The Global and International Studies program works hard to bring relevant and beneficial content to our students and allied faculty and staff, which includes our diverse offering of events each academic year. Please see below our upcoming events!
"Hong Kong Update: Unresolved" with Dr. Thomas Kostrzewa
Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall
Over half a year of steady and sometimes volatile demonstrations has thus far resulted in no conclusive direction for dynamic tensions in Hong Kong. Dr. Kostrzewa ("Dr. K"; global and international studies) will lead a discussion related to his recent trips to Hong Kong and his observations.
"A Woman Archaeologist in the Middle East: Experiences in Turkey and Syria" with Dr. Britt Hartenberger
Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall
Dr. Hartenberger (IIAS; Anthropology) will discuss her archaeological projects in Turkey and Syria where she has worked over a period of 20 years. She will discuss the organization of projects in the Middle East, changing political situations, the appropriation of cultures, and some unique interactions women have while doing research in these countries.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Humanities Center (Knauss Hall)
Elise DeCamp (IIAS; Anthropology) will discuss comedy performance strategies and how they impact audience-performer dynamics in stand-up comedy clubs throughout the American Midwest. Cynthia Running-Johnson (World Languages and Literatures-French) will discuss contemporary French theater production and issues of spectatorship.
Exchanges, Translations, and Dialogue
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from noon to 1 p.m., Humanities Center (Knauss Hall)
Jeffrey Angles (World Languages and Literatures-Japanese) will explore the writing of influential Japanese poet Chuya as a space of transnational exchange bringing together Japanese lyricism, French symbolism, and transnational Dada. Patricia Villalobos Echevarría (Frostic School of Art) will discuss participatory projects in Nicaragua, China, and Michigan that create a social space where personal and collective memories intersect as an exploration of the powerful but ephemeral nature of exchange.
Visiting Scholar Lecture "The Changing Identity of Latinos in the U.S. Today" with Dr. Mark Hugo Lopez
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall
Introduced by WMU President Edward Montgomery, Dr. Lopez of the Pew Research Center will discuss Latino identity in the U.S. in honor of Hispanic Heritage month and preceding the rollout of the new Latinx and Latin American Studies minor at WMU. The lecture will be followed by a small reception outside of 2028 Brown featuring light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. This event has been approved as a Signature: Global Engagement event.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge
Have you ever wondered what job possibilities exist for those graduating with a GIST major? This is your perfect opportunity to get a taste of this reality and to learn from experienced GIST alumni and others in the global professions what you can start doing now to get there. Panelists will be available to discuss opportunities for internships, study abroad, teaching English abroad, Peace Corps service, and more. A virtual panel of alumni, including those working for the Foreign Service, higher education, and the U.S. House of Representatives in D.C. will discuss where they are now and how they got there. Resume critiquing will be available also. Please come for the whole workshop or, if you have limited time, review our tentative schedule to see which panel(s) will be occurring when. Contact us with questions! This event is free and will offer light refreshments.
Meet a GIST Alumna: Kathleen Fish, Immigration Lawyer
Friday, October 11, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 2041 Moore Hall (GIST Conference Room)
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet GIST's Alumni Achievement Award recipient for 2019, Kathleen Fish (class of 2011), a Senior Associate with Brown Immigration LLC of Cleveland, Ohio working on deportation defense and family-based immigration. She was recently selected by Super Lawyers for a "Rising Star" award for 2019. This is an open-house style event, so please feel free to come and go as you are available. This event is free and light refreshments will be provided.
Research Briefs in Global Studies
Indigenous-Colonizer Dynamics in Latin America
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall
Dr. Marcela Mendoza (Gender and Women's Studies) will discuss tribal warfare among hunter-gatherers in the Bolivian Gran Chaco region as well as indigenous alliances there that resisted settlers' encroachment on their lands in the 19th century. Dr. Matt Nielsen (Global and International Studies) will discuss how a critical rereading of colonial Spanish accounts of indigenous violence in northeastern South American can expose colonial propaganda and shed new light on indigenous peoples' territoriality and politics.
Religious Pluralism in Ukraine and the Midwest
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall
Dr. Vyacheslav (Slava) Karpov (Sociology) will discuss how Ukraine's post-Soviet resurgence of religions has generated a pluralistic and tolerant atmosphere in the country today. Drawing from his work on Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Henry Ford, and John E. Fetzer, Dr. Brian Wilson (Comparative Religion) will discuss the use of spiritual biography to explore the religious diversity of the Midwest.