The University of Kansas International Outreach Newsletter
NEW Area studies CENTER LaUNCHED on July 1 These are exciting times for international studies at KU. In addition to all the great things taking place in the area studies centers, a new Center for Global and International Studies (CGIS) was established as a unit of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on July 1, 2009. This center, long discussed and long awaited on our campus, has an ambitious agenda: • to build upon the exceptional resources of the University of Kansas in area studies, world languages, and international programs; • to serve as a catalyst, promoting interdisciplinary research and teaching on topics and themes of transnational scope; • to serve as an incubator, nurturing curricular development and new degree programs that focus on world areas or international topics not covered by the existing area studies centers; • to provide a central home for degree programs in international studies now dispersed in units around the College; and • to serve the state of Kansas, the region, and the nation by preparing students for careers in a global economy, fostering research and expertise in world areas of growing economic and strategic importance, and promoting the state’s global competitiveness by providing outreach and support to schools, businesses, and government agencies.
This is a tall order, especially in a tough economy, but the CGIS is fortunate to have strong institutional support from an exciting partnership with International Programs to close collaboration with the area studies centers and related interdisciplinary programs. Our greatest resource in international studies at KU, however, is our people, especially the hundreds of faculty and staff in the College and the professional schools who have training, experience, and distinguished records of scholarship, teaching, and outreach in global, international, and area studies. Stay tuned to Global Sources to learn about further developments in international studies at KU and discover all the resources we can offer for bringing the world to the classrooms and communities of Kansas and the Great Plains. William Tsutsui Associate Dean International Studies
The Outreach program maintains a list of speakers comprised of outreach staff, graduate students, and faculty members who are willing to come to speak to schools, community groups, businesses, workshops, and events about our area study regions and related topics. Please specify the topic, and we will try to find a speaker to meet your request. A wide variety of topics can be covered. We do appreciate advance notice of at least two weeks. To arrange speakers, please contact Tatyana Wilds, International Outreach Coordinator (email@example.com or 785-864-4237). We look forward to assisting you!
Paritcipants at the K-16 workshop for educators, Art, Music and Revolution. More about the event on page 2.
FROM THE EDITOR Since I came to KU in 2005, there have been many changes, but the core of the area studies centers’ outreach staff has remained on the cutting edge through all those years. I wanted to say a special thank you to Randi Hacker, Outreach Coordinator, and Leslie vonHolten, Community Outreach, of the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS); Nancy Hope, Associate Director, the Confucius Institute, the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (KCTA), Kansas Asia Scholars (KAS), and the Kansas Asia Community Connection (KACC); and Jane Irungu, Associate Director, and Immanuel Birdling, Outreach Coordinator, of the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) for their knowledge, passion, and constant support of KU’s international outreach.
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In this era of globalization, nations must learn each other’s languages and cultures in order to find a way to work and live in peace with each other. That is why an important mission of the outreach crew is to promote our area studies programs among educators, students, and the general public. KU’s spring 2009 semester was dedicated to ”Protest and Revolution.” “ All KU international area studies centers and the Spencer Museum of Art collaborated on designing and hosting multiple events on the KU campus. One of the Revolution Semester’s events, a workshop for educators called “Art, Music, and Revolution,” was held in the beautiful Spencer Museum of Art. The workshop featured Moscow conceptual artist Vitaly Komar and current Kansas, but native Chinese, artist Hong Zhang. There were also enlightening presentations by Professor Reinhild Janzen (Washburn) and Professor Ketty Wong (KU). (Read more about the workshop on page 2.) This fall, the area studies centers, the office of International Studies, and the Spencer Museum of Art have prepared a number of exciting events for educators and the community. Please do not overlook our fall 2009 events! Tatyana Wilds International Outreach Coordinator
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CENTER FOR RUSSIAN, EAST EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES www.crees.ku.edu
Teaching Modern Perspectives on the Meaning of Revolution The Spring 2009 semester was revolved around the theme “Changing the World: The Meaning of Revolution.” The KU international area studies centers and the Spencer Museum of Art presented a series of events devoted to protests and revolutions. A workshop for educators, “Art, Music, and Revolution,” took place in the Spencer Museum on February 28. The workshop organizers—Tatyana Wilds, Outreach Coordinator (CREES/International); Amanda Martin-Hammond, Public Programs Coordinator, and Kristina Mitchell, Director of Education (SMA); Randi Hacker, Outreach Coordinator (CEAS); and Emmanuel Birdling (KASC)—made their way to the KU campus through the snow, warming up with hot tea, coffee, and tasty breakfast snacks while gallery tour participants arrived. Despite the drastic weather conditions, 31 educators and students gathered in the Spencer’s charming reception room. Kate Meyer, SMA Curatorial Assistant, introduced teachers to revolutionary art from different parts of the world that are part of the Spencer’s print collection. After the gallery tour and a discussion, Moscow conceptual artist Vitaly Komar, KU artist-in-residence, gave a fiery lecture on his artistic and spiritual journey entitled “Iconoclasm and Spirituality: My Experience As an Artist in Russia and the West.” Komar was followed by artist Hong Zhang, a Chinese native who now lives in Kansas. Her lecture, “Gender and the Three Generations,” gave a vivid overview of her artistic career. Zhang unfolded her artistic view of the past, present, and future of Chinese women in both their native country and in the United States.
New Area Studies Center Launched ............... 1 Art, Music and Revolution Workshop ............. 2 CEAS Outreach Report 2009............................... 3 Update on Teaching About Asia ....................... 4 Forum for African Military Officers ................ 4 Latin American Study Abroad ......................... 5 Exhibits at the Spencer Museum of Art .......... 6 Fall 2009 International Workshops ............... 7-8
Moscow conceptual artist Vitaly Komar, KU artist-in-residence, lectures at the workshop.
CENTER FOR EAST ASIAN STUDIES www.ceas.ku.edu Lunch was provided by the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (KCTA) and the Kansas African Studies Center and was held in the beautiful museum lobby. All participants had a chance to introduce themselves, have a friendly conversation over the meal, and to laugh together.
Powerful and lyrical sounds filled the auditorium during Professor Ketty Wong’s (Music, KU) presentation, “Protest Songs in Latin America.” Wong not only gave an impressive overview of Latin American protest songs from the 1960s and 1970s and their songwriters, but also displayed numerous Andean musical instruments that are used by the performers there.
This year, the KU Center for East Asian Studies is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We are fortunate that two of our original faculty members—Grant Goodman (History) and Felix Moos (Anthropology)—are still active CEAS members, and we’ll honor their contributions as we celebrate this important milestone. CEAS hosted diverse events during the Spring 2009 semester. Our international conference, The Opening of Western China: Problems and Prospects, explored ethnic, environmental, and economic issues facing China today. Harvard professor Peter Bol delivered the inaugural Wallace S. Johnson Memorial Lecture in Medieval Chinese Studies; his lecture, “In Defense of Translating and Computing: From the Tang Code to Biographical Databases,” connected Johnson’s translation work of the Tang Code to Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis, which maps population distribution models throughout Chinese history.
Professor Reinhild Janzen speaks about African art and revolution.
The workshop concluded with an open dialogue between educators and workshop participants, which focused on a discussion about lesson plans. As a result of this productive and fun event, five teachers chose to become teacher-scholars and wrote lesson plans. To see the “Art, Music, and Revolution” lesson plans, please go to http://www.crees.ku.edu/revolution/ lesson_plans_workshop.shtml. To obtain all existing lesson plans, please visit http://www. crees.ku.edu/teachers/Curriculum.shtml. Also, do not overlook this new website for educators, http://www.crees.ku.edu/teachers/index.shtml. These can be useful links for you and your students.
The second part of the workshop opened with a presentation, “African Art Today: A Window into African Expressions of Human Values,” presented by Professor Reinhild Janzen (Art History, Washburn). Janzen told educators and students a beautiful but sometimes sad story about African art and its creators. She explained how a simple household object in Africa becomes a work of art and how a work of art that portrays everyday life calls for revolutionary change.
CEAS Outreach report 2009
Presenters at the Conference on Opening of Western China.
Pomona College professor Samuel Yamashita delivered the 2009 Grant Goodman Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies. His lecture, “Coercion, Compliance, and Resistance in Wartime Japan, 1942-1945,” examined wartime diaries of Japanese citizens during World War II. The Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery performed spiritual music and dance for nearly 300 people at the Spencer Museum of Art. A week later, Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche of the Tergar Institute, Bodhgaya, India, spoke about his latest book, Joyful Wisdom. The new Undergraduate Asian Studies initiative brought three artists-in-residence from China during March, April, and May. KU Theatre & Film students learned skills and techniques from Chinese opera
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CENTER FOR EAST ASIAN STUDIES www.ceas.ku.edu
Kansas African studies Center www.kasc.ku.edu
and film director Chen Shi-Zheng; the William Allen White School of Journalism hosted Li Rong, one of China’s most active members of the media; and experimental calligrapher Wang Tiande used bluestem grass, goats, sheep, and a miniature horse to turn the front lawn of the Spencer Museum of Art into a conceptual artwork entitled Up/Down.
“Goat Roast” As a Forum for African Military Officers and Scholars
Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (KCTA) 2008-09 Update
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Armchair traveling took on a whole new dimension in the Fall of 2008. It was more like deskchair traveling for the thirty-one educators who participated in KCTA’s “Teaching East Asia” seminar given by Bill Tsutsui and Nancy Hope. These K-12 educators who hailed from elementary and secondary schools in Kansas and Western Missouri took a historical and cultural “tour” of China, Japan and Korea without leaving the KU Edwards Campus. Participants heard lectures on a variety of subjects including the Chinese language, Japanese gardens and Korean shamanism. Guest lecturers included CEAS Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker and Dept. of History doctoral student Mindy Varner, as well as seminar alums who shared their experiences from recent trips to East Asia. Participants left the seminar with renewed enthusiasm for East Asian history and culture and for increasing East Asian content in their own curricula. Several even had experts from the Center for East Asian Studies make classroom visits . In addition to Kansas and Western Missouri, KCTA also brought a blended on-line/face-to-face seminar to educators in South Dakota in the Spring of 2009. Fourteen teachers met Bill and Nancy for the first session in Sioux Falls, SD after which lessons were conducted online. KCTA will offer another real-time seminar next academic year at the Edwards Campus in the fall and another blended seminar in the Dakotas in the spring of 2010. Erika Hirano brings the art of Asian calligraphy to the fourth grade art class of KCTA alum Kristan Hammond in Edwardsville, KS.
For several years, the KU Kansas African Studies Center (KASC), through the effort of Doug Lathrop, advisor to the African military officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has welcomed African military officers to the college. It is a yearly event that Lathrop enjoys; he has even nicknamed it “the Goat Roast.” Military officers and their families from 10 to 12 African countries are joined by the KU Africanist community to eat together and have discussions, which in most cases are about African politics. On many occasions, KASC has invited some of the officers and Lathrop to give lectures to KU faculty and students on a variety of issues. Examples of topics that have been presented include • African and U.S. security interests and the role of African militaries on the continent, • Islamic terrorism in Africa and America’s response to it, • The role of the American military in conjunction with other aspects of American policy that are being used in regard to current and future U.S. national security interests and strategy on the African continent, • Northern Nigerian Perspectives on the U.S. policy concerning the war on Islamic terrorism, • China in Africa: Has the cold war returned to the continent?, • Oil in Africa: Cure or curse, or what a difference an ‘S’ makes, • The combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA) in promoting regional stability, • Building capacity and combating terrorism in the Horn of Africa and East Africa, and • Discussing the security issues in Africa from African military perspectives. In most cases, these discussions were well received and discussed by an audience of faculty and students. The goal is to give the participants greater insight into some of the areas of interplay that military forces have in the daily affairs of present-day Africa. On May 9, 2009, Lathrop again invited KU Africanists to Fort Leavenworth, but because of timing issues only a few KU people were able to attend. As usual, however, a very productive discussion took place. I decided to ask the opinion of others as to what they thought about
CENTER OF LATIN AMERICAN Studies www2.ku.edu/~latamst/
Study Abroad on the Central American Caribbean Coast
I also asked Mr. Ismaila Ramon, a public health officer for the state of Kansas, who said, “Our recent visit to the Command and Staff Officers’ College was an exhilarating experience for me. As a public health officer of Sub-Saharan African decent, I am particularly gladdened to see military officers from different African countries interacting and building camaraderie among themselves. This type of opportunity and collaboration will be necessary to foster peacekeeping operations in the region, one that is imperative for a lasting peace and stability on the continent.”
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Are you interested in indigenous and Afro-Caribbean cultures of Central America? First Meeting for Summer Study/Travel to the Miskito Coast, Nicaragua Summer Program: Latin American Studies is in the process of creating a study abroad opportunity in the Nicaraguan coastal town of Puerto Cabezas-Bilwi, and we’d like to know about our students’ interest in participating. The potentially variable 4-6 week Summer 2009 Program will offer undergraduate and graduate students the chance to learn about Miskitu language and culture at the multi-ethnic university of URACCAN in Puerto Cabezas-Bilwi. Setting: Puerto Cabezas-Bilwi is situated in a remote area where a confluence of AfroCaribbean, Miskitu, and Mestizo Nicaraguans have created a vibrant culture. Locals speak Miskitu, creole English and Spanish. More than 200 multinational Non-Governmental Organizations operate from the region, making it an ideal location for students pursuing service learning opportunities and academic research. Courses: Students in summer course at URACCAN will participate in a 4-6 week program focusing on Miskitu culture and language courses or on independent study courses that can be arranged with sponsoring LAS professors. Costs: Financial Aid is available to cover enrollment in courses for those who qualify. Program administrators will determine the cost of the program, which would include two courses plus airfare to Managua and then to the Caribbean (1,000.00 USD). Room and board will be discussed at the meeting. In general, it is much less expensive than in the US. Meeting: Students are invited to come discuss the program at 3:30 p.m. March 11 at Latin American Studies office in 318 Bailey Hall.
For more information, please contact the Center at 785-864-4213 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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or took away from the gathering. Dr. Barnabas Danborno from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, who is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at KU, said, “The military officers from Africa expressed their happiness to have the opportunity to attend this officer’s course at Leavenworth. The training is giving them the privilege to receive instruction on the cutting edge of military strategies and warfare techniques by exposing them to the latest technologies and their implementations. They also expressed the fact that they are better equipped to contribute to the military training in their respective countries. Other feelings they expressed were that given the might and power of the United States, they think the U.S. could do better in helping to address some of the problems that require military intervention in Africa.”
This new Study Abroad Program offers undergraduate and graduate students the chance to learn about the cultures and languages of the Central American Caribbean Coast. The confluence of indigenous Miskitu, Afro-Caribbean, and Mestizo Nicaraguans has created a vibrant culture in Puerto Cabezas-Bilwi (population 50,000), a unique urban center situated in a remote rain forest and coastal region. More than 100 multinational Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operate in Puerto Cabezas, also making it an ideal location for students pursuing service learning opportunities and academic research. Herlihy will direct the program, teaching LAA 302/602: Introduction to Spoken Miskitu and LAA 302/602: Peoples and Cultures of the Miskitu Coast. Students will live with Miskitu- and Englishspeaking “creole” families.
(From left to right) Top Row L-R: Doug Lathrop (CGSG), John Babu (Kenya), Emmanuel Birdling (KASC), Stephen Radina (Kenya), Yahya Diop (Senegal), Francis Mbindi (Tanzania), Milton Katarinyeba (Uganda), Barnabas Danborno (Nigeria), and Sanogo Yacouba (Mali). Bottom Row: Ismaila Ramon (Nigeria), Moses Magongo (Swaziland), Solomon Gonny ( Liberia), Sanusi Aliyu (Nigeria), and Kwegi Ayima (Ghana).
Latin American Studies is offering a Summer 2009 Study Abroad Program in the Nicaraguan coastal town of Puerto Cabezas-Bilwi. The program was developed through ties between KU’s Center of Latin American Studies and the multicultural university on the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast, URACCAN. During the Spring 2009 semester, Miskitu anthropologist and URACCAN faculty member Sasha Marley taught a KU Languages Across the Curriculum (KULAC) course in Spanish. Marley and KU Center of Latin American Studies faculty member Laura Herlihy have collaborated on research projects related to gender and indigenous autonomy since 2004.
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One of the interesting areas of focus for the program is indigenous autonomy. The Sandinista government passed the Autonomy Law in 1987, creating two autonomous regions on the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast. Nicaragua’s regional concept of autonomy serves as a model throughout Latin America. Home to seven indigenous and ethnic groups, the autonomous governments employ an ethnicity-based quota system in their legislatures. Today, Atlantic Coast women are fighting for a gender-based quota system as well, which calls for 50% of all leadership positions to be held by women, and for 50% of all development projects to address women’s needs.
Spencer MUseum of Art www.spencerart.ku.edu
The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment, 1965-2005 September 5 – November 30, 2009 Central Court Spencer Museum of Art The poster is the prime field for experimenting with visual language. It is the scene of changing ideas and aesthetics, of cultural, social, and political events. –Pierre Bernard, French designer
The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of 40 years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy, and tolerance, and collectively provide a glimpse into an age of profound change. The 111 posters in this exhibition emphasize the issues of our turbulent times and endeavor to show the social, political, and aesthetic concerns of many cultures and divergent political realities.
The Graphic Imperative is organized by Elizabeth Resnick, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, and Frank Baseman in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art, supported in part by the Massachusetts College of Art Foundation and Philadelphia University. In conjunction with the exhibition, organizing institution the Massachusetts College of Art created an indepth website: www.thegraphicimperative.org Professor Ketty Wong presents on Latin American Protest Songs at the November 2008 International Workshop. Read the article about the workshop on page 2.
The International Outreach Coordinator maintains an email list of teachers to whom messages are sent. These messages contain information about upcoming teacher outreach programs, events dealing with international areas of studies sponsored by the centers and other organizations in the Kansas and Missouri areas, educational opportunities for teachers such as study-tours overseas and professional development programs, and announcements of new materials. Educators can request to be added to the email list by e-mailing Tatyana Wilds at email@example.com.
Earthly Vessels: African Ceramics Opening September 12, 2009 North Balcony Gallery Spencer Museum of Art The development of African ceramic traditions in agricultural and pastoral societies has yielded a diversity of vessels with unique forms, functions, and symbolic meanings. Vessels are not only containers for food, water, and other necessities of life; they also symbolize life itself from creation to culmination. Drawn from the Spencer’s collection by Nancy Mahaney, SMA Curator of Arts & Cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, this exhibition of African ceramics will explore the form, function, and meanings of ceramic vessels from across the continent.
Office of International Programs www.international.ku.edu Announcing the New and Improved Annual
2009 International Career and Strategies Workshop for High School Students and their Teachers: An Opportunity for Students to Learn about International Careers and for Teachers to Connect Meaningfully as International Educators
Thursday, October 8, 2009 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Kansas Union, University of Kansas
FOR MORE INFORMATION & A COMPLETE PROGRAM, PLEASE COTACT:
Celeste Morgan Yaluk firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (785)864-7247
Sponsored by KU International Programs, the KU Center for Global and International Studies, and the KU Applied English Center
The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment, 1965-2005 Alejandro Magallenes Gonzalez, Mexico, Mexico City Air, 2001 100 x 70 cm Courtesy of Massachusetts College of Art.
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A series of teacher workshops have also been planned this year that will explore the wealth of international resources and strategies available to Kansas high school teachers through institutions like KU. Resources for the language and social studies classrooms will be emphasized. Significant time will also be devoted to a facilitated discussion on the challenges teachers face in Kansas’ ever-diversifying schools and the solutions that teachers have developed to embrace a broad spectrum of cultural and linguistic perspectives and abilities. There will be three interactive panels of speakers for the student participants, and all students will have an opportunity to participate in all three sessions. There will also be three 50-minute workshops available to the teachers while the students are in their sessions. The morning will be followed by live music from an international music group and a keynote talk by Godzilla aficionado, Dr. William Tsutsui. We hope you can join us and we look forward to welcoming you on campus!
The primary focus of the International Career Workshop is to publicize the wealth of international opportunities available to current and future university graduates from the Kansas region by connecting them with practicing professionals already engaged in those careers. The workshop strives to position students’ Kansas education as a springboard for challenging and exciting international careers, regardless of where they choose to live. This year’s program will focus on the business, education, and not-for-profit sectors and will provide students with hands-on, highly interactive opportunities to explore a variety of careers from working for a translation company or teaching English as a Second Language, to managing an international store in Kansas or creating Asian Art exhibits as a museum curator in Kansas City. The program places specific emphasis on foreign language and culture studies and highlights study abroad opportunities.
coming this fall! Center for Russian, East European and eUrasian studies www.crees.ku.edu
K-16 Workshop for Educators, November 7, 2009
Reimagining Central Europe: Transition and Identity As part of a semester-long commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of Soviet Communism in East Central Europe, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas announce a K-16 Workshop for Educators, â€œReimagining Central Europe: Transition and Identity.â€? The workshop will be held during the Velvet Revolution Week which will be filled with exciting events.
When: Saturday, November 7 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Where: Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas The Workshop will include a gallery tour and a roundtable discussion
The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320 Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), born Ivancice, Austrian Empire (present-day Czech Republic); died Prague, Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (present-day Czech Republic) Poster for 8th Sokol Festival, 1925. Color lithograph, gold, linen. Spencer Museum collection.
Presenters: Professor Svetlana Vassileva - Karagyozova, Slavic Languages and Literatures, KU
Professor Nathaniel Wood, History, KU
For more information and to register please contact:
Please visit our web page for educators:
http://www.crees.ku.edu/teachers/Teachers.shtml and explore workshop-based materials for your classroom.