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Spring 2009 - Brown Bag Archives

Spring 2009

“The Anglo American Roots of the New Rhetoric: A Visit to Cambridge University”
Presented by Dr. David Beard
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 12:00 p.m. (noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Dr. David Beard, Assistant Professor of Writing Studies at UMD, visited the United Kingdom and Cambridge University in the summer of 2008. He will discuss his research on the scholarly connections across the Atlantic that have occurred in the study of rhetoric in the early 20th and 21st centuries. Specifically, he will address how the administrative shape of the university shapes the intellectual products of that university, and the differences internationally. What do American universities offer that English Universities do not? Dr. Beard will illustrate his analysis with pictures of Cambridge University.

"The Pakistan You Don't Know"
Presented by Waqas Ahmad and Nisar Ahmed
Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Waqas Ahmad and Nisar Ahmed, both graduate students in UMD's Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, will discuss several features of life in their native Pakistan. They will provide information about the people, religion, culture, politics and natural world of Pakistan. They will present an illustrated talk that will increase understanding of a Pakistan rarely portrayed in the U.S..

"La Ley no es Todo (The Law is not Everything): Feminist Politics in Venezuela”
Presented by Chere Bergeron
Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Chere Bergeron spent three and one half months beginning in the summer of 2008 studying and living in Mérida, Venzuela. While there, she investigated the effects of feminist politics and initiatives under the presidency of Hugo Chávez. She focused specifically on policies to confront violence against women, reproductive rights, and economic justice for 'ama de la casa' or the Venezuelan housewife. She will discuss her research findings and also share reflections about her experiences living in the country. Ms. Bergeron is a UMD student majoring in Women's Studies and International Studies.

"The Global Wind Band Movement: A Celebration in the Canary Islands”
Presented by Professor Mark Whitlock
Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Mark Whitlock, Professor of Music at UMD, participated as a guest conductor at the 4th Iberoamericano Congress for Composers, Directors, and Arrangers for Symphonic Bands held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. He will speak about the growth of the wind band movement throughout the world, specifically its expansion in the Iberian region of Europe. This area, along with South America, has produced a wealth of new music for the wind band that deserves attention. Professor Whitlock will also show pictures and discuss his visit to the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the islands.

"Spain: A Winter Odyssey”
Presented by Pauline Nuhring
Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Pauline Nuhring, Associate Administrator in UMD's Office of Continuing Education, will present on her January 2009 travels throughout Spain. Ms. Nuhring, along with UMD Professor Eileen Zeitz, will take this off-season trip to experience a bit of the true flavor of Spanish life. After exploring Madrid, they plan to travel off the beaten track to some of the lesser-known sites and destinations in Spain.

"Exploring China”
Presented by UMD Students and Professor Zhuangyi Liu
Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Several UMD students who participated in the May 2008 UMD Program, "Chinese Language in China," will show pictures and talk about their experiences participating in this unique program. The students, with the program leader, Dr. Zhuangyi Liu, a Professor in the UMD Department of Mathematics and Statistics, studied language and culture in Beijing, Shanghai and Qingdao. They visited Tiananmen Square, Peoples’ Congress, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warrior Museum, the Shanghai Museum, and the Bund area on the Huangpu River. In addition, they had extensive language instruction in Mandarin Chinese at Ocean University in Qingdao.

"History isn't enough: The Symbolic History of Nuremberg"
Presented by Mrs. Leonore Bauemler and Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman
Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Mrs. Leonore Baeumler and Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, members of UMD's Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Committee, will review the ancient history of Nuremberg as a crossroads of European commerce and an Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire. Using artistic and photographic images (including photos from their fall 2008 trip to Germany), the presentation will review the Nazis' idealized view of the city and explore how they made use of its medieval past to recast it for their purposes as a Nazi Center in the 1930s and 1040s. The Jewish experiences of the city from the 13th century to the present will be woven throughout the presentation. (Co-sponsored by the Bauemler-Kalpan Holocaust Commemoration Commitee)

"Medellin, Cali and Bogota: Flowers, Salsa, Telefericos in Colombia"
Presented by Dr. Adam Pine
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.(noon)
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda

Dr. Adam Pine, Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at UMD, visited Colombia in the summer of 2008. In this illustrated presentation he will talk about Cali (a city famous for its salsa), the Medellin flower festival (which was ending just as he arrived in the city), and the AMAZING telefericos in both Bogota and Medellin.