2010 Events

CGIS Holiday Party

We invite students, faculty and staff to join us to celebrate the holiday season.

Geography Awareness Week

November 14-20

We are celebrating by co-sponsoring GIS Day @ KU.  The event is free and open to all. 
Pre-registration is required.

For a simpler celebration, here are some geography games and puzzles for young and old:

First, here is the website about Geography Awareness Week.
Geography Games for children of all different ages (including adults), brought to you by the CIA.
Geography Games for kids and practice questions for the National Geography Bee.
Loads of map puzzles.  Learn your Chinese provinces! 
More map puzzles.
Even more map puzzles and games.

CGIS at International Education Week:

November 15-19 is International Education Week.

The Center for Global & International Studies will present two special events in honor of this.
Both events are approved for GAP credit.

Monday, November 15 from 12:00 to 1:00 in room 302 of Watson Library we will present "Farsi/Tajik: a Freindly Discsussion with Faculty." Language instructor Razi Ahmad, along with the Librarian Geoff Husic will be available to talk about KU's new Persian Langauge offering (Farsi/Tajik) as well as Persian language resources at the Library.

Students Sundeep Singh and Vishnu Kamisetty from the KU Cultural India Club gave a lively Demonstration of Indian Dance at Wescoe Beach as part of International Education Week.

Take a look at our pictures on Facebook... and don't forget to "like" us!

Also, check out the University Daily Kansan's coverage on the dance demonstration!

Middle East Book Discussion Series

A four-part book group is scheduled at the Lawrence Public Library this fall, and registration for both begins on Wednesday, September 1. Registration is required if you wish to borrow the set of books from the Library. If you do not plan to attend all of the sessions, you are welcome to locate your own copies of the books and attend just some of the meetings without registering. To register, call Maria Butler at 785-843-3833, ext. 123, or email mbutler@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

For many of us, the Middle East is an unfamiliar and mysterious place, and perhaps a place that we fear because it is unknown. This book group is an opportunity for us to draw back the veil and get to know some parts of the Middle East a little better. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Library Gallery. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies at KU, and was funded by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

November 9  
My Prison, My Home by Haleh Esfandiari – Author relates how a trip to Iran to visit her elderly mother ended in imprisonment and an international incident. Discussion leader Afshin Marashi, Associate Professor of History, KU.
October 26  
The Israelis by Donna Rosenthal – Written by a journalist who conducted extensive interviews with people representing a broad cross-section of Israeli society. Discussion leader Tamara Falicov, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, KU.
October 12  



The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany – A novel by an Egyptian author, about the very diverse inhabitants of a run-down building in Cairo. Discussion leader Jacquelene Brinton, Professor of Religious Studies, KU.
September 28  
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi- A graphic novel telling the author’s own story of life in Iran at the time of the Shah’s overthrow. Discussion leader Beverly Mack, Professor of African Studies, KU.

Talk: Building Institutions for Conservation and Sustainability Science: Perspectives and Experiences from India

Friday November 12

100 Smith Hall (opposite Kansas Union)

Approved for GAP credit

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

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

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

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Lecture: Journalist Sam Quinones to share tales of Mexican migration

Wedenesday, November 3, 7:30 pm.
Location: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sam Quinones, journalist and author of two collections of nonfiction stories, will share his experiences during “So Far From Mexico City, So Close to God: Tales of Mexican Migration.” He will sign books following the lecture.

Quinones spent a decade in Mexico covering the stories of the country from 1994 to 2004. He wrote on topics ranging from politics and gangs to soap operas and slums. While in Mexico, he also spent time in major immigrant-sending states and along the border with the last apostle of a group of polygamous Mormons.

In 2004, Quinones returned to the United States to work for the Los Angeles Times. He has covered immigration-related stories, gangs and drug-trafficking.

Quinones’ first book, “True Tales from Another Mexico,” is a collection of stories about contemporary Mexico compiled from his reporting in the country. Published in 2001, the book has been used in classes at more than 100 universities. His second book, “Antonio’s Gun and Delfino’s Dream,” is a collection of stories about Mexican migration. It was published in 2007.

Quinones has received awards for his work including the prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for a series of stories on impunity in Mexico and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Journalism School at Columbia University. He graduated from the University of California-Berkeley, where he studied economics and American history.

Quinones’ visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese, its Center of Latin American Studies and its Latino/a studies minor program, and the KU Center for Global & International Studies, in addition to support from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.   

Concert-Lecture-Demonstration: World-renowned Indian Vocalist Uday Bhawalkar

Friday, October 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
Burge Union, Relay Room

Approved for GAP credit
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 Lecture: Developing Future Leaders in Afghanistan: A Case Study of University British Parliamentary Debate

Wednesday October 20, 3:30 pm
207 Blake Hall

Professor Diana Carlin
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and
the Center for Global and International Studies

A Conversation with United Nations Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe

Monday October 18, 12:00 PM
Watson Library

The KU Center for Global & International Studies is pleased to present B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General to the United Nations. KU alumnus Pascoe will brief the audience about his recent missions abroad and host a Q & A with KU students and faculty. Students interested in careers abroad are encouraged to come and take part in this discussion.

Approved for DOUBLE GAP Points

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K-16 Workshop for Educators

Saturday, April 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 318 Bailey Hall

Come and learn with our specialists about this fascinating ancient-but-modern topic. Our presenters will discuss Mongolia and Central Asia, how the Global Market is affecting the economy, educational systems, culture, religion, and governments of the countries in this region.

The "Silk Road" is an ancient network of trails and trading routes connecting East Asia to the Mediterranean. This network became the first real device of globalization that helped to spread goods, beliefs, and technologies far from their areas of origin. Today’s Silk Road region trades in more than commodities and oil: “Asia and the Middle East are home to the world's largest pools of surplus cash, much of which is managed by six of the top 10 sovereign wealth funds. That makes the new Silk Road a key nexus for the next generation of blockbuster financial deals.” (The quote from the Travel section, Newsweek.



8:30 a.m. Arrival and Registrations
Refreshments will be served.


9 a.m. Battsetseg Serj (CEAS,KU): "Silk Road and Cultural Exchange: Past and Present (The Case of Mongolia)”
10 a.m. Asel Abdyromanova (The Faculty of International Relations and State Service, International Relations Department, Osh State University, Kirghizstan): "Cities of the Great Silk Road: The Impact of the Global Market on Osh, Uzgen, Balasagun and Tash Rabat (The Case of Kyrgyzstan)”
11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. Arsen Tleppayev (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Business, Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan): "Relations between the Countries of the Silk Road Region: The Economics of Oil and Gas (The Case of Kazakhstan)”
12:15 p.m. Lunch with Introductions. Lunch provided by KU Center of Economic Education


1 p.m. Mathew Stein (Central Asian Research Specialist for FMSO, Fort Leavenworth): "Making Connections to the Khans: Education in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan"
2 p.m. Nadia Kardash (Economic Education, CEE, KU): "Teaching Globalization and World Trade through History and Geography: Lesson Demonstration and Literature Connections"
3 p.m. Discussion

WORKSHOP IS FREE OF CHARGE AND OFFERS A CHANCE TO EARN PROFESSIONAL CREDIT. IN ADDITION TO EARNING PROFESSIONAL CREDIT, YOU MAY ELECT TO BE A "TEACHER-SCHOLAR" ASSOCIATED WITH OUR CENTER AND EARN $100! To qualify, you must: a) attend the workshop, b) create a lesson based on the workshop, and c) use the lesson in your classroom. We will feature your lesson plan on our website and share it with other teachers.

To register contact Tatyana Wilds: tvw@ku.edu or 785-864-4237

Presented by The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), the Center for Economic Education (CEE), the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), and the Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS)

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Lecture: The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women and the Security of States

Dr. Valerie M. Hudson, Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

Thursday, April 15, 4p.m.
Location: Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, Room 116

It is clear that war and peace, stability and instability, affect the lives of women in the nation-states of the world. But what of the converse? Does the situation and security of women affect the stability and peacefulness of their nations? This talk will explore this proposition using a variety of methods, including large N statistical studies and in-depth case studies. The topics will be wide-ranging, from sex selective abortion in Asia to obstructed marriage markets in the Middle East, always with an eye to how phenomena related to the security of women impact their nation-states’ prospects for peacefulness and stability. The talk will conclude with the ramifications of this research for both the world of academia and the world of policymaking.

This event is sponsored by the Political Science Graduate Association, Center for Global & International Studies, International Programs, Center for East Asian Studies, Student Senate, and Coca Cola.

Panel Discussion: "Health Care Systems: What works and what does not in the context of proposed changes in the US health care system"

Tuesday, April 13th, 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Big 12 Room the the Kansas Union.

This will be a live broadacst of a panel discussion given at the4 KU Medical School in Kansas City. This is part of a 3 day forum "International Health Care Experiences."

Facilitator: Dr. Kim Kimminau, Associate Professor, Family Medicine, Research Division.

Panelists: Health Care Practitioners who have practiced abroad and in the U.S.:

Dr. Ammar Almehmi, Nephrology (Syria,) Dr. Richard Gilroy, Gastroenterology/Hepatology (UK and Canada,) Dr. Mani Mani, Plastic Surgery (India,) Dr. Isaac Opole, Medicine (Kenya,) Dr. Fen Wang, Radiation Oncology (China.)

Sponsored by the Center for Global and International Studies, The Center for East Asian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, the International Affaris committee and the following student organizations:SEAD,CSSA,AsianAMSA, KUMCIO, MSA, IAKUMC, and CEP.

GAP Approved Event.

Peace & Conflict Studies Lecture: Commerce and Complicity: Corporate Responsibilty for Human Rights Abuses as a Legacy of Nuremberg

Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
Reception to follow in the English Room

Associate Professor of History
Washington University in St. Louis
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians

Cosponsored by the Center for Global & International Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, Department of History, Center for European Studies

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Conference: Why do we migrate? Interdisciplinary Exploration of Human Migration

March 1 & 2
Location: The Interdisciplinary Commons

This international conference seeks to address the question of Why Humans Migrate-- from multilevel and interdisciplinary perspectives that link social and biological factors. What are the social, economic, and cultural factors involved in current migration patterns? Do they reveal a pattern typical of a species or are there notable differences in the patterns and determinants of migration across human populations? What are the demographic and evolutionary sequelae of migration?

Furthermore, can we identify variation in our genome, in our bodies, and/or our brains that make us want to migrate in the first place? If so, are any of these biological factors directly
connected to the social, economic and cultural processes underlying modern day migration?

Posters and oral presentations on why humans migrate and the consequences of these migrations were solicited worldwide from faculty and graduate students.

For More Information Please Contact
Professor Michael H. Crawford: crawford@ku.edu
or Dr. Benjamin Campbell: campbelb@uwm.edu

Event is free and open to the public.   

Seminar: Ujamaa Brownbag-Kansas African Studies Center: African NGO's: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, February 24, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Location: Kansas Union, Jayhawk Room

Kondwani Chirambo, Idasa-South Africa, Marietje Oelefson Idasa- South Africa will present.

Students are invited to come with questions about what it is like to work in an international NGO. Students can ask questions about the type of training and experience they should have to prepare for a career in NGO work, strategic communications, and public health programming.

Free Admission

Presented by the Commons Interdisciplinary Research Initiative in Nature & Culture, the Center for Global and International Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
the Latin American Studies, & the Department of Anthropology

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"Gender and HIV/AIDS: Global and Local Perspectives"

Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00-9:00pm
Location:Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Marietjie Oelefson and Kondwani Chirambo from the Governance and AIDS Programme at the Institute for Democracy in Africa in South Africa, along with Olivia Burchett, the Educational and Outreach Coordinator for Douglas County Aids Program, will present a public forum. This will be a panel discussion followed by a question and answer period. Each of the speakers will present information on the impact of HIV/AIDS globally and locally. The panelists will discuss strategies that governments and communities can use to deal with the challenges. The panelists will also look at how AIDS affects men, women, and children differently.

The event is sponsored by International Programs, the Center for Global and International Studies, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Free admission.

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Discover the world website.

 Conference: “East Asia Leading the World Recovery”

Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 pm
Location: Summerfield Room, Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.

The emerging economies of East Asia are expected to lead the global economy out of its doldrums. Economic integration and intra-Asia cooperation are crucial to realize the potential for local market development and the resurgence of global trade. This seminar aims to discuss economic policies, integration and industrial development strategies in East Asia and exchange views on the involvement of the United States in the development of East Asia. How to overcome the recent financial turmoil is an urgent issue common to developing countries. It is increasingly recognized in East Asia that institutional and policy reforms, promotion of economic integration and intra-Asia cooperation are crucial to realize the growth potential of the various countries. China and India are expected not only to be engines for regional economic growth but for world economic recovery. A number of issues, however, are still being debated including appropriate the intra-regional cooperation framework and role of the United States in East Asia.

The conference is free, but registration is required. Contact Suzanne Scales by calling 864-3125 or send an email to sscales@ku.edu.

Co-hosted by CEAS, KU CIBER, KU Center for Global and International Studies and the Japan Institute of Developing Countries-Japanese External Trade Organization (IDE JETRO).

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International Women Connect Academic Success Clinic : "Why Should I Get Involved? Making Your KU Experience Work for You ”

Thursday, February 18th,1 p.m.
Location: Centennial Room, Kansas Union

Panelists:Dr. Jane Irungu, Associate Director, Kansas African Studies Center, Rueben Perez, Director, Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Ece Gurler, Program Coordinator, International Students and Scholars Services

Panel Discussion open to questions from attendees. Food will be served.

Sponsored by the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center in collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services, Office of International Programs, Center for Global and International Studies and Kansas African Studies Center.

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"How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and How to End the War on Terror"     

Reza Aslan, Best-Selling Author & Middle East Expert speaks at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

Wednesday, February 17th,9:00 pm
Location: Hansen Hall

This is a GAP approved event. Students working toward GAP (Global Awareness Program) certification received double credit points for attending.

One of the nation’s most respected experts on Islam and the Middle East, Dr. Reza Aslan has
degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University and U.C. Santa Barbara,
as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman
Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is author of the internationally acclaimed best-seller No god
but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which The New York Times lauded as a
“grippingly narrated and thoughtfully examined…literate, accessible introduction to Islam.”
Aslan's latest book How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on
Terror is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded
militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam.

A columnist for The Daily Beast, Aslan's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Review of Books, Prospect Magazine (UK), Slate
Magazine and The Nation. Aslan has appeared on Meet the Press, Fresh Air with Terry Gross,
Dennis Miller, Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The first young Muslim intellectual to come on the scene in years, Aslan brings a new, passionate,
and much-needed perspective to the national discussion regarding Islam. In his lectures and
writings, Aslan masterfully explores the intricate interplay between faith and politics in the
Muslim world, presenting Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is currently in the midst
of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization. He explains with great lucidity the
different sects and schism within Islam and demonstrates the variety of ways in which the religion
has been understood and interpreted by Muslims and Westerners throughout history.
Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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CLAS Acts Lecture Series: International Trivia Contest

Sunday, February 7th,4:00 pm
Location: Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts Street

Put your international thinking caps on! This Event is sponsored by KU's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as part of it's "CLAS Acts  Lecture Series." The event is also being sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, The Kansas African Studies Center and the Center for Global & International Studies.

Registration begins at 1:45, the competition begins at 2:15. Teams of 4-5 people will be formed. Prizes will be awarded.

Cash donations for Haitian relief will be accepted on behalf of the Douglas County Red Cross.

This is a GAP approved event.

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