March 31, 2013
March 30, 2013
The communities of UNC and Duke are honored to host the visit of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Nobel Laureate for Literature, and Dr. Issa Asgarally, Mauritian scholar, writer and activist to discuss the importance of promoting intercultural dialogues through the humanities and the arts.
After being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2008, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio and Dr. Issa Asgarally co-founded The Foundation for Interculturality and Peace (FIP) that has been supported by the UN Program for Development. The objective of the FIP is to promote and facilitate the dialogue between cultures within the same country or across geographical barriers. JMG Le Clézio and Jemia Le Clézio, Dr. Issa Asgarally and Sarojini Asgarally have actively engaged in promoting the development of curricula, programs and activities for local schools in Mauritius and Rodrigues. They have also initiated round-table discussions and seminars with opinion leaders in order to reconsider the causes of cultural divisions through the arts, community initiatives and education curriculum.
As we witness the rise of violence and wars, our two guests argue that our only hope for humanity is to engage in promoting cultural dialogues that enable diverse voices across cultures to be heard. How can we promote such dialogues? What does interculturality signify in today’s world? What is the role of the humanities and the arts in promoting interculturality? Such underlying questions lay at the foundation of our events.
Over the course of these three days, UNC and Duke will host an array of events that will provide opportunities for our communities to attend public readings and book-signings, observe scholarly panels on the topic of interculturality, participate in roundtable discussions, attend a musical concert and Keynote addresses.
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March 19, 2013
The UMaine School of Law’s Justice for Women Lecture Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls. Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate and the social worker who started the movement depicted in the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, will deliver the second annual lecture. During her visit, Ms. Gbowee will engage with students, faculty, and an array of community members to discuss challenges for women and girls in the developing world and their relevance to people in Maine.
Sponsored by WOCA and the GSD Program as part of Women’s History Month
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Westbrook Performing Arts Center
March 17, 2013
. Michele Dunne, director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hairi Center for the Middle East
Dr. Dunne has served in the White House on the National Security Council staff, on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and in its Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a diplomat in Cairo and Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she edited the Arab Reform Bulletin and carried out research on Arab politics and US policies. She holds a doctorate in Arabic language and linguistics from Georgetown University, where she has served as a visiting professor of Arabic and Arab studies. Her research interests include Arab politics, political transitions, economic reform, Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian issues, and US and European policies in the Middle East. She co-chairs the Working Group on Egypt, a bipartisan group of experts established in February 2010 to mobilize US government attention to the forces of change in that country.
Date: Monday March 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m Location: SSWAC / 104 ParkerReed Room
“Slippery Jingles and Other Political Satire in China Today”
In any society, jokes can be useful in expressing complaints about public affairs and in releasing people’s pent-up tensions. In authoritarian societies, such uses of jokes can be especially important. This lecture will look at some of the popular media for political satire in compemporary China, and will look at what some of the social, psychological, and political effects seem to be.
March 18, 4:00 pm. Lovejoy 215. Colby College
Maine Film Center, with support from Colby College Cinema Studies, presents Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000)
Monday, March 18
Waterville Opera House
The third of four films in the series Monday Night Movies.
Tickets $9 ($5 for students)
A visually beautiful film that can only be experienced fully when projected on a large screen.
Can We Teach Values? Should We?
There is no one more qualified to talk about the state of higher education than William G. Bowen, and that’s what he will do at Colby Monday at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium as the third Distinguished Bicentennial Lecturer.
A prolific author, former president of Princeton, and former president of the Mellon Foundation, William G. Bowen is one of the most-respected voices in American higher education. He has written groundbreaking books about the role of athletics at colleges and universities, about the consideration of race in admissions, and about the role of socioeconomic status, gender, and race in America’s high college dropout rate.
Bowen will address the state of higher education, whether or not there is an “opportunity” agenda for America, and whether or not we can and should teach values.