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Fall 2007

Democracies in Transition: Women's Activism in Serbia, Europe and the United States

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545
UMass Boston

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Reception and Public Forum featuring Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Lilijana Cickaric

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Democratic Transition in Eastern Europe: Romania and Moldova

Troy colloquium room
UMass Boston

Wednesday Nov. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Almost 18 years after the violent overthrow of Communism, how have Romania and Moldova managed the painful transition to democracy, a civil society and a free market economy? Presentations will be given by Reuters Correspondent and author Alan Elsner and Professor Alla Rosca, Moldova State University and Fulbright Scholar, University of New Orleans.

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North-American Style Buildings: Japanese Invention

301 Bartlett Hall
UMass Amherst

Thursday, November 8, 4:00-5:15 pm

Learn how East met West, and West met East in 19th c. Japan through the art of wood architecture to create a fascinating hybrid and example of two-way technology transfer. This lecture is being led by Sadamasa Komaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Hokkaido Polytechnic College.

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Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: Do They Do Justice to Justice?

Campus Center Ballroom
UMass Boston

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 PM

This public lecture will conclude a 3-day international conference. Panelists from South Africa, El Salvador, and Guatemala who have participated in truth and reconciliation commissions will speak with those from Northern Ireland and Serbia who are contemplating their own difficult pasts.

Education Abroad Fair

Student Union
UMass Amherst

Monday, September 24, 2007 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Come check out your study abroad options! All undergraduates are invited. It's not too late to go abroad for spring '08, nor too early to start planning ahead for '08-'09. UMass programs and approved non-UMass programs for UMass students will be featured. You'll even have a chance to win raffle prizes!

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The Environment as a Catalyst to Peace in the Middle East

Campus Center 165
UMass Amherst

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:30 pm

A presentation by Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Colloquium on Contemporary Portuguese-American Literature

John F. Kennedy Library in Boston

Saturday, September 22 from 10:00-3:00 p.m.

Three years ago at UMass Dartmouth, writer Frank X. Gaspar made a side revelation about the title of his poetry book, "The Holyoke."Mr. Gaspar is one of four Portuguese-American writers taking part in "Escrita da Vida - Vida da Escrita," a free colloquium organized by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Dartmouth.

The other participating authors are Katherine Vaz, Julian Silva and Erika de Vasconcelos. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a performance of "Through a Portagee Gate," a play based on New Bedford native Charles Reis Felix's memoir adapted by Culture*Park of New Bedford. There will be a post-performance discussion, as well.

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Made in Poland: Contemporary Pinhole Photography

University Art Gallery
UMass Dartmouth

May 25, 2007 - September 16, 2007

Made in Poland introduces the work of seven imaginative Polish artists who are updating the ancient pinhole phenomenon for their own purposes. These photographers use the simplest of means to create images that are complex, evocative, and elegant.

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Racial Democracy: A Conversation with Brazil's Minister for Racial Equality

Amherst Room, Campus Center
UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Brazilian cabinet member, Matilde Ribeiro will speak on eliminating racial discrimination. The lecture, Ribeiro's first at a U.S. academic institution will focus on black women, racism and affirmative action in Brazil, topics to which she has dedicated her life's work and closely related to the work of SEPPIR. The secretariat, created in 2003 as recognition of the Brazilian Black Movement's historical struggles, is charged to undertake initiatives against racial inequalities in Brazil.

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International Film Series: The King of Masks

Visual & Performing Arts Bldg. (Grp. VI), Rm. 153
UMass Dartmouth

Friday, September 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The College of Arts and Sciences presents an International Film Series this fall. All films are selected and presented by Professor Charles White, Department of English.

The King of Masks- The streets of 1930s Sichuan set the stage for this award-winning film of hope and transformation in the face of poverty and loneliness. A master of an ancient art, a street performer who uses magic and masks, needs an heir to pass on his skills. He finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market, but the boy reveals an unexpected secret which tests their relationship. (Directed by Wu Tianming, in Mandarin with English subtitles)

Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities and Self-Determinations

Alumni Room, Campus Center
UMass Boston

September 12-16, 2007

This four day conference is funded by a Ford Foundation grant,and will feature 10 internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 20 competitively selected panel presenters.

A dominant image in the West about Islam is of a force particularly oppressive to women. Engaging Islam: Feminisms, Religiosities and Self-Determinations uses feminist analysis to challenge this view and to ask new questions that help us to understand Islam in the diverse ways it is interpreted, lived, and practised. The institute's focus on feminisms leads us to ask how women are participating and intervening in the realms of law, religion, family, economics, and institutions of civil society.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Summer 2007

East German Film Festival

Stirn Auditorium
Amherst College

Monday, June 25, 2007 - Thursday, June 28, 2007 | 2:00 pm

As part of its 4th East German Summer Film Institute, SOLIDARITY! DEFA and Latin America, the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst presents a series of rare East German films about Latin America. All films are in German with simultaneous interpretation into English, except for The Ascent of the Chimborazo, which has English subtitles.

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Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq: policies, programs and projects

College of Public and Community Service
University of Massachusetts at Boston

July 23-26, 2007

The central objective of this conference is to provide an intellectual forum for scholars and practitioners to explore how these tasks could be carried out in a manner that promotes social justice, economic and political sustainability, and full participation of all stakeholders. The outcomes of the conference deliberations should help policy makers to formulate and implement the most appropriate policies as well as embark upon innovative sustainable projects.

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Made in Poland: Contemporary Pinhole Photography

University Art Gallery
UMass Dartmouth

May 25, 2007 - September 16, 2007

Made in Poland introduces the work of seven imaginative Polish artists who are updating the ancient pinhole phenomenon for their own purposes. These photographers use the simplest of means to create images that are complex, evocative, and elegant.

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Spring 2007

The Long March Continues: South Africa, The Post-Apartheid Struggle O'Mailley Lecture and Book Launch

University of Massachusetts Club

April 19, 2007, 4:30 - 6:00pm

The McCormack Graduate School and the University of Massachusetts President's Office are pleased to co-host the second of four Joe Moakley Lectures, Divided Societies: Sharing the Peace. This event wil launch Padraig O'Malley's new book, Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa.

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World Cultural Week- UMass Boston Study Abroad Office
International Study Festival

Alumni Room, 2nd Floor, Campus Center

Friday, April 20, 2007, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Students will have an opportunity to sample international entertainment, food, drink, and, music and hear about fellow students' past experiences studying abroad.

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2007 CITA Conference on Community-University Partnerships

University of Massachusetts Lowell

April 26-27, 2007

Participants from both academic and professional backgrounds will come together to address the timely issue of sustaining productive and beneficial partnerships between communities and universities. The presenters, hailing from dozens of universities across the country and ten different nations, will meet in Lowell to share their broad range of experiences, highlighting successes as well as barriers and challenges to be overcome. Registration for "Community-University Partnerships: How Do We Achieve the Promise?" is free and open to all.

University of Massachusetts Collaborative Services Facility

May 3-4, 2007

The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Office of Community Programs, a division of Commonwealth Medicine, will be coordinating and hosting the two-day opportunity for academic exchanges, discussions, and strategic planning for the University faculty members from all five campuses and international health experts to explore important issues in Global Health. Those issues will focus the University's involvement in Global Health Education, Services, and Research with particular attention given to working with in-country partners in the developing world.

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