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Fall 2014 Events



Event: Hispanic Heritage Month Pachanga. Student Union Underground, 4:30 – 7:00 pm.
To help kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, join the Office of Intercultural Services and Food Services for Pachanga! In Spanish, Pachanga means party. We welcome TWU faculty, staff and students to join us in the Student Union Underground to enjoy Latin style dishes provided by Aramark, a DJ playing great Latin music and indulge in the opportunity to make your own piñata. Pachanga is co-sponsored by the TWU Office of Intercultural Services and Dining & ID Services. The door price for dinner and Pachanga is $8.66. For more information contact Office of Intercultural Services at 940-898-3634.


Information: United National International Day of Peace. On September 21 of each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

9/23 - 9/30

Exhibit: Global Connections Through Dress. Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. Fashion and Textiles will display global dress from two different countries during the month of September. Each Monday, a display giving information about the apparel production and traditional dress worn within a specific country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge. Specific dates for each country that will be featured during September are as follows:

  • India: Sep 22 – Sep 26
  • Mexico: Sep 29 – Oct 3


9/30 – 10/22

Exhibit: Visual Arts: Abstraction Show. Fine Arts Building, First Floor, West Gallery. Gallery Hours: Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Artists Michelle Mackey, Msarcelyn MacNiel and Lorraine Tady

Reception: Visual Arts: Abstraction Show. Fine Arts Building, First Floor, West Gallery, 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Admission free.

10/1 – 10/31

Exhibit: Global Connections Through Dress. Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. Fashion and Textiles will display global dress from two different countries during the month of September. Each Monday, a display giving information about the apparel production and traditional dress worn within a specific country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge.  More information about TWU’s Fashion & Textiles programs and faculty, and TWU fashion design and merchandising majors can be found at (fashion website)

Specific dates for each country that will be featured during October and November are:

  • China: Oct 6 – Oct 10
  • Morocco: Oct 13 – 17
  • South Korea: Oct 20 – 24
  • South Africa: Oct 27 – 31
  • Spain: Nov 10 – 14
  • Japan: Nov 17 – 21
  • Italy: Nov 24 - 28


Performance: Dance: Hubbard Hall 10:00 a.m. TWU International Dance Company performance during Family Weekend.


Music: TWU Wind Symphony and Jazz Band Concert. 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. The TWU Wind Symphony will present the Texas premiere of Connacht Rhapsody by David Holsinger; this new composition celebrates the Connacht province of Ireland and was commissioned in part by the TWU Wind Symphony. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and under are free.


Music: TWU Choir Concert with special guest the Chamber Mixed Choir from Guyer High School. 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. The TWU choirs will sing a tapestry of pieces from home and from abroad. Highlights include Eric Whitacre’s Water Night on a translated text by Mexican poet Octavio Paz, J’entend le Moulin by Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, and Gamelan by Murray Shafer which mimics the traditional Balinese instrument of the same name. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and under are free.


Presentation: Film Screening and Discussion: Location TBD, 5:30-8:00 p.m.  “Good Bye Lenin” is a 2003 German comedy-drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker. a devoted son attempts to conceal the fall of the GDR from his socialist mother, who has recently recovered from a coma. Alex (Daniel Bruhl) and his friends develop an elaborate scheme to recreate the family’s East Berlin apartment as it was prior to reunification. This film contains adult content and may not be suitable for children. In German language with English subtitles. This event is hosted by TWU’s Department of History and Government (Dr. Jonathan Olsen, professor and chair) in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 


Presentation: Panel Discussion: Location TBD, 1:00-2:20 p.m. “The Fall of the Berlin Wall After a Quarter-Century: What it Means and Why it Still Matters.” The TWU Department of History and Government (with Professor and Chair, Dr. Jonathan Olsen) hosts a panel discussion examining the long-term significance of German reunification, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.This event is free of charge.  Information about the panel members:

Dr. Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies, Colby College  Professor Yoder holds a joint appointment with the Department of Government and the Global Studies Program at Colby and teaches courses on European politics and societies

Dr. Eric Langenbacher , Director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University; editor of the journal “German Politics and Society” Eric Langenbacher is Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University.

Dr. Jonathan Olsen Professor and Chair, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University  Jonathan Olsen is Professor of Government and Chair of the Department of History and Government at Texas Woman's University. 

Dr. Barbara Donovan, Dupont Guerry Chair of History and Economics, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, and Internal Relations Program Chair, Wesleyan College (GA) Barbara Donovan is Professor of Political Science at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia where she teaches comparative and international politics, with a focus on Germany and Europe.   

Dr. John Ishiyama, Professor of Political Science, The University of North Texas; lead editor of “The American Political Science Review”  John Ishiyama is University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the American Political Science Review and Director of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program in Conflict Management and Peace Science at the University of North Texas.


Event: Taste Fest, Old Main 2nd floor lobby adjacent to Social Work Offices and TWU Food Pantry, 12:00 – 1:00.  The event is hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Work (Dr. Celia Lo, Professor and Chair).  Join this sampling of international foods prepared by faculty and students in the department.  There is no charge for the sample tastings; contributions to the TWU Food Pantry are most welcome.  For a list of accepted items, please visit:


Event: Poster Session: ACT 2nd floor lobby, 1:00-2:30 p.m. focusing on psychological aspects of powerful Global Issues.  Students will present their research topics and be available to discuss the significance of their findings. 


Presentation: Film Screening and panel discussion: Student Union 207, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Screening of Peace Corps Documentary “Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience” (producer Allen Mondell).  This event is hosted by TWU’s Center for Student Development (Michelle Behm, Volunteer Services Coordinator).  Join Volunteer Services and Global Connections for a free screening of the documentary Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience. The film weaves personal letters, journals, emails, and blogs of volunteers written while volunteers were serving overseas with the stories of four returned volunteers whose experiences shaped the rest of their lives. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the film, the value of volunteering-both in developing countries and here in the United States, and ways to get involved through volunteer opportunities that TWU offers. This event is free and will include food and beverages for those in attendance.


Spring 2014 Events



Performance: School of the Arts Department of Music & Drama Presents: Shipwrecked! An Entertainment- The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) By: Donald Marguiles. Set in London during the nineteenth century, the play tells the story of Louis de Rougemont. Sick and bedridden as a child, Louis fills his days by imagining all the adventures happening outside of his door. At the age of 16, Louis decides to seek his fortune and make his fantasies a reality. Louis and his cast mates relay to us exotic stories of bravery and survival, but something seems fishy about his adventurous voyages. Although his stories are captivating, reality and fantasy quickly begin to blur, leaving the audience questioning his initial statement, “I’m about to tell you a story. A fantastic and amazing story! A story more remarkable because every word of it is true.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit the Drama website at or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020. Performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex.


Lecture:  UNT’s Castleberry Institute of Peace and Department of Women’s Studies presentation: Guest Lecturer, Valerie Hudson, “Sex and World Peace” is open to the community, and will be followed by a book signing at the University of North Texas campus.  Valerie M. Hudson is Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She has previously taught at Brigham Young, Northwestern, and Rutgers universities. Hudson’s articles have appeared in such journals as International Security, Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Her most recent book is Sex and World Peace, co-authored with Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad Emmett, published by Columbia University Press, and her forthcoming book with Patricia Leidl, also from Columbia University Press, is entitled The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy.  This event is free.  TWU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend on February 27, at 7:00 p.m. UNT Business Building: BLB 180



Global Connections Women:  Film Screening and panel discussion: Hosted by the TWU Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association. The film Escuela is a clear-eyed view into the lives of contemporary Mexican-American migrants and their struggles to educate their children while obtaining employment. Centered around the life of Liliana, a daughter entering her first year of high school, Hannah Weyer follows the back-and-forth movement of the family between their home in Texas near the borderlands and the California agricultural fields. Despite the best efforts of the school systems to accommodate students like Liliana, the social and emotional life of this young woman is constantly in flux. “This is an important work revealing the difficulties of girl life on the border in a way that no textbook could.” Joe Austin, Popular Culture Studies, Bowling Green University.  The panelists will address broader concepts and current issues relative to educating women worldwide.  This event is free. Location: CFO 2nd floor, 5:00-6:30.  Pizza, first-come-first-served, will begin at 4:30.  Link to more information about the film:


Information: International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8.  Link to info for International Women’s Day:


Event: TWU International Festival: Hosted by the TWU Office of International Education. Food, fashion and dancing are featured in Texas Woman’s University’s International Festival, an annual event celebrating the diversity of the TWU community. RSVP for free luncheon in advance. Location Student Union 2nd Floor, 11:00–1:00


Global Connections Women: Book Club Discussion Group meetings: All TWU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read I Am Malala on their own and to join the College of Arts & Sciences and the Global Connections Initiative for guided discussion on the book to reflect on themes explored and our personal connections to Malala’s courageous story. The “Malala” Book Club will meet on March 19 from 12:30PM – 2:00PM in Pioneer Center 225 (2nd Floor Blagg-Huey Library) and March 20 from 12:30PM – 2:00PM in Guinn Commons. The discussion will be led by Dr. Abigail Tilton, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Ashley Bender, Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages. Additionally, Professor Dr. Lou Thompson in the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages, will lead an online discussion of the book via Blackboard.  

The following is a short description of the book, Malala Yousafzai’s inspirational auto-biography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, co-written with Christina Lamb.:

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Important Links for the Book Club Discussion Group:

    The "Malala" Book Club Reading Schedule [.pdf]

    The "Malala" Book Club Flyer [.pdf]

Additional resources for information about Mala Yousafzai:

    Yousafzai's address to the UN Youth Assembly: (address)

    A link to the transcription of her speech: (transcription)


Event: Study Abroad Fair: The International Education Office sponsors a Study Abroad Information Session and invites various faculty members, past study abroad TWU alumni, and approved study abroad organizations to display their unique study abroad program opportunities to TWU students.  This event is free. Location Student Union 2nd Floor, 11:00–1:00


Global Connections Women: Lecture: Guest Speaker, Dr. Mona Kazim Shah, will focus her presentation on the status of contemporary women’s education in Pakistan. Dr. Shah currently hosts and produces the DFW radio show "Politics Today", an audience-interactive radio show which focuses on politics and sociopolitical issues in Pakistan.  She has interviewed a broad range of personalities, ranging from elected political leaders, to people from the underworld running political parties, to chiefs of terrorist organizations, to the family of Malala Yusufzai.  (FunAsiA Radio on 1110 AM, in Dallas, Texas)  Using the radio show as a platform, she champions the rights of minorities and persecuted groups in Pakistan and here in the United States. Dr. Shah recently founded Project Pakistan to help families and individuals in Pakistan by paying tuition, providing clothing, funding weddings, or simply donating food to families in need. Currently she is working in collaboration with documentary filmmakers on a number of projects including the upcoming film The Approximate Target on civilian drone attack survivors and another documentary on domestic violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan and US.  Link to more information about Dr. Shah:  This event is free. Location: CFO Building 203, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Global Connections Women: Film Screening and panel discussion: “Class Dismissed” is a 2009 documentary film by Adam B. Ellick profiling Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl whose school was shut down by the Taliban. Ms. Yousafzai was shot by a gunman on October 9, 2012.  She continues her worldwide advocacy for educating women.  The panelists will give personal vignettes about the importance of educating women and the influence educated women have globally. There will be time for interactive discussion and sharing of experiences. This event is free. Location: CFO 202, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Yousafzai, has been nominated for the World Children's Prize in Sweden for championing education rights for girls. The World Children's Prize, also known as the 'Children's Nobel Prize', was founded in 2000 and aims to raise awareness of children's rights in 60,000 schools in 110 countries, through educational programs.  She also won the European Union's Sakharov Human Rights prize for her crusade for the rights of all children to education.  Last year, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize. For near-Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, it was an honor just to be nominated. The 16-year-old Pakistani girl, who would have been the youngest ever to receive the coveted award, took to Twitter … to give kudos to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that got the prize.  Read more:



Lecture: “The Effects of WWI on World History: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.”  Dr. Graydon Tunstall, distinguished professor of history from the University of South Florida, will give a presentation focusing on the global impact, significance, and relevance of WWI, and discuss the conflict’s continued relevance. Dr. Tunstall is a preeminent expert on World War I; he is a frequent lecturer on the war both in this country and abroad.  The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Tunstall’s recent book on the war’s little-studied Eastern Front, Blood on the Snow, has been extremely well-received.  Dr. Tunstall’s work reminds us that, despite popular conflations of the war with the much-studied  European Western Front, World War I was a truly global conflict with ramifications that impacted, and continue to influence, the entire world community.  Dr. Tunstall’s talk is especially timely as it comes at the centennial anniversary of the war’s outbreak (1914).  More information on Dr. Tunstall can be found at:  This event is free.  Location CFO-205, 2:30-3:50 p.m.


Global Connections Women: Film Screening and panel discussion: China Blue focuses on a Chinese blue-jeans factory where teenage women laborers are trying to survive a harsh working environment. Our panel discussion will address the broader concepts and current issues relative to how the clothes we buy are actually made. Panelists include TWU faculty and students. This free event is brought to you by the Global Connections Student Committee. Location: Student Union 207, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Free Popcorn!! For more information about the film:


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