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Fall 2013


November 4, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series: 
The film "Big Man Japan" will be presented.


October 18, 2013--8:30 AM--Student Center Ballroom
SPSU and the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies  sponsor a faculty development-curriculum enrichment Conference on "Infusing Latin American Perspectives Across the Curriculum."  The conference is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


October 17, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Ballroom
International Issues Series: 
Consul General Ajit Kumar from the Indian Consulate in Atlanta will be speaking on current issues in India.


October 7, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series: 
The film "No" from Chile will be presented.


October 2, 2013--12 Noon--J-130
Prof. Pegah Zamani will present an architectural lecture on the project "A Living Machine", five studies representing different periods in the lives of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, two major Mexican artists.


September 25, 2013--5:00 PM--Building N (Architecture) Lobby
The Department of Architecture invites you to the opening of Paris/Barcelona. The show is an exciting installation of student work and photography done over the 2013 summer session on two study abroad Architours one to Paris and another to Barcelona organized and run by Professors Edwin Akins and Michael Carroll of the Department of Architecture.  Guests will be invited to add to the Collective Folie, an interactive construction inspired by artist Tadashi Kawamata's work of the same name in the Parc de la Villette in Paris. The students visited and worked on this art installation in Paris.


September 19, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
Hispanic Heritage Month:  "Los Valientes".  Based on the lives of three Latinos, the show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera , martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta (some say that Zorro was based on Murrieta).   A live music theatre work for singing actor and onstage music trio of cello, piano and percussion.  The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.


September 13, 2013--8:30 AM--Student Center Ballroom
SPSU and the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies will sponsor a faculty development-curriculum enrichment  Conference On Incorporating International Perspectives on Energy into the Curriculum.   The conference is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


September 12, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
Talk by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma.  Dr. Zuma is a South African politician and former anti-apartheid activist. She was South Africa's Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, then Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2009.  She became Minister of Home Affairs from 2009 to 2012.  In 2012, Dr. Zuma was elected by the African Union Commission as its chairperson, making her the first woman to lead the organization.  A reception (invitation only) will begin at 5:15 in the Ballroom.  The talk is open to all.


September 9, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series:  Bollywood comes to SPSU, with the showing of the film "Three Idiots". IMDB's description says: "Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them "idiots".



Spring 2013

April 18, 2013--6:00 PM--Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium
International Issues Series:  Consul General Hermano Ribeiro from the Brazilian Consulate in Atlanta will be speaking on current issues in Brazil.

April 12, 2013--8:30 AM--Engineering Technology Center Q-104
All-day conference on "Globalizing the Future: Infusing Southeast Asian Perspectives into Social Science, Humanities, Education and Business Curricula".  Guest speakers include Trude Jocebsen and Julia Lamb from the Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies.  RSVP to Raj Sashti at rsashti@spsu.edu.

April 8, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series:
"La Strada" (Italy)

April 3, 2013--12:00 Noon--Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium
International Forum Series: Dr. Noriko Horiguchi, Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at the University of Tennessee, will lecture on "Japan as Woman; Women in Japan: Visual and Literary Representations of the US-Japan Relationship".

March 28, 2013--6:00 PM--High Museum
Trolley Trip to the High Museum to see the "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting" exhibit.  Both the exhibit and the transportation are free with SPSU ID.  Trolley leaves from Student Center, near large stairway near parking lot 35.  Trolleys leave hourly at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 PM, and return one hour later.

March 27, 2013

International Day at SPSU.  Details to follow.

March 21, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Ballroom A
International Issues Series:  Prof. Nicolas Florsch, Scientific Attaché and David Kibler from the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, will be speaking on "French Research Structures and Strategies" as well as study abroad opportunities in France.

March 21, 2013--12:00 Noon--Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium
International Forum Series: Kazumi Hasegawa, lecturer in Modern Japanese History at the University of Georgia, will present a lecture on Oyabe Zen'ichiro, a Japanese student who studied in the United States in the 1890s. She will explore the meaning of cultural identity.

March 21, 2013--12:00 Noon--Room Q-202 (ETC)
Irish-American Heritage Jeopardy.  Answer questions and win prizes!  All who attend can participate. 

March 19, 2013--12:00 Noon--Room Q-202 (ETC)
Dr. Lawrence Eng, online community manager for ServiceNow, will be speaking on "The Evolution of Otaku Culture, from Japan to America and Beyond".  Otaku, meaning "super-fan", is most evident among fans of Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga). Otaku culture has transcended national identities, and has become a significant subcultural strategy for living in our increasingly postmodern and globalized world.  This event is part of the International Forum Series and is a First Year Experience event.

March 11, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series
:  "Babette's Feast" (Denmark)

March 4--March 8, 2013--SPRING BREAK

February 26, 2013--11:00 AM--Q-202
Fulbright Scholars Series:  Eric Huerta, visiting Fulbright Scholar from Universidad de Queretaro, Mexico, currently associated with Purdue University, will speak on "Quantitative Methods for Engineering Education and Research".

February 25, 2013--5:00 PM--Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium
Fulbright Scholars Series:
  Presentation by Dr. Shiro Matsushima, visiting Fulbright Scholar from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan and currently affiliated with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will be speaking on Architecture of eMotion and in Motion.

February 20, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
Presentation by Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU clothing.  Daymond John is an American entrepreneur, investor, author and motivational speaker.  FUBU has received several honors for entrepreneurial achievements including two Congressional Awards and two NAACP Awards,  A reception and book signing will follow.

February 14, 2013--6:00 PM--Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium
International Issues Series:
  He Beom Kim, Consul General of South Korea in Atlanta,will speak on current economic and educational issues relating to South Korea.

February 11, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
International Film Series
"The Closet" (France)

February 5, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Ballroom
Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr., noted historian and expert on tracing one's family tree, will speak on "If These Bones Could Talk; Researching Your Family Genealogy".  

January 29, 2013--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre

Book Cover
Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson will present a talk on her Pulitzer-prize winning book "The Warmth of Other Suns".  The book is about the migration of African-Americans from the South to the North from 1915-1970, telling the stories of both "average" folks and the famous (such as Jessie Owens).  The talk will be followed by a book signing.  Her book will be available for purchase.



November 15, 2012--12:00 Noon - 1:30--Student Center Ballroom
Military Appreciation Week Event. 

Military Emblems

Closing Ceremony, presentation of 2012 Military Appreciation Memory Plaque and introduction of scholarship winners.  A discussion panel will take place, moderated by Dan Branham, USAR, SPSU Faculty.  Panelists: John B. Commander, Jr. Lt Col USAF (retired), Daniel Timmons USMC (current student), Greg "Bo" Taylor, USA (current student), Spencer Norris, USMC (current student), and Josh Durkee, USMC (current student).  Lunch will be provided, but reservations are required--email dramsey@spsu.edu before 11/12 noon to reserve.

November 14, 2012--8:00 AM - 9:00 AM--J-130
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Presentation by George "Jay" Veith of "Code-Name Bright Light", The story of our efforts to rescue U.S. and the South Vietnamese POWs during the Vietnam War.

November 14, 2012--12:00 Noon--Student Center Theatre
Andrew Greenberg, President, Georgia Game Developer's Association,  "Winning the Business of Games ... or at Least Not Getting P0wnd."

November 14, 2012--12:00 Noon--Student Center Ballroom
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Presentation by George "Jay" Veith
Master of Ceremony - Roger Soiset, SIS Faculty of "Black April", The story of the collapse of South Vietnam in 1973. Jay Veith will be signing copies of "Black April" after the presentation.  A light lunch will be provided by AMPVO

November 13, 2012--12:00 Noon-12:30--Sycamore Grove
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Flag Ceremony, master of Ceremony - Jerry Pierce, SIS Faculty


November 13, 2012--4:30 - 9:00 PM--Gymnasium
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Military Appreciation Basketball Night.
Special reserved seating for military guests.  Tailgate & Cookout.
Color Guard Ceremony, Presenter - Cary King, Vietnam Veteran & Local Attorney on "Transitioning from Active Duty to Service in the Community"Learn how a Vietnam Veteran moved from Active Duty to continue his commitment to our country in service to the community.  Women's Basketball Game vs. Reinhart,  Men's Basketball Game vs. Reinhart

November 12, 2012--12:00 noon - 1:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
Military Appreciation Week Event.   Opening Ceremony
Presenter - Bob Kerr, WWII Pearl Harbor Veteran on "Remembering Pear Harbor" - Experience the memories of a World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor. Hear what it was like and stories of his service experiences more than 70 years ago. 

November 12, 2012--4:30 - 6:00 PM--J-Building Lobby
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Students Affairs Booth
Information for non-traditional and military students

November 12, 2012--4:30 - 6:00 PM--Student Center Ballroom
Military Appreciation Week Event.  Presentation by Major General Larry Taylor, USMC (Ret.) on "Are We Entering Another Interwar Period?" - Gain the thoughts and insights from a retired Major General with experience in Iraq, the Dominican Republic, Laos, Vietnam, Central and South America. He is in a position to reflect on our history and comment on the future.  A reception will follow.

November 5, 2012--12:00 Noon--Student Center Theatre
Mock student presidential debate--come hear a presidential debate and vote for the winner the day before the election!


Mock Presidential Debate


October 29, 2012--6:00 PM--Student Center Ballroom
Alan Wilson, Vice President, Tripwire Interactive,  will speak on "From Mod Team to Riches via Digital Zombies"

October 15, 2012--7:00 PM--N-175
Fulbright Scholars Series:  Dr. Mushtaq Memon of Washington State University will be speaking about Fulbright grants that are available to graduate students and to undergraduate students in their final year.   In addition to outstanding academic credentials, to be eligible for consideration, ALL Fulbright applicants must be U. S. citizens.

October 9, 2012--3:00 PM--J151
Ms. Viivi Seppanen (Kainuu Vocational College) and Mr. Ville Tuominen (North Kerelia Municipal Vocational Training Consortium) will speak on "Digital Learning Technologies in Finland:  From a National Framework to Local Projects and Classrooms."

October 9, 2012--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
Film: "Pan's Labyrinth".  Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

October 5, 2012--11:00 AM--Student Center Theatre
Ian Schreiber, founder of Global Game Jam will be speaking at SPSU's Convocation/First Year Experience event.  Part of the Interface Lecture Series.

October 4, 2012--3:15 PM--J-130
Film:  "The Way".  Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

September 26, 2012--6:00 PM--Student Center Theatre
"Illustrated Indian Classical Dance/Demonstration Program (including display of costumes and jewelry)" by Ms. Sasikala Penumarthi of the Kuchipudi Dance Academy.  Free, but please contact rsashti@spsu.edu for reservations.

Classical Indian Dance


September 26, 2012--12 Noon--J-130
Student Panel on “The Popular Perception of the United States in Latin America and the role of the Peace Corps and Economic and Military Aid”.  Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

September 25, 2012--6:00 PM-- Q-202
Speaker:  Dr. Laurence Michalak on "Tunisia and the Arab Spring".
Dr. Michalak is a cultural anthropologist and former director of Center for Maghrib Studies in Tunis (CEMAT) as well as former vice chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of “Tunisia: Igniting Arab Democracy” for inclusion in A Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support (3rd edition). He is one of the top American experts on these topics.

September 19, 2012--12 Noon--Building J Atrium
Student poster and demonstration session.  Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

September 17, 2012--12 Noon--Design II Auditorium
Constitution Day Lecture:  “Immigration Reform in the American Federal System: The Supremacy Clause and State Immigration Enforcement”.  Part of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.

September 12, 2012--12 Noon--Student Center Ballroom
Speaker:  Henry Birnbrey, Holocaust Survivor, from the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

September 9, 2012--2:00 PM--William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta.  Trip to Exhibit:  "Beyond the Swastika and Jim Crow"











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