IView Speaker Series Presentations Scheduled

Two presentations remain for the iView Speaker Series this spring.

Regina Ranney, diversity program coordinator in the NDSU Equity and Diversity Center, will present “10 Days and the Rest of Life: Blessings to and from Guatemala,” on Thursday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Priairie room.

Ranney will reflect on her experiences as an interpreter for the 2012 Medical-Dental Mission to Guatemala, led by the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota.

The annual mission facilitates five days of clinics at various sites near Xela, Guatemala, in partnership with San Marcos Episcopal Church. This year, 925 patients were seen by a team of 26 volunteers from the United States and Canada. For the last three years, the trip has been an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Rotation option for NDSU College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences.

Christopher Whitsel, assistant professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will present “De-Modernization? The Case of Girls’ Education in Tajikistan” on Thursday, April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Priairie room.

Whitsel will discuss how sociologists have long been interested in the connection between modernization, industrialization and social changes. For many years, scholars of inequality have been debating the Modernization Hypothesis, which states that as countries industrialize inequality decreases. The collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago threw many of the poorest republics into a state of disorder. In Tajikistan economic output dropped, school enrollment declined, and the country experienced a civil war. The results have had lasting effects on education, especially girls’ education.

World iView is a Speaker Series sponsored by the NDSU Office of International Programs. Topics with an international focus are presented to the NDSU and Fargo-Moorhead community. Speakers include faculty and staff who share their experiences on a range of global themes.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.