Global Connections January 2007


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Day One--Monday, 01/08/07

Erin Ganju: Room to Read
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Amanda Jones: Potentia
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Shalini Nataraj: Global Fund for Women
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Suzie Muwanga: Makerere Univesity, Uganda

Movie--"Sparrow Village"


The thoughts of Mrs. McKee's advisory room at the end of Day One:

Erin Ganju was really great. She gave an optimistic, yet informative talk about girl's education.

Though this week's global focus is very helpful and informative, many of the presentations talk about problems halfway around the world. The United States has its own set of problems that we need to deal with. In addition to the global focus, we should also look at local issues.

The information we were given during the presentations today was very interesting and made us realize the depth of the problem, but it seemed a bit too sugar-coated to really drive the point home. Ms. Muwanga seemed to be the realist of the group, pointing out that the problems are much more complex than we were told.

While I've found many of the talks very intersting and informative, I feel that by spending so much time focusing on "global" issues as opposed to more local issues / those within our own country, we are labeling such problems as somehow unimportant. Since it is also a part of the globe, I think that focusing somewhat on the United States during Global Week is okay too!

Amanda Jones was effective but glitzy.

I'm glad the women each took a slightly different approach, but all focused on how important it is to attend to the needs of girls and young women.


Day Two--Tuesday, 01/09/07

Jean Francois Rischard: author of High Noon
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The thoughts of Mrs. McKee's advisory room at the end of Day Two:

Jean-Francois Rischard gave a really interesting perspective and radical view of the world and how we can solve our current problems. I only hope that policy makers and those in charge can listen to people like Mr. Rischard to solve global problems.

Mr. Rischard's slide-lecture in the morning was excellent; he laid out only a few of his 20 problems, ones that students could identify with and understand. I liked that he emphasized and explained the fisheries crisis as this one seemed the most straightforward and least complicated. His Q&A with the seniors was also interesting, and he commented on the sophisticated level of the students' questions. In our advisory reflection, we agreed that he "raised the bar" considerably in comparison with Monday's presenters, but that it was a good thing.

I enjoyed the movie we watched, "Nobelity". I very much liked hearing the arguments, opinions, and ideas of Nobel Prize winners, and understanding their concerns. I valued their solutions and liked to get experts' opinions on global issues. I thought the variety of the tone of the Prize winners who were interviewed was interesting, especially the technicality of the Chemistry Prize winner and the basic common sense of Desmond Tutu. The pace of the film was good and I would have liked to have seen more of the sections and get a more comprehensive sense of the solutions offered.


Day Three--Wednesday, 01/10/07
China Blitz

Gail Hershatter

Megan McCormick: Globe Trekker

Jonathan Lewis: China from the Inside
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"Panama Palindrome"

Professor Hershatter's remarks were interesting because her information came out of personal experience.

Although her delivery was professorial, her information was interesting.

Megan McCormick's video was animated and adventureous; fun to watch. She was a little annoying. She exemplified what not to do when one is traveling and I felt embarrassed for her. I found much of her behavior inappropriate and would have much preferred to have seen what she saw and experienced without her commentary. The content of the film was good and gave an insightful view of China, Megan, however, was rather distracting. However, everyone was really "into it." The movie was a nice break from the lectures.

Jonathan Lewis's lecture, in conjunction with his movie clips, was helpful in making China more real and believable.
His presentation, personal stories, and way of expressing himself were very effective.
He was my favorite.
He did a really good job of answering questions.
The movie clips illustrated some of the points that Professor Hershatter mentioned in her lecture.

Day Four--January 11, 2007
India Extravaganza

Mr. Mehta--"The Foot Factory"

Globe Trekker--Southern India/Justine Shapiro

Breakout Discussions

Mr. Mehta was hard to understand, but everything he had to was really interesting.
His philosophy was inspiring--his compassion was awesome.
The simplicity of his message was almost impossible to grasp--especially the part about
enhancing people's dignity. We need more people like Mr. Mehta--his presence, manner,
everything about him was inspirational.
It was interesting that RR and car accidents were the most common causes of amputation.
I didn't know that polio victims lost their limbs. His movie was kind of hard to follow. It would
be cool to volunteer at the Foot Factory in Jaipur.

The AP Bio and Human Phys classes--he went into more detail about how he got involved.
He has no medical background. He hooked up with medical college in Jaipur. His main role
models were Albert Schweitzer and Mother Theresa. When she died, he went to her
gravesite to sit at the foot of her grave to honor her.

Globe Trekker--bah! It was horrible.
Justine interviewed too many Brits; what's up with the tree hut!
On the basis of her movie, who would want to go there?
We were disappointed in her portrayal of southern India.

I feel that on India Day, we didn't get as thorough a picture of India as we did of China.
We needed a speaker on India who did more of what the China speakers did--more of
the big picture, more about what daily life was like.
Maybe pick a better movie. e.g. the Sparrow Village movie told a lot about China.
Save Globe Trekkers for Middle School.

April Fishes was great (Mr. Capron, fix the mike!!)
Rupa was amazing and the guys were totally cute
(the trumpeter reminded me of Mr. Frazier!)

Day Five--Friday, January 12, 2007
Alumnae Interaction



The Chinese acrobats
April Fishes--very impressive that Rupa could pursue her musical career and be in one of the top Bay Area med schools!
And she's married already.
Chinese Orchestra

Also the Alumnae Panel on the last day
It was cool to hear all of the things they have done and are doing.
Hopeful that we (normal people) could make a difference, take action.

Jonathan Lewis' remarks and and movie presentation were excellent;
in fact more accessible than what was on TV
"The People and the Party" was kind of boring

Jean Francois Reishard was the best speaker!
He was too abstract.
He was more descriptive or the problems than realistic in probem-solving.
I wish he had more concrete solutions.

Mr Mehta was inspiring

Let's not have so much sitting in Chapel.
But don't solve the sitting problem by lame activities.
Let's have more of a local focus--The Americas
This topic got 100% support in McKee Advisory
We don't know anything about Latin America or Canada (or even about our own problems)
Mixed reaction on last year's activities
Another day with the alum discussions so more people could attend/hear their experiences
Drop Globe Trekker--movies are good but not Globe Trekker

The study/travel abroad option