Moscow: Building a New Third Rome?
Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS-AIA
April 3, 2018 (Tue) 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
Holy Moscow, New Rome, Center of Russia – these names reflect some of the different facets of the City’s ever changing identity throughout centuries. Over the past 16 years, the city’s face has been transformed by massive restoration, renovation and a vast program of new construction. But for all the changes, much of old Moscow remains and she can still take pride in her splendid traditional architecture, fascinating museums like the Tretyakov Gallery, and cultural wonders like the Bolshoi Theater ballet. In this talk, Dr. Oborotova will highlight the city’s changes and its history. +More Info
The Great Red Island: Interesting Facts About Madagascar
Jean-Marie De La Beaujardiere, CFIS-AIA
April 8, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History
Tucked away in the Indian Ocean near Africa, Madagascar is rarely mentioned in the news. In this talk, Mr. De La Beaujardiere will explore the conditions for the island’s unique fauna, the arrival of humans from an unexpected area of the world, the emergence of the early Malagasy kingdoms, the inﬂuence of British missionaries on the evolution of the society, the reasons for the two Franco-Malagasy wars and the colonization, the capture of the French colony by the British during WWII, and the current situation after four constitutions and ﬁfteen governments since 1960. +More Info
Art, Culture and Conflict Resolution?!
Rebecca Black, USAID senior foreign service officer (retired)
April 20, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
What do art and culture have to do with conflict resolution? As violence continues in the world, new solutions besides force are needed. Rebecca Black, a recently retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with USAID, the US government’s international development agency, will use her 25 years’ experience in development to highlight why and how art is emerging as an important mechanism in peacemaking. +More Info