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2014 Program

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Nov. 11-24: 2014 IEW Display Case
Visit the IEW Display on the first floor of the Library, where many staff, faculty and students have loaned interesting items from around the world to share with you! Main Library Display case, 1st floor

Start International Education Week early by celebrating HSU’s Diwali celebration. Diwali is the South Asian “Festival of Lights” with roots in the Hindu tradition. Observed with celebrations of lights, fireworks and sweets, it is an official holiday in the countries of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritus, Guyana, Trindad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. Enjoy the festivities with Bollywood Dancing, Henna tattoos, sweets, refreshments and more! Contact the Multicultural Center at (707)826-3364 for more information.

Monday, Nov. 17

12-1 p.m., UC Quad
Opening Ceremony

Join Samba da Alegria and members of HSU administration for an exciting, colorful, fun and musical start to the festivities, while the parade of flags offers a colorful display to represent the students from the various countries that have studied at HSU.

Featuring: Samba da Alegria is Humboldt County's Community Bateria (drum group). This group reaches back over 25 years, originating as a parade band for the North Country Fair and now we performs for community events of all kinds, playing a variety of material and interpretations of percussive folk music from around the world (including original compositions). Samba da Alegria holds a philosophy of inclusion and building community identity through music.


1-1:50 p.m., UC Banquet Room
The Plight of Afghan Women and Children

Join former Peace Corps Volunteer, Jan West , as she shares her experience working in Afghanistan. During this presentation, participants will view a brief history of Afghanistan through photographic images and will learn about the plight of Afghan women and children through statistical information and personal stories.

Presented By:  Jan West, an adjunct professor in the Education department, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan from 1970 – 1972. Since her return, Jan has been a Board Member for the Friends of Afghanistan, an Editor for the Afghan Connections newsletter and teaches “Integrating History and Social Studies in the Elementary Curriculum”.

2-2:50 p.m., UC Banquet Room
Water in the West Bank:  Wells of Conflict

The seemingly intractable conflict between the State of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank is usually viewed through lenses of ethnic and religious conflict and struggles over national identity.  There is also a strong environmental component that centers on the use of groundwater.  The average water consumption in the West Bank for domestic, urban, and industrial purposes is approximately 18 gallons per person/per day (below the UN recommended level of 100 liters per day) while the average Israeli consumption is more than double that. As a point of reference the average person in the U.S. uses 143 gallons per day.  This presentation will look at the hydrology of the region, overexploitation of water resources and how water scarcity contributes to the conflict.

Presented By: Kathleen Lee is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Department of Environmental Science at HSU.


3-3:50 p.m., UC Banquet Room
Getting From Here to There: Some Personal Experiences of Living and Working Abroad

This presentation will be based on Professor Swetz’s personal experiences of studying, working and living abroad in Europe and Asia.  Rather than a formal lecture, this conversation with participants will rely on anecdotes and the interests and focus of those who attend.  Topics that will be covered include, but will not be limited to: Taking what you know and figuring out how to make it valuable to someone in another part of the world, taking advantage of opportunities that students (and under-25s) have to work and live abroad, traveling and living on a budget, some of the rewards and advantages of studying or living abroad.

Presented By:  Mark Swetz is a new professor in the department of Theatre, Film and Dance.  He has lived and worked across North America, Europe and Asia and presented his academic work in Africa and Oceania.  Before joining HSU last year, he worked as part of World Wide Employee Development for Apple across Europe, taught in London, UK and ran a performing arts company based in Madrid, Spain.  As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Greece and China and these international experiences shaped his life and career.   He is also the son and brother of Peace Corps volunteers.

4 - 4:50pm, UC Banquet Room
Practivistas: Building Resilient Community Technologies in Dominican Republic

This presentation is an exploration of four years of community based projects in Dominican Republic. The Practivistas Program brings U.S. and other students together with Dominican students to study together and work with engaged community members on projects with real impacts. Landing with no idea of what we are doing, six weeks leads us through resource and need generation, research, iterative design, building, testing and presenting.

The presentation will talk candidly about the failures, successes, obstacles, and inspirations for the projects we have built, for example: a solar animal shelter, rice husk pharmacy, bamboo community center, rainwater catchment systems, plastic bottle schoolrooms and more.

Presented By: Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering; the founder of the Practivistas summer abroad, full immersion, Spanish language and resilient community technology program in Dominican Republic; the Advisor for the apocalyptic city art projects, Waterpod, Flock House, and WetLand; the Executive Editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering; the CEO of Propelsion, a design and creativity incubator; and the Founder and President of the Appropedia Foundation, sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives.

6-8 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
KEYNOTE: Whither the Egyptian Revolution? Elites, Workers, Peasants and the struggle over the state

In January 2011, Hosni Mubarak, the longest serving ruler of Egypt's recent history, was overthrown by millions of Egyptians who took to the streets demanding a society free of fear. However, popular demands for social justice, elite accountability and democracy quickly became overshadowed by inter-elite struggles for power. The people's call for bread, freedom and respect were met with state repression as anti-protest laws were enacted, restricting the ability of citizens to continue to pursue their demands for a democratic state and society.

Through the lens of political economy, this talk examines elite attempts to resolve the economic, political and social crises facing Egypt in the post-Mubarak period, and assesses the responses of the various popular forces that have been mobilized by the revolution. Furthermore, it explores the ways in which Egyptian elites have reshaped the legitimacy of the state in the eyes of its citizens and assesses the implications of these policies for social justice, economic and political stability and democracy in Egypt.

Presented By:  Dr. Angela Joya is Assistant Professor of Global Political Economy in International Studies at the University of Oregon.  Her research focuses on the impact of economic globalization on the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on Egypt and Syria. She is the author of numerous articles in journals such as: Review of African Political Economy, Research in Political Economy, and Middle Eastern Studies. She has contributed chapters to Confronting Global Neoliberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies (edited by Richard Westra, Clarity Press, 2010) and Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan (edited by Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo, University of Toronto Press, 2013).  She is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively titled The Political Economy of Egypt under Mubarak: Accumulation by Dispossession and Land Relations, 1991-2010. In other research, Dr. Joya is examining the role of Islamist opposition parties and their struggle for power in Egypt and Syria. She has conducted fieldwork research in Egypt, Palestine and Jordan.

MON. NOV. 17  •   TUES. NOV. 18  •   WED. NOV. 19  •   
THURS. NOV. 20  •  FRI. NOV. 21