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

    Program Schedule

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Struggle for Survival: Children Living and Working on the Street in Sylhet City

    Faisal Ahmmed, Professor of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology
    Neaz Ahmed, Professor of Social Work, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
    Prof. Golam Mathbor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monmouth University


    Club 107-108



    Children involved in multiple economic activities for mere survival have been found in almost each and every developing country. Being pushed to the margin of the society, the children are engaged in work that is very harmful for their physical and mental growth. They are uneducated, deprived, and not al-lowed to enjoy their basic rights, which the non-working children normally do. This documentary aims to show the predicaments of children in Sylhet town who are engaged in income generating activities and mostly live and pass night on the street itself, having no or less connection with their family.

    10 - 11:15 a.m.

    Global Marketing Career: Spotlight on Dave Fleming

    Dave Fleming, Sr. Customer Experience Analyst, UX Architect, Service Design, Strategist & Creative Direction at Merck
    Prof. Susan Gupta, Marketing and International Business

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related Course: BK 453 International Marketing

    Turrell Boardroom



    Mr. Fleming will discuss his international marketing career in web interfaces to improve customer experiences around the globe. He specializes in technology solutions to build brands, enhance customer interfaces, mobile solutions, dashboard systems, and more.

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

    How Deserted Women Experience Real World

    Prof. Golam M Mathbor, School of Social Work, Monmouth University
    Dr. Faisal Ahmmed, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology
    Dr. Neaz Ahmed, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology

    (Classroom Colloquium)

    Club 107-108



    Deserted women in Bangladesh are placed in a terrible condition and experience multifarious problems to continue their survival. Desertion imposes challenges for the women as they are highly impoverished with little or no access to both familial property and to social service schemes. Societal stereotypical belief and bias against deserted women makes their struggle so difficult. They are always deprived and exploited both within family and in surroundings.

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

    Quasi-Markets and International Social Policy: Practical Observations and Heterodox Perspectives

    Dr. Werner Schönig, Professor for Social Economics and Concepts of Social Work Catholic University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany

    (Lecture Presentation)

    Club 109



    Starting in the late 1980s many countries established reforms to strengthen competition in state financed social services. Thus, 25 years later, it’s time to summarize empirical as much as theoretical insights in terms of quality, bureaucracy, ethics, wages, and segregation. Orthodox neoclassic economics draw a fairly simple picture on quasi-markets. However, following the heterodox economic paradigm one may see quasi-markets embedded in political institutions and developing due to path-dependency of the different types of welfare state capitalism.

    1 - 2:15 p.m.

    Sandy’s “Silver Linings” Searching for Positive Outcomes in the Aftermath of a Disaster
    Public Policy, Environmental & Real Estate Perspectives

    Elizabeth Cooner, Assistant Director of the Polling Institute
    Tony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute
    Peter Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute

    (Panel Discussion)

    Wilson Auditorium



    Superstorm Sandy pounded New Jersey in the fall of 2012, leaving devastation in its wake. Liz Cooner will share findings from the Polling Institute’s surveys, detailing impacts from the storm and public response to various policy initiatives. Tony MacDonald will discuss the increasing threat of impacts on coastal environments from storm intensity and sea level rise, and community adaption strategies. Peter Reinhart will address opportunities for “smart growth” in rebuilding as well as policy implications of the loss of affordable housing. The panelists will engage session participants in a discussion of priorities for federal, state, and local Sandy response, restoration, and recovery efforts.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    Is Aging the Same for Everyone? Issues for LGBT Older Adults

    Prof. Carolyn Bradley, School of Social Work
    Prof. Laura Kelly, Unterberg School of Nursing & Health Studies
    Kathy Murray, MSW student

    (Lecture and Workshop)

    Wilson Hall 106



    This workshop will share the initial findings of a qualitative research project exploring the experiences of LGBT adults as they age.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    Fully Loaded: Gun Violence in America

    Prof. Jennifer Shamrock, Department of Communication


    Pollak Theater



    The performance is a follow up to a previous GUC performance exploring gun violence on college campuses, titled “My American Gun.” This performance expands the discussion to the arguments surrounding gun control regulation, 2nd Amendment interpretations, and recent tragedies involving gun violence.

    2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

    MU Poetry Slam Creating Dialogue & Imagining the Future

    Prof. Deanna Shoemaker, Department of Communication
    Louis Nespoli, President CommWorks
    Katie Meyer, Vice President, CommWorks
    CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance


    Anacon Hall



    Students, faculty, and staff: You are invited to bring your original or favorite published poetry, spoken word performances, and/or live music to share in a fun and interactive POETRY SLAM that helps us build community at MU. Step up to the mic and show off your creative and socially relevant work in order to promote dialogue and envision the future. Prizes will be awarded! Sponsored by CommWorks: Students Committed to Performance.

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    International Service Programs

    Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator, Residential Life

    (Panel Discussion)

    Club 107-108



    The goal of this session is to show a short film or two and allow past participants to sit on a student panel and open the session for question and answer. The purpose is to discuss how Monmouth students are involved with civic engagement and how future students can be by participating in these international programs. It is also designed to highlight the need that is evident across the world, explore the challenges that MU students faced, and that knowledge creates the obligation to act.

    2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

    Discovering Opportunities in International Law – ExEd

    Prof. Greg Bordelon, Pre-Law Club Advisor, Professor of Political Science
    Raymond M. Brown, Esq.,and Wanda M. Akin Brown, Esq., International Justice Project

    (Roundtable Dialogue)
    Related Course: Auspices of Pre-Law Club

    Bey Hall 225



    The GUC 2012 keynote speakers will be visiting with Monmouth pre-law students to explore opportunities in the realm of public international law. Building on prior experience in both domestic white collar crime practice as well as practice before the International Criminal Court, the presenters will give students advice as to how best to pursue ExEd opportunities in these fields

    3:30 - 5:45 p.m.

    Diversity Is ...

    Student Rachel Gramuglia, Department of Communication

    (Poster Presentation)

    Anacon Hall



    This poster presentation shines a light on diversity in a brand new way. What would normally be a conversation about what students think diversity is, is snap shot with a brief (and creative) explanation of what they think diversity means. They say pictures are worth a thousand words, and these pictures are worth a thousand more.

    4 - 6 p.m.

    World Music and Global Understanding

    Prof. Stuart Rosenberg, Management and Decision Sciences

    (Radio Program)

    88.9 WMCX Radio



    People say that music is the universal language. Prof. Stuart Rosenberg, the author of the book Rock and Roll and the American Landscape, will be a guest DJ on Monmouth University’s WMCX from 4 to 6 p.m. The program will be dedicated to exploring the local and ethnic music from various cultures throughout the world. The program promises to be educational as well as entertaining.

    4:30 - 6 p.m. (Art Installation)
    6 - 7:15 p.m. (Lecture and Video Screening)

    Jon Olshefski: Closer

    Prof. Mike Richison, Art and Design
    Jon Olshefski, Rohan University

    Related Course: AR 390

    Wilson Auditorium



    “Closer” is a new media video installation that explores issues regarding proximity to marginalized populations. The installation utilizes a system where distance is manifested as distortion and ignorance, but closeness is rewarded with a deeper, more nuanced understanding and the potential for empathy. The interactive installation is a companion piece to a documentary that portraits the surprising friendship of two homeless men in Philadelphia.

    6 - 7:15 p.m.

    Sonido Latino Spanish Radio Show: Cultural Dialogue through Music

    Prof. Betty Sanchez, Foreign Language Studies
    Prof. Mirta Barrea-Marlys, Foreign Language Studies
    Students from the Department of Foreign Language Studies

    (Radio Show)
    Related Courses: FS41101; FS30101; FO/ED42750

    88.9 WMCX Radio



    The session will focus on different genres of music from a variety of Latin countries bringing cultural awareness through music to the audience. Students from different Foreign Language Studies classes will participate in the broadcast by selecting different music tracks. The participants will have a dialogue on how these selections reflect their cultures

    6 - 7:15 p.m.

    International Social Work: From Ghana to Liberia

    Lynda Ziemba, Social Work

    (Classroom Colloquium)
    Related course: SOC 101 50

    Club Dinning



    Through photography a glimpse of international Social Work is shared. Follow Lynda from the Liberian refugee settlement in Buduburam, Ghana to Monrovia, Liberia, where she worked with Liberian women rebuilding their lives and their families after having been away from their war-torn homeland for many, many years.