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April 19, 2012

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Meet visiting Nigerian scholar

The Africana Studies Program welcomes Nigerian visiting scholar Ihechukwu Madubuike, former minister of education (1979-81) and minister of health (1995-97) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He will conduct an informal conversation on "Prospects and Challenges of Development in Nigeria" at 11:30 a.m. today (April 19) in 314 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Dr. Madubuike is a professor of comparative literature, a literary critic and poet. He taught in American universities before returning to Nigeria, where he held various political and administrative positions at the state and federal levels. He was a member of the 1995 Nigerian Constitutional Conference that gave birth to the highly controversial 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For the past 15 years, Dr. Madubuike has returned to active scholarly life and participates in Nigeria's post-transition politics.

For more information, call Dr. Apollos Nwauwa, director of the Africana Studies Program, at 2-9483 or 2-2269.

 


 

Hansen Musical Arts Series features conductor Marin Alsop  

The College of Musical Arts will host "An Evening with Marin Alsop," groundbreaking music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, at 7 p.m. Monday (April 23) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.


Open to the public, the free event is part of the annual Hansen Musical Arts Series created by Dorothy E. and DuWayne Hansen. Alumni and friends of the College of Musical Arts and BGSU, the Hansens are supporting Alsop’s appearance and residency.

In addition to her presentation that evening, Alsop will conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia in rehearsal at Kobacker Hall at 1:30 p.m. Monday and will meet with conducting students and faculty during her visit. She will also be presented an honorary doctorate.

Alsop made history with her appointment as the music director of the Baltimore Symphony, becoming the first woman to head a major American orchestra.

 


 

Cherry Blossom Festival marks centennial of Japanese-U.S. ties

The University will celebrate the Ohanami, or Cherry Blossom Festival, again this year, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday (April 21) in 101 Olscamp Hall. Guests can try Japanese calligraphy, origami and traditional games, and enjoy performances of taiko drums, koto music and martial arts, along with sushi and Japanese refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

On hand will be the Consulate General of Japan from Detroit, along with BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey.

It’s been 100 years since first lady Helen Taft accepted a gift of cherry blossom trees from Japan as a token of friendship in thanks for President Taft’s support during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. Three of BGSU’s 50 trees are direct descendants of the famous Washington, D.C., trees. The campus’s other 50 Yoshino cherry blossom trees were donated by BGSU alumni residing in Japan.

The festival is sponsored by the BGSU Japanese Club and the Asian Studies Program, with support from the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the city of Bowling Green. For more information, contact Akiko Jones at 2-7136 or jakiko@bgsu.edu.

 


 

Colloquium to examine ‘Brain, Mind and Spirit’

The J.P. Scott Center Brain Awareness Colloquium will feature three leading researchers on “Brain, Mind, and Spirit” whose work transcends the boundaries between the biological, introspective and spiritual domains. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the event will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. April 24 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

The free, 40-minute talks begin at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Greg Quirk, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Puerto Rico, will discuss “Controlling Fear and Taming Your Amygdala.” His talk will cover how people can harness their cortex to control their amygdala and thus suppress their learned fears, as shown by recent research.

Dr. Jean Kristeller, a professor of psychology and director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality at Indiana State University, will give a talk on “Mindfulness: Connecting with Your Higher Wisdom.” Through examples of her work with mindful eating and the value of cultivating inner wisdom through contemplative practice, Kristeller will discuss how the cortex can learn to not only manage fears and cravings but also develop more profound capacities.

The final speaker, Dr. Ken Pargament, a professor in the BGSU Department of Psychology, will present “Struggling with the Sacred: An Overlooked Side of Spirituality.” Pargament will discuss his research indicating that not all spiritual expressions are healthy and that some actually are sources of distress, and raise questions about whether a troubled spirituality can be identified in the brain.

The event closes with a panel discussion and a question-and answer session from 8:30-9 p.m.

The colloquium is supported by the J.P. Scott Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior Fund.

 

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