Past Forums

Sponsored by the Global Education Center

 

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Monday May 2, 2011 2:30pm
Courtyard Lounge, University Hall

Why Does the Past Matter?

Iván Zoltán Dénes
Debrecen University, Hungary

Dr. Iván Zoltán Dénes, a historian of ideas, is the author of eleven books and editor of fourteen others. He is chair of the Department of Political Theory and History in the School of Jurisprudence at University of Debrecen. His books in English are: Liberty and the Search for Identity: Liberal Nationalisms and the Legacy of Empires, and Conservative Ideology in the Making.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.


Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Thursday April 7, 2011   1:00pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

Selling Don Quixote,
Selling with Don QuixoteQueso Manchego - Consejo Regulador de la Denominacidn de Origen

Oleksandr Pronkevich
Petro Mohyla Black Sea University, Ukraine


Don Quixote is one of the best-selling books in the world. The novel and its characters have become a popular commodity, with Quixote and Sancho Panza clothing, pens, cups, chess sets, magnets, wine, cheese, etc. Images of the Knight of the Woeful Countenance and his squire help sell other ideas, goods and services, from national identities to cars, books, and tourist attractions. Dr. Pronkevich will discuss the commercial use of Don Quixote particularly what makes the characters of the great book a desirable object of cultural industry and how does the involvement of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in commerce  influence the interpretations of the novel.

Oleksandr Pronkevich is Dean of Foreign Languages at Petro Mohyla Black Sea University in Mykolayiv, Ukraine and currently a Visiting Scholar in the Spanish/Italian Department at Montclair State. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received grants from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and has done research on Don Quixote's myth and the reshaping of Europe and on national identity in Spanish literature of the Modernist period. He is the author of four books and more than 70 academic articles on Spanish literature and methods of teaching
world literature.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.


Forum on International Issues
Co-Sponsored by the Global Education Center, the
Departments of Political Science & Law and Management & Information Systems, and the Asian Studies Minor
Monday April 4, 2011 4:00pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

US-China Economic Relations
And the Financial CrisisUS and Chinese currency

Cobb Mixter
Managing Director of China Operations, U.S. Department of the Treasury


Until October 2010, Mr. Mixter worked at the Treasury as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, International. In this role Mr. Mixter was responsible for managing the relationship between the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Congress for all issues related to the Treasury's international policies. Prior to his appointment at Treasury, he worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he advised the Chairman of the Committee on issues relating to countries in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Mixter also worked at Lehman Brothers investment bank providing international political risk analysis relating to Asian countries, and prior to that was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in their China studies program. He completed his graduate work at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies and the University of London, School for Oriental and African Studies. He received his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.


Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
and the Center for Non-Violence and Peace Initiatives
Thursday, March 24 at 11:30am
Student Center Room 411

Public Health Issues in the Developing World
Yamileth Perez headshotHope in Action for Nicaragua

Yamileth Perez

Yamileth Perez runs a small health center out of her home, using donated medical supplies and treating minor ailments such as cuts, burns, and bruises, providing some medicine for the local residents of Managua, Nicaragua. She also works with young people with adolescent sexuality and basic health programs.  She works with a group called Esperanza en Accion (Hope in Action), a fair trade organization working with local and regional artisans to teach them proper business practices, and supporting them by ensuring they receive a fair wage for their work.

Yamileth Perez, born and raised in poverty in Managua, Nicaragua, has spent a large part of her life living in "La Chureca", the largest garbage dump in Central America and home to hundreds of families. There are thousands of people that live around the dump and survive off of it, searching for food scraps or recyclable materials they can sell for a few cents. Yami raised a family in and around the dump, and even with her own hardships to face, she was able to put together and help run a few programs to help the people in her community. 

Yamileth is one of the community leaders who voluntarily collaborates with Montclair State University's annual Team Nicaragua program to educate and inspire them to create change in their home and global communities.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.


Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center

Tuesday March 1, 2011 3:00pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

Understanding Ethnic Diversity
In the South Caucasus Region

Asif Gojayev
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

Asif Gojayev is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Montclair State University, conducting research in the Linguistics Department. He is a professor in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, where his research focuses on the modern ethno-political situation of Azerbaijanis in Georgia.

Mr. Gojayev will present an overview of conditions in the three republics of the South Caucasus Region—Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia—including the issues of minorities in this cultural and religiously diverse region. He will discuss how government policy towards national and ethnic minorities has evolved and the minority problems in the early years of independence of the republics.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or e-mail simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center 

Thursday February 17, 2011 2:30pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

The Challenge of Terrorism in Russia

Russian police at a road blockadeAlexander Kubyshkin
St. Petersburg State University

The January 24 bombing of Moscow's busiest airport has brought terrorism back to the front page as the Russian government faces the challenges of violent ethnic divisions.

Dr. Kubyshkin, currently a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Ramapo College, is a professor in the School of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He was previously a Kennan Institute Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Mansfield University. Prior to his current position with the Dept. of North American Studies at St. Petersburg State University, he was Chair of the Dept. of Regional Studies and International Relations at Volgograd State University. He has published over 100 articles on international relations, diplomatic history, political history and American history in leading Russian scholarly journals.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or e-mail simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Fall 2010

The Global Education Center presents
Forum on International Issues
Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 2:30pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

Religion in China

?Xu Xin headshotXu Xin, Nanjing University

Dr. Xu Xin is a professor in the School of Foreign Studies and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at Nanjing University in China. A specialist on Jewish Studies, Hebrew literature and cross-cultural analysis, Dr. Xin has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and at Montclair State University, and is the author of Antisemitism: How and Why and Legends of the Chinese Jews of Keifeng and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

He will review the rise and development of religions in China from a historical perspective and their role in Chinese society. He will discuss the changes in official policy toward the five officially recognized religions- Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Christianity. Historically, the Chinese Communist Party discouraged the practice of religion, officially because it was atheist but in reality because it believed religion was a dangerous alternative credo to communism. Dr. Xu Xin will examine the gradual liberalization of religion that has developed in China.

Faculty wishing to bring classes should call x4185 to ensure sufficient seating.

 

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Wednesday, December 1

Dr. Micha Balf
Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel

10:00am
Courtyard Lounge, University Hall
Kibbutz in the 21st Century – Challenges, Dreams and Disappointments

 

11:30am
Room 1070, University Hall
The People of the Book and the Israeli Educational System in the 21st Century

Dr. Balf has a PhD in Holocaust Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Originally from the United States, he received his BA from Wesleyan University. He is the author of Unsilenced Voices – Memory and Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Kibbutz Movements, a ground breaking study of the commemoration and collective memory of the Holocaust in the kibbutz movements, published in 2007 in Hebrew. He is currently the Director of Kibbutzim College's School for International Students, and has been a member of Kibbutz Maagan Michael since 1978.

Faculty wishing to bring classes should call x4185 to ensure sufficient seating

 

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
And the Art and Design Department
Thursday November 4 at 1:00pm
Courtyard Lounge, University Hall

Modernity in Indian Art: Context and Concept

Neeta and Omprakash Naik
Nandalal Bose, Drummer, tempera on board. 1937

Professor Omprakash Naik and his wife Neeta Naique live in the former Portuguese state of Goa. They are both extremely active in the arts scene in Panaji, the capital city of Goa, where Omprakash is a professor of art history and aesthetics and Neeta is an independent curator and art critic. This is their first visit to the United States. In addition to their series of lectures at the University of Connecticut where they are visiting professors of art and art history, they will also be giving presentations at Yale University, Trinity College, Eastern Connecticut State University and other locations.

The illustrated presentation will address modernity with reference to art and identity in India as it has emerged after independence in 1947. Indian art of the modern era involves complex issues of identity, with certain artists primarily interested in an indigenous sense of being "Indian" as well as those who looked to international or global styles and trends.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Forum on International Issues
Co-Sponsored by the Global Education Center
And the Department of Political Science and Law
Wednesday October 27 at 6:30pm
Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

Iraq and the United Nations

Ambassador Hamid Al-BayatiIraqi President at the United Nations
Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations

Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati has been Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations since April 2006. He previously worked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs and Bilateral Relations from 2004 to 2006, when also he headed the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies in Iraq.  Persecuted by Saddam Hussein's government, Ambassador Al-Bayati was forced to flee Iraq and lived for many years in London where he played an important role in several opposition organizations that sought to publicize and prosecute the regime's human rights abuses. Ambassador Al-Bayati received a B.A. at Baghdad University, an M.A. at Cairo University, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Manchester University, England. He is the author of several books and research papers in Arabic and English. His most recent book, From Dictatorship to Democracy: An Insider's Account of the Iraqi Opposition to Saddam will be published in December 2010 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Forum on International Issues
Tuesday October 12, 2010 at 4:00pm
Sokol Seminar Room, Science Hall

ARSENIC CONTAMINATION IN BENGAL BASIN GROUNDWATER -
SOURCE, MIGRATION & MITIGATION: AN APPRAISAL

Debdas Ray

Pollution of arsenic in groundwater is a vital concern. Arsenic contaminated groundwater has been found in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Long term exposure to arsenic has been associated with skin and lung cancer and causes other non-cancerous illnesses. This talk will focus on source migration and mitigation of arsenic contamination, particularly in the Bengal Basin.

Dr. Ray received his Masters degree in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and subsequently his Ph.D. degree from the University of Calcutta, India. He has been teaching Geology at the undergraduate level for the last 32 years and Environmental Management at the graduate level for the last seven years. Dr. Ray is currently a Visiting Scholar at Montclair State University through the Fulbright-Nehru Leadership Program in Environmental Management, doing research on coal mine reclamation with Prof. Dibyendu Sarkar of the Earth and Environmental Studies Department.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
The History and Spanish/Italian Departments and Latin American Studies
Thursday October 7 at 1:00pm
Courtyard Lounge, University Hall

Identity Construction: "Mestizaje" in the Atlantic Islands

Germán Santana Perez

Germán Santana-Pérez is Associate Professor of Early Modern History at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His research area includes Canarian history, African history, and comparative history between Atlantic Islands, including Macaronesia, the Caribbean, and the African archipelagos. His current research focuses on the relationship between Cuba and the Canaries and contacts between Spain and Africa. Following European colonization and the introduction of large African slave populations, the Atlantic islands developed more intense processes of mestizaje than in other continental areas. In some cases, these contributions added to the preexisting indigenous conditions; in others, new social formations were created. The Azores, Madeiras, The Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Sao Tomé, Príncipe, and the Antilles are examples of this mestizaje, that should be interpreted not only in terms of population, but as a wider cultural phenomena defined by the Atlantic as a nexus of communication.

Faculty interested in bringing classes should call x 4185 or simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

Spring 2010

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Wednesday April 28, 2010 at 3:00pm
Sprague Library Special Collections Room

RECOVERING FROM THE IRAQI WAR:
THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

Mahmood M. Barbooti

The deterioration of environmental conditions and health in Iraq since 2005 is associated with the degradation of the country's infrastructure. The reduced investments in environmental protection; lack of electricity, water purification and sewage treatment have had a great impact on public health. Iraq faces an enormous challenge to restore the water and sanitary systems, rehabilitate waste disposal systems, remediate highly polluted sites to stop the continuous contamination of soil and ground water, repair the incinerators of the main hospitals.

Dr. Mahmood M. Barbooti is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the School of Applied Sciences, University of Technology, Bagdad, Iraq. Through an Institute for International Education grant, he is currently a Visiting Scholar for research and teaching in the College of Science and Mathematics at MSU. With a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Bagdad and Umea University in Sweden, he served as Chairman of the Environmental Analysis Center, Ministry of Environment and Director of Chemical Industry Research Center, and Chairman of the Quality Control Head Office of the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals.

Faculty wishing to bring classes should contact simonW@mail.montclair.edu to ensure sufficient space.

 

The Jewish American Studies Program, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
The College of Education and Human Services, The Global Education Center,
and MSU Hillel Present:

Colloquium
Holocaust Commemoration on Kibbutz -
Communal Remembering and Un-Remembering

Dr. Micha Balf
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology, and the Arts
Tel-Aviv, Israel

Thursday April 22, 2010 at 12:50-2:00pm
University Hall 4th Floor, 4116 Conference Room

The discussion is based on Dr. Balf's book published in Hebrew by the Kibbutz Ha-Meuchad Publishing House.

 

Embracing Beauty Amid Austerity:
The Art of Film in Cuba

Erick Grass

Fall 2009

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Thursday December 3, 2009 at 3:00pm
Student Center Room 419

IRAQ AND WAR:
THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

Mahmood M. Barbooti

The deterioration of environmental conditions and health in Iraq since 2005 is associated with the degradation of the country's infrastructure. The reduced investments in environmental protection; lack of electricity, water purification and sewage treatment have had a great impact on public health. Iraq faces an enormous challenge to restore the water and sanitary systems, rehabilitate waste disposal systems, remediate highly polluted sites to stop the continuous contamination of soil and ground water, repair the incinerators of the main hospitals.

Dr. Mahmood M. Barbooti is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the School of Applied Sciences, University of Technology, Bagdad, Iraq. Through an Institute for International Education grant, he is currently a Visiting Scholar for research and teaching in the College of Science and Mathematics at MSU. With a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Bagdad and Umea University in Sweden, he served as Chairman of the Environmental Analysis Center, Ministry of Environment and Director of Chemical Industry Research Center, and Chairman of the Quality Control Head Office of the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals.

 

Forum on International Issues
Co- Sponsored by the Global Education Center, the Women’s Center
and the Modern Languages and Literatures Department
Thursday November 12 at 2:30pm
Student Center Room 411

African Women in Their Societies: Between Traditionalism and Modernism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Awa Thiam

Dr. Awa Thiam is an Assistant Professor of Research at the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal. She has also served as Director of the National Center for Assistance and Training of Women under the Ministry of Women and Children. She is the author of “Continents Noirs- Dark Continents” and “Women’s Struggle for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation” as well as a series of articles for Le Monde. She is the co-founder of the Alliance for a New Citizenship in Dakar, and won the French governmental Medal for the Defense of Women’s Rights in 1985. She received a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Paris VIII and a Ph.D. in Philosophy for Pantheon-Sorbonne Paris I.

 

Forum on International Issues
Sponsored by the Global Education Center
Thursday November 5 at 2:30pm
Student Center Room 411

Sustainability, Resilience, and Revitalization: The City of Manila, Philippines

Robert Taylor 

Manila is a prime example of a city without proper management planning and the potential to become a major environmental hazard. This talk explores the results of a Fulbright Research grant on revitalization of Manila. Based on the principles of sustainability, resilience and community support, Professor Taylor examines community views on the problems facing the city, how they can be brought into the sustainability management process, and the most salient recommendations for air, water and land ecologies in Manila. 

Robert Taylor is a professor in the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Studies. The present talk is the product of his second Fulbright Award, to Manila, Philippines at De La Salle University.

Fall 2008

Dr. Vladimir Lazarev "Russia and the World Bank Crisis: A Street-Level View of the Solutions and Prospects for Russian Government Incentives" Partridge Hall Room 423 Wednesday November 19, 2008 at 12:00

Report from Nicaragua: Tuesday December 2 at 2:00pm
Courtyard Lounge, University Hall

Spring 2008

Jerry Carlson "Conversations with Filmmaker Juraj Sajmovic"

Fall 2007

Vladimir Sukhanov "Russian Choral Music"

Spring 2007

Charlayne Hunter-Gault " A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art (PDF)"Artemy Kivovich Troitsky headshot
Heidi and Melinda Basaran "An Evening of Turkish Cooking Hosted by Lalezar Restaurant: Lecture/Demonstration and Tasting Menu"

Artemy Kivovich Troitsky "Back in the USSR:Censorship and Conformity in Russian Rock and Youth Culture"
Eliot Borenstein "Overkill: The Aestethics of Sex and Violence in Post Soviet-Russia"
Ted Goertzel, Stephanie Golob, James Woodard "Elections and Governance in Latin America"
Chef Celia Regev "East Meets West: The Diversity of Israeli Cooking"
Dr. Svetlana Sigida "The Music of Sergei Taneyev"

Spring 2006
Casper Mudde "The Riots in France: The End of Multiculturalism?"
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, Dr. Xu Xin, Dr. Kenneth Olenik "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness"
Yale Strom " A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer "
Dr. Mohammed Moin Sadeq "Palestinian Culture in the Context of Gaza"

Fall 2005
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi "Mother Tongue: An American Life in Italy"
Maritza Corrales "Jewish Life in Cuba: Immigration and Integration
Pamela Window "Zhora's Ladder and Other Moroccan Tales: An Illustrated Reading"
Dr. Patricia Begne " Women's Rights in Mexico"
Ron Moffatt, Darla Deardoff, Robert Frost, Marty Tillman " The Role of International Education in the Global Workforce Development "

Spring 2005
Dr. Robin Anderson "Central America in the US Press"
Dr. Clara Rodriguez "Latinos in Hollywood"

Fall 2004
Pat Graney " In Your Shoes"
Michael Montas "Dodging Bullets: Reporting the news under fire"

Spring 2004
Kathryn Martell and Elizabeth Emery "Using Technology to Enrich International Exchange in the Classroom"

Fall 2003
Urban Jonsson " Collaboration or Calamity: Africa in Peril"
Sergiy Glebov "World Terrorism: The View from Ukraine and Russia"

Spring 2003
George Cunningham "European Union Enlargement and a Future of Europe in a Changing World"
Irina Koulikova "Recital of Rachmaninoff Piano Music"
XuXin "Reform in 21st. C. China: Ideal and Reality"
Royal Marine Lieutenant Colonel John Leigh and Lieutenant Commander Moreatha Yvette
Flaggs, NATO Briefing Team "NATO in the 21st Century: Current Risks and Challenges"
Anne Ejikeme "Contesting women's Bodies: Islamic Fundamentalism, the Miss World Contest,
Terrorism and the State in Nigeria"
International Travel Photography by MSU Faculty and Staff "Exhibit Opening Reception"