Wayne State University’s Humanities Center will present renowned scholars Obioma Nnaemeka speaking on “Humanizing Globalization,” Brent Edwards on “Langston Hughes and the Futures of Diaspora” and a poetry reading by special guest Christopher Southgate, author of Poetry, Globalization, and the Ambiguous Role of Science. The conference, free and open to the public, will be held in the Alumni House, at 441 Ferry Mall, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2005.
Nine Wayne State faculty also will address the conference. Catherine Bogosian, assistant professor of History, will speak on “Labor, Obligation and Empire: Public Works in Colonial French West Africa;” Robert Burgoyne, professor of English, will speak on “The Epic Film in World Culture: Gladiator;” Sarika Chandra, assistant professor of English, will speak on “The End(s) of Travel: Re-Assessing Americanism in the Age of Globalization;” Beth Kangas, lecturer of Anthropology, will speak on “Valuing Life and Death in a Global World: Technological Medicine in Yemen and Arab Detroit;” Richard Marback, associate professor of English, will speak on “What Place the Taalmonument in the New South Africa? South African Language Policy and the Culture of Language;” Gordon B. Neavill, associate professor of Library and Information Science, will speak on “Scholarly Communication in the Global Digital Environment;” Frederic Pearson, director of the Center for Peace & Conflict Studies; and Vidya Ramaswamy, research associate at the Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, will speak on “The Impact of Immigration Patterns in Local Community Schools,” and Michael Scrivener, professor of English, will speak on “Habermas and the Cosmopolitan Ideal.”
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