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'Conflict and Cooperation'

Center for Global and Area Studies announces spring lecture series


8:32 a.m., Jan. 31, 2013--The Center for Global and Area Studies (CGAS) at the University of Delaware has announced a spring lecture series, “Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Arena,” which will be held Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5.

At once a public lecture series and a one-credit, pass-fail class (ARSC367-010), the series will meet on Tuesdays from 4-4:50 p.m. in 202 McDowell Hall.

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“Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Arena” will bring together experts from Delaware and other institutions to speak about examples of struggle, collaboration, discord and harmony across the globe.   Highlighting themes of identity, religion, resources, ideology and more, speakers and students will explore the forces that fuel conflict and cooperation. 

Julio Carrión, associate professor and director of CGAS, said the series is an effort “to increase our students’ awareness of global and international issues” and “to introduce them to the variety of academic programs that our University offers, dealing with other regions of the world.” 

Students from all colleges are encouraged to register for the series soon, as seats are limited and running out. Requirements for the pass-fail class are attendance at the lectures and a two-page reaction paper at the end of the semester. Students who took previous versions of this class are welcome to register again. Questions should be addressed to Carrión at

Lectures are scheduled as follows:

Feb. 5: Introduction to the series, Julio Carrión.

Feb. 12: “Traversing Contextual Boundaries: Providing Girls Access to Education and Rights in Rural Pakistan,” Amna Latif, director, Tarbiyah Islamic School, Delaware.

Feb. 21 (Thursday session): “Burma/Myanmar: Internal and External Challenges,” David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Feb. 28 (Thursday session): “Interfaith Relations: Cooperation or Annihilation?,” Rabbi Michael Ramberg, Temple Beth El, Delaware.

March 5: “Rock My Soul: A Jewish Musical Journey from Yesterday and Today,” Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein, Temple Beth El, Delaware.

March 12: “Of Ketchup and Pepper Sauce: Mass-Mediating Creole Identity in a Caribbean Society,” Paul Garrett, associate professor of anthropology, Temple University.

March 19: “St. Patrick, Parades and Pregnancies: Identity Issues in Modern Ireland,” Kevin Barry, doctoral student, University of Delaware.

March 26: Spring break – no lecture.

April 2: “Away from Civility and Enlightenment: Violence and Ambivalence in U.S.- Dominated Okinawa,” Darryl Flaherty, associate professor of history, University of Delaware.

April 9: “Telling Lives in Burkina Faso: Why Does it Matter, and to Whom?,” Edgard Sankara, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, University of Delaware.

April 16: “Navigating Cultural Forces: Hazardous African Girlhoods and the Specter of Masculinity,” Helen Mugambi, associate professor of comparative literature, California State University Fullerton.

April 23: “Knighthood Denied, Knighthood Defeated: The Oblivion and Destruction of Don Quixote,” Jesús Botello, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, University of Delaware.

April 30: “Denying Genocide: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009,” Fatma Gocek, professor of sociology, University of Michigan.

May 7: “The Austrian Origins of Non-Western Art History,” Suzanne Marchand, professor of history, Louisiana State University.

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