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Dr. Richard Herrmann, director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and professor of political science will speak on the topic, "Iran: Tyranny or Democracy" at a luncheon sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

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Image The five Area Studies Centers and the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University have collaborated with other educators around the state to present the 2009 Global Institute, a three-day workshop for teachers in grades K-12, that will be held August 3-6 on the campus of Kent State University.

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ImageThirty-four Chinese students from Wuhan University visited Ohio State July 12-18 to develop their English speaking skills in an American setting and to learn more about college life in the United States.

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The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is now offering online workshops with Fulbright program experts. The online workshops, or Webinars, are held each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern time. A schedule of upcoming Fulbright Webinars includes sessions on languages requirements, references and reviewing application materials.

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Image Jingfei Li, a visiting artist from Kunming, China in Yunnan Province, will demonstrate the art of Chinese kite making at noon on Thursday, June 4 in the Hagerty Hall Courtyard. Li is one of a handful of people who make Dian-style kites, which are three dimensional in shape and unique because they encompass Yunnan minority folk traditions and cultures. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are found in Yunnan.

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On Thursday, June 4, The Middle East Studies Center will host Dr. Sabine Schmidtke from Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies. Schmidtke will present “Commonalities Amongst Muslims, Jews and Christians: Two commentaries on Najm al-Din al-Katibi’s al-Risala al-Shamsiyya” at 5 p.m. in 306 Hagerty Hall. In this presentation, she will discuss the unique cultural and intellectual commonalities of medieval, late medieval and pre-modern Muslim, Jews and Christians, and the continuous, multi-dimensional exchange of ideas, texts and forms of discourse that they shared. The event is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Middle East Studies Center.

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Red CockroachesThe final film in the Spring 2009 Latin American Film Series, “Latin American Cinema and the World: Beyond Cuaron, Del Toro, and Iñaruitti,” will be shown on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall (1775 College Rd.). The sci-fi drama, “Red Cockroaches,” is set in a near-future New York City amid a world of floating cars and glowing red insects, and follows the lives of two twenty-somethings as they embark on a journey to get to the bottom of dark family secrets and corporate conspiracies. The film is free and open to the public.

Heather InwoodOn Friday May 29, Heather Inwood, assistant professor of modern Chinese cultural studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, will present Cyber Folk? Multimedia Poetry in the Aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake. Inwood will discuss the explosion of poetic fervor in China after the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and the subsequent “Quake Poetry” phenomenon. The event is part of the Institute for Chinese Studies Future of the Past Lecture Series and will take place a 2:30 p.m. in Jennings Hall room 60 (1735 Neil Ave.).

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued an announcement that advises travelers of possible international travel delays due to H1N1 health screening procedures being implemented in some foreign destinations. Airport staff in some countries may check the health of arriving passengers to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus. If you are traveling to an international destination, please carefully review the information posted by the CDC.

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The Institute for Chinese Studies will host Richard Kent, history of art professor at Franklin and Marshall College, on Friday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. He will present “Early Chinese Fine-Art Photography: Cultural Nationalism and Embrace of Modernity” in 136 Jennings Hall (1735 Neil Ave.). Kent will examine the little-known writings and photographs of members of the Beijing Light Society, and subsequent developments in Shanghai among participants of fine-art photographic societies. The event is co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center and the History of Art Department.

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