2015 Events


Postcards from Abroad: The Glowing Forests of India
Wednesday, December 9, 8:58 pm and Saturday, December 12, 1:04 pm
Tune in to 91.5 FM KPR in Lawrence

December’s postcard features the bioluminescent forests in India’s Western Ghats. The radio program, Postcards from Abroad, brings you 60 seconds of quirky cultural tidbits. This collaboration between KPR and the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas features guest writers from different centers. Listen to already broadcast Postcards from Abroad: http://audioboom.com/postcardsfromabroad.


Shad-e Yalda: A Celebration of Winter Solstice
Thursdat, December 3, 5:30 pm
Malott Room, Kansas Union
 

Join the University of Kansas Persian Club as we present the Shab-e Yalda (celebration of the winter solstice), an ancient Persian tradition. The program will consists of a brief presentation on Yalda Night, games, activities, and light refreshment. Sponsored by Middle East Studies and the Center for Global & International Studies.


"Working in Foreign Policy": Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference Call
Wednesday, December 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join us as we Skype with Rachel B. Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at CFR. She will discuss her experience working in foreign policy and offer suggestions for how students can prepare for careers in public service, global affairs, and policy research.


Film Screening: Girl Rising
Tuesday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

Join Peace Corps for a special screening of Girl Rising followed by a discussion on girls' education worldwide and how you can help through Peace Corps service. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice. The movie will run for 1 hour and 41 minutes.


CREES Brownbag: Elections in Turkey
Tuesday, December 1, 12:00-1:00pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join Mike Wuthrich, Academic Director of Global & International Studies program, as he discusses Turkish elections.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Writing Workshop

Thursday, November 19, 2:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This intensive workshop will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop is intended to help students applying for CLS for the 2016 term who have already begun their application essays. You must bring a completed draft of your essay to the session. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students). Registration is required. Please email Anne Wallen to reserve your seat at the workshop annewallen@ku.edu.

Languages: -Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 9-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 23, 2015. www.clscholarship.org


Internationalize Your Mobile Devices

Thursday, November 19, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

EGARC (4070 Wescoe)

As part of the celebration of International Education Week, EGARC will be partnering with KU IT to help students, faculty and staff “internationalize” their mobile devices. Services will include the installation of foreign language keyboards as well as grammar and spellcheckers for Microsoft Office products; we will also field general IT questions, including those about free and discounted software available through KU IT (http://technology.ku.edu/software).


International Trivia Night

Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 pm
The Jay, Kansas Union

KU staff, students and faculty and the general public are welcome to participate. Organize a team of up to eight people. Register your team by Nov. 17 at international.ku.edu/international-trivia-night. Individuals are welcome to come to the event to be assigned to a team, if space is available. Email oip@ku.edu with questions.


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Information Sessions

Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process to KU and non-KU graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. Most Academic Year FLAS fellowships are used for domestic study at KU, although a semester or full year abroad is also an option. Students can receive FLAS awards for study during the academic year or summer. For more information, come to the info session or visit http://flas.ku.edu/.


Internship Fair

Wednesday, November 18, 3:00-6:00 pm
Kansas Union Ballroom

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is co-sponsoring the Internship Fair with the UCC. Students are encouraged to attend this networking event to learn about internship opportunities. Employers will be promoting their fall, spring, and summer opportunities. Students should dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes, and be ready to make a great first impression! We also encourage students to download the internship fair app to view the employers attending and prepare for the event.


Ujamaa Global Food For Thought

Troubled Seas of Eastern Africa: Kenya and US Face Insecurity

Wednesday, November 18, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Hannington Ochwada, Department of History, will discuss the causes and consequences of maritime insecurity in the Indian Ocean region surrounding the Horn of Africa. Sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies and Kansas African Studies Center. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP.


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Info Session
Thursday, November 12, 2:00-3:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

This information session will be led by Anne Wallen, Assistant Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships with the University Honors Program. The workshop provides information about the CLS program and application process. This opportunity is open to all KU undergraduate students intending to apply for CLS for the upcoming cycle (not only honors students).

Languages: -Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels; -Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Can’t make it but still interested? Visit Anne Wallen during office hours in Watson Library in the Honors Student Lounge 9-11 am on Wednesdays. Application Deadline November 23, 2015. www.clscholarship.org


Propaganda, Posters, and the Art of Persuasion
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm
Regnier Hall 265, KU Edwards Campus

Presented by Hal Wert, Professor of History at the Kansas City Art Institute and author of George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents: The Best Campaign and Political Posters of the Last Fifty Years. A reception will follow. KU Edwards campus is located at 12600 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS. Sponsored by Global & International Studies.


Giacomo Leopardi and the Uncomfortable Truth: The Zibaldone as a Pre-modern Hypertext

Wednesday, November 11, 5:00-6:30 pm
Spencer Research Library, North Gallery, 1450 Poplar Ln

Professor Franco D’Intino, University of Rome – Sapienza, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Leopardi Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK, discusses the life and legacy of poet Giacomo Leopardi through his notebooks published in Italian in 1898 under the name “Zibaldone”, which loosely translates to “miscellany” or “hodgepodge”. D’Intino served as co-editor of the 2013 English translation of this monumental work. Spanning some 4,500 pages, Leopardi’s writings reflect his radically modern ideas about religion, philosophy, language, history, anthropology, astronomy, literature, poetry, and love. The lecture includes a bilingual reading from the "Zibaldone". A reception will follow. This lecture is presented in conjunction with a screening of the biopic film Leopardi (Il giovane favoloso) on November 9 at 7 PM, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Sponsored by Department of French and Italian, Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Research Library, Hall Center for the Humanities, and European Studies Program.


Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
An Evening with Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies, Brandeis University
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Spooner Hall, KU Commons

 

For the 380,000 African American soldiers who fought in WWI, Woodrow Wilson's charge to make the world 'safe for democracy' carried life-or-death meaning. Chad L. Williams reveals the central role of African American soldiers in the global conflict and how they, along with others, committed to fighting for democracy. Using a diverse range of sources, Williams reclaims the legacy of African American soldiers and connects their history to issues such as obligations of citizenship, combat, labor, diaspora and internationalism, homecoming and racial violence, 'New Negro' militancy, and African American memories of WWI. (from UNC Press) Sponsored by KU Common Book, KU First Year Experience, The Langston Hughes Center, Department of African & African-American Studies and KU World War I Centennial Commemoration.


Film: Leopardi (II Giovane Favoloso)
Monday, November 9, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St

Leopardi (Il giovane favoloso), a biopic directed by Mario Martone, tells the story of the life and work of poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837). Hailed as a literary genius and the finest Italian writer since Petrarch, Leopardi was an innovative, radical thinker. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival the same year. Italian with English subtitles. 143 min. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening is organized in conjunction with a lecture by Franco D’Intino on Leopardi's "Zibaldone" or notebooks of miscellaneous writings, scheduled to take place November 11, from 5-6 pm at the Spencer Research Library. Sponsored by Department of French and Italian, Spencer Museum of Art, and European Studies Program.


Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

Friday, November 6, 3:30-5:00 pm 

Hall Center Seminar Room

 

This Hall Center Conflict & International Change Seminar is presented by Karen Dawisha, author of the acclaimed New York Times best seller Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? Dawisha is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the director of its Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. She has served as an advisor to the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff and the Bureau of Political Military Affairs of the U.S. State Department (1985-7). Sponsored by Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Hall Center for the Humanities; Department of Political Science; and Global & International Studies Program. Open to all KU faculty, staff and students and their guests


What is the Problem with Russia? Or is there a Problem?

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm

Kansas Union, Big 12 Room

 

Presented by Karen Dawisha, author of the acclaimed New York Times best seller Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? Dawisha is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the director of its Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. She has served as an advisor to the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff and the Bureau of Political Military Affairs of the U.S. State Department (1985-7). Sponsored by Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Hall Center for the Humanities; Department of Political Science; and Global & International Studies Program.


Ujamaa Food For Thought
Twice Married: Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria
Wednesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Kathryn A. Rhine, Associate Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology will explore the relationship between marriage and HIV transmission in northern Nigeria. Sponsored by Center for Global & International Studies and Kansas African Studies Center. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP. 


More than Binding Men's Wounds: Women's Wartime Nursing in Russia during the Great War
Everyday Lives on the Eastern Front: WW! Lecture Series 2015-16
 
Laurie Stoff, Senior Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Spooner Hall, KU Commons
 

Although the female nurse has been a fixture in modern warfare, she is often overlooked. The nurse’s role was especially important in World War I, when thousands of female medical personnel were required for the treatment of millions of soldiers and civilians. In Russia, nurses were indispensable to the war effort, serving on the front lines and often assuming public leadership roles. These nurses, far from merely binding wounds, provided vital services that put them squarely in traditionally masculine territory, both literally and figuratively. Sponsored by: KU Common Book, Big XII Faculty Fellowship Program, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Dole Institute of Politics, European Studies Program, Hall Center for the Humanities, Humanities Program, Max Kade Center, Office of Graduate Military Programs, University Honors Program, University Press of Kansas. This program is part of the University of Kansas Centennial Commemoration of World War I, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Learn more about participating units and upcoming programs: www.european.ku.edu/events  and kuwwi.com. Followed by a reception and book-signing.


Live Traditional Indian Music Concert Presented by SPICMACAY with Indian Classical Vocalist Bhuvanesh Komkali
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-6:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium

Please feel free to drop in at any time between 4:00 and 6:00 to get a taste of this amazingly rich and vibrant tradition! Renowned vocalist, Bhuvanesh Komkali, grandson and son of legendary musicians will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed Sanjay Deshpande on tabla percussion and by Vyasmurthi Katti on harmonium. In this interactive demonstration you are encouraged to ask the artists questions.  These performers have decades of intense training received as part of the traditional guru-shishya parampara (residential student-teacher relationship akin to parent- child relationship) that involves a holistic teaching and learning style. FREE and open to the public. Presented by the KU Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Jayhawks Without Borders: LGBT Issues in Poland
Friday, October 23, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mr. Izienicki will discuss LGBT issues in Poland, detailing the struggle for civil rights in the European country and what the political arena looks like today. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies.


Recycling the Disabled: Army, Medicine, and Modernity in the First World War
Everyday Lives on the Eastern Front: WWI Lecture Series 2015-16
 
Heather Perry, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm
Spooner Hall, KU Commons
 

This talk will examine the 'medical organization' of Imperial Germany for total war. Faced with mounting casualties and a growing labor shortage, German military, industrial, and governmental officials turned to medical experts for assistance in the total mobilization of society. Through an investigation of developments in rehabilitation medicine, prosthetic technology, military medical organization and the cultural history of disability, Heather Perry will discuss how the pressures of warfare transformed not only medical ideas and treatments for injured soldiers, but also social and cultural expectations of the disabled body in Germany as well as in other belligerent nations. Sponsored by: KU Common Book, Big XII Faculty Fellowship Program, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Department of History, Dole Institute of Politics, European Studies Program, Hall Center for the Humanities, Humanities Program, Max Kade Center, Office of Graduate Military Programs, University Honors Program, University Press of Kansas. This program is part of the University of Kansas Centennial Commemoration of World War I, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Learn more about participating units and upcoming programs: www.european.ku.edu/events  and kuwwi.com.


Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Information Sessions
Thursday, October 22, 3:30pm 
Kansas Union, Malott Room

FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process to KU and non-KU graduate and advanced undergraduate students to pursue foreign language and area studies for professional purposes. Most Academic Year FLAS fellowships are used for domestic study at KU, although a semester or full year abroad is also an option. Students can receive FLAS awards for study during the academic year or summer. For more information, come to the info session or visit http://flas.ku.edu/.


Midwest Jewish Studies Association
Sunday, October 18-Monday, October 19
The Eldridge Hotel

The KU Jewish Studies Program will host the 27th annual conference of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association. This conference brings together aspiring and established scholars of Jewish Studies. Information on events, registration and the plenary speaker can be found here: http://jewishstudies.ku.edu/2015-mjsa-conference.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Politics and Governance in Lebanon
Friday, October 16, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Jenan Amin will provide an overview of the working of the Lebanese political system since the end of the civil war (1975 - 1990) and address problems of administrative mismanagement and corruption which affect the provision of public services by the central government and the working of municipalities across the country. It will highlight the current trash crisis as an example of the government's failure to provide basic daily services for Lebanese citizens. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies.


Expand Your World: Join Phi Beta Delta!
Deadline: October 7

Phi Beta Delta is KU’s honor society for juniors, seniors, graduate students, scholars, staff and faculty who have distinguished themselves academically or professionally and are involved in international education and endeavors. Meet people with similar interests. Qualified students can apply for conference travel funds. Attend events with an international focus. Apply by October 7 at www.international.ku.edu/membership. Contact pbd@ku.edu with questions.


The East Asian Literary Festival
Tuesday, October 6
KU Union Ballroom

Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner for her middle grade novel, A Single Shard, will be giving the keynote address entitled “Roots and Wings.” She will then join a panel of other authors to answer questions. This event will be attended by Lawrence middle school students, but it is also open to any KU student, faculty or staff members who would like to attend. Future educators and those in international and area studies are especially encouraged to join us! This is a free event. If you plan to attend, an RSVP is requested, but not required. Please email rhacker@ku.edu and put “EA Litfest” in the subject line to let us know you plan to attend. Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the KU Confucius Institute.


Jayhawks Without Borders Meeting
Friday, October 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Join Jayhawks Without Borders, KU’s club for students interested in international & area studies, for a discussion titled, “Immigration Law in Kansas City” with Angie Williams practicing attorney & KU CLACS Alumna.


Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session
Thursday, October 1, 5:30-6:30 pm
149 Burge Union

JET is a program run through the Japanese government that brings college-educated individuals to work in communities in Japan, usually as assistant English teachers in public schools. More information about the program can be found at http://jetprogramusa.org/.


Global Food For Thought
Sustainable Re-housing after Disasters: Learning from Post-tsunami Resettlements in Sri Lanka
International Association of African Educators (IAAE)
Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

In most post-disaster recovery efforts, particularly in less affluent communities, resettlement housing projects reflect the ideals of the providers (state, donors, and designers) rather than those of the displaced. Join Kapila Silva, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Design & Planning as he discusses the decisions that architects made when planning and designing resettlement housing projects in Sri Lanka in the wake of tsunami disaster in 2004. He will highlight the key lessons learned from that resettlement project. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP. 


Erasing Invisibility: Equity, Social Justice & Educational Excellence of Africans in Diaspora/Immigrants
International Association of African Educators (IAAE)
September 25-26
KU, Lawrence campus
 

The historic, inaugural conference of the International Association of African Educators (IAAE) will be held at the University of Kansas, September 25-26, 2015. The theme of the conference is Erasing Invisibility: Equity, Social Justice and Educational Excellence of Africans in the Diaspora/Immigrants. This conference aims to bring together educators, researchers, students, community activists, agencies, families, policymakers and all others to engage in a rich Ubuntu-filled communal learning that begins the work on erasing the invisibility of African immigrants and ensuring their educational and professional excellence, equity and social justice. Keynote speakers include Dr. Rong Xue, Professor of Social Studies Education, School of Education, University of North Carolina, and George J. S. Sefa Dei, Professor of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. For more information visit the conference website. 


Erasing Invisibility: Equity, Social Justice & Educational Excellence of Africans in Diaspora/Immigrants International Association of African Educators (IAAE)
Thursday, September 24, 1:00-2:15 pm
Wescoe 4022
 

Dr. Howard Resnick, also called Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, is a Sanskrit and Indian Studies scholar from Harvard University. He is also a well-respected writer, and a practitioner with the Hare Krishna community. Sponsored by the KU South Asian Studies and CGIS. Earn credit for GAP. 


The Story of Krishna's Descent
Thursday, September 24, 1:00-2:15 pm
Wescoe 4022
 

Dr. Howard Resnick, also called Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, is a Sanskrit and Indian Studies scholar from Harvard University. He is also a well-respected writer, and a practitioner with the Hare Krishna community. Sponsored by the KU South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP. 


National Elections in Turkey: Here We Go Again?
Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Centennial Room
 

Join F. Michael Wuthrich, Assistant Professor and Director of the Global & International Studies Program at KU, as he discusses the critical upcoming elections in Turkey in light of the “ghosts of elections past,” the forces, patterns and people that will help us make sense of what we will see before and after November 1st when the citizens of Turkey go once again to the polls. Sponsored by the Global & International Studies Program, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Department of Political Science, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Earn credit for GAP. Followed by a book-signing


Info Session for NEW program: Architecture & Culture in the United Arab Emirate led by Nilou Vakil
Wednesday, September 23, 2:00 pm
107 Smith Hall (after the REL 350 class)
 

The Office of Study Abroad is excited to announce a NEW winter break program in the United Arab Emirates. Earn GIST credit during winter break. Locations: Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Dates: January 1-13, 2016. For more info, visit: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/architecture-united-arab-emirates. If you have questions, please contact Renée Frias at the Office of Study Abroad at rfrias@ku.edu.


Disappearing Himalayan Glaciers, Water Security in High Asia, Temples, Elephants, and Other Wonders
Friday, September 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
317 Lindley
 

The speaker, Mark Williams, PhD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor of the Department of Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder. More details will be announced soon. 


Mysticism in Mind & Movement: Sufism, Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes
Friday, September 18, 12:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium
 

This talk will address a number of questions: What is mysticism about? How is it part of and different from everyday religion? How does Sufism—Muslim mysticism--fit into the broad concepts of mysticism? Who was Rumi and did how his tariqa (mystical path) chart familiar and unprecedented territory? How and why is this relevant to us, in the early twenty-first century? Ori Z Soltes teaches theology, art history, philosophy and politics at Georgetown University. He has taught and lectured across the United States and internationally, and is the author of several hundred books and articles. Co-sponsored by KU Middle East Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Global & International Studies, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. This talk is organized in conjunction with the “Whirling Dervishes of Rumi” performance event at the Lied Center on Sunday, September 20, at 6:30 pm. Presented by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. $25 adults, $15 students/youth. 


Euroscholars Information Session
September 14, 3:30 pm
Nunemaker Center
 

Would you like to participate in cutting-edge research in your academic discipline? Are you interested in studying abroad while at KU? If your answer is an emphatic “yes”, then join us for this info session. EuroScholars is a prestigious semester-long study abroad program designed for talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students looking to participate in international research. Scholarships of up to $5,000 are available through the KU Office of Study Abroad for students participating in semester-length study abroad programs. In addition, the KU Honors Program, the Center for Undergraduate Research, and many of the KU academic departments offer additional funding opportunities for study and research abroad.
Unable to attend the information session but interested in learning more? Drop by the Office of Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott, or call 785.864.3742 to schedule an appointment with David Wiley, Program Coordinator. 


SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROB ANDREW

Jayhawks Without Borders
Friday, September 11, 11:00-11:50 am
318 Bailey Hall

Hear from a Senior Foreign Service Officer on how 9/11 changed the life and careers of US State Department employees. Drawing on his own personal experiences, Mr. Andrew will discuss how 9/11 continues to affect the lives of diplomats today.

 

Coffee with a Diplomat
Friday, September 11, 12:30-2:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove F (third floor, near Marketplace)

Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.

 

Internship Program with the US Department of State
Friday, September 11, 2:30-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about internship opportunities with the US Department of State. The US Department of State offers internship for diverse, culturally-aware, adaptable and strategic problem-solvers interested in learning about US foreign policy and diplomacy. Participation in these internship programs will enable you to acquire lifelong skills and position you for a public service career. The deadline for the Summer 2016 Internship is in October so this session is very timely.

These events are sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 9, 10:30am-3:30pm
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
 

Join the Office of Study Abroad and learn more about study abroad opportunities for KU students. 


Jayhawks Without Borders Meeting
Friday, September 4, 11:00am-12:00pm
318 Bailey Hall
 

Join Jayhawks Without Borders, KU’s club for students interested in international & area studies, for a beginning-of-semester icebreaker. Bring a friend!  


Inaugural Convocation of the KU School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Tuesday, September 1, 3:30-6:00 pm
Kansas Union Ballroom

The convocation marks the launch of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, laying the foundation for KU’s strong regional and national prominence in foreign-language and cultural education. The SLLC serves an essential function for twenty-first-century higher education in Kansas, which is, and will continue to be, driven by globalization. Please RSVP to sllc@ku.edu by Wednesday, August 26 at noon.


The Persian Club Welcome Party
Saturday, August 29, 6:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

We're having a party to welcome new students to the Persian Club. We hope to see you there!


World Wednesday
Furoshiki: Wrapping Gifts, Japanese Style
Wednesday, May 6, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

A furoshiki is a square of fabric used in Japan to wrap things. Join Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker as she teaches you to wrap several items including a basketball (or a watermelon), a water bottle and a CD. Step-by-step handouts will be included and the first 10 educators to arrive will receive a genuine Japanese furoshiki cloth. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


Jayhawks Without Borders: End of the Year Party!
Friday, May 1, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Come one, come all to celebrate the end of Jayhawks w/o Borders' first year! New officers will be announced. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Envisioning Transatlantic Partnership for the 21st Century: What's Next on the Horizon for EU-US Economic Relations?
Thursday, April 30, reception at 5:30 pm and program at 6:15 pm
Union Station in Kansas City, MO

This discussion will be presented by Miriam Sapiro, Nonresident Senior Fellow Brookings Institution and Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President for European Affairs from the US Chamber of Commerce. Miriam Sapiro is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. She served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2009-2014, where she led negotiations and enforcement with countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas. She has over 25 years of experience in the private sector and government, including at the National Security Council and the U.S. State Department. Marjorie Chorlins is Vice President for European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing US-based programs and policies related to trade and investment in Europe. With more than 25 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, she has focused on forging consensus among competing points of view. She has represented the U.S. government in multilateral trade negotiations, advocated in support of global sales, and consulted with multinational corporations on corporate responsibility. Since KU is an educational partner of the IRC, faculty, students, and staff may attend for FREE! Register online: www.irckc.org/event/EU-US-Econ


Q&A with Dr. Gal Levy on Israel's Current Elections
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Governors (5th floor)

Join Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, as he leads a discussion and Q&A on Israel's recent election outcome. Sponsored by KU’s Jewish Studies Program.


World Wednesday

Kiswahili Basics
Wednesday, April 29, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

Mackenzie Jones, Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas African Studies Center

The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


See/Saw Film Festival
Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26
Lawrence Public Library

See/Saw centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. Following each film screening, we will hold a panel discussion with members of the KU and Lawrence community. For program information, see http://seesawfilmfest.com/program/   The festival is free and open to the public. While the See/Saw Film Festival was primarily coordinated by graduate students in the KU Department of Special Education and leadership members of the Kansas University Professionals for Disability, the event would not be possible without assistance from the following organizations, departments, and centers. These sponsors have been pivotal in donating time, energy, wisdom, and funds to the festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Internships
Friday, April 24, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mary Beth Duda will talk to us about internship possibilities overseas. She participated in an "internship abroad" that also counted for major credit last summer. She went to Dublin and worked for a non-profit organization there that focused on developmental work in a number of sub-Saharan African countries--a very global experience! Find more information on study abroad programs and internships at the University of Kansas here at the KU Office of Study Abroad website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Global Food For Thought
The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Elizabeth Asiedu, Professor, Department of Economics examined the effect of HIV/AIDS on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 41 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. She found that HIV/AIDS has a negative but diminishing effect on FDI. Furthermore, the adverse effect occurs even when the HIV prevalence rate is as low as 0.1 percent. The result has important policy implications for SSA countries.  A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP. Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center.


Live Traditional Indian Music Concert Presented by SPICMACAY
Tuesday, April 21, 2:00-4:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sanjeev Abhyankar, an internationally renowned vocalist from India, will be accompanied by highly acclaimed tabla player Ajinkya Joshi and harmonium player Milind Kulkarni in an interactive demonstration concert here at the University of Kansas. FREE and open to the public. Presented by the KU Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies.


World Wednesday
Furoshiki: Wrapping Gifts, Japanese Style
Wednesday, May 6, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

A furoshiki is a square of fabric used in Japan to wrap things. Join Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker as she teaches you to wrap several items including a basketball (or a watermelon), a water bottle and a CD. Step-by-step handouts will be included and the first 10 educators to arrive will receive a genuine Japanese furoshiki cloth. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


Jayhawks Without Borders: End of the Year Party!
Friday, May 1, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Come one, come all to celebrate the end of Jayhawks w/o Borders' first year! New officers will be announced. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Envisioning Transatlantic Partnership for the 21st Century: What's Next on the Horizon for EU-US Economic Relations?
Thursday, April 30, reception at 5:30 pm and program at 6:15 pm
Union Station in Kansas City, MO

This discussion will be presented by Miriam Sapiro, Nonresident Senior Fellow Brookings Institution and Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President for European Affairs from the US Chamber of Commerce. Miriam Sapiro is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. She served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2009-2014, where she led negotiations and enforcement with countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas. She has over 25 years of experience in the private sector and government, including at the National Security Council and the U.S. State Department. Marjorie Chorlins is Vice President for European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing US-based programs and policies related to trade and investment in Europe. With more than 25 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, she has focused on forging consensus among competing points of view. She has represented the U.S. government in multilateral trade negotiations, advocated in support of global sales, and consulted with multinational corporations on corporate responsibility. Since KU is an educational partner of the IRC, faculty, students, and staff may attend for FREE! Register online: www.irckc.org/event/EU-US-Econ


World Wednesday

Kiswahili Basics
Wednesday, April 29, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

Mackenzie Jones, Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas African Studies Center

The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


Q&A with Dr. Gal Levy on Israel's Current Elections
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Governors (5th floor)

Join Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, as he leads a discussion and Q&A on Israel's recent election outcome. Sponsored by KU’s Jewish Studies Program.


Q&A with Dr. Gal Levy on Israel's Current Elections
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Kansas Union, Governors (5th floor)

Join Dr. Gal Levy, Visiting Israeli Professor in Jewish Studies, as he leads a discussion and Q&A on Israel's recent election outcome. Sponsored by KU’s Jewish Studies Program.


See/Saw Film Festival
Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26
Lawrence Public Library

See/Saw centers on exhibiting, disrupting and renegotiating constructions of children and young people who come from historically underserved and marginalized backgrounds. Following each film screening, we will hold a panel discussion with members of the KU and Lawrence community. For program information, see http://seesawfilmfest.com/program/   The festival is free and open to the public. While the See/Saw Film Festival was primarily coordinated by graduate students in the KU Department of Special Education and leadership members of the Kansas University Professionals for Disability, the event would not be possible without assistance from the following organizations, departments, and centers. These sponsors have been pivotal in donating time, energy, wisdom, and funds to the festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Internships
Friday, April 24, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mary Beth Duda will talk to us about internship possibilities overseas. She participated in an "internship abroad" that also counted for major credit last summer. She went to Dublin and worked for a non-profit organization there that focused on developmental work in a number of sub-Saharan African countries--a very global experience! Find more information on study abroad programs and internships at the University of Kansas here at the KU Office of Study Abroad website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Global Food For Thought
The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Wednesday, April 22, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Elizabeth Asiedu, Professor, Department of Economics examined the effect of HIV/AIDS on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 41 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. She found that HIV/AIDS has a negative but diminishing effect on FDI. Furthermore, the adverse effect occurs even when the HIV prevalence rate is as low as 0.1 percent. The result has important policy implications for SSA countries.  A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP. Sponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies and the Kansas African Studies Center.


Live Traditional Indian Music Concert Presented by SPICMACAY
Tuesday, April 21, 2:00-4:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sanjeev Abhyankar, an internationally renowned vocalist from India, will be accompanied by highly acclaimed tabla player Ajinkya Joshi and harmonium player Milind Kulkarni in an interactive demonstration concert here at the University of Kansas. FREE and open to the public. Presented by the KU Chapter of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY), co-sponsored by KU South Asian Studies and Center for Global & International Studies.


Jayhawks Without Borders: A Day in the Life of a Ugandan School Child
Friday, April 17, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Mackenzie Jones, Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas African Studies Center, will talk about the educational system in Uganda and how to use the shared school experience as a bridge to understanding children in another part of the world.

Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


African Literature in Rhythmic Cadence: Wole Soyinka @ 80
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 pm
Kansas Union, Hawk's Nest

This event will celebrate the life and work of Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet. Soyinka was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored.  Featuring poetry, live music, and dancing, with readings by students and KU faculty members Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka (Theatre/WGSS), Giselle Anatol (English), Nicole Hodges Persley (Theatre), and Peter Ukpokodu (Theatre/AAAS). Free and open to the public.


Salam! Welcome to Persian Languages
Wednesday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

Join us to learn about the fascinating language, history, and culture of Persia! You will acquire the skills to conduct a basic conversation in Farsi as well as write in that language using the Perso-Arabic script. Participants will take home materials that they can use in the classroom. Presented by the Center for Global & International Studies. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


The International Criminal Court from Nuremberg to Kampala and Beyond
Wednesday, April 15, 9:45 am
Burge Union, Courtside Room

The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is hosting this presentation by the Ambassador of Slovenia, H. E. Dr. Bozo Cerar. The Ambassador's talk examines the evolution of international criminal law and its enforcement - starting at the Nuremberg trials and expanding into current-day issues. There will be time for questions following the Ambassador's presentation. Co-Sponsored by The School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, KU School of Business, KU School of Law, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Center for Global & International Studies, European Studies Program, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


Communism Through the Eyes of a Child
Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

An evening with Polish graphic novelist Marzena Sowa and French illustrator and cartoonist Sylvain Savoia. Sowa and Savoia are the authors of the autobiographical comic series "Marzi" depicting Sowa's childhood and adolescence in communist Poland in the 1980s. The English translation came out under the title "Marzi. A Memoir: in 2011 by DC/Vertigo. KU Slavic Department Professor Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova will introduce the author and illustrator, and lead an informal discussion open to anyone interested in East European history, Communism, graphic novels & illustration. Sponsored by KU Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Department of French & Italian, European Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Global Hotspots, Ukraine & Crimea
Friday, April 10, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Austin Charron, doctoral candidate in the KU Geography Department will give a general talk on Ukraine. The talk will include some historical background as well as research and cognitive mapping conducted by Austin as a Fulbrighter in Crimea. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


JWB Freddy's Percentage Night
Tuesday, April 7, 5:00-8:00 pm
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Jayhawks w/o Borders invites you to join them at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers (23rd & Iowa) on Tuesday, April 7th from 5-8pm. A percentage of all sales during that time period will go to this newly formed club for KU undergraduate students interested in international and area studies. It’s their first fundraising event, so show your support by enjoying a tasty frozen custard!


Language Contacts Between German and Slovene
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 pm
Watson Library, Room 455

Presented by Uni.ao.Prof. Dr. Alja Lipavic Oštir, Katedra Germanistiky, Filozoficka fakulta, Univerzita Sv. Cirila a Metoda, Trnava, Slovakia (The University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia). Sponsored by KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Center for Global & International Studies, European Studies Program, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.


Persian Culture Festival
Sizdah Bedar: Nowruz Picnic in the Park
Saturday, April 4, 11:00 am
Bloomington Beach Picnic Shelters (Clinton Lake Area)
Bring a dish to share or just come and have fun in the park!


What does Sizdah Bedar mean? Sizdah-bedar is an Iranian festival tradition, celebrated on the thirteenth (and last) day of the Nowruz (Persian New Year). Iranians have a tradition of spending the day outdoors on the 13th day of month of Farvardin. ''Sizdah-'' means thirteen, and ''-bedar'', means to get rid of, i.e "getting rid of thirteen". The first 12 days of the year symbolize order in the world and in the lives of people. The 13th day marks the beginning of the return to ordinary daily life. It is customary on this day for families to pack a picnic and go to a park or the countryside. It is believed that the joy and laughter of a celebration outdoors with family and friends can clean the mind from all negative thoughts, thus a good start to a new year.

All are welcome to join this day of celebration hosted by the KU Persian Club. Guests are invited to bring some food to share, but it is not required. Guests of all ages are welcome to come and join in the fun!


CREES Friday Night at the Kino (cinema)
Last Waltz in Sarajevo / Belle epoque ili poslednji valcer u Sarajevu
Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Last Waltz in Sarajevo is set in the last days of the period Europe called “La Belle Epoque”, between the years 1910 and the start of World War I in 1914. Against the backdrop of love, espionage, intrigue and a cabaret, the film provides the social context for the start of WWI in Sarajevo. The film will be shown in Serbian with English subtitles. Sponsored by the Center for Russian, East Europe and Eurasian Studies. This program is part of the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Learn more about participating units and upcoming programs at european.ku.edu and KUWWI.com.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Cross Border Network for Justice & Solidarity
Friday, April 3, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Cross Border Network for Justice & Solidarity is a grassroots organization located in Kansas City that recognizes the common interests of working people in North America. Representatives from the organization will tell us about their May delegation to Honduras and how you can become more involved. For more information about Cross Border Network for Justice & Solidarity in Kansas City, check out their website at: http://www.crossbordernetwork.org/. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Film Screening and Discussion: God Loves Uganda
Monday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Stauffer-Flint Hall Room 100


Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren’t coming from Africa; they’re being imported from some of America’s largest megachurches. Followed by a discussion with Dr. Okaka Dokotum, Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Kyambogo University, Uganda, and Dr. Ebenezer Obadare, Sociology, University of Kansas. Co-sponsors include: Kansas African Studies Center; Center for Global and International Studies; EGARC; American Studies; Political Science; African and African-American Studies; Film and Media Studies, and Religious Studies. For trailers and more information about the film, visit http://www.godlovesuganda.com/


Persian Culture Festival
Persian Music Concert: Orkideh Music Group
Saturday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 5)


The Persian Culture Festival is thrilled to welcome back Kansas City music group Orkideh! The group will present a highly entertaining program, performing a variety of Iranian music styles ranging from traditional to contemporary pieces.


Picture the World Photo Contest
Deadline is Friday, March 27

Participate in the annual “Picture the World” photo contest sponsored by Phi Beta Delta KU Alpha Pi Chapter!
Contest Details:
•Photographs must have been shot outside the U.S.
• Photos can be digital, 300 dpi, or 8x10 prints.
• There is no entry fee for active members of PBD.
• Entry fee for all other contestants is $3 per photo.
• Contestants must be current students, faculty or staff (current or retired), or visiting scholars, or KU alumni.
For Photo Contest Rules and Contest Entry Forms, go to: http://www.international.ku.edu/photocontest


Jayhawks Without Borders: Human Trafficking
Friday, March 27, 11:00am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Corinne Schwartz, Graduate Research Assistant in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, will talk about human trafficking. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


World Wednesday
Ali and Nino: The Story Behind the Fiction
Wednesday, March 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B

Join Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Outreach Coordinator, Adrienne Landry, for a sweeping tale of romance and adventure. Ali and Nino tells the tale of a Muslim boy from an aristocratic Azeri family who falls in love with Nino, a beautiful Christian girl. In order to be together, they must overcome personal scandal, cultural obligations, family blood feuds, and World War I in what many consider the seminal literary work of Eurasia. During this session we'll discuss the book, but also the fantastically scandalous mystery behind the book's authorship. Participants will come away with a reading guide, and the first 10 educators through the door will receive their very own copy of Ali and Nino. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


The Goldenberg Duo: Music from Around the World
Tuesday, March 24, 2:00-3:00 PM
Spencer Museum of Art / Gallery 316

Susan Goldenberg, a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony and William Goldenberg, distinguished professor of piano at Northern Illinois University perform selections of classical and contemporary music, taking visitors of all ages on a journey across time and space. This year’s concert features works from World War I including Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, composed between 1914-17 and conceived as a memorial to friends who died fighting in the War, and work by Fritz Kreisler who served in the War. This concert is presented in conjunction with the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony Community Connections Initiative (CCI) and Spencer Museum of Art.


Postcards from Abroad: What is Curry?
Wednesday, March 18, 8:58 pm and Saturday, March 21, 1:04 pm
Tune in to 91.5 FM KPR in Lawrence
 
Next week’s postcard features curry! What is curry? Where did the word come from? What are the special ingredients that make it so delicious? The radio program, Postcards from Abroad, brings you 60 seconds of quirky cultural tidbits. This collaboration between KPR and the Area Studies Centers at the University of Kansas features guest writers from different centers. Listen to already broadcast Postcards from Abroad: http://audioboom.com/postcardsfromabroad

Meet the Speaker: Deborah Lipstadt
Wednesday, March 11, 3:30-5:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove G

Meet author and historian Deborah Lipstadt before her lecture on Wed. Mar 11 at KU Hillel.  Deborah Lipstadt is the author of Denying the Holocaust and The Eichmann Trial. She is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.


To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm 
KU Commons, Spooner Hall

World War I was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” Over four long years, nations around the globe were sucked into the tempest, and millions of men died on the battlefields. To this day, the war stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. To End All Wars focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Join author, Adam Hochschild, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California Berkeley, as he explores pacifist movements, conscientious objectors, and deserters in WWI. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities. This program is part of the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Learn more about participating units and upcoming programs at european.ku.edu or KUWWI.com


Persian Culture Festival
Film Screening and Discussion: Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday
Moderated by Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi, KU Department of Film & Media Studies
Saturday, March 7, 3:00 pm
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 4)


Fireworks Wednesday is the third feature from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, director of Oscar-winning film A Separation (2012).  Running time 102 minutes. The film is in Farsi with English subtitles.

The film is set in Tehran, as preparations are being made to celebrate Iranian New Year (Nowruz), which begins on March 21, as well as the festival of fire, or “Chahar Shanbeh Souri”, that falls on the last Wednesday evening before the beginning of the New Year. The film’s scenes revolve around the images and actions traditionally performed at this time of year. Firecrackers and bonfires light the night sky in a profusion of noise and color.  In accordance with the custom of "khooneh tekouni" (which literally means "shaking the house"), Iranian homes undergo a rigorous spring cleaning. On this auspicious evening, a young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naïve, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds her employers’ household in crisis over accusations of infidelity. Rouhi bears witness to a series of vicious disputes between this modern urban Iranian couple that then casts doubt on her own future prospects for marital happiness.

Fireworks Wednesday delves into the untidy lives of contemporary Iranians, exploring the social hierarchies of the society to reveal the complicated relationships of its three-dimensional characters, beautifully realized by these seasoned actors.

“This compelling, corrosive account of male-female relationships in today’s Tehran is tempered by genuine compassion for the individuals concerned; wisely, Farhadi never serves judgement on them in their troubled pursuit of truth, love and happiness. Intelligent, illuminating and directed with unflashy expertise.” -Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

Read full review by Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian.

Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. She received her B.F.A. (Cinema-Editing Concentration) and M.A. (Cinema Studies) from Tehran University of Art in Iran. After coming to the United States, she received an M.A. in Film Studies from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her current research focuses on the sexual and gender transformations of Iranian society and their representations in Iranian cinema.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Translating as a Global Profession
Friday, March 6, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Hiromi Morikawa, the director of the Mid-America Translators Association, will be hosting a discussion on her work as a translator and what being a translator is like today. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in being a translator, linguistics, or international language! Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Meet the Speaker: Ari Shavit
Wednesday, March 4, 3:30-5:00 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove G
 

Meet Ari Shavit before his lecture (7:30pm at KU Hillel). Ari Shavit is the author of the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. An outspoken columnist for Haaretz, Israel’s newspaper of record, and a prominent commentator on Israeli Public Television, Shavit has become one of the strongest voices in the nation’s public arena. He challenges the dogmas of both Right and Left with his unique insights into the roles of Israel and Zionism in the 21st century. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.


Global Food for Thought
A 4000 Year Old Pottery Workshop on Crete: Making Pottery Then, Thinking Pottery Today
Wednesday, March 4, 12:00-1:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Since 2011 John Younger (Classics, Jewish Studies) has been excavating a Minoan pottery workshop at Gournia in East Crete dating to about 1800 BCE. This is a huge establishment (about 4500 ft2) with three major buildings, a score of smaller ones, water installations, underground stone bins for storing clay, 10 wood-fired kilns, two yards empty of anything but shaved, flat bedrock, and at least three potter¹s stations (where potters made the pots). Out last digging season was in 2014, but we are now conducting study sessions. We will bring out of storage the objects we have excavated from the Workshop these past four years: the pots, the potter’s tools (ribs, fettling knives) and bats (disks that potters put their pots on), and the remnants of their hand-turned wheels. Younger has been taking pottery classes and talking to potters and kiln makers in order to understand how pots are made today with the goal of reconstructing the process of making pottery 4000 years ago, step by step, in the building we have excavated. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP.


Nao Now! A Panel Discussion About Cultural Exchange Between China and Latin America
Tuesday, March 3, 4:00-6:00 pm
Kansas Union, Kansas Room

Come join us to learn about cultural exchange between China and Latin America, past and present. Panelists include Valerie Campos and Pablo Rico, of the Nao Now art project, which explores cultural connections between China and Mexico through art. This project takes its name from the name of the trade route between Mexico and China that existed in the era of New Spain and was known as La Nao de China: http://naonow.com/about/. Other panelists include Megan Greene, Associate Professor of History, specializing in China; Gregory Cushman; Associate Professor of History, specializing in Latin America; and Ketty Wong-Cruz, Associate Professor of ethnomusicology. Together they will further discuss the historic and present day cultural interactions between these two parts of the world. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Global Awareness Program and the Lawrence Arts Center.


Experience of Palestinians in Israel with Author and Journalist Sayed Kashua
Monday, March 2, 4:30-5:30 pm
Kansas Union, Malott Room

Sayed Kashua is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, author, and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humorous columns in Hebrew. Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs , Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor”, and is the focus of the documentary Forever Scared. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival. Kashua is the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Berstein Prize.

Screening of Israeli TV series “Arab Labor”: 3:30-4:30 pm (before the lecture) in Traditions Area, 4th floor of Kansas Union

Book signing: 5:30 pm (after the lecture) in Traditions Area, 4th floor of Kansas Union. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.


Global Hotspots: Crises in Ukraine and the Middle East
2015 KU Security Mini-Conference
Monday, March 2, 1-4pm
The Forum in Marvin Hall
 
Conflict in Ukraine, 1:00-2:30pm: Roger McDermott, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Program; Jake Kipp, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Chuck Bartles, Analyst
 
ISIS & Central Asia, 2:45-4:00pm: Zhulduz Baizakova, Fulbright Scholar, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Mike Wuthrich, Global and International Studies; Matt Stein, Analyst
 
The conference is free and open to the public, and participants need not register to attend. If you would like to receive a poster and/or press release related to this event, or further information, write to crees@ku.edu. Sponsored by KU’s Office of Graduate Military Programs, Center for Global and International Studies, and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies.

February 2015


Persian Culture Festival
Dance Through Time: Persian Dance Performance with Farima Berenji
Saturday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union (Level 5)
1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045


With “Dance Through Time” Farima Berenji, internationally acclaimed dancer, will take the audience on a historical and artistic journey in movement. The voyage begins with the origins of dance in ancient Persia, through the classical period and the golden age of poetry, to the vibrant variations of the Silk Road (Tajik), and finally, Persian dance in the modern age.

Farima Berenji is an Iranian-born scholar and an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist. She has performed and taught throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Farima has lectured, facilitated research projects, collaborated, and choreographed for highly acclaimed internationally renowned companies such as Dance Versity, Ballet Afsaneh, Avaz Dance Company,Djanbazian Dance Company, Mystic Rose Dance Company, Rosanna Gamson World Wide, ODC, Tumata Organization of Turkey, UNESCO, the Egyptian Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Iranian National Museum and Conservatory, World Dance Fusion of San Francisco, “30 Voices” Women’s Rights Organization, and many other companies, musicians, and artists based in U.S., Iran, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.


Foreign Service in Vietnam
Friday, February 27, 1:30 pm
Kansas Union, Alderson Auditorium

Michael Turner, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, will talk about his career in Foreign Service and offer advice about working in Vietnam. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Center for Global & International Studies.


 
Jayhawks Without Borders: State Department Representative from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam
Friday, February 27, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Michael Turner, an official from the State Department with extensive experience in America's Vietnam embassy, will be hosting a talk analyzing current events in Vietnam as well as providing unique knowledge on how the Department of State interacts with countries like Vietnam. Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!


Jewish Studies Information Session
Wednesday February 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12

Interested in Jewish Studies? Drop by to meet faculty and to learn more about us! We will have details about our academic program, upcoming study abroad programs and new courses for Fall 2015.

International Expo: The World and You at KU
Wednesday, February 25, 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Kansas Union, 4th floor lobby

The Expo features International Area Studies Centers, School of Languages, Global Awareness Program, Peace Corps, and more. Learn about international resources at KU: minors, majors & certificates, activities and performances, languages at KU, cultural events, study/intern abroad, scholarships, career resources, and student clubs.FREE FOOD! PRIZES! ENTERTAINMENT!
Sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies; Kansas African Studies Center; Center for Global & International Studies; Office of International Programs; Global Awareness Program; Fulbright; Office of Study Abroad; School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures; Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center; Peace Corps; University Career Center; Coca-Cola Program; Undergraduate Studies. Earn credit for GAP.

Jayhawks Without Borders: ISIS: Beyond the Headlines
Friday, February 20, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall

Come hear Dr. Wuthrich give some background on one of the foremost issues in the news, ISIS! Jayhawks Without Borders (JWB) club is open to any student interested in international studies. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club. Come join us!

World Wednesday: Children's Literature, Spanish Story Time
Wednesday, February 18, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Outreach Coordinator, Danika Swanson, will read a bilingual story, My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla, and share accompanying materials for the classroom, as well as talk about resources available to help educators teach children about Latin American immigration and migration. The book and many materials are designed for K-5; however, resources for higher grades will also be available. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.

Gender Differences in Capabilities for Work among Poor in India: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, February 18, 12:00 pm
Watson Library 3 West

Phi Beta Delta presents a talk given by Social Welfare Professor Mahasweta Banerjee. Gender inequality is exceptionally high for paid-work in India. Her presentation will explore gender disparities that influence paid-work abilities, skills, resources, and opportunities at personal, inter-personal, and structural levels. Free pizza and drinks will be served.


FLAS Deadline: Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Wolof
Sunday, February 15

The US Department of Education has awarded funding to the Kansas African Studies Center for Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships for the 2014-2018 grant cycle. FLAS funds are awarded in a competitive process open to graduate and undergraduate students. Students must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible to apply. FLAS awards are available for the study of Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Wolof, with additional African languages requests considered. Awards are contingent on federal funding. Undergraduate awards provide up to $10,000 for tuition (limited to the actual amount of tuition and fees) and a $5,000 stipend for living expenses. Graduate awards provide up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend for living expenses. Summer awards provide up to $5,000 for tuition and a stipend of $2,500 for living expenses. http://flas.ku.edu/


Turkey's Impasse: Dissidence, Elections, and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 pm

100 Smith Hall
Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy, will address Turkey’s political situation. Since 1950, Turkish multiparty politics have been riddled with instability, military intervention and authoritarian rule. Under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the country's advance toward internalizing liberal democratic norms has taken a sharp dive, particularly since 2013. There seems to be no doubt that Turkey is in the midst of an ever-escalating political crisis. The current context begs the questions, how do we explain Turkey’s political behavior and how should we understand Turkey’s current political regime? Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program, Center for Global & International Studies, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Besa: Serbian Film Screening & Faculty Panel
Thursday, February 12, 5:00 pm

Spencer Museum Auditorium
Set at the start of WWI in Serbia, Besa follows the emergence of an unlikely relationship between Lea, a young Christian Slovenian woman, and Azem, an Albanian Muslim man who has given his besa—his solemn promise—to protect her. The screening will be followed by a KU faculty panel discussion featuring Stephen Dickey, Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, Marike Janzen, Assistant Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization, Coordinator of Peace & Conflict Studies and Marta Pirnat-Greenberg, Language Instructor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures. Sponsored by University Honors Program, Humanities & Western Civilization, Peace & Conflict Studies, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. This program is part of the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program. Learn more about participating units and upcoming programs at european.ku.edu and KUWWI.com. Earn credit for GAP.


Putinesque Politics in Erdogan's Turkey: CREES Brownbag
Thursday, February 12, 12:00 pm

318 Bailey Hall
Presenter: Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director, Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University.


University Career Fair
Wednesday, February 11, 1:00-5:00 pm

Kansas Union, 4th and 5th Floorsl
Nearly 150 companies from a variety of industries will participate, offering internships and full-time job opportunities. Students from all majors and academic levels are encouraged to attend. A list of attending employers can be found at online or on the KU University Career Fair App.


Global Food For Thought: Looking At Dance in the US, India and Malaysia
Wednesday, February 11, 12:00-1:00 pm

318 Bailey Hall
Patrick Suzeau, Professor of Dance, will discuss dance and the observation of movement styles. His presentation will include dances from India and Malaysia as well as the east/west fusion of dance movement. His discussion will touch upon his recent experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Kuala Lumpur. A light lunch will be served. FREE. Earn credit for GAP.


SPECIAL EVENTS WITH DIPLOMAT, ROBERT ANDREW

Coffee with a Diplomat
Tuesday, February 10, 2:00-3:30 pm
Kansas Union, Alcove A (third floor, near Marketplace)
Grab a cup of coffee and chat with Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence! Learn about career opportunities with the US Department of State during this informal session. Complimentary coffee will be provided.
The Role of Language and Culture in the Foreign Service
Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Diplomat in Residence, Robert Andrew, will speak about the importance of learning languages and culture, how it helped him in his career with the Foreign Service and how it can help students to pursue careers in the global arena.
Careers with the US Department of State
Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
Learn about a career opportunity unlike any other. Discover how you can have a global impact by joining the Foreign Service. Robert Andrew, Diplomat in Residence, will share information and answer your questions about career opportunities with the US Department of State.

All of these events are sponsored by Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, KU’s University Career Center, European Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, and South Asian Studies. Earn credit for GAP.


Jayhawks Without Borders: Jon Whittlesey, FSO in US Embassy in Beijing via Skype
Friday, February 6, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
318 Bailey Hall
Jayhawks Without Borders is for undergraduate majors and minors studying international area studies at the University Kansas. JWB Club meets weekly with fun and entertaining activities that help increase global awareness and action. Sponsored by Jayhawks Without Borders International Studies Club.
 

Information Session: FLAS Grants for Chines, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur
Thursday, February 5, 3:00 p.m.
Kansas Union, International Room
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grants funded by the US Department of Education are available for both summer and academic year language and culture study. Applicants may study abroad, but are not required to do so. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. Undergraduates may receive funding to support language study at the intermediate (second year) level and above. Applicants must be degree-seeking students and US citizens or green card holders. For further information and an application please see: http://flas.ku.edu/ Deadline: March 1, 2015

January 2015


World Wednesday
Radical! Demystifying Chinese Characters
Wednesday, January 28, 4:00-5:00 pm

Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B
Chinese characters are composed of strokes that must be written in a strict order. After a quick overview of the language and its pronunciation with Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker, the session will focus on stroke order and writing. Participants will have the chance to write one character using brush and ink. The first 10 educators to arrive will each receive a Chinese calligraphy brush. The International Studies Centers at KU offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays, hands-on lessons on language and culture will be offered at the Lawrence Public Library. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and much more! No registration necessary. FREE and open to the public.


On the Development of Scientific Registers in German
Monday, January 26, 7:00 pm

Max Kade Center, 1134 W 11th Street
Professor Anke Lüdeling from the Humboldt University of Berlin will present “On the Development of Scientific Registers in German.” Almost all scientific writing in the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance was in the lingua franca of the times, Latin. When authors started to write in the vernacular languages of their countries they had to 'invent' and shape the appropriate registers on every linguistic level. They had to develop and refine a lexicon, use and extend the morphological and syntactic means, and think about textual structures and conventions. I will describe the development of German scientific registers using data from the Ridges corpus which contains herbal texts from the 15th to the 19th century. Sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in Humanities, KU Max Kade Center, KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and KU’s European Studies Program.


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