2016 - 2017 Events!


17th Annual International Studies Film Series, Spring 2017
"NAVIGATING NATIONAL IDENTITIES IN THE GLOBAL ERA, PART III"



Head-On_Film Poster


Film: Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Time: 7 pm

Location: Grove Hall Forum (GRH 101)

Sponsors: The German Studies minor, the History/Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology departments , and the International Studies Program

Cahit, in a neck brace after driving his car into a wall, is more than a little surprised when a beautiful Turkish-German woman, Sibel, proposes marriage—especially considering they met through their mutual desire to commit suicide. Cahit’s Turkish blood is enough to satisfy Sibel’s overbearing family and the two begin an unlikely marriage of convenience that has the even more unlikely consequence of making them want to live. This uncompromising drama won numerous awards including Best Film and Best Director at the European and Berlin film awards. “Raw, powerful, extraordinary... a love story of surprisingly epic proportions!”— Newsweek

Director: Fatih Akin, Germany, 2004, 121 min., German and Turkish with English subtitles



"CULTURAL PERCEPTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CHINA AND AMERICA: When East Meets West"

Presenter: Dr. Donghong Liu

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Grove Hall Forum (GRH 101)

Sponsors: Departments of Human Communication Studies, History/Philosophy, Modern Languages, Sociology/Anthropology, and Teacher Education, and the International Studies Program

DR. DONGHONG LIU will examine differing cultural assumptions about the role of education that persist in the age of globalization. Providing a personal perspective, Dr. Liu will discuss many striking contrasts between higher education in the U.S. and China, such as China’s high-pressure admissions examinations and large number of required courses. Due to differences in educational philosophy and values, classes are conducted in a very different manner in the two countries.

Dr. Liu is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar at Purdue University. She is a professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China where she is
vice-director of the Institute of Linguistics Studies. Her research interests cover pragmatics, rhetoric and second language acquisition. Publications include 50 academic papers, one textbook, and four monographs.