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October is Global Awareness Month at TWU


DENTON— Texas Woman’s University is celebrating October as Global Awareness Month with exhibits, lectures and discussions, dance and music performances and more. Each event and activity will promote TWU’s Global Connections Initiative.

“Creating a campus climate of global awareness and understanding is the goal of the Global Connections Initiative,” said Dr. Ann Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences. “The Global Awareness Month activities reinforce the initiative’s theme of ‘Explore the World at TWU.’” Dr. Staton co-chairs the initiative with Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, TWU vice president for student life.

Highlights of this month’s activities include:

Oct. 1-31 — Exhibit: “Celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)” on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library. Curated by the TWU Woman’s Collection staff, this colorful display features an elaborate altar celebrating Day of the Dead and All Soul’s Day. The community is invited to honor family and friends who have passed with photographs, notes and letters. The items in the exhibit include photographs and artifacts from the Woman’s Collection. Free.

Oct. 1-31 — Exhibit: “History of the Berlin Wall” on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library. The Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Germany from 1961 to 1989, was one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War. Two pieces of the wall were given to Dr. Alfred Litton and the TWU Honors Scholar Program, then presented to the University Archives. Both pieces came from the part of the wall called The East Side Gallery, where artists and others wrote and painted about the oppression they experienced in East Germany and their hopes for a better and brighter future. A permanent exhibit, which is open to the public, is located in the Woman’s Collection in the library. Free.

Oct. 1-Nov. 28 — Exhibit: “Global Connections Through Dress” on the fourth floor of the Old Main Building. The TWU Department of Fashion and Textiles will display global dress from different countries throughout October and November. Each Monday, a new display giving information about the apparel production and traditional dress worn within a specific country will be made available for viewing by the community. Free.

The specific dates for each country are:
China: Oct. 6-10
Morocco: Oct. 13-17
South Korea: Oct. 20-24
South Africa: Oct. 27-31
Brazil: Nov. 3-7
Spain: Nov. 10-14
Japan: Nov. 17-21
Italy: Nov. 24-28

Oct. 7 — TWU Wind Symphony and Jazz Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. in the 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 younger are admitted free.

Oct. 9 — TWU Concert Choir, with special guest the Chamber Mixed Choir from Guyer High School, 7:30 p.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. The choirs will sing a tapestry of pieces from home and abroad. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

Oct. 14 — Lecture: “Amidst a Rough Neighborhood: Stable Jordan Making a Case for Increased FDI, 11 a.m., ACT 301. Dr. Gilbert Werema, assistant professor of economics in the TWU School of Management, will discuss how the government of Jordan is trying to improve the economic well-being of its people by reforming the economy and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) inflows, and how these efforts, although showing promise, have been frustrated by the spillover effects of the internal conflicts in the neighboring states of Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Iraq.

Oct. 22 — Screening of the film Good Bye Lenin at 5:30 p.m. in CFO room 202. In this 2003 German comedy-drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker, a devoted son attempts to conceal the fall of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from his socialist mother, who has recently recovered from a coma. A discussion of the film will follow. The film contains adult content and may not be suitable for children. The event is hosted by the TWU Department of History and Government in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Free.

Oct. 27 — Panel Discussion: “The Fall of the Berlin wall After a Quarter-Century: What it Means and Why it Still Matters” at 1 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Southeast Dining Room. Panelists are Dr. Barbara Donovan, Dupont Guerry Chair of History and Economics, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair and International Relations Program Chair, Wesleyan College (Georgia); Dr. John Ishiyama, University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas and lead editor of The American Political Review; Dr. Eric Lagenbacher, director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University, and editor of the journal German Politics and Society; Dr. Jonathan Olsen, professor and chair of the TWU Department of History and Government; and Dr. Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies at Colby College. Free.

Oct. 28 — “Taste Fest” on the second floor of the Old Main Building. The TWU Department of Sociology and Social Work hosts this sampling of international foods prepared by faculty and students in the department. Free; contributions to the TWU Food Pantry are welcome.

Oct. 28 — Screening of the Peace Corps Documentary Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience, 5:30 p.m. in Student Union room 207. 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. A discussion about the film will follow. The event is hosted by the TWU Center for Student Development. Free.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit

Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff and the community. The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

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Karen Garcia
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