Research Spotlight Series: Dr. Harriet Murav
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Main Library, Room 321
From the moment a scholar embarks on a research project to its eventual point of completion or further continuation, she or he would have interacted with information professionals and fellow scholars in the field, worked with library and archival collections and a multitude of electronic resources and technologies. Although much is written about the end-result of such a journey, understanding the research process itself remains an exciting area of scholarship. Each Research Spotlight will highlight a scholar’s work and the author will discuss the work by addressing the following: What factors and interests led to this research project? What resources (people and materials) were critical to completing this manuscript? What opportunities and challenges did the scholar encounter in the research process? What suggestions does the scholar have for emerging scholars in this field of study?
Sponsor: International and Area Studies Library
Teaching History in Post-Conflict Societies: The Case of the Balkans
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Foreign Languages Building, Lucy Ellis Lounge
In post-communist Balkans and especially in the states which emerged after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, educational reform was designed as one of the necessary preconditions for democratization and sustainable peace. In a region ‘suspicious’ of nationalism, the revision of history teaching was also embodied in the reconciliation process and has been promoted through bilateral, multilateral/regional and international projects. The underlying assumption behind this activity was that a change in the teaching methods of history might have a long-term effect on the way neighboring peoples see one another. On the other hand, the ‘memory boom’ – a global phenomenon of the last decades- generated fierce disputes and even violent confrontations related to the traumatic historical experiences of the recent past. The victims have claimed the ‘duty to remember’ as part of their identity, also aiming at a moral recompense via history. What is the role of education in post-conflict societies? Can history teaching function as part of a major project of peace education? Should controversial and sensitive issues be silenced or taught? How can traumatic memories be transformed into a history lesson? These questions are going to be discussed by using the example of Balkan countries after the 1990s.
Sponsor: European Union Center
Urbana-Champaign's West African Drum and Dance Conference: Midwest Mandeng
October 13 - October15
The event hosts an African Market Place with dance teachers Youssouf Koumbassa, Djeneba Sako, Marietou Camara and drum teachers Bolokada Conde, Moussa Traore, Mangue Sylla, and Abass Camara.
Sponsors: C-U West African Drum & Dance Collective; co-sponsors: Urbana Public Arts Program, City of Urbana, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Department of Dance, Urbana Public Arts Program, Common Ground, Center for World Music, C-U Folk & Roots Festival, Urbana Business Association, School of Music, Center for Global Studies, Center for African Studies, H2O Salon, Maize, University Library
Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty
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