Institute for Global Engagement

Speakers and Events



Angkun Qi, November 13, 2013 

The Development of Chinese characters with and Women's Status in China

A visiting scholar in the Department of English & Creative Writing from NanchaingHangkong University, Angkun Qi discussed the evolution of the Chinese character for woman from ancient to modern times, pointing out how women's status in society has been reflected in the ways in which the character is used. 

The Development of Chinese characters with 女 and Women's Status in China (pdf)

Neelika Jawardane, April 16th, 2013
Respondent: Craig Warkentin
The 'See Something/Say Something' Campaign and the War on Terror: Monitoring America's Others
Her talk explored the ways in which visual images conflate "Dark Bodies" with meanings of fear, suspicion, and terrorism.  This pervasive imagery of terror is found even in the photo stories of fashion magazines.

Extraordinary Renditions: Imaging, Mapping, and Immobilising The Lives of Others (expanded abstract) (pdf)

Jongwoo Han, April 12th, 2013  
North Korea, South Korea, and the United States: War and Peace in a Historical Perspective

This talk is part of the 1st Annual IGE Discussion Series: War in a Global and Historical Perspective.  Dr. Han's lecture contextualized the current conflict between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, explored the possibility of replacing the Armistice with a peace treaty, and discussed the efforts behind The Korean War and the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial (www.kwvdm.org).

Geraldine Forbes, March 28th, 2013 
Respondent: Faith Maina
When Warrior Women Become Heroines: The Rani of Jhansi Regiment in World War II

This talk is part of the 1st Annual IGE Discussion Series: War in a Global and Historical Perspective.  Dr. Forbes discussed the history of the Rani of Jhansi Regiment in World War II and explained why their status as nationalist heroines had so little impact on the discussion of women's role in the Indian armed forces today.

When Warrior Women Become Heroines: The Rani of Jhansi Regiment in World War II (abstract) (pdf)

Brett Kaufman and Ed Kinane, March 6th, 2013 
Moderator: Ulises Mejias
Death from Above: A Panel on the US Drone Program 

This talk is part of the 1st Annual IGE Discussion Series: War in a Global and Historical Perspective.  Concrete data about the drone program remains scarce, but government and public voices are increasingly calling for more transparency. A recent report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent UK organization, claims that the United States has carried out more than 360 assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004 (311 of them occurring under the administration of President Barack Obama), killing nearly 3,500 people including women and children, and injuring many others. Recently, a Department of Justice White Paper was leaked that justified the White House's use drones to target U.S. citizens abroad. This panel discussed the legal, ethical, and policy implications of the use of drones.

Michael Woolf, Oct 1st, 2012 
International Education and Higher Education: A Complex Affair 
Keynote Speaker, Michael Woolf, Deputy President of Strategic Initiatives, CAPA, offered his
speculations about where higher and international education are headed, followed by commentary
from Jessica Reeher and Gregory Parsons, as well as open dialog with the audience.

International Education and Higher Education: A Complex Affair (pdf)

Barbara Streets, April 27th, 2012
Deepening Multicultural Competence through Immersion in West African Dance Camps
On April 27th, Barbara Streets, Counseling and Psychological Services, talked with us about her paper
"Deepening Multicultural Competence through Immersion in West African Dance Camps"

Deepening Multicultural Competence through Immersion in West African Dance Camps (pdf)

Walter Opello, March 23rd, 2012
War, Political Development and the Development of War
On March 23, Walter Opello, Global and International Studies, will talk with us about his paper
"War, Political Development, and the Development of War." 

War, Political Development, and the Development of War (pdf)