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2006.10.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

29th Annual Global Studies Conference Oct. 5-6

Omaha - Numerous academics from across the globe will converge upon the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5-6, for the 29th annual Global Studies Conference. The event will feature a variety of panels and presentations, in addition to a keynote speech by His Majesty Prince Reza Shah Pahlawi of Iran.

All activities will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. All events, except for the Oct. 5 dinner and keynote address, are free to UNO faculty, staff and students. To register for the conference, call (402) 554-2376.

The conference schedule is listed below:

Thursday, Oct. 5
Keynote Speech by His Majesty Prince Reza Shah Pahlawi of Iran - 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (MBSC Ballroom)
Social Hour - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (MBSC Chancellor’s Room)
Dinner - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (MBSC Ballroom - dinner costs $30 per person)

Friday, Oct. 6
SESSION ONE: 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Panel 1 - Themes in African Literature (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Owen G. Mordaunt, English, UNO
Presentations:
- “Between Heartbeats: Terror and Trauma in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost” by James F. Sullivan, English, Mount Marty College
- “Nation Building and Identity in Juan Tomas Avila Laurel’s Awala Cu Sangui” by Ana I. Carballal, foreign languages, UNO
- “Negotiating Culture in Mariama Ba’s Novels” by Catherine A. Kapi, English and modern languages, Longwood University

Panel 2 - Reflections on Malaysia and Puerto Rico (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Maria Arbelaez, history, UNO
Presentations:
- “Gender Issues in the Developing World” by Md. Muniruzzaman, political science, International Islamic University of Malaysia
- “Restructuring Society in Malaysia – an Example of A Successful Strategy in Nation Building” by Manuel Yonggar, business, Northwestern State University
- “Economic Developments in Puerto Rico: Post 936” by Frank P. LeVeness, government and politics, St. John’s University

SESSION TWO: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Panel 3 - Political Realism and the War on Terrorism (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Joong-Gun Chung, political science, UNO
Presentations:
- “On the Moralizing of Political Realism and the War on Terrorism” by Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
- “Comments on Conces” by Paul Kriese, political science, Indiana University East

Panel 4: Native Americans – Facets of Native American Studies (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Judith Boss, English, UNO
Presentations:
- “Jewell James and the Healing Poles Project” by Barbara Robins, English and Native American Studies, UNO
- “A Person Under the Law: The Omaha Newspapers & the Trial of Standing Bear, April–May 1879” by Hugh Reilly, communication, UNO

Panel 5: Reflections on Malaysia II (MBSC Redick Room)
Chair: Maria Arbelaez, history, UNO
Presentations:
- “Squatter Settlements in Third World Countries: A Challenge for Mega Cities and Local Government Administrators: The Case of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia” by Dayang Suria Mulia, social studies, University of Malaysia Sabah
- “Strategy in Education Allocation Opportunities in Malaysia” by Manuel Yunggar, business, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

SESSION THREE: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Panel 6: Facets of Contemporary Politics (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
Presentations:
- “Islamic Growth in South Africa” by Thomas S. Kolasa, political science, Washington University
- “Iran: Getting a Piece of the Action” by Emma Frigeri, political science, Rome
- “Reforming the United Nations”: Movement from High Moral Principles to Concrete Effective Actions” by Jason Oshiokpekhai, sales and marketing, Arrowsight Inc.

Panel 7: Topics in Economics (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Manuel Yunggar, business, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Presentations:
- “The Quest for Macroeconomic Stability in Africa: The Euro Factor” by Godwin C. Duru, economics, Ohio Dominican University
- “The World Trade Organization (WTO): Why and How It Came Up” by Munir Hassan, business, Claflin University

SESSION FOUR: 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Panel 8: Explorations of the Political Landscape (MBSC Council Room)
Chair: Paul Kriese, political science, Indiana University East
Presentations:
- “Five Major Reasons Why Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Is Encountering Such Troubled
Times in Her Administration” by Ceferina Hess, political science, Lander University (Emeritus)

Panel 9: Internet Collaborative Efforts (MBSC Gallery Room)
Chair: Paul A. Williams, philosophy and religion, UNO
Presentation:
- “Role of Online Collaborative Projects” by Sharifa Djurabaeva, education, Physical-Technical Institute of Tashkent

Panel 10: Ethics of Globalization (MBSC Redick Room)
Chair: Rory J. Conces, philosophy and religion, UNO
Presentation:
- “Ethics of Globalization” by Nels H. Granholm, biology, South Dakota State University (and Samantha Arnold and Greg Peterson)

For more information about the Global Studies Conference, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/world/twsc/ or call (402) 554-2947.

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