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International Programs launches autumn series of brown bag lunches, topics of global interest

September 24, 2010

Photo of brown bag lunch and appleNIU’s Division of International Programs will hosts its fall 2010 Brown Bag Series from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in John E. La Tourette Hall Room 300.

Attendees are invited to bring a lunch and listen to speakers covering a variety of topics, including international perspectives, cultural diversity and study abroad experiences.

For more information on the fall series, call (815) 753-8275.

Sept. 30 — Disaster Response in Haiti
Andrea Buford
An overview of the Haitian disaster response and Buford’s role in it, as well as an exploration of what universities might authentically, efficiently and effectively offer in large-scale disasters such as this one.

Oct. 7 — AIESEC: Promoting Intercultural Understanding and World Peace – One International Intern at a Time
Peter Magnusson and AIESEC students

Oct. 14 — Environmental Non-governmental Organizations in China: Activism under Constraints
Hee-jin Han
This presentation introduces the roles that ENGOs play in China’s environmental governance. Han will discuss how they have developed since the mid-1990s and what roles they have played. In addition, Han will explain some of the institutional constraints that ENGOs face under the authoritarian regime and how they have managed to operate in such a system.

Oct. 21 — NIU College of Law: University of Bordeaux Exchange Program
David Gaebler
Gaebler will discuss the Agen program and how it works in partnership with the Univ. of Bordeaux to bring French law students to DeKalb.

Oct. 28 — The Impact of the OLPC program in Uruguay: Plan Ceibal 
Aldo Daniel and Rodriguez Chopitea
“One Laptop Per Child” is a worldwide program implemented in Uruguay as a way of improving both teaching and learning processes. This has led to a series of conflicts involving pedagogy, learning styles and teaching styles, among others. The aim of the presentation is to share those conflicts and the possible solutions that Plan Ceibal gave to them.

Nov. 18 — Exploring Ireland’s Community and Mental Health Services
Kathleen Musker
Participants in this program will explore a variety of mental health and community/public health care services in Ireland. This course will include one pre-travel class, two weeks in Ireland and one post-travel class.