December 5, 2011

Schedule of Events: 2013-2014

“Remember Nhu”
February 7, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“Helping Haiti from Home: How Local Efforts can Support International Disaster Relief” (Presenter: Bertin Meance)
February 21, 2012 (7:00pm)
Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics
“What Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples Can Teach Us About Globalization” (Presenter: Tom Hall)
March 20, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“The Reporter” (panel discussion after screening of film)
April 10, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“The Warrior Ape: God, Biology and the Hope for Global Peace” (Presenter: Thomas Hayden)
April 11, 2012 (7:00pm)
Upper Convocation Center

October 25, 2011

Upcoming Event: "The Age of Stupid"

Title: The Age of Stupid
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 1, 7:00pm
Location: Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
Format: Film screening followed by panel discussion

The Age of Stupid stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance?

A panel discussion will follow the screening.

For a recent article about indifference toward climate change, read this article from the New York Times.

Watch Katherine Attanasi's Talk

Did you miss Katherine Attanasi's talk "South African Pentecostalism and the Gendered Politics of HIV Prevention", or would you like to watch it again?  Click here to view a recording of the event.

October 20, 2011

Peace is Possible: Shifting from War Making to War Prevention

Did you miss Bridget Moix’s presentation ‘Peace is Possible: Shifting from War Making to War Prevention’?  View the presentation now.  Learn more about Bridget and the Friends Committee on National Legislation here.  

Moix discussed the process of implementing peace on a global level.  She believes it is possible for peace to be the first option in a conflict situation, rather than having nations immediately default to a state of conflict.  Peace becomes a viable option when it is encouraged through specific peaceful tactics.  The military tools in our diplomatic tool box are over developed, and we have only recently begun to develop the peace making tools.  

Strategies to support peace making over war preparation will lead to a more secure global environment that reinforces human rights and offers security to all.  Peaceful prevention is a fairly recent movement, but one that will be essential as the global climate continues to change and global resources become more limited.  Moix encouraged attendees to take action!

Moix leads the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program and has worked for over twelve years on peace and conflict issues within the U.S. and international policy arenas. She began her career with FCNL as an intern in 1996 and worked as a Legislative Secretary from 2002-2006. She returned to FCNL in September 2008.
Previously she worked with Oxfam America as a policy adviser on Sudan (2005), the Quaker United Nations Office in New York under a New Voices fellowship (2000-2002), the World Policy Institute’s Arms Trade Resource Center (1998-2000), the Quaker Peace Center in Cape Town, South Africa (1999), and as an intern with the American Friends Service Committee during college. She returned to Washington, DC after spending over two years in Mexico City where she directed the Casa de los Amigos, a small Quaker peace and hospitality center.
Moix holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, where she focused her studies on human security and international conflict resolution. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Nonfiction Writing from Ohio Wesleyan in 1996.
If you have any questions about this presentation or how you can become involved in lobbying for a cause, please visit the Ashland Center for Nonviolence in Bixler Hall 116 on the Ashland University main campus or email us for more information.

October 19, 2011

Upcoming Event: "South African Pentecostalism and the Gendered Politics of HIV Prevention"

Title: South African Pentecostalism and the Gendered Politics of HIV Prevention
Date/Time: October, 24th, 2011 (7:00 pm)

Location: Dauch 115

What should a woman do if her husband is unfaithful and yet her church says not to use condoms and not to get a divorce?

The Religion Department as part of the CAS Symposium Against Global Indifference presents a public illustrated lecture by Dr. Katy Attanasi. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing form of Christianity in developing countries. Paralleling Pentecostalism's growth has been the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Attanasi conducted fieldwork in two communities in post-apartheid South Africa.  Drawing on her fieldwork, she employs feminist methodologies to examine the responses of black South African Pentecostal women to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She found their complex situations to be based on distorted theologies of gender, prosperity, and healing. She suggests a prevention strategy that coheres with Pentecostal theology and better accounts for women's situations. She argues that listening to the voices of women in the global South provides important perspective to western development agencies and denominations.

Katy Attanasi is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Regent University (PhD. Vanderbilt University). She recently completed work on a co-edited volume with Amos Yong entitled Pentecostalism and Prosperity: The Socio-economics of the Global Charismatic Movement (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming).

October 3, 2011

Upcoming Event: "Globalization: Who Benefits? Who Suffers?"

Title: Globalization: Who Benefits? Who Suffers?
1.5 hour Panel with Question & Answer session
Date/Time: October, 11th, 2011 (7-8:30 pm)

Location: Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium

Panel Focus: A variety of perspectives regarding the implications of globalization will be presented (e.g., Think Globally/Act Locally and The World is Flat). Local experts will weigh in on the costs/benefits of globalization on America as new technologies, international trade, and global markets have become more entwined and interdependent.

Globalization has brought with it a variety of impacts, both locally and internationally. Much debate remains about whether or not globalization has been beneficial for individuals, communities, corporations, or countries. Proponents of globalization suggest that it has reduced poverty, increased competition, assisted in the rise of foreign investment levels, and even reduced child labor world-wide. Opponents cite the contribution to brain drains in various countries, lost jobs and job insecurity at home, increased pollution and environmental hazards, and even terrorism.

Come hear what our panel of experts has to say and ask any questions you have been pondering about this topic.


1) David Civitollo, Ohio State University Extension
David is an educator in the area of community development for OSU Extension in Medina County. David has expertise in the areas of community and economic development. He is also the lead for a local effort to produce and buy local farm produce. David will discuss the importance of thinking globally but acting locally by sharing real-life examples of the impact of globalization on issues affecting Ohio citizens.

2) Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, Professor & COBE Internship Coordinator

Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, Professor of Business Management and Interim Dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University, joined Ashland University in 1987. She earned her B.A. (honors) and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Punjab University, India; MBA (Management) from Miami University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Cincinnati. She has served on numerous committees and consulted with area companies on issues related to management.  She has presented over two dozen papers at regional, national and international conferences and has published articles in refereed journals and local newspapers.  In 2008-2009, her case on leadership sold over 1,100 copies internationally.

 3) Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for Our Economic Future

The fund is a philanthropic collaboration of over 40 partners in the NE region who have all donated over $100K+ to enhance the economic success of NE Ohio. The Fund engages the public and leaders from the private, civic, labor, education, government and other sectors to strengthen the region's capacity to build a strong regional culture and to support and implement the key economic growth strategies of Advance Northeast Ohio, the region's economic action plan. Ventures you may have heard about include Team NEO, JumpStart, BioEnterprise, and NorTech. Brad Whitehead oversees the Fund’s grantmaking, research and civic engagement efforts. He was named the Fund’s first president in the fall of 2006. He served the Fund while also working for The Cleveland Foundation (where his focus was economic development/ globalization). In July 2007, he assumed full-time responsibilities with the Fund. Before joining the Foundation, Brad was a Director at the international management consulting firm of McKinsey and Company. At McKinsey, Brad’s client work spanned a broad range of corporate strategy, operations, and organizational issues, but his major area of focus was in growth and new business building. Brad was one of the Firm leaders of the Business Building Practice and prior to that he was a founder of the Firm’s Environment Practice.


September 27, 2011

Watch Kelsey Timmerman's Talk

Were you unable to attend Kelsey Timmerman's talk on September 22?  Or would you like to watch it again? 

Kelsey's talk at AU is now available on the web by following this link.

If the link does not work, please copy and paste the following URL into your internet browser: 

September 22, 2011

"Where Am I Wearing?" -- Call to Action

If you enjoyed learning more about the garment industry or other cultures at the “Where am I Wearing” presentation, be sure to check out Kelsey Timmerman's website for information about how to get involved. 

In addition, you can find out more about other resources right here at AU.

Get immersed in a curriculum of fashion analysis, textiles and fashion evolution as well as business courses in marketing, retail merchandising and advertising. You may even study in New York City or Paris, and when you graduate, you’ll be ready to begin a career in merchandising, buying, retail, design and more.

You can participate in a cooperative program your junior year to complete an associate of arts degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and return to Ashland to finish your bachelor’s degree. Or, spend a month in Paris at the Paris Fashion Institute earning credits that transfer to Ashland. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to begin your career bringing the latest fashions to the marketplace.

What You’ll Love About the Fashion Merchandising Major:
  • You will have lots of opportunities to express your creativity through fashion show presentations, service learning projects and hands-on class assignments such as working with a local entrepreneur to develop a line of tote bags (recent class project) or designing an evening dress or sports outfit. 
  • You will undertake a research project of your own choosing such as these recent projects: College Students Beliefs and Knowledge about Environmentally Friendly Fashion, The Effects of Fair-Trade Knowledge on Buying Habits of College-Age Consumers
  • You will complete an internship within the fashion industry that gives you an up-close look at your exciting career ahead.

To learn more about the Fashion Merchandising major here at AU, contact Nancy Morris, Associate Professor, 419-289-5296,


Our Global Education Office can help you identify places to study abroad. The Global Education Office promotes learning opportunities for all eligible Ashland University students to gain an understanding of other regions, countries, languages, and cultures through educational travel in the US and abroad. Visit the Global Education Office on the 7th floor of the Library or check out their website online to learn more about the following programs available to AU students:

Semester, Summer or Academic-Year Programs
There are many opportunities to study abroad for a summer, semester or longer through Ashland University exchanges, the CCCS, and CCIS programs.

Faculty Led Programs
Participate in a short-term (typically 3 weeks or less) course coordinated by Ashland University faculty.

Ashland University in Costa Rica
Study intensive Spanish in Costa Rica. Prerequisite: Successful completion of FL 171 and 172.

COBE in Taiwan
Students will spend six and a half weeks at Providence University in Taichung, Taiwan while earning 9 credits (6 are completed during the summer and the remaining 3 will be completed in the fall).

Student Teaching Abroad & in the Southern USA
Education majors have the opportunity to student teach abroad, in South Carolina or in Florida.

Cambodia Service Learning Summer Tour
A summer service-learning trip is being offered this summer to Cambodia, where you can earn 1 service learning credit.
Fashion and Food in Paris
A France tour will be offered this spring (March 2-10) to enhance student understanding of culture. This tour is tied to 2 courses offered this spring in Family and Consumer Sciences, FCS 211, Clothing and Culture, and FCS 221, Food and Culture. Both courses fulfill the International Perspectives Requirement.

To speak to someone directly about these and other exciting opportunities, contact Rebecca Parillo, Director of Global Education at 419.289.5870,

Or consider combining the two opportunities to see and learn about the garment industry in other countries up close and personal.

August 30, 2011

2011-2012 Schedule of Events

September 22, 2011 (7:00pm)
Hugo Young Theatre
“Life on the Border: The Karen People of Burma” (Robert Gerhardt)
September 22, 2011 – October 16, 2011
The Coburn Gallery
October 11, 2011 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
October 17, 2011 (7:30pm)
Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education
October 24, 2011 (7:00pm)
Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics
November 1, 2011 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“Of Gods and Men”
November 9, 2011 (8:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“Remember Nhu”
February 7, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“Helping Haiti from Home: How Local Efforts can Support International Disaster Relief” (Presenter: Bertin Meance)
February 21, 2012 (7:00pm)
Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics
“What Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples Can Teach Us About Globalization” (Presenter: Tom Hall)
March 20, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“The Reporter” (panel discussion after screening of film)
April 10, 2012 (7:00pm)
Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium
“The Warrior Ape: God, Biology and the Hope for Global Peace” (Presenter: Thomas Hayden)
April 11, 2012 (7:00pm)
Upper Convocation Center

July 27, 2011

Kelsey Timmerman to Kick-Off Symposium Events on September 22

The 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action" will kick-off on September 22.  The kickoff speaker is Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing?  Kelsey is a lively and engaging speaker who addresses the global garment industry and shares about his travels to many of the places where our clothes are made.  For more about Kelsey, see the video below.

Interested in finding a way to make a difference?  Check out Kelsey's call for volunteers!

Who: Kelsey Timmerman
Title: Where Am I Wearing?
When: Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Where: Hugo Young Theatre