Lecture Previews

Globalization: Two Perspectives from the Private Sector

Today at 4:45 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium,

Hillman Center

Craig and Barbara Barrett will speak to the university and provide an appropriate look at the role of globalization in the world today. The Barretts both have a long and distinguished history in the corporate world and in governmental service. Until quite recently, Barbara served as the United States Ambassador to Finland, while Craig is the former chairman and CEO of Intel.

School of Art Presents: David Familian

Tuesday, March 23 at 5 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium,

University Center

Since 2005, David Familian has worked at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, a media arts space at the University of California, Irvine. As the center’s artistic director, Familian oversees programs, directs art projects, and curates exhibitions.
Currently, Familian is working on art projects with Golan Levin, director of Carnegie Mellon’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Although he began his career as a photographer, he has integrated new media into his own artwork and his curatorial practice since 1990.

Europe’s War on Terror and the Atlantic Divide

Wednesday, March 24

at 4:30 p.m.

Breed Hall

(Margaret Morrison 103)

Russell Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, talks of the hostile relationships between nations.

The United States’s responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 contributed to an outpouring of European anti-Americanism. However, with the bombings in Madrid and London, attitudes about counter-terrorism initiatives changed into a multi-dimensional European reaction against Islamist terror. And while explicit animosity to United States policies has settled, trans-Atlantic relations still rest on shaky ground.

University Lecture Series: Robert M. Groves

Thursday, March 25 at noon

McConomy Auditorium,

University Center

President Barack Obama nominated Robert M. Groves for director of the United States Census Bureau in April 2009, and Groves began his tenure a few months later.

Previously, Groves had been director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. In 2008, he became a recipient of the prestigious Julius Shiskin Memorial Award in recognition of contributions in the development of economic statistics.

NGOs, Civil Society, and Human Rights in Egypt and the Middle East

Thursday, March 25

at 4:30 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium,

University Center

Maha Abdel-Rahman is the university lecturer in development studies at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge.

In the Middle East, NGOs were further entrusted with the goal of challenging the authoritarian regimes and ushering in a new era of democratization.

Abdel-Rahman’s talk challenges assumptions about the role of NGOs as vehicles for social and political transformation. It brings into focus the inherent structural weaknesses of these organizations.