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Fall 2009 - Brown Bag Archives

Fall 2009

“Global Water Futures"
Presented by Erik R. Peterson, Senior Vice President of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)
The Rafters, Kirby Student Center

Erik Peterson examines current and future water dislocations the world over.  He questions whether countries, companies and other organizations are doing enough to support the 884 million people without access to clean water.  He also outlines several integrated solutions to the global problem that water presents.  This interactive session allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the current water crisis by asking the critical question: How do we balance rising scarcity with growing demand in the field of resource management?

"Canada and the U.S.: Partners in Recovery"
Presented by Minneapolis-based Canadian Consul General Martin Loken
Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

Consul General Loken will speak on the unparalleled relationship between Canada and the United States. Special emphasis will be put on current bilateral issues, including trade, the economy and environment.  Loken joined Canada’s Foreign Service in 1990. His previous overseas assignments were at the Canadian Embassy in Prague (1992-1994) and at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations in Geneva (1998-2002). He has been responsible for a range of geographic and functional issues, including science and technology relations with Japan and global human rights. From 2002 to 2008 he served in the Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch, where he worked on several major trade agreements and negotiations.

"Backpacking through the Scottish Highlands: A Cultural Experience"
Presented by Shawn Grund, Senior in UMD's Communication Department
Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

Shawn Grund spent a month traveling through Scotland in the summer of 2009. He will discuss his experiences with the culture of the Scottish Highlands as well as the city of Glasgow. He will also speak about his participation in the TGO Challenge, a social coast-to-coast backpacking event through the Highlands, one of the only events like it in the world.  For more information on Grund’s experience see

"Journalism in a Complicated Place: The Role of Community Journalism in South Africa”
Presented by Dr. John Hatcher, UMD Writing Studies Department
Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

Democracy, it is said, is easy in a homogenous society, but in culturally complex places the challenges of providing the good life for all are more daunting. The same challenges can be said for the role of journalism in societies that are divided based on cultural cleavages. In no place on the planet are these challenges more pronounced than in South Africa, where community journalists face the challenge of both reaching their defined community groups while also working toward the goal of realizing the dreams of the Rainbow Nation. In this illustrated presentation, Dr. Hatcher will share his thoughts on journalism in South Africa based on his recent trip to the country and his interviews with South African journalists.      

"After Heart and Seoul”
Presented by Dr. Jiyoon Yoon, UMD Department of Education & UMD Students
Thursday, October 29, 2009 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

In June of 2009, eight students in the Teaching Exchange Program of UMD’s Department of Education  traveled to South Korea to study its education system and culture.  These students and the program coordinator, Dr. Yoon, will discuss their meaningful and fun experience teaching in Korea.  They will show the goals, process, and share the excitement of their first teaching experiences in Korea.

"The Spaces of the University: Minnesota and Cambridge, UK”
Presented by Dr. David Beard, UMD Writing Studies Department
Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

Nothing could appear less similar: the University of Minnesota (born of the practical arts of agriculture), established in the 19th century to train professionals and citizens, and Cambridge University, a university centuries old before any European set foot in Minnesota.  And yet, there are remarkable similarities and instructive differences.  In this presentation, Dr. Beard will investigate the spaces of these two universities.  The lands these universities occupy define their missions, their cultures, and their relationships to the societies whose young they educate.

"Monster in the Lake: A Brazilian Odyssey"
Presented by Kelly Wendt, Graduate Fellow, UMD Department of Geological Sciences
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

In June of 2009,  Kelly Wendt was part of a team of researchers including students from the University of Arizona and UNESP in Brazil. The team was in western Brazil in the world's largest wetland known as the Pantanal to collect sediment cores. They were arrested by local authorities on charges of illegally prospecting for minerals, and jailed for nine days.  After a month released on bail, they were allowed to return to the U.S. to await the outcome of their case. Wendt will discuss this experience and his research. 

"Cultural Immersion in Northern Ireland"
Presented by Dr. Molly Minkkinen, Associate Professor, UMD Education Department and UMD students
Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Library 4th Floor Rotunda

In May of 2009, Dr. Minkkinen led twelve UMD students to Newcastle, Northern Ireland as part of a short-term study abroad program.  Students explored Northern Ireland’s culture and education, political and economic systems.  They also spent 35 hours in either an early childhood or early primary classroom setting.  Dr. Minkkinen and some of the students will share their experiences as well as photos from their excursions to Belfast, Knowlth and Dublin as well as visits to castle ruins, Giant’s Causeway, and the Viking Museum.  Information about this and other study abroad opportunities will be available.