural Emersion

    Prof. Ken Mitchell, Dept of Political Science
    Sam Maynard, Political Science Club
    Alexandria Todd, Political Science Club
    Adrian Palaia, Political Science

    (Panel Discussion)

    Wilson Auditorium



    This event will explain why it is vital for students to travel to different areas of the globe in order to get a full understanding of cultural and political diversity. Students who attended Prof. Mitchell’s winter break trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina will explain their experiences and how they related to their knowledge on Latin America before and after the trip.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    Global Corporations and New Media Art  

    Prof. Mike Richison, Art and Design
    Matt Kenyon, University of Michigan

    (Lecture and Workshop)
    Related Course: AR 270

    Hawk TV Studio, Plangere



    In 1999, Matt co-founded SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) with Douglas Easterly. Their work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often working with living organisms.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    English Around the World

    Prof. Heide Estes, English Department

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: EN 443 History of the English Language

    Wilson Hall, Room 311



    In this class session, we will look at the ways in which English is used around the world as a native and non-native language, and at variations of English as it has evolved in different places and at different times since the English first colonized locations around the world.

    3:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Step Afrika Dance Workshop

    Kelly Barratt, Vaune Peck, Center for the Arts
    Dance Company Members, Step Afrika Dance Company

    (Lecture and Workshop)

    Anacon Hall



    Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is celebrated worldwide for its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people. In this participatory workshop learn the ins and outs of “stepping,” the percussive dance style created by African American college students, with a lesson by dance troupe Step Afrika. No experience needed.

    3:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Making Service Great

    Susan Damaschke, Student Services
    Krista Varanyak, Shannen Wilson, Ryan Murphy, First Year Service Project

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Turrell Boardroom



    The First Year Service Project (FYSP) works throughout the year to advocate for hunger and homelessness, especially in Monmouth County. Our past service projects include: Peanut Butter and Jelly Relays, Houseless not Hopeless, Cash and Coat Drive, $33.08 Campaign, The Amazing Service Race, and Cram the Van. FYSP will present various projects student can become involved with and provide information regarding the importance of performing acts of community service in our area. The new service initiative, “Hunger in the Summer,” will also be discussed.

    Special Event 2013

    6 - 7:15 p.m.

    Jacob Landau: Advocacy, Revelation, Transcendence

    Scott Knauer, Art and Design
    Dr. David Herrstrom, President, Jacob Landau Institute
    Prof. Susan Douglass, History Department

    (Opening Reception)

    Pollak Gallery



    Jacob Landau (1917-2001), printmaker, painter, humanist, and teacher was an artist whose works explored the basic themes of human existence and morality with an insight that was both passionate and indignant. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, where he began as an illustrator, but he lived most of his adult life in Roosevelt, NJ. Here he immersed himself in the town’s thriving artistic community, along with such noted artists as Ben Shahn, and began a distinguished career as professor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. The art he created gained him an impressive reputation, with many of his works included in the permanent collections of the world’s finest museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC), as well as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He also received numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ford Foundations. In retirement he became Professor Emeritus at Pratt and received an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Monmouth University in 1996. In 2008, the Jacob Landau Institute donated more than 300 of the artist’s prints, drawings, and paintings to Monmouth University.

    “I am interested in art as advocacy of the human, as revelation of the tragic, as hope of transcendence.” ~ Jacob Landau