Marina Oborotova

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

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Why Mesopotamia Matters: Masterpieces of Ancient Art

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

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Roberta Micallef

Turkey: Identity and Belonging

Dr. Roberta Micallef, Boston University
September 29, 2017 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center

In its 93 years as a Republic Turkey has suffered from three coup d’etats and most recently an attempted coup which are indications of social, cultural and economic distress. Micallef will talk about the ideological currents and divides that engrossed the Ottomans at the end of WW I as the Empire was disintegrating and trace them to the present. She will address key issues that have caused conflict through the history of the Republic of Turkey: the official and unofficial minorities, Armenians and Kurds, as well as the role of religion and gender, and internal and external migration in the era of globalization. +More Info

Leila Lehnen

Architectural and Literary Representations of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship

Dr. Leila Lehnen, UNM
October 8, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History

In April of 1964 Brazil’s military staged a coup installing an authoritarian government that used violent repression to quell any expression of political, social and cultural opposition to the regime. The dictatorship ended in 1985 and Brazil transitioned into a democratic government. Brazil remains ambivalent toward the legacy of dictatorship, however. It did not hold those who committed human rights violations accountable and this ambivalence can be observed in some of the monuments that memorialize this period and its violence. It is also revealed in several literary texts that broach the dictatorship and its heritage. But how do cultural artifacts represent this ambivalence and to what purpose? How do these artifacts help maintain alive the memory of traumatic events? +More Info

Turkey: A Perpetual State of Emergency

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

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. +More Info

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