2012 Events

FALL 2012

Egypt 2013: Uncovering Misconceptions about the Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Islam Video, and Post-Revolution Changes

Wednesday, November 28
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Big 12 Room, Kansas Union

A panel lecture on the political, economic and social state of Egypt moving into the new year. 

Sponsored by: KU Students for Justice in the Middle East (SJME), African and African American Studies, CGIS, Middle East Studies, & Kansas African Studies Center


Adham Hashish: KU law doctorate student, former law lecturer at Alexandria University in Egypt

Jacqueline Brinton: KU  professor, religious studies expert, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2009

Marwa Ghazali: Ph.D.student in Anthropology, Graduate Teaching Assistant Western Civilization 

Global Food For Thought (CGIS Lunchtime Lecture Series)

Professor John Younger: Raiders of the Lost Arc-and Other Jewish Adventures
Wednesday, November 28
12:00 pm
329 Blake

Dr. John Younger Professor: Classics, and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

John Younger is a field archaeologist who digs primarily in Greece, but at one point his career took an unexpected turn and he wound up excavating a Jewish-Christian catacomb in southern Italy and an early synagogue (3rd-6th c. CE) in the Galilee that produced a remarkable piece of sculpture that was transported to Jerusalem in a high-speed, midnight jeep-chase.

Light refreshments will be served. Approved for GAP Credit.

Women in Iran: Challenges and Opportunities-A Comparative Perspective
Speaker: Fatemeh Sadraee

Friday, November 16
2:30 PM
Centennial Room, Kansas Union

This talk will present an inside view of the experience of women in Iran. The most pressing issues, both positive and negative, will be examined, especially in relation to life after the 1979 Islamic revolution. What opportunities and challenges emerged and what was lost following the revolution? The speaker will present a comparative view of advantages and disadvantages experienced by women in Iran in relation to women in other countries in the Persian Gulf, including topics such as Hijab, participation in sports, professional opportunities and more.

Fatemeh Sadraee is the Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant and Cultural Embassador for Iran to KU for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. She holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Translation Studies from the Fars Science Research University in Shiraz, Iran.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, KU Middle East Studies

Dialogues for Peace: Our New Clear Future

Symposium on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons & Creating a World Where We Value the Inherent Dignity of Life
Friday, November 16
5:00- 6:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

Video:  Survivors from Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Distinguished Panelists: 

Prof. Brent Steele, Dept. of Political Science

Prof. Martha Rabbani, Peace & Conflict Studies Program

Adalric Tuten, Dept. of Geography

Prof. Mathew Forstater, Dept. of Economics, University of Missouri, KC

Peace depends on EACH one of us!

Organizers:  SGI-KU Youth for Peace, Culture & Education

Sponsor:  The Center for Global and International Studies

Iranian Studies Group Meeting

Thursday, November 15
5:15 pm
329 Blake Hall

Topic: Short Stories by the Persian Naturalist Writer Sadeq Chubak

We will read short stories written by Sadeq Chubak (1916, Bushahr, Iran - 1998, Berkeley, United States). Sadeq Chubak was the first Iranian writer who established himself as a great naturalist fiction writer. For further details and links to the English translation of stories, visit the Iranian Studies Group at KU facebook page

Diwali Celebration: Festival of Lights, Joy and Gaiety

Thursday, November 15
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Regnier Hall Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS

All are invited to come enjoy a FREE Diwali festival celebration in Kansas City!

Come to learn about and celebrate this exciting Hindu festival!  Diwali represents the triumph of good over evil.  Diwali is also known as Deepavali, the “deep” meaning light or lamp and “avail” meaning row.  All over India homes are lit with rows of lights, people sing songs and make delicious food offerings.

We will celebrate Diwali with colorful and vibrant classical and folk dancing from India

Sponsored by The Center for Global and International Studies, KU South Asian Studies

Gallery Talk: Erik Herron presents "Symbols in Campaigns: The Politics, Art, and Design of Ballots and Posters"

November 13, 2012
12:00 - 12:45 pm
Gallery 405: 20/21 Coversation Wall, Spencer Museum of Art

In elections, citizens encounter carefully crafted images designed to mobilize their vote or educate them about electoral practices. Over the course of American electoral history, iconic images have emerged like the "Daisy" advertisement or hanging chads. In this gallery talk, Political Science Professor Erik Herron will discuss images from elections outside the United States, showing how ballot design addresses critical social issues and how candidates all over the world use cultural, national and global symbols to speak to citizens.

This GAP approved event is presented in conjunction with the SMA exhibition Politics as Symbol/ Symbol as Politics, curated by Prof. Burdett Loomis (Political Science). It also takes place during International Education Week. Prof. Herron is the recent recipient of the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award from the Office of International Programs.

Sponsored by KU Spencer Museum of Art, the Office of International Programs, the Center for Global and International Studies. Approved for GAP Credit.

Indian Classical Music Lecture/ Demonstration/ Concert by world renowned Dhrupad vocalist Nirmalya Dey, accompanied by Mohan Shyam Sharma on Pakhawaj drum
Sunday, November 11
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Spencer Museum Auditorium

Sponsored by SPIC-MACAY @ KU, Student Senate, South Asian Studies Program, CGIS.

Global Food For Thought (CGIS Lunchtime Lecture Series)

Professor Nimrod Rosler: Leaders in Conflict and Peace Process
Wednesday, November 7
12:00 pm
329 Blake

Dr. Nimrod Rosler is the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor in Israel Studies, Jewish Studies Program, CGIS

What is the role of leaders in changing political contexts? How do they fulfill these roles in different conflicts? Dr. Rosler will answer these questions and present a theory regarding the psycho-social roles of leaders and the way they rhetorically fulfill them in two crucial contexts: intractable conflict and its resolution process. Comparative findings will be presented from the Israeli-Palestinian and Norther-Irish conflicts. Israeli snacks will be served. Approved for GAP Credit.

DIYA - a South Asian cultural event
Sunday, November 4
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, KU Union

Lecture: Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy? Critical Notes on the Arab Spring

Thursday, November 1
1:30 pm
Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

Dr. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver

In the elections that followed the toppling of longstanding dictators, secular and liberal parties have been crushed while the Muslim Brotherhood and other religious-based parties have emerged victorious. How can we begin to understand the popularity and persistence of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East? What are the prospects for liberal democracy in the region? Where is this region headed politically in the upcoming years and what are the implications for the United States and the West? Approved for GAP Credit.

Sponsored by the International Relations Council of Kansas City and the Center for Global & International Studies.

Indian Classical Music Lecture/ Demonstration/ Concert by vocalist Kalapini Komkali, daughter and student of legendary Kumar Gandharva, accompanied by Sanjay Deshpande on Tabla and Raya Korgaonkar on Harmonium.

Sunday, October 28
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sponsored by SPIC-MACAY @ KU, Student Senate, South Asian Studies Program, CGIS

Global Food For Thought (CGIS Lunchtime Lecture Series)

Wednesday, October 24
12:00 pm
329 Blake

Professor Hamsa Stainton: The Mahabharata Today: Insights from the Great War of Ancient India

Assistant Professor Hamsa Stainton (Department of Religious Studies, South Asian Studies Program Core Faculty) will present a talk covering Mahabharata, one of the great pieces of Indian and world literature, and what it can offer contemporary thinkers and citizens--especially in the middle of an election year. Indian snacks will be served.

Where Harry Met Sally

The Jewish Deli
in History and Popular Culture

A Public Presentation by
Professor Ted Merwin, Dickinson College
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 6:00 PM
The English Room, Kansas Union

Ted Merwin is a writer, journalist and noted public speaker. He is the author of In Their Own Image: New York Jews in Jazz Age
Popular Culture and a forthcoming book on the history of the Jewish delicatessen, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the
Jewish Deli.

Professor Merwin’s articles on Jewish culture have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Moment, Hadassah, and many other newspapers and magazines. For the last eleven years, he has written a weekly theater column for the New York Jewish Week, the largest-circulation Jewish newspaper in the nation.

This event is sponsored by
The Program in Jewish Studies
The Department of American Studies
The Department of Theatre
The Center for Global & International Studies.

University of Kansas

The Spencer Museum of Art, European Studies Program and Spencer Research Library


European Renaissance Free Educator Workshop

Spend time with colleagues exploring the European Renaissance.

View the exhibition Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy.

Discover new ideas for the classroom.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012

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

Where: Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS

Free Parking on Saturdays in Lot 91 (north of the museum)

For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Martin-Hamon at the Spencer Museum of Art: (785) 864-0170.

30 person limit


10:00-10:15 a.m. Sign in and Welcome

10:15-11:00 a.m. Presentation: “Vasari and the Art of Books,” Crystal Hall, KU Assistant Professor of Italian

11:00-11:10 a.m. Break

11:10-11:55 a.m. Tour of exhibition Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture in Late Renaissance Italy with Chassica Kirchhoff, Ph.D Candidate in Northern Renaissance Art.

11:55-12:30 p.m. Resources and Curriculum Connections, Amanda Martin-Hamon, Spencer Museum of Art Educator, and Elspeth Healey, Spencer Research Library Special Collections Curator.

Total Contact Hours: 2.5

To learn more about the Vasari exhibition at the Spencer Museum of art, please read

about the exhibition online: spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/Vasari.shtml

Film Festival:International Environmental Film Festival

Wednesdays 9/19-10/10
5:00 pm
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

The KU Area Studies Centers invite you to attend the International Environmental Film Festival at the Spencer Museum of Art. Films run on Wednesday evenings from 9/19 to 10/10 starting at 5:00 pm in the Spencer Museum Auditorium. For the duration of the festival the Spencer Museum Teaching Gallery will display a special exhibition featuring art made from recycled materials as well as a piece from Edward Burtynsky’s “Three Gorges Dam Project.” Burtynsky’s photographic exploration of China’s industrial landscapes is the subject of the final film in the festival, “Manufactured Lanscapes.”

This film festival is organized by the International Area Studies Centers of the University of Kansas: Center for East Asian Studies, Center of Latin American Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and the Center for Global & International Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, Environmental Studies Program, Office of International Programs, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute, European Studies Program, KU Environmental Stewardship Program (KU Recycling), KU Center for Sustainability, The Department of Film & Media Studies, and additional units have co-sponsored individual screenings (see listings below.)

This series of events can count for credit in the GAP (Global Awareness Program.) Students in the program may receive 5 point credit for each film, or 30 points (10 additional points!) for attendance at all four films. Contact Jenna Hunter at the GAP Program for details: jmhunter@ku.edu

Click here to download poster with full program details.

September 19

The Battle of Chernobyl

Based on top-secret government documents that came to light only during the collapse of the Soviet Union, THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL reveals a systematic cover-up of the true scope of the disaster. View Trailer.

Guest Speaker: Tatsiana Khvitsko

Khvitsko came into the world with no left foot and no right leg below the knee, the result of being born near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. Her story is one of sheer perseverance having traveled from Belarus to Kansas where she is now training to take part in the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

Presented by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, European Studies Program, Academic Achievement and Access Center

September 26

Waste Land

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. This film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. View Trailer.

Introduction by Antonio R. Simoes, Associate professor of Spanish & Portuguese, KU

Presented by the Center of Latin American Studies, KU Department of Spanish Portuguese

October 3

The Island President

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man confronting the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy after 30 years of despotic rule, Nasheed is faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. View Trailer.

Panel Discussion to follow:

Panelists: Chris Brown, KU Environmental Studies, Shannon O’Lear, Dept. of Geography, Johan Feddema, Dept. of Geography

Presented by the Center for Global & International Studies, South Asian Studies

October 10

Manufactured Landscapes

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky posits that man made landscapes define who we are as people. He sees a certain physical beauty in the order and/or symmetry in some of these landscapes, despite the negative reasons for them or the subsequent degradation they pose to the environment and people around them. Cameras follow Burtynsky as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China. View Trailer.

Introduction by Dr. Megan Greene, Associate Professor of History, KU and Director for the KU Center for East Asian Studies

Presented by the Center for East Asian Studies

Artist's Talk: Chido Johnson, KU Department of Art Visiting Artist
Thursday, October 11
6:00 pm
Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium

A Detroit artist hailing originally from Zimbabwe, Chido Johnson claims to have become an artist in order to be a clown, a gorilla and a priest. His work extends into a variety of media including video, performance, installation, sculpture and drawing. He is a recent Kresge Fellow and MacDowell Colony Fellow (2009), and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Johnson received his BFA from the University of Georgia, Athens in 1996, and his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

Workshop on Indian Kolam Drawings

Thursday, September 27
2:30-4:00 pm
Kansas Union Front Plaza on Jayhawk Blvd

Candlelight Vigil in honor of former U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens

Thursday, September 20
7:00 pm
South Park, 12th and Massachusetts St.

Iranian Studies Group Meeting

Thursday, September 20
5:15 pm
329 Blake Hall

In this month’s meeting the Iranian Studies Group will watch and discuss segments of the BBC Documentary “A Taste of Iran.”

BBC journalist Sadeq Saba takes a personal journey around a country of which he is fiercely proud, and it soon becomes apparent that there is a lot more to Iran than nuclear standoffs and mullahs.

In a country suspicious of the outside media, this is a rare opportunity to meet ordinary Iranians going about their daily lives - shopping, cooking, working and having fun. In this series, the BBC’s Iranian Expert Sadeq Saba travels around his home country meeting its people and exploring the culinary history and culture of the different regions.

A Taste of Iran is a journey of discovery of a land and its culture through its cuisine. In a series of four documentaries BBC’s Iran expert Sadeq Saba will guide the audience through different regions of Iran as he explores the culinary history and culture of Iranians.

Join the Iranian Studies Group at the KU page on facebook.

About the Iranian Studies Group at KU:

This is a group of people interested in the culture, society and history of Iran. We meet on the third Thursday of every month and discuss and exchange ideas on a pre-selected topic. The meetings are open to students, faculty and the general public. Hosted by the Center for Global & International Studies at KU and the KU Persian Club

For the topic of the month and other details, please contact:

Dr. Razi Ahmad at r.ahmad@ku.edu

Lecture: "The European Union: Fourth Year of a Crisis, or Birth Pangs of a New Historical Period?"

Dr. Manfred Stinnes, Visiting Lecturer, Berlin,Germany
Thursday, September 13
4:00-5:00 PM
Kansas Room, Kansas Union

After ten years of enormous success, the euro is in a crisis. Most countries in the euro zone believe that the long-term solution lies in the creation of an economic and political union. Dr. Manfred Stinnes will discuss the prospects for such a union in view of significant anti-EU sentiment among Europeans.

Dr. Stinnes’ visit and lecture are sponsored by the European Studies Program, the Center for Global & International Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, and the Department of Political Science.

Vivekananda’s Vision: A Conversation With Nivedita Bhide

Wednesday, September 12
11:00 am
Jayhawk Room
Kansas Union

On the  eve of the 150th  birth  anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Ms.  Nivedita Bhide (Didi), Vice President  of the Vivekanada Kendra Organization in India, will be giving a talk on Swami Vivekanada’s philosophy and contribution to the world.  Didi has dedicated her life for the service of humanity with the Vivekanada Kendra.  She will speak about the life of service, including the daily routine of monks and nuns,  the challenges of this lifestyle, the conversion of Swamiji’s philosophy into action, the impact of the organization in India and the world, and the role of yoga.

Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the notion of nationalism in colonial India. He is perhaps best known in the West for his inspiring speech beginning with “Sisters and Brothers of America,”through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Sponsored by KU South Asian Studies, the Center for Global & International Studies and the Department of Religious Studies.

Drepung Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala Construction 

September 4-7
Spencer Museum of Art Central Court

Drepung Tibetan Monks Cultural Pageant Performance

September 7
7:00 PM
Woodruff Auditorium
Kansas Union

Co-sponsored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies; Spencer Museum of Art; KU Center for Global & International Studies; KU Department of Visual Art; KU Department of History; KU Department of Religous Studies; KU Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures; and KU South Asian Studies.

Free Pussy Riot? Freedom of Speech in Russia 

Monday, August 27
Big 12 Room,
Kansas Union

KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, the Center for Global and International Studies, and the School of Journalism invite you to take part in a discussion of the trial of members of the punk rock group Pussy Riot, and what it means for free speech in Russia. Kirill Mikhailov, a journalist based in Moscow, will speak to this topic and will take questions from the audience via Skype.

KU Political Science Professor Erik Herron will be on hand to introduce the speaker. Dr. Herron, who has served as an international election observer in many countries in the region, noted the importance of this issue. "The Pussy Riot case has focused international attention on the Russian government's efforts to stifle vocal expressions of dissent. It is unlikely that the case would have achieved such prominence without social media. Twitter, Facebook, and livestreaming sites allow journalists like Kirill Mikhailov to provide real-time access to events and they have fundamentally altered how members of the opposition communicate to each other and to the world."

CREES Brownbag Lecture: "Is Germany Europe's New Hegemonial Power?"

Dr. Manfred Stinnes, Visiting Lecturer, Berlin,Germany
Tuesday, August 28
12:00-1:00 PM
318 Bailey Hall

Spring 2012

Africa World Documentary Film Festival
Wednesday, April 25–Saturday, April 28
Spencer Museum of Art

From April 25-28 the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, which promotes knowledge and culture of the people of Africa in a Pan-African context, will take place at KU. Of the 21 films to be screened at the Spencer Museum of Art, five are particularly relevant for Europe. Films in languages other than English are subtitled or dubbed in English. All film screenings are free of charge.

K-12 Teacher Workshop: A Street Through Time
Saturday, February 25
8:00 AM—3:00 PM
Lied Center Pavilion

Learn about UNESCO world heritage sites around the world through lectures by KU faculty, then try your hand at a few intangible heritage activities such as taiko drumming (Japan) and henna tattooing (India) at this day long FREE workshop. The aim is to trace a particular site or culture over the millennia, then construct a book that shows the evolution. CGIS European Studies Coordinator Lorie Vanchena (Assoc. Professor, Germanic Languages & Literature) and CGIS South Asia Studies Coordinator Geeta Tiwari are participating, among others.

This workshop is free but registration is required because space is limited. To register, contact Randi Hacker, CEAS Outreach Coordinator, at rhacker@ku.edu

Gallery Talk: Prof. Marie-Alice L’Heureux on Socialist Imagery: USSR/US (1935)
Art in a Global Context: The Museum Collection Across the Curriculum Series
Thursday, February 16   
1:00–2:00 PM
Spencer Museum of Art

Come view works for the first time, through a new lens, or in a deeper way in this new gallery talk series. 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 Marie-Alice L’Heureux from the Department of Architecture and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies will speak on works by Boris Ignatovich and Osvaldo Louis Gugliemi.

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Film & Panel Discussion: Pearls on the Ocean Floor
International Focus Film Series
Thursday, February 16
6:00–8:00 PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium

Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor is a thought-provoking, feature-length documentary examining the lives and works of Iranian female artists living and working in and outside the Islamic Republic. This unflinching and incisive study presents unique individual perspectives regarding issues of identity, gender, and the role that art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran. (2010, 77 minutes).  A panel discussion will follow the screening with Director Robert Adanto; SMA Curator of Global Contemporary & Asian Art Kris Ercums; KU Assistant Professor of Installation Art Maria Velasco; and Pooya Naderi , an Iran native and doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology; and moderated by Jackie Brinton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and CGIS Middle East Studies Coordinator.  

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies, Spencer Museum of Art, and Kress Foundation Department of Art History.


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