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Upcoming Fall 2014 Events


10/1 – 10/31

Exhibit: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Blagg Huey Library, First Floor. Curated by the TWU Woman’s Collection Staff, this colorful display features an elaborate altar celebrating Day of the Dead and All Soul’s Day. The campus community is invited to honor family and friends who have passed with photographs, notes, and letters. Among the items on exhibit include photographs and artifacts from the Woman’s Collection.

10/1 – 10/31

Exhibit: History of the Berlin Wall. Blagg Huey Library, Second Floor. On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall”, or “antifascist bulwark”, between East and West Berlin. The official purpose of the wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass defections from East to West. The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall. Some crossed freely into West Berlin while others brought hammers and picks and started chipping away at the wall.  Following the historic event that brought down one of “the most enduring and powerful symbols of the Cold War” (, two pieces of the Berlin Wall are housed in the University Archives at Texas Woman’s University.  

On January 15, 2012, both pieces were given to Dr. Alfred Litton and the TWU Honors Scholar Program from Chris Morrison On April 26, 2013, during the annual Honors Banquet held on the Denton campus, these historic artifacts were presented to Chancellor and President, Dr. Ann Stuart who accepted them on behalf of the University Archives. Both pieces came from the part of the wall called The Eastside Gallery where artists and others wrote and painted about the oppression they experienced in East Germany and their hopes for a better and brighter future.

A permanent exhibit open to the public is located in the Woman’s Collection on the second floor in the Blagg Huey Library.

10/1 – 10/31

Exhibit: Global Connections Through Dress. Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. Fashion and Textiles will display global dress from two different countries during the month of September. Each Monday, a display giving information about the apparel production and traditional dress worn within a specific country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge.  More information about TWU’s Fashion & Textiles programs and faculty, and TWU fashion design and merchandising majors can be found at the TWU Fashion Department's website.

Specific dates for each country that will be featured during October and November are:

  • China: Oct 6 – Oct 10
  • Morocco: Oct 13 – 17
  • South Korea: Oct 20 – 24
  • South Africa: Oct 27 – 31
  • Brazil: Nov 3 - 7
  • Spain: Nov 10 – 14
  • Japan: Nov 17 – 21
  • Italy: Nov 24 - 28


Performance: Dance: Hubbard Hall 10:00 a.m. TWU International Dance Company performance during Family Weekend. More information on the TWU International Dance Company can be found here.


Performance: Music: TWU Wind Symphony and Jazz Band Concert. 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. The TWU Wind Symphony will present the Texas premiere of Connacht Rhapsody by David Holsinger; this new composition celebrates the Connacht province of Ireland and was commissioned in part by the TWU Wind Symphony. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and under are free.


Performance: Music: TWU Choir Concert with special guest the Chamber Mixed Choir from Guyer High School. 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. The TWU choirs will sing a tapestry of pieces from home and from abroad. Highlights include Eric Whitacre’s Water Night on a translated text by Mexican poet Octavio Paz, J’entend le Moulin by Canadian composer Donald Patriquin, and Gamelan by Murray Shafer which mimics the traditional Balinese instrument of the same name. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and under are free.


Presentation: Lecture: Amidst a Rough Neighborhood: Stable Jordon Making a case for increased FDI. 11:00 – 12:30, ACT-301. Dr. Gilbert Werema, Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Management, will discuss how the government of Jordan is trying to improve the economic well-being of its people by reforming the economy and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) inflows, and how these efforts, although showing promise, have been frustrated by the spillover effects of the internal conflicts in the neighboring states of Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Jordan has one of the smallest economies in the Middle East. For example, in 2013 the gross domestic product (GDP) of Jordan was estimated to be $34.08 billion as compared to Saudi Arabia at $745,272 billion,  Lebanon $44.358 billion, and  Iraq $222,879 billion. The Gross Domestic Product per capita in Jordan was recorded at $2855.14 US dollars in the same year, making it one of the smallest in the Middle East. The Jordanian economy is characterized by insufficient supplies of water, oil, and other natural resources. The economy also faces challenges such as high rates of poverty, unemployment, inflation, and a large budget deficit. These challenges have led the government to heavily rely on foreign assistance.  To alleviate these problems, since 1999 Jordan has embarked on economic reforms such as liberalization of foreign trade, privatization of state-owned companies, and elimination of fuel subsidies which has led to economic growth by attracting foreign direct investment and creating jobs. Regional turmoil, however, and to some extent the global economic slowdown, have depressed Jordan's GDP growth in the recent years, impacting export-oriented sectors, construction, and tourism. For example, due the Syrian civil war, by end 2013 Jordan had received an influx of 1.3 million Syrian refugees (one fifth of Jordan’s population). These Syrian refugees are in addition to 1.9 million Palestinian refugees and 20,000 Iraqi refugees that already reside in Jordan. The refugees have continued to put strain on the Jordanian economy even as the economic reforms have begun to show promise. This leads to the question: How does a country that is trying to do the right thing develop in a ‘bad’ neighborhood?

The topic focuses on a group project by School of Management students. Join Dr. Werema as he discusses and presents views on this current global issue.


Presentation: Film Screening and Discussion: CFO 202, 5:30-8:00 p.m.  “Good Bye Lenin” is a 2003 German comedy-drama, directed by Wolfgang Becker. a devoted son attempts to conceal the fall of the GDR from his socialist mother, who has recently recovered from a coma. Alex (Daniel Bruhl) and his friends develop an elaborate scheme to recreate the family’s East Berlin apartment as it was prior to reunification. This film contains adult content and may not be suitable for children. In German language with English subtitles. This event is hosted by TWU’s Department of History and Government (Dr. Jonathan Olsen, professor and chair) in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

Event Schedule:

  • 5:00 p.m. pizza (first-come; first-served)
  • 5:30 welcome and introductory remarks Dr. Olsen
  • 5:45 film starts
  • 7:45 Q&A – discussion
  • 8:00 adjourn


Presentation: Panel Discussion: Hubbard Hall, SE Dining Room, 1:00-2:20 p.m. “The Fall of the Berlin Wall After a Quarter-Century: What it Means and Why it Still Matters.” The TWU Department of History and Government (with Professor and Chair, Dr. Jonathan Olsen) hosts a panel discussion examining the long-term significance of German reunification, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.This event is free of charge. 

Additional Berlin Wall Resources (.pdf)

More information about the panel members:

Dr. Barbara Donovan, Dupont Guerry Chair of History and Economics, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair, and International Relations Program Chair, Wesleyan College (GA) Barbara Donovan is Professor of Political Science at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia where she teaches comparative and international politics, with a focus on Germany and Europe.

Dr. John Ishiyama, University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, The University of North Texas; lead editor of “The American Political Science Review” John Ishiyama is University Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the American Political Science Review and Director of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program in Conflict Management and Peace Science at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Eric Langenbacher , Director of the Senior Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University; editor of the journal “German Politics and Society” Eric Langenbacher is Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University.

Dr. Jonathan Olsen Professor and Chair, Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University Jonathan Olsen is Professor of Government and Chair of the Department of History and Government at Texas Woman's University.

Dr. Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies, Colby College  Professor Yoder holds a joint appointment with the Department of Government and the Global Studies Program at Colby and teaches courses on European politics and societies.


Event: Taste Fest, Old Main 2nd floor lobby adjacent to Social Work Offices and TWU Food Pantry, 12:00 – 1:00.  The event is hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Work (Dr. Celia Lo, Professor and Chair).  Join this sampling of international foods prepared by faculty and students in the department.  There is no charge for the sample tastings; contributions to the TWU Food Pantry are most welcome.  For a list of accepted items, please visit:


Event: Poster Session: ACT 2nd floor lobby, 1:00-2:30 p.m. focusing on psychological aspects of powerful Global Issues.  Students will present their research topics and be available to discuss the significance of their findings. This event will be hosted by TWU's Department of Psychology and Philosophy with Dr. Shannon Scott, professor.


Presentation: Film Screening and panel discussion: Student Union 207, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Screening of Peace Corps Documentary “Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience” (producer Allen Mondell).  This event is hosted by TWU’s Center for Student Development (Michelle Behm, Volunteer Services Coordinator).  Join Volunteer Services and Global Connections for a free screening of the documentary Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience. The film weaves personal letters, journals, emails, and blogs of volunteers written while volunteers were serving overseas with the stories of four returned volunteers whose experiences shaped the rest of their lives. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the film, the value of volunteering-both in developing countries and here in the United States, and ways to get involved through volunteer opportunities that TWU offers. This event is free and will include food and beverages for those in attendance.


Previous Fall 2014 Events



Event: Hispanic Heritage Month Pachanga. Student Union Underground, 4:30 – 7:00 pm.
To help kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, join the Office of Intercultural Services and Food Services for Pachanga! In Spanish, Pachanga means party. We welcome TWU faculty, staff and students to join us in the Student Union Underground to enjoy Latin style dishes provided by Aramark, a DJ playing great Latin music and indulge in the opportunity to make your own piñata. Pachanga is co-sponsored by the TWU Office of Intercultural Services and Dining & ID Services. The door price for dinner and Pachanga is $8.66. For more information contact Office of Intercultural Services at 940-898-3634.


Information: United National International Day of Peace. On September 21 of each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

9/23 - 9/30

Exhibit: Global Connections Through Dress. Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. Fashion and Textiles will display global dress from two different countries during the month of September. Each Monday, a display giving information about the apparel production and traditional dress worn within a specific country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge. Specific dates for each country that will be featured during September are as follows:

  • India: Sep 22 – Sep 26
  • Mexico: Sep 29 – Oct 3

Past Event Calendars

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