Monday, April 27, 2009

Interesting talks this week

On Wednesday, at 7 PM, in the Holden Arts Center, James L. Peacock will be speaking about Globalism and Art in Anthropology. Dr. Peacock is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of nine books, including four widely influential books about Indonesia and, most recently, "Grounded Globalism: How the U.S. South Embraces the World" (2007).

On Friday, at 4 PM in the Jensen Lecture Hall, Roberto Barrios will presenting a talk on "Creolization and Neoliberalism in New Orleans’ Post-Katrina Recovery Planning." Dr. Barrios is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, and is a former Warren Wilson faculty member. His work focuses on the socio-cultural implications of post-disaster reconstruction policy and practice. This presentation will kick off the Academic Capstone Carnival, which will continue next week.

Also, the Social Sciences Capstone Carnival is happening next week. Stay tuned for details!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Who's out there?

In this age of ubiquitous internet communication (which is, of course, global) it sometimes becomes difficult to know just who it is doing the communicating. There is also a fair amount of spam out there -- not just in email, but browsing blogs, skype, and undoubtedly focusing like a laser on Twitter.

If you are out there, are human, and find value in the Torrid Zone, could you take a second to comment on this blog post and say hello? And if you are so inclined, tell us what you'd like to see more of here. Are the Torrid Zone Tweets of interest? Alumni updates? Current student projects? Application deadlines? Inquiring minds want to know.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Global Studies "Info-rama"

The Department of Global Studies will be holding an informational extravaganza next Wednesday, April 15th, in the Mierke C room in Gladfelter from 11:30-1:00. Please drop by to:

--hear about exciting courses for the fall
--learn about upcoming changes to the Global Studies major (including a new regional concentration in Appalachian Studies, new thematic tracks, and a new minor in applied geospatial technology)
--hear about study abroad opportunities for your cross-cultural experience
--meet your fellow majors/potential majors
--ask questions

If you are a senior, please come by to share your hard-earned experience with new majors. If you are a freshman or sophomore thinking about declaring a Global Studies major, come by to learn more. And if you are a junior, well, just come!

Please pass this along to anybody you think might be interested. Hope to see you there!