Mostafa Minawi

Turkey: A Perpetual State of Emergency

Dr. Mostafa Minawi, Cornell University
October 22, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center

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Since the summer of 2015, Turkey has gone from being an economically stable multi-party parliamentary democracy with a hopeful future and growing economy, to a country in a perpetual state of emergency. This talk will attempt to put things in context on the local, regional and international levels with the aim of explaining some of the complexities of the situation and some policies that might seem counterintuitive to a casual observer of recent developments in Turkey.

Julie George

Transcaucasia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia – Independence, Conflict, and Legitimacy

Dr. Julie A. George, Queens College & CUNY
November 10, 2017 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center

The Caucasus have long had a reputation of being rich in diversity, unique in culture and outspoken in politics. Dr. George will discuss the political development and prospects for democracy of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in light of their ongoing wars in the post-Soviet era. +More Info

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Sanjay Kadu

Ancient Indian Architecture

Sanjay Kadu & Sanjini Badrinarayan, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
November 12, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum, Ventana Salon

The Indian culture, often defined by its willingness to adapt and accept, has evolved through centuries and is reflected in the county’s architecture. The advent of Buddhism in India contributed to the beginning of cave temples around 2nd century BC. This presentation will provide insight into the design principles that guided ancient temple designs and its influence on Indian architecture, and a closer understanding of the architectural and structural marvel of the Kailasha Temple.  +More Info

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Monika Ghattas

Great Cities of the World: Beirut, the Paris of the Middle East

Dr. Monika Ghattas, CFIS-AIA
December 3, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum, Ventana Salon

Few cities in the world evoke such vivid imagery as Beirut. This is a city often compared to Paris for its joie de vivre and indomitable spirit. Travel and Leisure recently ranked it as one of the world’s best cities to visit because of its Ottoman architecture and contemporary art museums. Dr. Ghattas will focus her talk on the kaleidoscope that defines this fascinating city on the eastern Mediterranean. +More Info

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