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MU Theater and Presentation Stuff: February 8, 2012

Killer Apps and the War on Terror at MU

Dr. Harry J. Brown of De Pauw University, will give the lecture “Killer Apps: Videogames and the War on Terror” on Thursday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Brown teaches American literature and culture. His recent book, Videogames and Education (2008), models critical thinking about videogames as a new art form and a new kind of public speech, and proposes ways that educators can use videogames as a new kind tool for thinking critically about the larger world.

Dr. Brown explains that videogames have become a window through which we see modern war. Since the Gulf War, new military technology, specifically smart bombs and gun cameras, have influenced game design and the representation of war in digital media.Conscientiously designed and critiqued, they can teach us to see the world differently and to understand global conflict from new perspectives. If they can train us to become detached from others and to kill, then they can also train us to empathize with others and to connect with them.

Brown says teachers should not miss the potential for videogames to shape young peoples’ thinking about gravely important issues like democracy, violence, and war. But as critical thinker we should resist uncritical, emotional responses that propaganda compels, subjecting these games to the rhetorical analysis of what they say and what they do not.

The presentation is sponsored by the Monmouth University’s Distinguished Speakers Series.



Series Highlights Muslim Cultures with a Special Focus on Women

Monmouth University is pleased to announce the 2012 Provost’s Film Series. Free of charge and open to the Monmouth University community and general public, the series goes on a journey into Muslim cultures, with a special focus on women. The series is organized by the Provost’s Office and the Office for Global Initiatives.


Made in Pakistan (Not Rated) Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 7:30 pm, Pollak Theatre

An insider's look into "The Most Dangerous Country in the World" as labeled by a cover story in Newsweek on October 29, 2007. The documentary follows the lives of four Pakistani individuals who defy this prevailing stereotype of the country by the very choices they have made in their lives. They are working professionals—two women entrepreneurs, a politician, and a lawyer. These four individuals represent a multifaceted Pakistan—a country where politics, religion, debate, tradition, and fashion intermingle—where one definition of an Islamic State no longer holds true. Panelists: Nasir Khan, film director and Mohammed Sheikh, graduate student, Monmouth University

Rachida (Not Rated) Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:30 pm, Pollak Theatre

A look at terrorism in Algeria in the 1990s through the eyes of Rachida, a teacher in one of the school districts. The film digs into the life of a woman in the Sunni Muslim patriarchal culture and the day-to-day living with anxiety and fear as bands of guerrilla thugs roam the streets. Panelists: Dr. Nancy Mezey, director, Institute for Global Understanding and Dr. Saliba Sarsar, professor ofpolitical science, Monmouth University

Under the Bombs (Not Rated) Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm, Pollak Theatre

In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son. Panelists: Dr. Azzam Elayan, lecturer in chemistry, Monmouth University and Dr. Saliba Sarsar, professor of political science, Monmouth University

Plot summaries are based on the IMDb web site.

The film series complements the CARAVANSERAI initiative undertaken at Monmouth University during 2011-2012 to introduce American audiences to artists and films from the Muslim world. For more information, visit www.monmouth.edu/arts. Media contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507



Professors Will Be Guest Lecturers at Ranney’s Upper School’s Ethics Symposium

West Long Branch, NJ (February 6, 2012) Monmouth University's Honors School is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Ranney School on its Upper School’s Ethics Symposium. Administrators and professors from Monmouth University will present lectures on such topics as ethics in business, science and politics at the Ranney School.

“We are always looking for ways to connect with our neighbors in Monmouth County,” said Head of School Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D. “Our sophomores will now have a unique opportunity to learn the value of ethics from guest lecturers at a college-level.”

Throughout the Upper School’s six-week symposium, students will experience and witness ethical case studies, historical texts, and professional insights that will teach them to research, discuss, listen, debate, collaborate, reflect, write and express their own ethical viewpoints. “Discussing ethics and asking questions about proper and improper judgment speaks to the very core of our democracy and to democratic theory in general,” said Dr. Kevin Dooley, Dean of Monmouth University’s Honors School, at the first event held on January 26, 2012.

This joint venture will feature Monmouth University specialists leading discussions in the Theories and Foundations of Ethics, Bio-Ethics, Ethics in Politics and more.

The future Ethics Symposium lectures will include:

  • February 24 — Dr. Michelle Skiba, Ethics and Business.
  • March 21 — Dr. Joseph Patten, Ethics and Politics, featuring the Monmouth University debate team, “Ethical and Effective on Capitol Hill are Mutually Exclusive: A Debate.”
  • May 2 — Dr. Michael Palladino, Ethics and Scientific Research/Bio-Ethics.
  • May 22 — “The Emperor’s Club” film, discussion and workshop.
  • May 28 — Wrap-up Event featuring Dr. Kevin Dooley and student-led discussions of speakers, readings, essays and postings. Main theme: “Practicing the good!”

For more information,

visit http://www.ranneyschool.org/podium/default.aspx?t=204&nid=611689&bl=/default.aspx




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