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SMSU news for Oct. 20

October 20, 2010
Marshall Independent

Ransom to talk on Thailand Red Shirt Protests Thursday

Southwest Minnesota State University alumna Lakeesha Ransom will give a talk, "Red Shirt Protests, Thailand 2010" from noon-1 p.m. Thursday in Social Science 230.

Earlier this year, Ransom, a 1995 graduate, was a visiting professor at Assumption University in Thailand, the first international university in that country. She witnessed firsthand the violent civil unrest there, which was marked by protesting citizens wearing red shirts.

The event is sponsored by the SMSU Campus Greens, the History Department, the Political Science Association, the Women's Studies Program, the History Club and the Business and Public Affairs Department.

Ransom's talk is free and open to the public.

Curtler book published in Korean

Retired SMSU Philosophy Professor Hugh Curtler has had his book, "Ethical Argument: Critical Thinking in Ethics," published in Korean.

Oxford Press recently released the textbook, first published by Paragon House in 1993.

American Indian artists to show work

American Indian artists will be featured in a November exhibit titled "Native Reflections" at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The exhibit will run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 29 at the William Whipple Gallery, located in the SMSU Library. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

An artist's reception will be form 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Whipple Gallery, where some of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work.

The exhibit was inspired to highlight primarily Minnesota artists that not only make their own art, but teach and inspire other American Indians to explore their own creativity. The exhibit is an opportunity to learn more about American Indian culture through visual imagery that tells the stories of the artists' families and life experiences.

The exhibit will include paintings, sculpture, baskets, dolls, fiber art, photographs and prints.

Artists include: Dean Blue, Dakota; Donald Cain, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Jason Clark, Algonquin; Becky Cree, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Jim Denomie, Ojibwe; Clyde Estey, Ojibwe; Karen Goulet, Ojibwe/Metis; Darla Kier, Ojibwe; Paula Littlewolf, Ojibwe/Metis; Arion Poitra, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Salish/Kootenai; Shelia Sears, Mohawk; John Sterner, Lakota; Gwen Westerman, Dakota; Marla Yellowbird, Ojibwe; and Laura Youngbird, Ojibwe.

For further information, call 507-537-6858.

SMSU to host delegation of Thailand Ph.D. students

A delegation of Thailand Ph.D. students will be hosted by Southwest Minnesota State University starting Monday as part of a three-week educational visit to Southwest Minnesota.

Nine will take one graduate-level course in education at SMSU and work with area high school administrators as part of their doctoral program at Rajabhat University in Udon Thani, Thailand. They will be accompanied by two advisers.

This marks the third year that Rajabhat University students have visited SMSU. SMSU Counseling and Testing Services Director Bob Larsen visited Thailand three years ago and talked with officials there, which led to this collaborative venture.

The students will also travel to several regional locations during their stay, including the Pipestone and Worthington areas. They hope to see snow, said Larsen.

Some SMSU faculty and staff, along with community members, will host students and advisors in their homes for five days. They will live in the SMSU residence halls the rest of their stay at SMSU.

The welcoming ceremony will be at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the lower level of the Conference Center. The closing ceremony will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Conference Center.

For more information, call 507-537-7150.

SMO to present 200th birthdays of Chopin, Schumann

The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra will present a concert, "SMO Celebrates the 200th Birthdays of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31,. in the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts, located at Marshall High School.

SMO will perform several pieces by Shumann and Chopin. The event will also feature 2010 Young Artist World Piano Festival prizewinner and Minneapolis high school student Kenneth Broberg.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $9 for adults and $6 for students and children.

For more information, call 507-537-7139.



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