Title: TGSC commentaries
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Creator: Transnational and Global Studies Center, University of Florida
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Summer 2005
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TGSC Commentaries
interpretations / illustrations / experiences

Vanishing Heritage:
The ethnic minorities of China, Bolivia and Thailand
By John Kaplan
Professor, College of Journalism and Communications

During this past year, my research project
Volume 2, Issue 1 on indigenous cultures in danger of
extinction due to the rapid industrialization
and globalization of world cultures expanded
to document the plight of Hill Tribe peoples
in Northern Thailand.
I believe that it is of significant importance
to document the traditions of indigenous
INSIDE: cultures that are rapidly fading throughout
the world. As a documentary photographer, it
is my goal to document such traditions
FACULTY FORUM before they disappear. In Thailand, the Akha
minority group is now in the process of losing
2005 International- its cultural identity. As electricity comes to
izing the Curriculum 2 each village, in turn, its inhabitants begin to
Award Winners realize the homogenized and idealized life
portrayed on satellite television. The young
Global Research 2 often choose to leave the simple village life
Initiatives Update behind, in search of work and the other lures
of city life.
COMMUNITY Previous fieldwork had taken me to China
OUTREACH and Bolivia. Thanks to help from the
Transnational and Global Studies Center, the
Global Education Vanishing Heritage project may expand in the
Workshops for 3 future to document the plight of minority
K-12 Teachers groups in Laos, including the Hmong and
Akha peoples, where per capital income is
Short Course on less than $400 annually and the literacy rate
Natural Resources 3 in remote areas is only 20%.
for Senior Citizens The new Thailand work has been exhibited
by the EBS television network, the Korean
International equivalent of our PBS, and was also
Speakers' Bureau exhibited as the major portion of my recent
solo retrospective exhibition in Lima, Peru at
the Instituto Cultural Peruano
UPCOMING EVENTS 4 Norteamericano (ICPNA). Works from the
project had earlier been also been shown in
group exhibitions at museums and galleries
STAFF in nine countries. Recent publications
included a just published article featuring my

Thailand photography in the Chinese
magazine, Vision. Works from the project
have also been published in the magazine,
Photo World. Recent presentations related
to the project include a lecture at the World
Press Freedom Day Symposium held at the
National Press Club in Washington entitled
International Journalism: What's Our

Chicken Man
In Northern Thailand, Apiang Bianglae, 48, stops to happily show
off a plump chicken that will become his family's lunch.
During my 2004 visit to Thailand,
collaborative research efforts included the
development of relationships with Thailand's
Chiang Mai University, and the Thai NGO,
Development Agriculture and Education
Project for the Akha (DAPA). Both
organizations were instrumental in
facilitating new research there. A local expert
on indigenous peoples in Thailand, Dr. Lamar
Robert, generously agreed to accompany me
in the field. In the future, I hope that he and
Chiang Mai University may become ideal
international partners for a future goal of
creating a new university-wide course in
Humanitarian Assistance Coverage.
Professor Kaplan is a TGSC Faculty
Research Award recipient.

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Professors Receive 2005 Internationalizing the Curriculum
Awards for Global Studies

As part of the continuing effort to meet the
University of Florida's strategic goal of
internationalizing the campus and curriculum,
Research and Graduate Programs (RGP), UF
International Center (UFIC) and Transnational and
Global Studies Center (TGSC) granted 18 awards to
faculty for proposals that add international
components to an existing course or create new
courses with substantial international content. The
awards are granted annually. Awards were given in
four categories: global studies, international,
research and study abroad.
The TGSC granted two awards of $3000 for
courses dealing with global studies that will be
taught in the 2005-2006 academic year.
Congratulations to this year's Internationalizing the
Curriculum Awards recipients, Dr. Victoria Rovine
from the School of Art and Art History and Center for
African Studies and Dr. Michael S. Gorham from the
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.
Dr. Rovine will design a new course entitled African
Visual Cultures: Local and Global. The course
will offer students an opportunity to address how

objects function in a wide array of contexts, exploring
their forms and meanings as they appear in in
religious and political ceremonies, art and natural
history museums, local and international markets,
and in a variety of mass media. The course will
examine how objects contain diverse meanings and
symbolize personal, ethnic and national identities.
Dr. Gorham will transform the Russia Today course
into a multimedia and cross-cultural exploration of
Russian culture from 1985 to the present day. The
course will give students a comprehensive
introduction to the various traditional and newly
emerging institutions, practices, behaviors, beliefs,
attitudes and symbols that shape everyday life and
thought in late- and post-Soviet Russia.
Additionally, Dr. Mark Thurner, History, received a
$1000 travel award to further develop two short
study abroad courses in Peru and Mexico.
For a complete listing of the 2005
Internationalizing the Curriculum Awards granted by
RGP, UFIC and TGSC, please visit

Global Research Initiatives:

In 2004, TGSC granted four Faculty Research Awards to outstanding faculty who promote internationaliza-
tion in their research and curriculum. The three-year awards are being used to host seminars, speakers, lit-
erature review, travel, and collaborative activities.

Dr. Berta Hernandez, UF Levin College of Law,
is continuing her work on global governance and
women's rights in the south and is planning to
offer a small conference on women's rights in
the Americas in Spring 2006.
Dr. Aida Hozic, Assistant Professor in the
Department of Political Science, started her seminar
series on informal transitional economies in Fall
2004 and continued the series during the spring
semester. This series will culminate in a book and a
final conference in Spring 2006.
Topics and speakers included in Dr. Hozic's
seminar class include: "Saudis in Europe:
Wahhabism in the Balkans" by Isa Blumi; "Building
Democracy After Dictatorship: Lessons from Post

Faculty Research Award Recipients

Dr. Berta Hernandez, Law
Dr. Aida Hozic, Political Science
Prof. John Kaplan, Journalism
Dr. Michael Leslie, Journalism

Communist Eurasia" by Valerie Bunce;
"Globalization, Competition, and Convergence:
Shipping and the Race to the Middle" by Elizabeth
De Sombre ; "How the Contemporary World-System
Limits Revolutionary Outcomes: An Extreme Example
of Chechnya" by Georgi Derluguian; "Shifting the
Scale of Contention: From the Local to the Global
and Back Again" by Sidney Tarrow; and "The
'EU'niqueness of Turkey: On the Long Road to
Membership" by Mine Eder.
Professor John Kaplan traveled to China last
summer to continue his work with refugee and
migrant communities.
Dr. Michael Leslie, College of Journalism and
Communications, has continued his research on
intercultural communications and is planning a
videoconference with European, South African, and
Brazilian colleagues. He has also, with TGSC
support, begun developing a wide-ranging program
in intercultural communications to serve staff,
faculty, students and the community.

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Global Education Workshop Series for K-12 Teachers
"International Experience Without Leaving Alachua County"



S TGSC conducted a series of workshops for K-12
teachers in collaboration with the Center for
European Studies and the School Board of Alachua
County. The six workshops on Migration and
Refugees, International Food, Global Connections,
Global Trade, Religious Icons and Symbols and
Cross-Cultural Communication, were attended by a
cohort of 18 teachers.

For more information on the K-12 workshops, please
contact Nikki Kernaghan, Outreach Coordinator at
(352) 392-8203 or email nikkik@ufic.ufl.edu.

Dr. Susan Cooksey, curator of African Art at the Samuel P. Harn Museum,
lectures on "A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal" during the Religious
Icons and Symbols Workshop.

TGSC Sponsors Short Course for Senior Citizens:
Natural Resources in a Global World

TGSC collaborated with the Institute for Learning e World Food Security in the 20th and 21st
in Retirement (ILR) to offer a series of seminars on Centuries by Dr. Abraham Goldman, Department of
Natural Resources in a Global World. Each seminar Geography
was attended by at least 35 senior citizens. The five- 0 Applications of Climate Forecast for Improved
lecture series, which took place in March and April, Management of Agricultural and Water Resources
included the following presentations: by Dr. Keith T. Ingram, Coordinator, Southeast
" The World Water Vision by Dr. Joseph Delfino, Climate Consortium, Agricultural and Biological
Depa rtment of Environmental Engineering Engineering
Sciences e Land use, Transportation and the Implications for
" Globalization and Infrastructure by Dr. Sanford Global Climate Change by Dr. Ruth L. Steiner,
Berg, Director of Water Studies, Public Utility Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
Research Center and Department of Economics

International Student Speakers' Bureau

The International Students Speakers Bureau
(ISSB) continues to be hugely popular with local
school teachers and school children. International
graduate students visit area schools and speak
about their home countries and cultures. During the
2004-2005 academic year, the ISSB visited twenty-
four schools in the Gainesville area with an
estimated audience of over 2,000 school children.
The current roster of speakers for the ISSB contains
70 speakers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,
Colombia, England, Eritrea, France, Germany,
Greece, Israel, India, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Kenya, ISS`B Speaker Ellie Kang from South Korea with second grade students
Morocco, N\etherlands, N~igeria, Pakistan, the at Gainesville Country Day School.
Philppies, ortgal Romnia Seegal Spin, For more information on ISSB, please contact Leslie
South Korea, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and Owna(3239704oemi wnufcfld.
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Upcoming Events

Summer Language Teacher Workshop
July 18-29, 2005

The Summer 2005 Language Teacher Workshop is de-
signed for middle school and high school language teachers
who would like to cultivate new ideas for creating more
exciting and interactive classroom environment for their
students. For two weeks, participants will enjoy morning
sessions from 9am to 12pm on various topics related to
applied linguistics. Afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm
will be held in a computer lab and will introduce ideas for
using technology as a vehicle to maximize language input in
the classroom. Topics will be presented in a comfortable,
interactive environment to stimulate discussion of new

The Language Teacher Workshop is a collaboration of the
following academic departments and centers at the Univer-
sity of Florida:
* Center for European Studies
* Transnational and Global Studies Center
* International Center
* Department of English
* Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies
* Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

For more information, please contact Nikki Kernaghan at
(352) 392-8203 or email nikkik@ufic.ufl.edu.

About TGSC

The Transnational and Global Studies Center (TGSC),
housed within the UF International Center, is a Title VI v
National Resource Center funded in part by the U.S. De-
partment of Education. The TGSC is part of a consortium:
the Florida Network for Global Studies (FNGS). FNGS
members include Florida International University (FIU), the
University of South Florida (USF), the University of Central
Florida (UCF) and Florida A&M University (FAMU). TGSC
and the consortium, FNGS, promote and coordinate inter-
disciplinary research, instruction and outreach related to
transnational and global issues. U)

Like all Title VI centers, TGSC focuses on language, area (
studies, and teacher training to foster interest and skills in
international education. The current themes of the center
are identity, diaspora, and migration; global governance
and human security; and science, technology and commu-
nications. Please visit our website.

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Outreach Coordinator

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Business Manager
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Program Assistant
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