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

    Program Schedule

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

    Sport as a Total Social Fact: Examples from Europe and the United States

    Dr.Vincenzo Mele (Researcher Professor), University of Pisa
    Prof. Nancy Mezey, Political Science and Sociology

    (Class Colloquium)
    Related Course: 101-01 Introduction to Sociology

    Bey Hall 126



    Sport is healthy, sport is fun ... but why should sport be sociologically relevant? Why should there be a “sociology of sport”, whereas topics like inequality, racism, and sexism seem much more relevant? In our lecture we will show that, to a closer look, sport works as a “magnifier” that is able to highlight what is right and what is wrong in our contemporary societies. With some examples from the sport culture in Europe and US, we will to show how sport is actually a “total social fact” that includes all aspects of social life: economics, politics, culture, media, personal identity, and gender.

    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Addressing the Middle East Water Crisis: One Drop at a Time

    Prof. Saliba Sarsar, Department of Political Science and Sociology
    Presenter: Mr. Brendan McGinnis, President, Water Resources Action Project, Washington, DC
    Discussant: Mr. Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: Comparative Politics of the Middle East, PS376

    Turrell Boardroom



    In 2009, the Water Resources Action Project, Inc. (WRAP), a volunteer, non-profit organization was formed to improve public health for underserved communities in the Middle East through greater water stewardship. As President, Mr. McGinnis leads the organization’s efforts to fund and construct rainwater harvesting systems at schools throughout the region, accompanied by a strong educational program. To date, WRAP has installed two rain harvesting systems located at the Sur Baher Girls School (serving 800 Arab girls, grades 1-12), and the Al-Afaq School for Special Education (serving 300 Arab boys, grades 6-12), both in East Jerusalem. WRAP’s next project, a cistern system, will be located near Bethlehem in the West Bank. Mr. McGinnis will provide his first-hand account of the Middle Eastern water conflict,resulting impact on human health and the environment, what difference can be made now, WRAP’s role, and lessons learned along the way.

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

    Opening Ceremony Lecture

    RIO + 20 and the Future We Want

    Nikhil Seth
    United Nations
    Director, Division for Sustainable Development

    Co-Sponsored by Leon Hess Business School
    Honors School
    School of Science
    School of Education
    School of Social Work
    Global Sustainability Minor Steering Committee
    Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
    Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Wilson Auditorium



    This Event is Free and Open to the Public - Classes are Welcome.

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

    History and Art of Capoiera

    Kasey Sanders
    Prof. Marta Neumann


    Anacon Hall



    The session is devoted to the history of the liberation dance called Capoeira, which emerged in Brazil among African slaves. The meaning of movement in this Martial Arts will be presented as well as demonstrated. The audience will be invited to participate.

    12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    Peace Corps Recruiter on Campus

    Rebecca Morrison, Peace Corps

    (Booth Event)

    Student Center



    Do you want to have the most exciting and interesting experience of a lifetime? Come learn about how you can become a Peace Corps Volunteer by talking with Regional Recruiter Rebecca Morrison (RPCV/China 2009-11). Stop by the Student Center between noon and 3:30 p.m. to get more information about the application process and how you can “live, learn, and work with a community overseas” as a Peace Corp Volunteer.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    Sustainable Investing

    Ari Wishkoff, Morgan Stanley

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Turrell Boardroom



    If investing in the financial markets seems counterproductive to improving the lives of disadvantaged groups, protecting wildlife, and preserving the earth’s natural resources, then it’s time to learn about Sustainable & Responsible Investing. Sustainable & Responsible Investing is a philosophy that incorporates environmental, social, and governance guidelines - “ESG” - into your profit-making strategy. In this lesson, participants will consider what is their own ESG criteria and learn how to determine whether their portfolio meets these criteria. By investing in companies which promote sustainable living and support positive ESG principles, investors learn to align their values with their investments. Join us to make your portfolio more sustainable and impactful!

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    Bringing the U.N. to M.U.

    Alexandria Fitzgerald, IGU UN Student Ambassador

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Wilson Hall 104



    The session aims at reaching out to any undergraduate or graduate student of Monmouth, who would be interested in being involved with the United Nations, and teaching them of how to go about doing so with a special project in the works.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    Redesign of the American Flag from AR-270 Graphic Design 2

    Prof. Mike Richison, Art and Design

    (Poster Session)
    Related Course: AR-270 Graphic Design 2

    Anacon Hall



    The first project of Graphic Design 2 is a redesign of the American Flag. Rather than attempt to make a flag that will be universally accepted, students were asked to create designs that reflect their own views of The United States of America. It is a very challenging project to create a flag design that reflects an entire set of ideas using only simple shapes such as rectangles and stars and a limited color palette. In order to explain and display these flag ideas, students also designed posters

    3:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Human Rights in Chile

    Jessica Kostenblatt, Prof. Rosemary Barbera, School of Social Work/Sin Fronteras,
    Michelle DelBove, Holly Smith, Kaitlin Donahue, Christiana Brock, Megan Brownfeld, Lindsay Acker, Sin Fronteras

    (Panel Discussion)

    Club Rooms 107 - 108



    The participants in this session traveled to Chile over winter break. They will discuss various human rights issues affecting Chile, including the rights of the Mapuche people, the families of the disappeared, the right to health, and the rights of children.

    4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Language Rights  

    Prof. Heide Estes

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: EN 563 Linguistics

    Wilson Hall, Room 311



    What are some parallels between environmental ecology and linguistic ecology? Each student in class is asked to prepare a five-minute“position statement” of key points to present, which may be drawn from course readings and/or research done for a project. Discussion will follow.

    4:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    Life is Beautiful

    Prof. Maria Simonelli

    Related Course: Advanced Italian Conv/Compo FI 304-50

    McAllan Hall 13



    The film is a Chaplinesque fable about the power of imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. At the center of the fable is Guido, an enchanting individual with childlike innocence and grand dreams of owning his own book shop. It’s 1939, and he has come to the Tuscan town of Arrezzo with his poet friend Ferruccio. With unabashed humor and joy, the two seek fortune and romance, ignoring the growing anti-Semitism and Fascist government that surround them.

    4:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    Italian Elections: Global Impact

    Prof. Vincenzo Mele, University of Pisa, Italy
    Prof. Marina Vujnovic, Department of Communication

    (Lecture and Discussion)

    Plangere Center 234



    The recent elections in Italy have raised many questions in light of the turbulent Italian political stage. Implications for the global political arena can be significant given the unstable European South and ongoing European economic crisis. This lecture will address those issues and why a strong and stable Italian government would be a desirable outcome of this important elections. Implications for global communication will also be addressed and discussed.

    6 - 7:15 p.m.

    I’m Only Human

    Tiriq Callaway, Social Work Student


    Wilson Auditorium



    I’m Only Human is a documentary that highlights injustices of the penitentiary systems. The film shows live interviews with individuals who have had gruesome experiences while incarcerated, as well as individuals who have lost their lives due to jail. Ultimately, the documentary raises awareness of a prevalent issue that has been ignored by our society.

    6 - 7:15 p.m.

    Prince Among Slaves

    Eleonora Dubicki, Library
    Sana Rashid, Malka Saba, Reem Alsalman, Wardha Qureshi, Muslim Student Association


    Club 108-109



    Prince Among Slaves (2007) is a short documentary that essentially captures the importance of family and faith. Abdul-Rhaman was a Muslim African prince brought from present-day Guinea to America and forced into slavery. After struggling to become free, he attempted to raise funds to liberate his enslaved children by speaking to large audiences. His story exemplifies how social status is a very unstable phenomenon and struggle is something all human beings observe in life.

    6 - 8:45 p.m.

    Formation of the Global System

    Prof. Bill Mitchell, History and Anthropology

    (Lecture and Discussion)
    Related Course: AN/HS 589: Formation of the Global System

    Howard Hall 316



    This is a graduate seminar that examines the beginnings of the global system in the 15th and 16th centuries and its impact on later centuries. The class will consist of discussions of student presentations and invited guests are welcome to attend and to contribute to the discussion. The precise topic will be announced before the convention.

    6:30 - 9:15 p.m.

    Are Environmental Sustainability Efforts of Business Sustainable?

    Prof. Nahid Aslanbeigui, Economics, Finance and Real Estate

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Bey Hall 225



    Join BE 574 (Globalization) students in the MBA program to hear a debate on whether the environmental sustainability efforts of business are sustainable.

    7:25 - 8:40 p.m.

    Studying Abroad in Revolution: My Experiences in Cairo from 2010-2012

    Geoffrey Cloepfil, Graduate Student Public Polic

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Turrell Boardroom



    This classroom colloquium is a presentation of the firsthand account before, during, and after the January 25 revolution. Direct experience of the events from Tahrir Square is just one of the highlights of this session.

    7:25 - 10 p.m.

    Cutting out the Baloney: What Would an Honest Dialogue Really Look Like?

    Prof. Kasturi (Rumu) DasGupta, Georgia Court University
    Ria (Ariana) DasGupta, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Director, Peer Academic Leader Program (PAL) and The Global Village Office of First and Second Year Programs. Douglass Residential College Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

    (Panel Discussion)

    Wilson Hall 104



    In the last two hundred years, human beings have caused severe damage to their environment. An industrial, expansionist, linear model has become the chosen path of development in a planet with finite resources. These have not been reasoned choices, only the most expedient ones for a world full of people mesmerized by the spell of stuff. Any sincere dialogue on sustainability would require a paradigm shift in our assumptions about growth and the common good; and the nature of power, militarism, and violence poised to snuff out alternatives.