Feb. 16-May 11: Area Studies research featured in speaker series


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10:12 a.m., Feb. 14, 2011----A speaker series showcasing research by members of the University of Delaware's Area Studies programs will be held during the spring semester on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 16, from 1:25-2:15 p.m., in Room 114 Gore Hall.

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The talks are geared to the UD community, but the public also is welcome to attend.

The faculty associated with UD's different Area Studies programs -- African, Asian, European, Islamic, Jewish, and Latin American and Iberian -- enhance the University's global reach. They develop lasting collaborations with local academic communities and examine questions in the social sciences, humanities and arts.

The aim of the series is not only to share findings in an informal manner, but also to discuss the challenges and rewards associated with the study of international and global issues, according to Julio Carrión, director of area studies and associate professor of political science and international relations.

The series includes the following:

Feb. 16: Rudi Matthee (Islamic Studies), “Persia in Crisis: Safavid -- Decline and the Fall of Isfahan.”

Feb. 23: Julio F. Carrión (Latin American and Iberian Studies), “Support for Democracy in Latin America: Evidence from the Americas Barometer.”

March 2: Carla Guerrón-Montero (Latin American and Iberian Studies), “The City of Knowledge: Education, Inclusion and Citizenship in Bahia, Brazil.”

March 9: Ikem Okoye (African Studies), “The Fashion for African Cities.”

March 16: Persephone Braham (Latin American Studies), “From Amazons to Zombies: A Latin American Bestiary.”

March 23: John Patrick Montaño (European Studies), “Violence, Ritual and Cultural Communication in Early Modern Ireland.”

April 6: Heidi Kaufman (Jewish Studies), “Stories from the Grave: Reading 19th-Century Tombstones of the Jewish Diaspora in Jamaica.”

April 13: Alice Ba (Asian Studies), “East-Asia's Process-Driven Regionalism: the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the East Asian Summit.”

April 20: Patricia Sloane-White (Islamic and Asian Studies), “Working in the Islamic Economy: Research inside Malaysia's Islamic Banks.”

April 27: Jesus Cruz (Latin American and Iberian Studies), “Middle-Class Culture in 19th-Century Spain.”

May 4: Mónica Dominguez-Torres (Latin American and Iberian Studies), “Indigenous Identity and the Heraldic Imagination in Colonial Mexico.”

May 11: Lauren Balasco (Ph.D. student, Political Science and International Relations), “Transitional Justice in a Regional Context: The International Criminal Court in Latin America and Africa.”

A flyer with the dates and talks is available in PDF format.