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Ten Great European Films of the 2010s

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Ten Great European Films of the 2010s

The final Cafe CSE for this semester will be Wednesday, 1 April at 4:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB and will feature Matt Ancell, Dennis Cutchins, and Christopher Oscarson.

Ancell is an associate professor of humanities and comparative literature and co-director of BYU’s International Cinema program. He received his PhD in comparative literature from the University of California–Irvine. His interests include the baroque in Spain and Italy, Montaigne and early modern skepticism, contemporary film, and deconstruction.

Cutchins is an associate professor of English and co-director Read More…

Finnish Lessons: What Can the U.S. Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

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Finnish Lessons: What Can the U.S. Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor of practice at Harvard University, will address the Finnish educational model  on  Thursday, 19 March at 5:00 p.m. in the HBLL auditorium.

Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, author, and scholar who has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership.

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (2011), his best-seller book, won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. Read More…

Into the Woods: Forests and the Northern European Imagination from the Grimms to Tolkien to the Third Reich

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Into the Woods: Forests and the Northern European Imagination from the Grimms to Tolkien to the Third Reich

Mikle South, Richard Hacken, and moderator: Frank Christianson will intersect humanities and neuroscience in this tale of the trees at Cafe CSE on Wednesday, 4 March at 4:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.  Environmental movements in Europe’s Romantic period turned rapidly to nationalism and war during the twentieth century. European studies librarian Richard Hacken and neuroscience professor Mikle South survey the imagined idea of fear and safety in the forest in the historical contest for German national identity.

South is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and received Read More…

Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs

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Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs

Arland Thornton, a professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, will present this lecture on  Wednesday, 4 March at noon in 238 HRCB.

Thornton also is a research professor for the university’s Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center.

He has served as president of the Population Association of America, which granted him a distinguished career award, and he received a distinguished career award from the American Sociological Association and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

His award-winning books include Reading History Sideways: the Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life.

Thornton received a BS in sociology from Brigham Young University and an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Europe—Opportunities and Challenges: The EU Presidency of Latvia

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Europe—Opportunities and Challenges: The EU Presidency of Latvia

His Excellency Andris Razāns, the Latvian ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico, will share his insights regarding the EU presidency in Latvia on  Wednesday, 18 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Razāns previously served as the undersecretary of state of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as ambassador at large of the planning group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ambassador of Latvia to Morocco and to Denmark.

During a long diplomatic career, his other positions Read More…