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Andrea BachnerDr. Andrea Bachner, will present "Future's Other Pasts: Primitivism in Contemporary Sinophone Texts" on February 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Jennings Hall 164. The lecture will discuss three Chinese primitivist novels from different sinophone contexts. Bachner will focus on how these texts renegotiate the complexity of "Chinese-ness" from their specific cultural contexts in the face of interculturality. The Future of the Past Lecture Series is sponsored by the Institute for Chinese Studies and co-sponosered by the East Asian Studies Center.

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Sam WhiteA specialist in global and environmental history, Dr. Sam White, will present a "The Ottoman Empire in the Little Ice Age and the General Crisis" on March 3 at 5 p.m. in 060 Page Hall. An assistant professor of History at Oberlin College, White will discuss how the Ottomans fared in the Little Ice Age and the 17th-century "general crises" compared to other early modern empires. The lecture is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center and the Department of History.

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A specialist in Quranic exegesis, Dr. Mehmet Pacaci, will present a "A Critique of Muslim Modernist Approach to the Qur'an" on February 20 at 5 p.m. in 010 Page Hall. Based in Washington D.C. as attaché of religious affairs at the Turkish Embassy, Pacaci will discuss Muslim modernist approaches to the Qur'an. Much of his work focuses on hermeneutical problems of interpreting and understanding Muslim Holy Scripture. The lecture is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

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The Institute for Chinese Studies will present "Comrade, Almost a Love Story" on Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in 040 Jennings Hall. Destiny brings two people together, but they aren't sure if they're meant to be friends or lovers in this romantic comedy-drama. In 1986, Xiaojun arrives in Hong Kong from mainland China, full of dreams about life in the big city and determined to make enough money to send for his fiancée and marry her. Admission is free and all films are subtitled in English.

FlagsIraqi academics want to return to the glory days, when their universities were seen as some of the Middle East's best institutions of higher education. A group of Iraqi college presidents recently visited Ohio State to learn about technology and teaching techniques.

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You are invited to participate in a two part session to immerse yourself culturally and linguistically in the Andean culture and Quechua language. The workshop will be held Friday, February 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Page Hall, Room 10. Quechua has its roots in the Incan empire that extended throughout the Andes; it is both a living culture and a language spoken in parts of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. Ohio State will present three faculty scholars who will discuss the rich Andean culture with an emphasis on its literature and history.

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The Center for Latin American Studies will show "Como un avión estrellado" (Plane Crash) on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall. This film is about a young man who meets a woman in passing at an airport in Valdivia, Chile. Their paths are destined to cross again in Buenos Aires, where Nico lives with his older brother. Typical adolescent inexperience and insecurities are found as the young man tries to turn a chance meeting into a relationship. The film is free and has English subtitles.

The Institute for Chinese Studies “Future of the Past” Film Series will continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday (2/4) in 040 Jennings Hall with In the Heat of the Sun. The 1994 film, directed by Wen Jiang, tells the story of coming of age in the Cultural Revolution. When parents are away on military duty or sent down to the countryside and school disciplines are loosened, the kids go wild.

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The Institute for Chinese Studies will host The Return of Motherhood in Chinese Movies, a lecture presented by Qi Sun, Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Central State University, on Friday, January 23 at 2:30 p.m. in 160 Jennings Hall. The discussion will focus on the historical continuity of women struggling for their rights as viewed in Chinese films from the past to the present. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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William Brustein Provost Joseph A. Alutto has recommended William Brustein as the Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at Ohio State. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective July 1, 2009. Brustein is currently the Associate Provost for International Affairs and Director of International Programs and Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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