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Spring 2010 - Brown Bag Archives

Spring 2010

“Travels in Southern Africa: A Journey in Two Parts - Part I"
Presented by Deborah Shubat, Senior Research Plot Technician, Department of Biology, UMD
March 4, 2010

Deborah Shubat visited South Africa and Botswana in the summer of 2009.  She will provide a photo safari of Namibia and Botswana and will share a bit of the biology (animals, birds and plants) of these southern African countries.

"Travels in Southern Africa: A Journey in Two Parts - Part II"
Presented by Dr. Helen Mongan-Rallis, UMD Associate Professor of Education & Trisha O'Keefe, Program Coordinator for UMD's International Student Services
March 11, 2010

In this second look at Southern Africa, Dr.  Mongan-Rallis and Trisha O'Keefe will discuss their trip to private and national wildlife parks in South Africa as well as their camping trip in mokoros (dugout canoes) in Botswana.

“Stills of Mauthausen: The Photographic Memoirs of Nazi Camp Survivor Francesc Boix”
Presented by Dr. Maureen Tobin Stanley, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, UMD
March 25, 2010

Dr. Tobin-Stanley will examine the legacy of Francesc Boix, the only Spaniard to testify at the  Nuremberg Trials. While Boix attempted to put on record the reality that more than 7,000 Spaniards were deported to the Nazi camp in Mauthausen, Austria, he was silenced. The silence that enshrouded this was perpetuated by many other catastrophic situations of other nations whose numbers of those deported and exterminated in the camps are exponentially greater than Spain's. Furthermore, the nearly 40 year dictatorship in Spain refused to highlight Spain's role in the matter. Only now is this historical reality receiving more attention. As a photographer and communist, Boix confiscated and hid hundreds of images from the Mauthausen photo lab. He and an underground network aimed to resist against their oppressors and work toward justice.

“Hanging out in Hamburg: Winter in Germany”
Presented by Pauline Nuhring, Associate Administrator, Continuing Education, UMD
April 1, 2010

Pauline Nuhring traveled to Hamburg, Germany on Christmas Day 2009, and stayed with German friends.  It was the best of all possible travel experiences: sightseeing and exploring in a fabulous city as well as visiting and soaking up local cultural experiences. Her presentation will include pictures and information about historical and cultural features of Hamburg (and a side trip to Osnabrück and Munster) as well as observations about Hamburg at holiday time. 

“Jews & Muslims – More than Coexistence: An Historical Account from the Holocaust to the Bosnian War”
Presented by Dr. Karl Bahm, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Superior
April 8, 2010

Dr. Bahm will examine the supportive relationship between Jews and Muslims in Bosnia throughout history with particular attention paid to the last part of the 20th century.  Dr. Bahm’s presentation will lay the groundwork for the 2010 Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration lecture to be given by Jakob Finci, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Switzerland and a leader of the Bosnian Jewish community.  This event is co-sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. 

“Jews & Muslims – More than Coexistence: The Sarajevo Haggadah, a Symbol of Interfaith Cooperation”
Presented by Mrs. Leonore Baeumler, a member of the UMD Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee, & Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Associate Professor of Communication, UMD
April 15, 2010

Mrs. Baeumler and Dr. Petersen-Perlman will examine the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illustrated Jewish codex dating from medieval times. They will trace the journey of the book from its creation to its rediscovery in the 20th century.  The Sarajevo Haggadah is an example of Jewish and Muslim cooperation across centuries. This event is co-sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. 

"Out and About in Oslo: A Holiday Visit”
Presented by Geraldine Hughes, Executive Administrative & Office Specialist, UMD Department of Political Science
April 22, 2010

Geraldine Hughes visited her sister and family in Norway. She experienced a Norwegian Christmas holiday with her family and visited several Christmas markets.  She will share photos of her stay in Oslo and Trondheim, and discuss her discovery of the Duluth connections to her brother-in-laws’ relatives.          

“Politicization & Personification of Development in Sri Lanka”
Presented by Dr. Nimal Dangalle, Head of Geography Department and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka
April 29, 2010

Dr. Dangalle will provide an analysis of what he sees as the failures of development in Sri Lanka.  He will focus on such factors as the deterioration of institutions in this island country, located off the southern coast of India in South Asia. 

A special brown bag presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 12:00 Noon in the Library 4th Floor Rotunda at UMD. UMD student Nicholas DeShaw will present:

"Capoeira Mandou Me Chamar: Brazilian Culture, Capoeira, Dance and Rainforest Environmentalism"

Nicholas DeShaw traveled to Brazil in northern Sao Paulo State to learn more of the Brazilian martial art capoeira. While there, in addition to learning more of capoeira, he was immersed in the Brazilian culture and learned much of the dance and music traditions. He will present through photo and video on Brazilian culture and the growing permaculture environmental movement currently under way in Brazil's Atlantic rain forests.