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International Events Spring 2014

Each semester, North Central’s International Committee, in partnership with the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, brings free international events to campus.  Students and community members are welcome to attend all international events.

China, Japan & the US Relations: A Difficult Balance

Tuesday, April 15, 12 Noon  Library Conference Center   FREE
Dr. Randall Doyle examines one of the most critical issues confronting East Asia - the relationship between China and Japan in the 21st century. The balance of power has shifted dramatically in the region as China has experienced a meteoric rise in economic clout and military power.  The relationship between these Asian powers is critical to the future stature of the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region. Author of six books, Professor Doyle’s primary focus as a researcher, teacher and scholar has been the Asia-Pacific region. He has lived, studied and worked in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America during his academic career and taught at universities in China, South Korea, Japan and Okinawa.

The Fabric of Our Lives:
Textiles in the World Economy and at Home

Monday, April 21, 7 PM  
Library Conference Center    FREE

Your clothes may be more well-travelled than you are – learn about where, how, and at what cost, textiles today are grown, harvested, dyed, manufactured, and marketed.  And, look at ways to make fabric production sustainable economically, environmentally, and ethically.  Shanna Robinson, North Central art professor, spoke at Sow to Sew, a sustainable textiles symposium at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax where farmers, weavers, fabric artists, educators and industry leaders are working together to reestablish Nova Scotia as a textile center.  Robinson will explain the historical importance of the textiles – from cotton, to linen, wool and silk – and the situation of the market today.  Would Nova Scotia’s ideas work to reinvigorate a local textile economy in Northern Michigan?  Shanna will discuss growing our own fibers and dyes, processing fibers, and creating great textile products in our own communities.

Please visit www.ncmich.edu/cce2 to see additional events as they are scheduled throughout 2014.  Sponsored in part by the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, a group of five community colleges dedicated to bringing global issues and international opportunities to their campuses.  MGAC members include: North Central Michigan College, Alpena Community College, Bay College, Delta Community College, Mid-Michigan Community College and Northwestern Michigan College. 

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Book Discussions

All discussions are free and open to the public.

The readings in this series introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. These books help envision the world of our ancestors, which was as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.  North Central’s Library and the Petoskey Public Library have copies of the books to check out.  North Central’s bookstore has copies available to purchase. 

The Bridging Cultures Muslim Journey: Let’s Talk About It is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

Leo Africanus

by Amin Maalouf, led by Eunice Teel
June 19, 7:00 pm                                   Carnegie Building, 451 E Mitchell
Sponsored by Petoskey District Library
One of the great ironies of Spanish history is that the very moment marking Spain’s dramatic emergence onto the world stage—1492—also marks the definitive end of al-Andalus both as a place and as an idea. For it was in January of that fateful year that the armies of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella entered the walls of Granada, the last independent Muslim city of Iberia. Six months later, from the gates of Granada’s Alhambra Palace, they issued an edict demanding the forced conversion or immediate expulsion of all the Jews. Granada’s Muslims, at least for the moment, were given a temporary reprieve. But within a decade, they too would be presented with the same brutal choice of conversion or exile.

It is this dark page of history that serves as the starting point for Amin Maalouf’sLeo Africanus, a literary meditation on the death and lingering afterlife of al-Andalus. His is a tale of historical fiction, told with some measure of artistic license. But its protagonist, al-Hassan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan, is a very real figure, better known to the West as “Leo of Africa.”

The Ornament of the World

by Maria Rosa Menocal
Discussion led by Shanna Robinson, Professor of Art

Wednesday, July 16, 1 PM - Loud Hall, Bay View The Islamic empire of al-Andalus was known in its time as “the ornament of the world.”  In particular, its capital city, Córdoba, was widely noted for its cosmopolitan culture, diverse population, and artistic achievements.  In this masterful and entertaining history, Yale University professor María Menocal explains the great successes and turbulent times of al-Andalus, which embraced much of the Iberian Peninsula from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries.  

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.