Small Neighbors of a Big Country: What Can We Learn from the Experience of Finland and Estonia?
Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS-AIA
August 27, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
In her talk Dr. Oborotova will present comparative analysis of the historical evolution of Finland and Estonia. How can we explain Finland’s success in maintaining its independence? What was the legacy of Soviet rule for Estonia? And what does the experience of Finland and Estonia tell other small and not so small neighbors of Russia?. +More Info
Why Mesopotamia Matters: Masterpieces of Ancient Art
Dr. Diana McDonald, Ph.D.
September 10, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History, Ventana Salon
Some of the earliest, greatest and most enduring artworks were created as early as 5,000 years ago in the “Cradle of Civilization,” Mesopotamia – the land between two rivers, now modern day Iraq. The world’s first cities, the earliest agriculture and domestication of animals, sparked monumental art of stone, gold, and other materials, all created in the harsh desert landscape. While most of us cannot travel to the war-torn Middle East, we can take a virtual tour of the most stunning works, many sadly now destroyed. +More Info