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2013 Schedule

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MON. NOV. 18  •   TUES. NOV. 19  •   WED. NOV. 20  •   
THURS. NOV. 21  •  FRI. NOV. 22

Friday, Nov. 15, 4-7 p.m.: Diwali Prakash
Native American Forum (BSS 162)

Start International Education Week early by celebrating HSU’s 1st Diwali Prakash 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 wth Bollywood Dancing, Henna tattoos, sweets, refreshments and more!

Contact the Multicultural Center at (707)826-3364 for more information.

Monday, Nov. 18

All day
Library Display case, 1st floor

2013 IEW Display Case: Nov. 19-25

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!

11-11:50 a.m.
Goodwin Forum
(NHE 102)

Global Perspectives on Child Welfare 

A snapshot of child well-being across the world will be presented, along with various models of child welfare practices. Western helping professionals often view their own practices as ideal, or as the only way to help children and families. However, using a “reverse mission” ideology when working with immigrant/foreign families and international professional colleagues can help globalize our thinking about best-practices. Particular examples from other countries such as Greek and Turkish communities on the island nation of Cyprus, and the newest member of the European Union, Croatia, will be explored. Those interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work, education, child development, political science, history, women’s studies, and CRGS may be particularly interested in attending.

Presented By: Tasha R. Howe is a Fulbright Scholar and a professor of psychology at HSU. She specializes in parent-child relationships, family violence, developmental psychopathology, and violence prevention. She authored the textbook, Marriages and Families in the 21st Century (2011, Wiley), and she has published many research articles on child abuse and neglect issues. She has travelled throughout the world and lived on the island of Cyprus for her Fulbright work on child maltreatment. 

12-1 p.m.
UC Quad

Opening Ceremonies

Join Samba da Alegria 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. President Rollin Richmond and Center for International Programs director Rebecca Brown will help celebrate the week.

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 the philosophy of inclusion and building a community identity through music.

1-1:50 p.m.
Founders Hall 118

Worlds Apart: Study Abroad in the Andes and Arabia

This program follows students and faculty during a summer program in Ecuador, and then explores the potential for a study abroad program in the United Arab Emirates.

Presented By: Stephen Cunha is the Chair and Professor of Geography.  He has over 30 years of teaching, working, and traveling on six continents.

2-2:50 p.m.
UC Banquet Room
(next to Depot)

Obama in Africa: Exploring Various Dimensions of the President’s Trip to Senegal

In June 2013, President Obama toured Africa for the second time, visiting Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa. The controversial narratives generated have led to questions regarding his itinerary. In this presentation, Professor Dieme will take a closer look at his visit to Senegal via the trip to Gorée Island known for its historical role during slavery, the meaning of the visit for Senegalese leadership, and the lasting impression on the average Senegalese citizen.

Presented By: Dr. Joseph Dieme, Assistant Professor in World Languages & Cultures at HSU.

3-6 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room
(University Center)

Following the Footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt: A Virtual Journey on Large-Scale Floor Maps

Follow the expedition of Humboldt and Bonpland to the New World on the largest map you have ever seen. See the territory they covered in a new way–a way that lectures, readings, or other narratives cannot convey.  The map is laminated, allowing you to explore in detail by walking or crawling along.  (All we ask is that you remove your shoes so as not to damage the map.) The map will show the exact route Humboldt and Bonpland travelled, mark important places they discussed in their "Narrative," and provide quotations from their journals and published work. This exhibition uses US Defense Department Tactical Pilotage Charts to show the regions covered by the scientific explorers in spectacular detail.  Tactical Pilotage Charts are at a scale of 1:500,000.  This translates to approximately eight miles to the inch (five kilometers per centimeter).  The charts fit together into one enormous map. The map is striking in showing the immense size and intricacy of the Andes, the Amazon, and Central America.  It also gives a graphic sense of relative scale.   The combination of high-tech (the maps are the product of enormously complex technology, including satellite imagery and computer graphics) and high-touch (you can literally walk over the world) make this map an unforgettable experience.  Please feel free to drop by the Green and Gold Room during the Alexander von Humboldt conference, slip off your shoes, and let your imagination take you to Humboldt's side as he discovers the wonders of Central and South America.

Presented By: Paul W. Blank is a Professor of Geography at Humboldt State University.  Before coming to Humboldt State in 1990, he taught Geography at Oklahoma State University and at Middlebury College in Vermont.  He graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College, received an M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed a Ph.D. in Geography and Middle East Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In the course of his studies Professor Blank has traveled widely in Latin America, the Middle East and Mediterranean, China, and Central Asia.  He did research among tribal groups in the Amazon Basin for his master's thesis, and his doctoral dissertation focused on regional relationships in modern Egypt. His publications focus on the role of sea and ocean basins in global economic and cultural integration. Professor Blank teaches a variety of courses, including "Global Awareness," which looks at current events from a geographical and historical perspective, "Migrations and Mosaics," which deals with human migrations and ethnic patterns, "Silk Road," which examines human interaction across Eurasia, as well as courses on Economic Geography, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Basin.  Professor Blank has been experimenting with the use of large-scale floor maps in teaching since he first discovered maps of this sort in 1972. The map series used in the von Humboldt exhibit is an exceptionally fine set of aeronautical navigation charts at a scale of eight miles to the inch, laminated to accommodate close-up viewing. 


7-8:30 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room
(University Center)

Study Abroad in India

Are you interested in traveling to India? Explore the option of studying abroad and fully immersing yourself in Indian culture. Follow the journey of several students who have taken the challenge of leaving the comforts of Humboldt and have gone afar.

Presented By: Stephen Jenkins and students.


MON. NOV. 18  •   TUES. NOV. 19  •   WED. NOV. 20  •   
THURS. NOV. 21  •  FRI. NOV. 22