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October 31, 2013


Wallach looks at heavy metal in Indonesia

Heavy metal fans can learn about "Heavy Metal Democracy in Indonesia" during a talk by Dr. Jeremy Wallach, popular culture, from 1-2 p.m. today (Oct. 31) in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Wallach is the author of "Heavy Metal Rules the Globe" and was an organizer of last year's international conference on heavy metal at BGSU. His talk is part of the Asian Studies Program Fall Forum.

Celebrate global cultures at International DinnerĀ 

The World Student Association International Dinner on Sunday (Nov. 3) will kick off International Education Week (Nov. 10-17). Open to University and Bowling Green community members, the evening includes a buffet dinner, multicultural music and exhibitions and a fashion show. President Mary Ellen Mazey will give the opening remarks.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the event, which is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Tickets are $15.

Contact Kobe Huynh at 937-474-7092 or to purchase tickets or for more information.

Palestinian farmer to speak on bridging differences

"Love" and "understanding" are not terms often heard in conjunction with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but students and the community will hear next Monday from one who is working toward those ends.

Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in 223 Olscamp Hall. Sponsored by the International Relations Organization student group, his talk is free and open to the public.

Nassar's family works its 100-acre farm and orchard just outside the town of Bethlehem and tries to get along with the Israelis, despite settler violence, the border fence and other struggles. It is on his farm that the family members strive to maintain a haven of peace and brother/sisterhood through activities at Tent of Nations, a dynamic peace and local education center established by the Nassar family in 2000. International visitors, including many Israelis, join together to plant trees, harvest olives and fruit, teach at the Women's Education Center, lead activities in youth summer camps, and come together in solidarity and shared goals in the pursuit of a just peace through non-violent activities.

In the last seven years, Nassar has traveled to the U.S. on 13 occasions and spoken at nearly 300 sites in over 50 cities and towns, in 130 churches 78 colleges and universities and at 18 conferences. This year's tour theme is "Building Bridges of Love and Understanding."

"He is an engaging speaker, and his message is unique," said Dr. Marc Simon, political science and adviser to the International Relations Organization.

For more information, call Simon at 419-372-7386 or email

Design Epilogue Room at Union Art Gallery

Epilogues, or summarizing commentaries, happen in many forms on the BGSU campus: from simple interaction between students, faculty and staff, through dialogues between colleagues, friends and guests, said Andreas Luescher, architecture and environmental design. He has mounted an exhibit called "Design Epilogue Room" at the Union art gallery, which is open through Nov. 5.

This room-sized installation represents an alternative approach to the traditional understanding of a conclusion, using the idea of a visual summary functioning as a design epilogue. It focuses on aspects such as creativity, collaboration, capturing emotions, and learning to challenge the traditional modes of design thinking. All viewers become involved as observers to gain insight into the soul of the design studio - the core hands-on experience in the architectural setting. Something special happens in the studio environment due to the unique group dynamics.

This installation tries to capture the generally unrecognized aspect of a studio experience that stitches together the most salient elements of the individual design projects into one coherent narrative. "Design Epilogue" attempts to borrow something from each project that can be used to create something new like this installation. The aspirations for this exhibition were many, key among them: summarize the group experience arising from individual projects, encourage collaborative learning, and de-emphasize the technical process of project execution. The design epilogue room offers a snapshot or even a time-lapse view of the interactive environment of a studio.


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