Calendar of Events - GLOBAL INITIATIVE 2016-17: ISLANDS

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Upcoming Events

Day
Time
Location
Event

Thursday

9/15/2016

11 am
Rowley Building Forum Room 010

Global Initiative 2016-17: ISLANDS

Introduction to this year's program, Overview of events.

Dr. Michael Strmiska, Global Initiative Coordinator and World History Professor in the Global Studies Department

See video of presentation:Global Initiative Fall 2016, Overview of Events

Thursday

9/15/2016

7-9 pm
Rowley Building Forum Room 010

 

DRUMS OF VODOU. Dr. Lois Wilckes, Ethnomusicologist and founder and director of the Brooklyn-based Haitian Drum and Dance Ensemble Makandal, will lecture on the history of Vodou (voodoo) drumming in Haiti, its connections to African musical and religious traditions, its impact on cultural and social life, with film clips about Vodou dance and drums.

No video of lecture available due to technical problems.

Wednesday

10/05/2016

7-9 pm
Rowley Building Forum, Room 010

FANTASY ISLANDS: SUNY-Orange English Literature professor Alexander Jakubowski will speak on the role that islands play as locations and themes in science fiction and fantasy literature.

See video of lecture: Fantasy Islands with Alex Jakubowski

Wednesday

10/19/2016

7-9 pm Rowley Building Forum Room 010

ICELAND: THE ISLAND OF THE VIKINGS: SUNY-Orange World History professor Michael Strmiska will speak on the history of Iceland, including its Viking settlement in the ninth century, its period as a kingless, pagan republic, its medieval status as a colony of Norway, its battle for independence and its modern status as an advanced Nordic state with an economy based on fishing, tourism and music.

See video of lecture: Iceland: The Island of Vikings with Michael Strmiska

Thursday

11/03/2016

7-9 pm Rowley Building Forum, Room 010

RISING OCEANS, SHRINKING ISLANDS: SUNY-Orange Biology professor Walter Jahn will speak on the threat to coastlines and islands around the world posed by climate change and global warming, with rising sea levels eating away at coastal areas and islands, many of which are expected to vanish underwater if nothing is done to arrest global warming. See video of lecture:

Wednesday

11/16/2016

7-9 pm Gilman Center, Library, Room 130

PUERTO RICO: A STATE IN CRISIS BUT NOT QUITE A STATE: Hunter College-Centre for Puerto Rican Studies professor Harry Franqui-Rivera will explore the current social, economic and political crisis in Puerto Rico, detailing the different political and economic factors that have led to the current crisis, with the island teetering on the edge of insolvency. Attention will be paid to the tangled history of US-Puerto Rican relations and the struggle to find a way forward for this struggling not-quite-state of the United States.

Wednesday

12/07/2016

7-9 pm
Rowley Building Forum, Room 010

Bringing New Hope to Haiti: The Heart in Haiti School

Many Americans felt sympathy for the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Maria Blon, a former SUNY-Orange mathematics professor, helped launch a new school for needy Haitian children, the “Heart in Haiti” School, which combines traditional curriculum with critical thinking and sustainability awareness. This unique school has proven a success and Professor Blon will speak on the challenges and achievements of this unique experiment in cross-cultural outreach and education.

 

 

     
SPRING 2017   SCHEDULE

SPRING 2017 programming under development.

Tentative Topics include Sicily, Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Okinawa, Tax-Haven Islands, and Islands in Poetry.

     

 

     

 

     

 

   

 

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

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