2007.09.24 > For Immediate Release
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Global Studies and European Studies Conferences Set for Oct. 4-6
Omaha - Numerous academics from across the globe will converge upon the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6, for two conferences focused on international issues.
The 30th annual Global Studies Conference (GSC) will feature a variety of panels and presentations, and a keynote address by Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation. Some of the topics at this year's GSC conference: Orientalism vs. Occidentalism; the impact of terrorism on global affairs; images of religion and politics; trends in country building; cultural integrity and globalization; and protecting human rights and combating terrorism.
The 32nd Annual European Studies Conference (ESC) will also be held over the same three days, and will feature 42 panels that will focus upon multifaceted perspectives on the present, past and future of the European continent. This interdisciplinary conference will draw more than 130 participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Areas of interest include art, history, languages and literature along with current issues and future prospects in cultural, political, social and economic areas, philosophy, music, geography, theater, and film.
Most activities for both conferences will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) on the UNO campus. All events, except for the GSC Thursday, Oct. 4, dinner and keynote address, are free to UNO faculty, staff and students.
Sorensen’s GSC address is titled “U.S. and U.N.: Can this Marriage be Saved?” The social hour prior to the presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. in the MBSC’s Chancellor’s room. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the MBSC Ballroom, with the keynote to start at 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $30.
From 1997 to 2003, Sorensen served as assistant secretary-general for external relations on appointment by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for the secretary-general with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Alexander Murphy, professor of geography and Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon, will give a keynote luncheon address—“European Union Expansion and the Changing Political Geography of Europe”--to ESC conference participants. The event will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p. m. in the Centennial Hall of the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center.
Dr. Murphy specializes in cultural and political geography, with a regional emphasis on Europe. He is a past president of the Association of American Geographers, a vice-president of the American Geographic Society, and an editor of both Progress in Human Geography and Eurasian Geography and Economics.
“These conferences are a valuable supplement to our students' course work,” said Rory Conces, GSC program chair and an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at UNO. “It is an informative arena in which students get an opportunity to listen to scholars and practitioners from around the world. Tatyana Novikov, UNO professor of Russian, serves as the coordinator for the ESC.
For a complete list of the GSC panels, presenters and presentation times, go to http://world.unomaha.edu/twsc/index.php and click on the 2007 Preliminary Program link. To see the entire ESC program, please go to http://www.unomaha.edu/esc.
For more information on the GSC, call (402) 554-2376. For more information on the ESC, call (402) 554-4840.
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