Feb. 19, 2008
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MUW International Series to delve into issues of the
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Mississippi University for Women’s
International Series continues with its spring
events Wednesday, Feb. 20
with a visiting speaker from the University of
The subject for this semester’s series, “Peoples of
the World” focuses on various cultures and issues of
For two weeks in March and April, MUW will host a
scholar in residence,
Dr. Richard Pacholski, professor emeritus from
Millikin University in Decatur, Ind. In addition to
giving a lecture for the series, Pacholski will
speak at an honors forum and coordinate activities
with the residential honors program students.
This semester’s series features three visiting
speakers, which Dr. Tom Velek, International Series
director, credits the university for its continued
support in worldwide studies. “The mission of any
university should be to encourage and enhance
international and cultural understanding and
education to the entire community, not just its
students,” he said.
Velek is particularly excited about this semester’s
events because of
the number of visiting speakers it has to offer. In
coordination with the fifth anniversary of the
United State’s involvement in Iraq, there is also a
week of events concerning the war.
Lunchtime Lecture and Film Series:
The lunchtime lecture series takes place in room 113
in Painter Hall at noon unless otherwise specified.
Lectures are free and open to the public, and
attendees are welcome to bring lunch.
Aesthetics of Creolization: The New Orleans Mardi
Gras Indians -- Dr. Annette Trefzer, associate
professor of English, University of Mississippi
Film: “Control Room” 6 p.m. at the Southern Women’s
Institute -- A view into what the world thinks of
the war in Iraq. As seen through the eyes of Al
Jazeera, the most popular Arabic news outlet.
Film: “Why We Fight” 6 p.m. at SWI -- Examines
American war making policies, specifically the Iraq
war, “the Bush doctrine” and pre-emptive strikes.
Includes individuals being asked “Why we fight?”
This film also glimpses at the United State’s
military and industrial complex.
Panel Discussion: “Iraq Five Years Later,” Dr. Brian
Anderson, Dr. Velek and audience participation
Film: “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers” 6 p.m. at
SWI -- Takes a glimpse at U.S. corporate contractors
involved in the Iraq war. Interviews with companies
such as Halliburton, CACI and KBR suggest apparent
“sweetheart” deals between the United States and the
contractors. Survivors of employees killed in Iraq
also give their perspective on the way they were
treated by the companies.
“Why the Holocaust Should Matter to Americans, And
Why It Shouldn’t” -- Dr. Pacholski, visiting
March 27, 6 p.m., Nissan Auditorium:
“Literary Approaches to Human Mortality: How Great
Books Provide Insight and Consolation” - Dr.
The lunchtime lectures, film series and special
events are free and open to the general public. For
more information, contact Dr. Velek at firstname.lastname@example.org