Spring 2012 Colloquium

Israelis and Palestinians in Deadlock or Transition? Global implications for the result

Thursday, January 26, 2012
MG 2001
7:00 pm
Speakers: Dr. Mark Appold and students from Middle East Study Abroad, Truman State University

Abstract: Professor of Religion Mark Appold will moderate a panel of student participants from a Summer 2011 Truman State University Middle East Study Abroad Course that visited Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Jerusalem, and the West Bank. The presentations will discuss the Balfour document, the Oslo Accords, United Nations resolutions, Gaza, water rights, and Biblical Israel and modern Israel. Professor of Religion Dereck Daschke will talk about the reasons for contentious debate on the status of Jerusalem.


Is Israeli-Palestinian peace still possible?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
VH 1000
7:00 pm
Co-Sponsors: School of Social and Cultural Studies; History Department; Hillel; Students for a Middle East Peace
Speaker: Gershon Baskin, Founder and Chair of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)

Abstract: After 20 years of failed peace processes, Israelis and Palestinians once again are not even talking to each other. The Palestinian house is divided into two separate regimes. A right wing-religious government leads Israel. The US President is campaigning for re-election, Europe is trying to relieve itself from financial collapse, Russia is not interested, neither is China, the UN is incapable of assisting, can the two parties (Israel and Palestine) do it by themselves? Baskin will also tell of the secret direct back channel of negotiations that he initiated and conducted between the Government of Israel and Hamas for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Schalit who was held in captivity in the Gaza strip for five years and four months.


Y ahora aquí en el Norte (“And now here in the North”)

Thursday, February 23, 2012
VH 1000
7:00 pm
Speaker: Axel Fuentes, Field Organizer, Center for New Community

Abstract: Immigrant workers will share their personal stories, their journey to the U.S., and how their lives have improved or worsened.


Unworking Asia: The demise of hand painted political graphics in the digital age

Thursday, April 5, 2012
SUB Activities Room
Speaker: Aaron Fine, Professor of Art and Gallery Director, Truman State University

Abstract: A recent investigation of hand painted political graphics in Mumbai revealed very little painting but a great deal about the rapidly advancing digitalization of visual space in India. As mass produced digital printing replaces idiosyncratic and individual creative efforts, in what ways are India’s political networks enhanced and in what ways are India’s creative networks destroyed? This presentation draws upon excerpts from visual artist and professor of art Aaron Fine’s creative non-fiction to explore recent changes in Indian visual culture.