Fifth Annual Non-Western Culture Week (April 20 to 24, 2009)
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“Image of Asia: Conflict, Change and Responsibility"
Every year beginning in 2005, the Creighton community is able to celebrate CU's annual Non-Western Culture Week and partake in many cultural events throughout the week. The themes of all our past events have reflected our educational mission to enhance Creighton students’ global experiences.
The fifth Non-Western Culture Week will continue this pattern as it seeks to infuse Non-Western values and traditions into the day-to-day activities of the Creighton community. With a spotlight on Asian political, racial and cultural diversity, the fifth Non-Western Cultural Week intends to examine Asian views on morality, human values, racial and foreign relations among people and states.
The theme for the fifth Creighton Non-Western Cultural Week is “Image of Asia: Conflict, Change and Responsibility."
Description of the planned activities:
Over the past four years, with support from the University Non-Western Cultural Committee under the leadership of Drs. Beverly Kracher and Jinmei Yuan, we have been able to make the past four years' events complete successes. With themes for the past four years are as follows:
“How to Achieve the Harmony in the World from an Eastern Perspective” (2005),
“Seeking Peace: Poetic and Political Visions of the Asian World” (2006),
“Approaching Asia Today: Historical and Future Perspectives” (2007),
“Stay Connected: Ethics and Business in Asia” (2008).
To continue our past success, the Fifth Non-Western Culture Week intends to reach a higher and deeper level of understanding on issues in Asia including politics, racial conflicts, cultural diversity and foreign relations. With experiences from participates and organizers, the Asian World Center will invite people from different regions in Asia and other parts of the world to Creighton's campus to showcase the image of Asia in and beyond its conflict, change and responsibility.
Creighton’s Fifth Annual Non-Western Culture Week
April 20 to 24, 2009
Free and Open to the Public
Image of Asia:
Conflict, Challenge and Responsibility
April 20 (Monday)-April 24 (Friday):
Week-long Photo Exhibition: Asia: From Open and Forbidden Lenses
Photos taken by Eugene Selk, Jinmei Yuan and Ray Feng
Skutt Student Center Drawing Room
April 20 (Monday):
All Monday events take place in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom
9:00am - 3:00pm
"Outreach to Asia and the World through Books:" Services from the Omaha Public Library, Creighton Libraries and Creighton Bookstore include: Book and video shows, Asian image slideshows, issuing of library cards, renewal of books and book signing by authors.
This event features a special request for the Omaha Community: Please donate a Children’s Picture Book for kids in North Korea. Donations will be collected from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the entrance of the Ballroom and will be then be shipped to North Korea by the Asian World Center.
11:30am - 12:30pm: Public Talks
“East Meets West: How Libraries Connect Communities” by Manya Shorr, Librarian, Omaha Public Library.
“Creighton Library Source for Asian Studies” by Nathan Morgan, Reference & Instructional Services Librarian, Creighton Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.
6:30pm - 8:30pm:
Asia in its Martial Arts Demonstration
Performed by CU Martial Arts Club, Yiliquan Institute and Kaju-ryu Jujutsu School
April 21 (Tuesday):
All Tuesday events take place in SSC 104
11:00am - 12:15pm
"Image of Asia in the Eyes of Creightonians"
Asian-American Creighton students See What the Asian Minds Say
12:30pm - 1:45pm
"Challenge of Another Kind: China in the Asian Order"
Participants include Dr. Feng Liang from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, and Dr. Leida Chen, Professor of Information Systems and Technology at Creighton.
April 22 (Wednesday):
All Wednesday events take place in SSC 104
11:30am - 12:30pm
College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Project on Comparative Studies of Native Cultures
“Local View: Politics aside, Native Culture Silenced”
Speaker: Dr. G.H. Grandbois, Chair, Social Work Department, Creighton University
Participants include Professors Heather Fryer, Jinmei Yuan, John Thein, Rick Witmer and Maorong Jiang
April 23 (Thursday):
All Thursday events take place in SSC 104
11:00am to 12:15pm
Asian Writers’ Conference (Section I)
“Environment and Identity: Shores of Selfhood" by Indian Writer Mani Rao, Author of Seven Books
"The Culture Ecology of Chinese and American Writers' Growth” by Dr. Keli Diao, Professor of English, Remin University, Beijing, China
“The Moral Challenge to the Responsibility in Contemporary China’s Literature" by Professor Jinmei Yuan, Author of Numerous Award-Winning Essays in Chinese Literature
12:30 pm to 1:45 pm: Keynote Event
Political Forum: "Stay With or Away from Conflicts: Eastern and Western Approaches"
Dialogue between Dr. Yong Deng, Professor of Political Science at United States Naval Academy and Professor Arthur Pearlstein, Director of the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton.
Moderator: Mark Turner, Lieutenant Colonel and Professor of Military Science, Creighton University
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Asian Writers’ Conference (Section II)
“Genealogy of Asian American Literature in the U.S.” by Dr. Nina Ha, Director, World Literature Program, English Department, Creighton University
“Walking Along the Old and New Flower Street” by Mr. Zechen Xu, Writer and Editor, People’s Literature, Beijing, China.
“What Kind of Writer is More Valuable” by May Zhao, Chinese-American Writer in New Jersey
April 24 (Friday):
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Asian Writers’ Conference (Section III)
Eugene T. Mahoney Park Cabin Number 36 and 45
2:30 pm 4:30 pm
Asian Writers’ Conference (Section IV)
Public Reading and Roundtable Discussion
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts,
Nebraska City, NE
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Asian Writers’ Conference (Section V)
Participating “Wine, Writers & Song Festival”
Public Reading with Nebraska Writers
The Lyceum, Brownville, NE
This event is organized by the Asian World Center with sponsorship from Creighton University Non-Western Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences, and with support from the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Military Science Department, Creighton Libraries, Creighton Bookstore, English Department, Creighton Martial Arts Club, Omaha Public Library, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts at the Nebraska City, CTI 22, and Omaha Yiliquan Institute.