2011 Events

Fall 2011

Lecture: Jolene Rickard on Global Aesthetics and Indigeneity
Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

Jolene Rickard is Director, American Indian Program and Associate Professor, Departments of History of Art and Visual Studies, and Art, Society for the Humanities, and Global Aesthetics Fellow 2010–2011 at Cornell University

The talk will be followed by a reception in the SMA Central Court.

Sponsored by Spencer Museum of Art, Center for Global and International Studies and the KU Indigenous Studies Program.

Talk: Turkey's Foreign Policy & Principles: A Conversation with Consul General Fatih Yildiz of Turkey
Thursday, December 1, 2:00 P.M.
English Room, Kansas Union

Fatih Yildiz is the Consul General of Turkey in Chicago. Since graduating from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Yildiz has devoted his career to diplomacy and international relations, serving in the Turkish embassies in Sarajevo, Washington, DC, and Chicago. He has worked as a member of the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE, 1999-2002) and the Cabinet of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004). In this conversation Yildiz will discuss student learning and study abroad opportunities for American students in Turkey, Turkish foreign policy, and economics and trade in Turkey today.

Free and open to the public; Q&A to follow.

For more information, contact Leslie von Holten: lvonholt@ku.edu21.

The Future of the Post-Soviet Region
Monday, November 28, 7:30 P.M.
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Blogger and youth activist, Arzu Geybullayeva, talks about the key role youth activists played in the Color Revolutions. Geybullayeva focuses on the future of the region from a young person’s perspective.
Read Arzu Geybulla's Blog: Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines22
Co-sponsored by CREES and CGIS.

European Debt Crisis
Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, November 17, 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

John Keating, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, KU
Stephanie Kelton, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Robert Rohrschneider, Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor in Public Opinion and Survey Research, Department of Political Science, KU


Victor Bailey, Charles W. Battey Distinguished Professor of Modern British History, Department of History, and Director, Hall Center for the Humanities

Co-sponsors: European Studies Program; Center for Global & International Studies; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Hall Center for the Humanities; and the Departments of Classics, French & Italian, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Spanish & Portuguese.

Approved for GAP credit.


Art in a Global Context: The Museum Collection Across the Curriculum
Gallery Talk: Professor John Kennedy on Irving Norman's The Race
Wednesday, November 16, 3:00-4:00 PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 405 Gallery

Come view works for the first time, through a new lens, or in a deeper way, in the new gallery talk series Art in a Global Context: The Museum Collection Across the Curriculum. In the program, KU faculty members from the University's international studies centers are invited to discuss a work of art from the Spencer Museum's collection. Speakers relate themes and ideas to various disciplines across campus. For this session, Professor John Kennedy from the Department of Political Science and the Center for East Asian Studies will speak onThe Race, a 1962 oil painting by Polish American artist Irving Norman (1906-1989).

Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Good News for Conservation: Wildlife, Business and Sustainability in Brazil
Thursday, November 10, 120 Snow Hall, 5:00 P.M.

An alumnus of the KU Environmental Studies Program, Douglas Trent has spent most of his life in Brazil working for wildlife conservation in tropical forests. He has amazing experiences and photos to share about his international environmental career.

Refreshments will be served.

Talk: Emerging Voices-Contemporary South Asian Art

Wednesday, November 9
3:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the the culture of India and South Asia. Well-known for it’s ancient temples and rich history, the region is fast becoming a major of hub of activity for global contemporary art trends. Professor Azyz Sharafy will discuss some of the most prominent artists from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan working today and the powerful art they are creating.

Azyz Sharafy is Associate Professor of Art at Washburn University. He was educated in India and the U.S. and has exhibited as an artist in the U.S. and internationally. He has pioneered a special technique called “sandtoning” in recent years, and works with both 2 and 3 dimensional media.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, South Asian Studies, Department of Visual Art and the Kress Foundation Department of Art History.


Garba & Dandiya Night

Saturday, November 5
7:00-10:30 P.M.
Kansas Union, 5th Floor

SASA at KU is proud to bring you the annual Garba and Dandiya Night! Come join us for an evening of Traditional Indian Music and Dance to celebrate this occasion. Dandiya sticks will be provided. See you there!

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies and KU South Asian Student Association.

Rainforest Etiquette in a World Gone Mad
An Illustrated Conversation with Suprabha Seshan

Thursday, October 27
7:00 P.M.
Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont Street)

Much of India’s Western Ghat Mountains along the Arabian sea coast have been destroyed by colonial policies, development schemes, and a growing population. The fragments that remain support precious habitats for indigenous life, but they are threatened by growing urbanization. Seshan has spent 20 years living and working in these forests of southern India. Her talk explores the intertwined lives of the plants, animals, and people of northern Kerala and the two contrasting aspects of nature that ecosystem gardeners work with: resilience and fragility.

Suprabha Seshan is an ecologist and educator at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary , a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to the preservation of plant species, restoration ecology, and environmental education.

Co-sponsored by the KU Center for Global & International Studies, KU South Asian Studies Program, and the Lawrence Public Library, with special thanks to the Lawrence Percolator. Suprabha Seshan’s U.S. speaking tour is supported by Arundhati Roy and K.T. Tunstall.

The Fall of the Soviet Union: 20 Years Later

Orange Revolution Film
Monday, October 24
3:00 P.M.
Dole Institute of Politics

The Dole Institute features a screening of Orange Revolution," a film which captures the spirit and the determination of the most successful political protest of the decade " a nonviolent victory which reverberates with meaning for citizens the world over. This program co-sponsored by CREES and CGIS.

Talk: “A Social approach to Visual Anthropology: India through the Eyes of its Children”

Wednesday, October 19
3:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art

DK Bhaskar is an explorer, author, international speaker, cultural and natural history photographer and strong advocate for preserving vanishing world culture. He will present a talk and visual presentation about his ongoing projects with rural children in India introducing them to the world of photography. The children are given cameras for some days and produce their own work. What is revealed is a rare and intimate look at India through their eyes, one that an outside visitor alone could never capture. Bhaskar will present highlights from the most recent project that took place in August of 2011 in Himachal Predesh.

“This endeavor serves as an invaluable tool in examining the nation’s inevitable cultural change and provides engaging visual evidence of how the dynamics of families and the society are affected. It plays a significant role in capturing some of India’s vanishing cultures, and it also brings a child’s unvarnished insight into the social anthropology of the nation..." -DK Bhaskar

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, Spencer Museum of Art, South Asian Studies, Environmental Studies and the Department of Anthropology.

Click here for more information on DK Bhaskar.23


Workshop: Qiao Xiaoguang on Contemporary Papercut Techniques
Wednesday, September 28
12:00 P.M.
Central Court

Beijing-based artist Qiao Xiaoguang will demonstrate contemporary papercut techniques based on methods that were developed in China more than 1500 years ago. The workshop is presented in conjunction with The Cutting Edge Of Moby-Dick: Qiao Xiaoguang’s Papercuts, on view through October 2 at the Lawrence Arts Center. Workshop is sponsored by Spencer Museum of Art, Center for East Asian Studies, and Center for Global and International Studies. Qiao is a Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the director of the Cultural Heritage Research Center at the CAFA.


Talk: Himalayas: Biodiversity, Climate Change and Livelihoods
Friday, September 23
4:00 P.M.
100 Smith Hall

Dr. Kamal Bawa, a distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is an evolutionary ecologist and a conservation biologist. He held the Bullard and Cabot Fellowships at Harvard University and has also been named a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. He has published more than 160 papers, and edited books, monographs and special issue journals. He is the editor-in-chief of Conservation and Society. Dr. Bawa is the founder and President of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a non-governmental organization devoted to research, policy analysis and education in India. He is also the founder-trustee of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment & Development, Bangalore, India.

Dr. Bawa's talk is co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity Institute and the Center for Global and International Studies.

The talk will be followed by a question-answer session and a book signing.


Film Screening
"The Rising Tide"

Thursday, September 22
6:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art

The Rising Tide (2008), Robert Adanto's debut feature-length documentary, explored China’s meteoric march towards the future via the works of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented photographers and video artists, including the celebrated Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Chen Qiulin, BirdHead, and O Zhang. Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, this unflinching and incisive study captures the confusion and ambiguity that characterize the new China. “An often surprising and thought-provoking documentary,” wrote WICN’s Mark Lynch, “The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way.  An “eye-opener” in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator or art teacher be sure to catch this film.”  Richard Vine, Senior Editor, Art In America and author of New China, New Art wrote, "If you want a living sense of China’s contemporary art scene—and the artists who are shaking it up—check out Robert Adanto’s The Rising Tide. It reveals some of the brightest and best new talents, capturing their works, their words, and their faces amid a swiftly changing environment."

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, The Spencer Museum of Art, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Department of Film & Media Studies, the Kress foundation Department of Art History, and the Department of Political Science and the KU Confucius Institute.

About the Director24:
"A classically-trained actor, documentary filmmaker, and educator, Robert Adanto earned his MFA at NYU's Graduate Acting Program, where he studied under Ron Van Lieu, the current Lloyd Richards Professor and Chair of the Yale School of Drama.  Mr. Adanto credits Van Lieu for influencing his unique approach towards creating a compelling and multi-layered narrative.

About the panelists:
David Cateforis25
Hong Zhang26


2011 Dole Leadership Prize Recipient: Viktor Yushchenko

Monday, September 19
7:30 P.M.
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yushchenko, will receive the 2011 Dole Leadership Prize.He took office on January 23, 2005, following a period of popular unrest known as the Orange Revolution.Yushchenko served as Prime Minister of Ukraine from 1999-2001. During that time, he addressed economic and social problems by lowering inflation, advancing privatization, and challenging corrupt practices.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) and the Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS).


Concert: Purnaprajna Bangere, Master of the Indian Classical Violin

Friday, September 16
7:30 PM
Swarthout Auditorium
Free Admission

Known for his virtuostic command of the violin, Purna has had rigorous training under the great South Indian violin teacher H.K.N. Murthy, who is a student of the legendary Indian violinist M.S. Gopalkrishnan (MSG). Purna closely follows his school of playing pioneered by MSG and his father Sundaram Iyer. This style is characterized by a blend of North and South Indian styles. Purna has given concerts throughout the U.S., India and Europe to much acclaim.

Accompanying on the mridangam (a special south Indian drum) will be Shiva Murthy. Shiva had his early and advanced training under his uncle, Ganesh Murthy.

Co-sponsored by the KU chapter of SPIC-MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Musical And Culture Amongst Youth) and the Center for Global and International Studies. The concert is free and open to the general public.

"Purna's technical brilliance and mastery over the violin, is the envy of any classical violinist."
-Ben Sayevich , Professor of Violin, International Center of Music, Park University

"Shockingly amazing and amazingly shocking virtuosity!"
-Gregory Sandomirsky, Concert master emeritus, Kansas City Symphony

"His playing manifests great virtuosity and absolute freedom."
-Gregory Sandomirsky, Concert master emeritus, Kansas City Symphony

Talk: Nawal El Saadawi
Wednesday, September 14
7:00-9:00 P.M.
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium

Renowned Egyptian scholar, writer, and activist, to campus to deliver the Marwa Africana Lecture. Nawal was imprisoned, among other things, for her activist role in exposing the political, religious, and economic plight and repression of Egyptian and Arab women. She will speak on "Creativity and Dissidence" and answer questions on current events in Egypt, including the political and economic background of the Arab/North African/Egyptian crisis, and the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood. Co-sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies, KASC, and CGIS.


Conference: Identity and Community After the Cold War
Thursday, August 25 - Saturday, August 27
Kansas Union
Free Admission 

The last two decades have witnessed the confluence of many different kinds of radical change—the demise of communism as a force in politics with the end of the Soviet Union, the resurgence of radical religious community in all major religions, the emergence of global climate change as a major challenge to traditional economies and communities, and the innovative growth of digital technology. How we humans identify ourselves in both local and global contexts has shifted massively.

The three-day event will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Ayse Zarakol (Washington and Lee University) and Dr. Reuel Hanks (Oklahoma State University). On Thursday, August 25, the public is invited to an evening screening of the prize-winning documentary My Perestroika, which chronicles the experiences of a small group of friends and classmates at the time of Gorbachev’s reforms in the Soviet Union and the impact on their lives. The film’s director, Robin Hessman, will be on hand for a Q&A session immediately afterwards.

According to CREES Director Edith Clowes, the conference will address more than the fate of authoritarian governance: “We will examine the impact of a broad array of new developments, including the emergence of the Internet, the fading of universal human values of equality, liberty, and the community of all peoples, and the resurgence of divisive forms of religious faith. The changing natural and technological environment is forcing us to think of ourselves and our communities in new and creative ways. In so many ways the world community finds itself in a revolutionary era.”

With presentations from scholars in a variety of disciplines and specializing in many world areas, the conference’s ambitious goal is to describe, examine, and understand the kinds of shift that have happened since the late 1980s and to attempt a complex model of the world humanity now inhabits.

Co-sponsored by KU area studies centers for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, East Asian Studies, Global and International Studies, Latin American Studies, and African Studies.

For more information visit the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


Spring 2011

Lecture: “The Global Mindset---What is it, Why you need it, and How you get it” Manfred Stinnes, Visiting Scholar in Global and International Studies and European Studies Program
Monday, May 9 12:30 P.M. over lunch and 5:00 P.M. over dinner
The Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Irish Photographer Alen Mcweeney at the Spencer Museum

Thursday, May 5 and May 7 Film Screening and Discussion,
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, The KU European Studies Program and the Spencer Museum of Art.

SMA owns 31 art works by Alen MacWeeney. Ten of these are currently on display as part of Conversation X: That Invisible Dance, on view until May 29, 2011. All of the SMA-owned work can be seen here29.30
You will find all of Alen MacWeeney’s work her31e.31

On Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM in the SMA auditorium, MacWeeney will screen his film titled Irish Travellers: Tinkers No More with a slide-show of images from Ireland from his 1965-1969 period. Both the film and the slideshow relate directly to the ten artworks currently on exhibit at the Museum. MacWeeney will also lead a tour through Conversation X: That Invisible Dance and will discuss his photographs in relation to Irish art and literature in general.

On May 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM, MacWeeney will participate in SMA’s annual Art & Culture Festival with a repeat presentation of his slideshow and tour.

Current publications and Reviews of MacWeeney’s work on Irish Travellers:

The Smithsonian

The Berkeshire Review: An International Journal for the Arts

Yankee Magazine

Milky Blacks 

Vermont Center for Photography

Gail Parker, former President of Bennington College
Circa 1976, gelatin silver print, Gift of Esquire, Inc., Spencer Museum of Art

Little Tinker Child, Ireland
1965, gelatin silver print, Gift of Frederick M. Myers and Elizabeth Myers, Spencer Museum of Art

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Lecture: Professor Katherine Conley: "Surrealistic Collections and Reconcilliations from the Trocadero to the Quai Branly Museum"
Monday, May 2
4:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M.
Pine Room, Kansas Union

Co-Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, The Center for Global & International Studies and the European Studies Program.

Professor Katharine Conley, Edward Tuck Professor of French Language and Literature (and Associate Dean) at Dartmouth College, will present the third public lecture in the Identities-Cultures-Nations series 

Professor Conley is a distinguished and internationally well-known scholar who has published extensively on Surrealism, in particular women Surrealists, the major Surrealist poet Robert Desnos, ghostliness, and ethics of reconciliation in a cultural context. I quote from her Dartmouth website: "Professor Conley’s research and teaching focuses on surrealism as the premier avant-garde movement of the twentieth century. She has published books and articles on women and the surrealist movement, on the poet Robert Desnos as the founding figure upon whom surrealist practice was founded—a poet whose surrealist idealism helped him in his work on the radio in the 1930s and in the French Resistance up through his deportation and death in a newly liberated concentration camp in 1945—and on the links between surrealist poetry and painting and surrealism and outsider art. She is also the author of essays in museum exhibition catalogues. She teaches courses in the Department of French and Italian and in the Comparative Literature and Women's and Gender Studies Programs on surrealism, women in surrealism, modernism and anthropology, primitivism and osider art, and on surrealism and photography. Her current research project explores ghostlines in surrealist thought, film, photography, painting, sculpture, and writing."

Professor Conley's books include: Automatic Woman: The Representation of Women in Surrealism (University of Nebraska Press, 1996; paperback rpt. 2008); Robert Desnos, Surrealism, and the Marvelous in Everyday Life (University of Nebraska Press, 2003, paperbak rpt. 2008), Yale French Studies, Number 109: Surrealism and Its Others (2006), and Robert Desnos pour l’an 2000 : actes du colloque de Cerisy. Suivis de Lettres inédites de Robert Desnos à George Gautré (1919-1928) et à Youki (1939-1940) (Gallimard, 200, co-edited with Marie-Claire Dumas).

Professor Conley's lecture at KU will center on the ethical questions involved in appropriating non-Western objects for use in Western art collections, most specifically the former Musée de l'Homme (Palais du Trocadéro, Paris) and the new museum of African, Oceanian, and Native American arts and cultures, the Musée du Quai Branly, which contains a number of statues and sculptures that came from Surrealist André Breton's impressive personal collections (including most especially Inuit, Pueblo, and sub-Saharan works).

Jayhawk Jhalak

Saturday, April 30
4:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.
Woodruff Auditorium

The Center for Global and International Studies and the South Asian Student Association are proud to present Jayhawk Jhalak! Come enjoy live South Asian influenced dances and musical performances. An optional South Asian Meal will be provided after the show.

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International Focus Film: World Migration Series Special Event

Friday, April 29
3:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum Auditorium

Screening of "Delfina's Story"Documentary in German and English with English subtitles.Followed by question and answer session with the film's director, Annelie Runge.

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies, European Studies Program, Department of Film & Media Studies, and the Department of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

This film explores the life of Delfina, a Filipino woman who has moved to Germany to work as a housekeeper in order to support her aging parents, siblings, and even some extended family. She struggles internally with events in her past, elements of her faith and the two very different lives she has led in Europe and her home country.

She is employed illegally but is much beloved by her employers. She faces the tough decision of whether to try to remain in Germany so she can continue to offer financial support or to return home, which would be a bittersweet choice for both her and her family.

Conference on Science and Religion: A Judaic, Christian, Islamic and Social Sciences Perspective: "Peace or Conflict?"

Wednesday, April 27
12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog Student Association, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Institute of Interfaith Dialog.

Do science and religion conflict or can they co-exist? Do they compete or complement one another? Do they disprove or support one another?

Our speakers will try to answer such questions from various religious and social sciences perspectives.

Dr. Thomas W. Heilke, Professor of Political Science, Director for Center for Global and International Studies,

Dr. Molly Zahn, Professor of Religious Studies, Undergraduate Director,

Dr. Daphne G. Fautin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,

Rev. Lewis E. Hinshaw, St. John’s United Church of Christ,

Dr. Abdulbaki Agbas, Professor of Biochemistry, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

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Brownbag Lecture: Social Inequality in Germany since 1989: East v. West

Tuesday, April 26th
12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.
706 McCluggage, 7th Floor, Fraser Hall

Manfred Stinnes, Visiting Scholar in Global and International Studies and European Studies Program
Presented by the Department of Sociology, the Center for Global & International Studies and the European Studies Program.

Concert: Nayan Gosh Indian Sitar and Tabla

Saturday, April 23
7:00 P.M.
Woodruff Auditorium

Acclaimed as one of India's finest Tabla players, Pandit Nayan Ghosh has drawn the attention of serious musicians and connoisseurs alike for his innate artistry, rich repertoire and tonal brilliance. His immense talent and a wholesome training has seen him blossom into an extraordinary musician and in the words of several senior stalwarts, an important reference source already for today's younger musicians.

One of India's front-ranking Tabla players, Pandit Nayan Ghosh is widely acknowledged as a brilliant soloist and a refined accompanist.The hallmarks of his musicianship are a ringing tonal resonance, powerful yet superfine dexterity and an enviable traditional repertoire of the Farukhabad, Delhi, Ajrada and Lucknow styles. Nayan Ghosh is also acclaimed in India and around the world as an equally outstanding Sitar player, a fact that gives his musicianship a unique dimension.

His sitar playing is marked by sensitivity to the sounds of the instrument, exploiting its symphonic capabilities and rich texture of sounds that the instrument is capable of. His style of playing, among other things, harmoniously blends the styles of two great masters of sitar, Nikhil Banerjee and Vilayat Khan, incorporating the great lyricism of the former and the music of great power of the later. One also sees marked folk influence, thus touching the roots of Indian classical music.

Co-sponsered by CGIS and SPIC-MACAY

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Beyond Borders: The Life and Legacy of Rumi

A Celebration in Poetry and Motion Poetry, Music, and Whirling Dervish Performance

Thursday, April 21
6:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art

Come and learn about Persian language and culture through aspects of Middle Eastern history, literature and spirituality. This event celebrates Rumi, one of the greatest 13th Century Persian poets and a Sufi mystic. The event will feature CGIS Persian language instructor Razi Ahmad giving a brief presentation on Rumi, followed by live music and reading of Rumi's poetry in Persian and English (Doug Lopez). The readings will be accompanied by two Whirling Dervishes, Mudita Sabato and Malika Lyon. Sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Intercultural & Interfaith Dialog Student Association, and Spencer Museum of Art.

Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, the Spencer Museum of Art,The Department of Religious Studies, IIDSA (Interculture and Interfaith Dialogue Student Assoiciation,) The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the KU Persian Club.

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Workshop: “Music, the Arts, and Migration”

PragueSaturday, April 16
8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence, KS 66044
Sponsored by the KU Area Studies Centers

To register contact: creesoutreach@ku.edu43

The workshop will cover broad areas of the topic, such as human migration in connection to arts in both ancient and modern aspects; any type of human migration, such as cases of wars and political and economical immigration. We will discuss how arts are transformed under the influence of new cultures. Globalization and the Popular Culture: how the arts migrate with the help of modern technology, such as the internet, movies and modern transportation.

Tentative Program:

8:30 A.M.- Registration

9:00 A.M.- Alash Performance and Talk by Sean Quirk, Manager (www.alashensemble.com44)

10:00 A.M.– African Drumming Ensemble Performance and Talk by Dylan Bassett, Director, the African Drumming Ensemble

11:00-11:15 A.M.- Coffee Break

11:15 A.M.– Presentation by Azyz Sharafy: “From Rocks to Chip Art: A Brief Presentation on Indian Art”

12:15 A.M.– Lunch/Discussion. Sponsored by Kansas Consortium for Teaching about East Asia

1:15 P.M.– Presentation by Ketty Wong: “Marimba Music in Latin America: Two Cases of Musical Migration”

Prof. Michael Baskett will also speak on East Asian Film

Workshop is free of charge and offers a chance to earn professional credit.
In addition to earning professional credit, you may elect to be a "teacher-scholar" associated with our center and earn $100!
To qualify, you must:
1) Attend the workshop, 2) Create a lesson based on the workshop, and 3) Use the lesson in your classroom.
We will feature your lesson plan on our website and share it with other teachers.
A limited number of travel grants are available.

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Holi and Sports Day

Saturday, April 16
3:00-5:00 P.M.
Robinson Fields

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Concert: Alash Ensemble, Tuvan Throat Singers

Friday, April 15
7:00 PM
Lawrence Arts Center

Symposium on Indigenous Peoples of Siberia

Friday, April 15
9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Sabatini Mulitcultural Resource, Room 116

Co-Sponsors: Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for Global and International Studies

9:00 A.M.- Opening Remarks (Prof. Gerald Mikkelson, KU Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Indigenous Nations Studies; Cynthia Annett, Ph.D., Independent Scholar)

9:30 A.M.- “Siberian Shamanism” Prof. John Hoopes, Director, KU indigenous Nations Studies Program

10:00 A.M.- “Crime and Insurgency: Illegal Trade in the Trans-Baikal Region in the 1920s” Margarita Karnysheva, Ph.D. Candidate, KU History

10:30 A.M.- “Indigenous Tradition and Water Use in the Altai Mountain Region” Heidi Mehl, M.A., Indigenous Nations, KU

11:00 A.M.- “Educational Perspectives from the Altay Republic” Wendy Griswold, Ph.D., Project Director, Kansas State University

11:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M.- Lunch Break

1:30 P.M.- “Oral Traditions as a Linguistic Resource: Altai and Choctaw Verbal Structures” Albina Kravchenko, Gorno-Altaisk (Siberia), Fulbright Scholar, University of Oklahoma

2:00 P.M.- “Native Clothing of Indigenous Peoples of Siberia” Teresa Van Orman, Executive Director, Arkansas Craft School

2:30 P.M.- “Native Musical Instruments of Indigenous Peoples of Siberia”John Van Orman, M.A., Adjunct Instructor, Ozarka College

3:00 P.M.- “Alash Tuvan Throat Singer Ensemble” Brent Martin, Manager

3:30 P.M.- “Kansas/Gorno-Altaisk Cooperation: Ten-Year Anniversary” Cynthia Annett, Independent Scholar; Prof. Ray Pierotti, KU Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Indigenous Nations Studies

4:00 P.M.- Closing Remarks (Gerald Mikkelson and Cynthia Annett)

International Healthcare Forum

Live Broadcast Videobridge from the KU Medical Center in Kansas City

Co-sponsored by the International Affairs Advisory Committee, the Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health, CGIS, LAS, CEAS and KASC. These events are GAP certified.
Both broadcasts will take at place midday-feel free to bring your lunch!

Tuesday, April 12
12:00-1:00 P.M.
Pine Room, Kansas Union
The Realities and Challenges of Delivering Medical Assistance to Developing Countries
Facilitator: Marcia Neilsen, PhD, MPH (KUMC)
Panelists: Nicholas Comninellis, M.D. (INMED); Doug Girod, M.D, (KUMC); Gary Morsch, M.D., PhD. (Heart to Heart International); Tony Racela, M.D. (KC World Outreach Lions Club); Betsy Wickstrom, M.D. (Maison de Naissance)

Thursday, April 14
12:00-1:00 P.M.
Pine Room, Kansas Union
Experiences with the International Medical Corps: Delivering Medical Assistance to Developing Countries
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Colyer, M.D., Lt. Governor of the State of Kansas
Taking office as Lt. Governor of Kansas in January of 2011, Colyer opened his own plastic/craniofacial surgery practice in Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri in 1994. He has volunteered with the International Medical Corps, providing medical care in such areas as Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan; his work earned him recognition on 60 Minutes, PBS, and People magazine.

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Rahul Acharya: Classical East Indian Dance

Sunday, April 10
7:00 P.M.
Woodruff Auditorium


Sponsored by the University of Kansas Chapter of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Culture and Music Amongst Youth) The Center for Global & International Studies, The Department of Religious Studies, and KU Cultural India Club and Coca Cola.

Internationally renowned as a virtuosic artist, he has performed all over the globe – in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and throughout the United States. Rahul has danced extensively in India, participating in many of the most celebrated festivals. In 2010 he received the honor of being a soloist in the Khajuraho Dance Festival. Amongst his 2009 performances were Natya Tarangini’s Parampara Series, several Sangeet Natak Akademi sponsored engagements in Tamil Nadu, and the Kumbhalgarh Dance Festival. He has danced at the Mukteswar, Konark, Puri Beach, and Udayshankar Dance Festivals, as well as many more. Other appearances include ones at Kalakshetra and the National Centre for Performing Arts.

Annual KU-Fort Leavenworth Security Conference:

"Migration, Shadow Economies, and Security Problems on the World's Borders"

Friday, April 1
Malott Room

The Area and International Studies Centers at the University of Kansas and combined research units at Ft. Leavenworth (Foreign Military Studies Office, Command and General Staff College, and others) announce the 2011 Security Conference on “Migrations, Shadow Economies, and Security Issues on the World’s Borders,” to be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at the University of Kansas. We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on the topic of the conference. Methodology and focus may be oriented toward the social sciences or the humanities.

Migration is being broadly defined to include refugees, guest workers, illegal workers, seasonal migrants, nomadic migration, emigration/immigration of intellectuals, political dissidents, artists, writers, or groups of various kinds. Papers should concentrate on a specific border situation or case study. It is hoped that discussion will generate productive comparisons of these situations. They should consider various non-U.S. geographical areas, as these localities are currently dealing with migration, illegal trade or other evidence of black-market economy, and related security questions.

Possible topics might include issues of drugs, sex trade, arms trade, migration of intellectuals and political or religious dissidents, illegal export/import of raw materials, art objects, or political/cultural texts, and interrogate how those issues are being treated in policy and in practice. Perspectives may be historical or contemporary.


8:00 A.M.- Registration, light breakfast

8:20 A.M.- Welcome

8:30-10:00 A.M.- Panel I: Migration and Border Economies in Historical Perspective
Margarita Karnysheva (History, University of Kansas), “The Buriats across the Borders: Smuggling and Insurgency in Transbaikalia (1921-1929)”

Carlos Gomez Florentin (History, SUNY Stony Brook), “Contested Borders: The Transnationalization of the “Triple Frontera”  1940-1984”

Justin Kidd (Department of Logistics and Resource Operations), “Security Issues and Refugee / IDP Camps”

10:30-12:00 P.M.- Panel II: Migration, Borders, and State Responses
Moderator:  Tanya Golash-Barza (Sociology, American Studies, University of Kansas)

Jeffrey Boss (CGIS-FMSO Research Fellow), “The Future of the Frontier Crimes Regulation and Implications for Security at the Afghan-Pakistan Border”

Kornely Kakachia (Harriman Institute, Columbia University), “Cross-Border Conflict Dynamics and Security Challenges in Georgia”

Shannon O'Lear (Geography, University of Kansas), “Borders in the South Caucasus: Meaning and Power”

12:00-1:30 P.M.- Catered lunch and talk by Dr. Martha Brill Olcott

1:30-3:00 P.M.- Panel III: Migration and Shadow Economies
Ray Finch (FMSO, Ft. Leavenworth), “Viktor Bout and Illegal Weapons Sales”

Ebenezer Obadare (Sociology, University of Kansas), “Paper Truths and Ersatz Lives: Authenticity and Fakery in the West African Shadow Economy”

Nadia Shapkina (Sociology, Kansas State University), “Survival and Gendered Risks of Migration in Central Asia: Shifting Sex Trafficking Flows in the Asian Heartland”

3:00-4:30 P.M.- Conclusions, Discussion, and Further Plans
Dr. Roger Kangas (Near-East South-Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University)

6:00 P.M.- No-host dinner, place to be determined

This conference is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Global and International Studies, the Center of Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the Foreign Military Studies Office, Ft. Leavenworth. It is partially supported by an Army Research Offices grant and a US Dept. of Education Title VI grant.

Lecture: Greg Mortenson,
Author of "Three Cups of Tea"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
7:00 P.M.
Lied Center

Presented by the Center for Community Outreach Into the Streets Week. Co-sponsored by Center for Global and International Studies, Student Senate, Multicultural Education Fund, Student Union Activities, Coca Cola, Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Program, Women Philanthropists for KU, School of Social Welfare, University Honors Program, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success,Center for Service Learning, School of Journalism

Greg Mortenson is best known for his book: Three Cups of Tea, in which describes his experience building schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Students with a KUID may pick up their free ticket at the SUA Box Office (4th floor, KS Union) starting on March 14th or at the Lied Center Box Office. Faculty, staff, and the general public may purchase their ticket for $10 at the Lied Center Box Office or online at lied.ku.edu.

Greg Mortenson has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Three Cups of Tea, and the author of Stones Into Schools. He is the co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, the product of Mortenson's failed attempt to climb K2, which resulted in his dedicating his life to promoting education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. To date, Mortenson has helped support more than 170 schools, providing education to more than 68,000 children. TV Newscaster, Tom Brokaw, calls Mortenson, "one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, who is really changing the world."

Concert: Ras Mandala with Patrick Suzeau

Thursday, March 31
6:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art


Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, The Spencer Museum of Art, the Department of Religious Studies

Ras Mandala is a Lawrence-based music group that evokes ancient chants from India, devotional Bahjans, children’s songs, and passionate Gazals, mostly set to Raag music that blends with western harmony. The group will present their unique compositions set to the vibrant movement and original choreography of KU Professor of Dance, Patrick Suzeau.


Maria Anthony- sitar, guitar and vocals
Clark Jamison- tabla, udu and vocals
Deborah Pine- vocals and guitar
Geetanjali Tiwari- taanpura and vocals

Patrick Suzeau explores a synthesis of South Asian and western dance forms. In addition to ballet and contemporary dance he is a trained East Indian Bharatanatyam classical dancer, a form that includes dazzling rhythmic patterns with intricate symbolic hand gestures.

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Lecture: The Saga of Elephants & Humans

Thursday, March 31
4:00 P.M.
100 Smith Hall

The elephant has been associated with mankind since time immemorial. A peek into the history of the human-elephant relationship reveals that the first evidence of taming of the elephants by humans goes back to the Indus valley civilization during the third millennium B.C. Archeological surveys reveal that the most common motif on the seals obtained from the Harappan civilization are those with pictorial representation of elephants. The Vedic hymns of the Aryans (1500-600 BC) provide the next string of evidence of the human-elephant relationship. Famous Indian epics such as the Mahabharath and Ramayan (1000-700 BC) portray the majestic role of elephants in warfare, festivities and royal grandeur.

This visually distinctive presentation will give a glimpse of the ancient, historical, cultural, spiritual, environmental, ecological and practical ways in which elephants touch our lives.

A passionate, award winning documentary specialist and culturally dynamic adventurer, D.K. Bhaskar is fascinated by the whole wide world. He celebrates the joy of discovering the world through his lens.

His award-winning work has appeared in major publications world-wide including:BBC, Bloomberg, Insight, Lonely Planet, Popular Photography, Wanderlust, Earthwatch, Open Skies, Wildlife Conservation Society, India Today, Travel Plus and Mint. He has been the principal photographer for several Insight Guide books (published by Berlitz) and a contributing photographer for more than 17 books.

Followed by a book signing of DK Bhaskar’s latest book "The Fragile Forest: Inside Brazilian Amazonia." Light Indian snacks and Chai will be served.

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International Focus International Film Series

Liberty Hall
644 Massachusetts St.

International Focus Film Events are presented by the University of Kansas International Area Studies Centers
For more info contact the KU Center for Global & International Studies: cgis@ku.edu 55

Presented by the KU Center for Global & International Studies
Principle funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

Thursday, February 10, 7:00 P.M.
Women Without Men, USA
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 2009 Venice film Festival for Best Director, world-renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government.
Film to be followed by a panel discussion with KU Faculty members Maria Velasco (Department of Visual Art, New Media) Hannah Britton (Political Science & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies) and Jessica Beeson (Lecturer on Middle East Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 P.M.
A Hebrew Lesson, Israel
The film follows the lives of foreign students from every corner of the globe in a Hebrew language Ulpan where their personal stories meld with the complexities of Israeli reality.
Film to be followed by a panel discussion with KU Faculty members Erik Herron (Political Science) and Renee Perelmutter (Jewish Studies Program, Slavic Languages and Literatures)

World Migration Series

Wednesday, February 2, 7:00 P.M.
The Other Side of Immigration, Mexico/USA
Presented by the Center of Latin American Studies at KU

Based on over 700 interviews, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans leave home to work in the United States and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

Thursday, February 17, 7:00 P.M.
Bongoland, Tanzania
Presented by the Kansas African Studies Center at KU

An illegal Tanzanian immigrant in Minnesota confronts the realities of life in America.

Thursday, March 10, 7:00 P.M.
Still Life, China
Presented by the KU Center for East Asian Studies

Still Life is an empathetic portrait of those left behind by a modernizing society ; it is a unique hybrid of documentary and fiction.

*GAP (Global Awareness Program) credit given for attendance at these events.

Film: 3 idiots

Sunday, March 6
4:00-7:00 P.M.

Woodruff Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies and South Asian Student Association
This Film is in Hindi with English Subtitles.

Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey through memory lane and the story of their friend - the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way, touched and changed their lives.

It's a story of their hostel days that swings between Rancho's romance with the spirited Pia and his clash with an oppressive mentor, Viru Sahastrabudhhe. And then one day, suddenly, Rancho vanishes....Who was he? Where did he come from? Why did he leave? The friends who influenced and inspired them to think creatively and independently, even as the conformist world called them three idiots. Where is the original idiot now? Finally, in misty mountains of unparalled beauty, the friends find the key to the secret. Three idiots is a comedy of ideas that is as provocative as it is funny, as wildly entering as it it insighful. A laugh-riot that talks about the most important of human pursuits; self-actualization.

Panel Discussion: Revolutions in the Middle East, What's Next?

Monday, March 7
4:00 P.M.
Pine Room, Kansas Union

Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor of Law
An expert on international trade, Bhala is the author of "Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a)" (forthcoming) and numerous books on international trade law.

Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor of History
An expert on contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern history, Marashi is the author of "Nationalizing Iran."

Erik Herron, Associate Professor of Political Science
An expert on democratization, Herron is the author of "Elections and Democracy after Communism?"

Moderated by Thomas Heilke, Director of the Center for Global and International Studies and Professor of Political Science.

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center.

Approved for GAP credit.

Lecture: Mort Rosenblum, “Covering the World in a Twitter Age”

Monday, February 28

10:00 A.M. Question & Answer Session with Students Resource
Center Stauffer-Flint, 2nd floor.

3:00 PM
Location: Alderson Auditorium

Mort Rosenblum, reporter, author, and educator, has covered stories on seven continents since the 1960s, from war in Biafra to tango dancing by the Seine. He was editor of the International Herald Tribune; special correspondent for The Associated Press; AP bureau chief in Africa, Southeast Asia, Argentina, and France; and founding editor of the quarterly, dispatches.

Link to Website.

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2011 Human Rights Symposium

Thursday, February 10
Green Hall, Room 203

8:00–8:10 A.M.- Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:10–9:05 A.M.- Whether the Death Penalty under Sharia is Inconsistent or Compliant with Article 6 of ICCPR
Associate Jasmine J. Abou-Kassem

9:15-10:10 A.M.- Human Rights Issues in our Current Immigration Morass
Immigration activist Angela Ferguson

10:20–11:15 A.M.- Progress in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of the United Republic of Tanzania
Dr. Garth Myers

11:25–12:20 P.M.- Just Save One: How Individuals from All Walks of Life Can Make an Impact on Human Rights at Home and Around the World
NBC Reporter Elizabeth Alex

12:30–1:25 P.M. (Burge Union)- The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Barring Discrimination in Employment and Benefits Based on Genetic Informatio
Kansas Human Rights Commission Director Joseph Mastrosimone

1:35–2:30 P.M.- Understanding Islamic Law: Women’s Rights and Freedom of Religion
Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala

2:40–3:35 P.M.- What’s Happening in Sudan: Human Rights Abuses from Sudan’s Civil War through the January 2011 Referendum Vote
Courageous Journey author Barbara Youree

3:45–4:40 P.M.- The Flotilla from a Journalistic Perspective and Covering the Middle East and Al Jazeera’s Brand of News Coverage
Al Jazeera reporter and flotilla survivor Jamal Elshayyal

Lecture: Powers of the Buddhas at Bamiyan and Bodhgaya

Big XII Faculty Fellow Janice Leoshko,
Associate Professor of Asian Art, Department of Art & Art History, University of Texas, Austin

Monday, January 31, 2011, 5:00 P.M.
Spencer Museum of Art, Room 211

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