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August 19, 2011

Henna Party–Ladies Only!

September 27, 2011
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How interesting, following our class discussion of tattoos:

HENNA PARTYFriday, Sept. 30

Hey Ladies! Come to the International House for Henna Night!  Henna is a non-permanent dye used to draw designs on skin. It is used in many Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and Southern Asian cultures and is very beautiful.  Tea, snacks, and everything for Henna will be provided, so just show up! You’ll leave with a beautiful memento on your skin, and great new friends.  A “Chick Flick” (girl type) Movie to follow the henna-painting!  LADIES ONLY J  6pm-10pm at International House.  Free!

Small Group Discussion Questions–Bullying, Child Abuse and Social Systems

September 22, 2011
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Small Group Discussion 4

Bullying, Child Abuse and Social Systems for the Protection of Children

  • Is bullying an issue in your culture?
  • What types of bullying seem to occur in your observation? What kind of student or child seemed to attract bullying from other people?
  • Did you observe bullying when you were younger, in your school or your home town? At what age did bullying seem to stop, or did it continue clear through high school?
  • What have been some of the effects of bullying that you’ve observed? What has it done to people’s lives?
  • Do you think there is more bullying now, or do you just think we are paying more attention to it?
  • Do you think there should be punishments for bullying?
  • Where you’re from, who is responsible for a student misbehaving at school—the parents, the teachers, or the child himself?
  • Is corporal punishment allowed where you went to school? Is corporal punishment commonly practiced at home?
  • Are there many suicides among young people in your culture? If so, are they the result of bullying? Of stress over school-related issues?
  • In your culture, are there laws against beating children? What constitutes “child abuse” in your culture? How are people punished for abusing children? What happens to children whose parents have been convicted of child abuse—is there a system of foster homes to take them in?

    Small Group Discussion 4

    Bullying, Child Abuse and Social Systems for the Protection of Children

    • Is bullying an issue in your culture?
    • What types of bullying seem to occur in your observation? What kind of student or child seemed to attract bullying from other people?
    • Did you observe bullying when you were younger, in your school or your home town? At what age did bullying seem to stop, or did it continue clear through high school?
    • What have been some of the effects of bullying that you’ve observed? What has it done to people’s lives?
    • Do you think there is more bullying now, or do you just think we are paying more attention to it?
    • Do you think there should be punishments for bullying?
    • Where you’re from, who is responsible for a student misbehaving at school—the parents, the teachers, or the child himself?
    • Is corporal punishment allowed where you went to school? Is corporal punishment commonly practiced at home?
    • Are there many suicides among young people in your culture? If so, are they the result of bullying? Of stress over school-related issues?
    • In your culture, are there laws against beating children? What constitutes “child abuse” in your culture? How are people punished for abusing children? What happens to children whose parents have been convicted of child abuse—is there a system of foster homes to take them in?

Small Group Discussion 3 Questions

September 14, 2011
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Attitudes toward Disclosure and Approaches to Knowing

A word to add to your intellectual vocabulary: epistemology—the theory of how knowledge is acquired (the way people come to know things).

  • If you are angry at a friend, do you tell him or her? Can your friend tell by looking at you that you are mad at him? Can you tell when someone is mad at you?
  • If you become angry at your parents, how do you handle it?
  • If you have a disagreement with someone, is it difficult for you to say “I’m sorry; I was wrong”?
  • If you are in a relationship, do you easily discuss your feelings with your partner? Women, do you think men have more difficulty than you in discussing feelings? Men, do you think women want to talk about feelings too much?
  • Have you ever been in a public situation (on a bus, standing in line to buy tickets, etc.) when someone you didn’t know started talking to you? Did the conversation become “too” personal?
  • Must you have physical evidence (i.e., you have to be able to smell it, see it, feel it, taste it, hear it, etc.) of something in order to believe in it or think that it is a fact, or real? (This question could lead to a discussion of religion or faith if you were interested.)
  • Which do you think is more natural to you: memorizing facts well, or being able to “think critically” about a situation and come to an understanding through your own analysis and opinion? (This question could lead to a discussion that compares different school systems if you were interested.)

Small Group Discussion 2 Questions

September 14, 2011
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  • If you’re assigned a project for a class where you have to do some research and then write a paper, how do you approach the work? Do you start far ahead of time? Make a list? Make an outline? Do you like to do research? Do you like to research topics alone, or with a friend?
  • If you’re working with a group on a class project, do you like to lead or follow? Is it important for you to know your group members? Would you rather just focus on the assignment and not make small talk? Do you get frustrated with the group process? Do you worry about your grade when you are assigned to a group project? Do you think group projects are a “fair” assignment as a way for a professor to judge what kind of student you are?
  • Are you a planner or a procrastinator?
  • Do you understand the difference between “majority rule” and “consensus?” If no one in your group can explain the difference, come ask me (Mary).
  • Do you like to make your own decisions about your life? Did your family help you to decide which college to attend (or whether or not to study abroad?) If you’re trying to make a decision, do you like to consult with your family? With friends? Or no one?
  • Let’s say that you have a class with 20 other students. The teacher discovers that one of you has stolen a copy of a test. This student may have given copies of the test to some of the other students; maybe he or she didn’t. The teacher comes to class and asks the “test thief” to confess. No one comes forward. Then the teacher says “unless someone confesses to stealing this test from my file cabinet sometime in the next 48 hours, you will all fail.” How will you as a student handle this situation?

Small Group Discussion 1 Questions

September 14, 2011
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  • If a teacher disagreed with your comment in class, and made a statement in front of your classmates that “you are wrong,” and you knew you were right about it, how would you handle it?
  •  If two of your friends have a disagreement, would you become involved to try to be a peace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               maker, or would you “take sides” if one of them were clearly wrong? Would you become involved?
  • How do you handle situations where you disagree with friends?
  • If you’re a foreign student, what is your opinion of the way American students behave in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            classrooms? (how they sit, how they address their teachers, their classroom behavior in general)
  • Do you like to argue? Are there certain topics you enjoy arguing about?
  • Are you from a culture that teases people? What does teasing mean in your culture? (i.e., if you tease someone, is it to shame them; initiate them; include them; show affection….)
  • If someone interrupts you while you are speaking, what is your reaction?
  • Have you noticed that some other cultures seem to be louder than your own? Quieter? Ruder? Politer?

Learn about Civic Opportunities

September 6, 2011
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Learn
about civic opportunities at volunteer fair

UM’s Office for Civic
Engagement will hold the annual Fall Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7, in the UC Atrium.

 

Students and community members
can learn about numerous volunteer opportunities available around Missoula from
representatives of more than 20 nonprofit organizations at the fair. The event
is free and open to the public.

 

The Office for Civic Engagement is a department
of the Davidson Honors College. It serves as the University’s primary agent of
community activism and civic responsibility.

Learn
about civic opportunities at volunteer fair

UM’s Office for Civic
Engagement will hold the annual Fall Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6-7, in the UC Atrium.

 

Students and community members
can learn about numerous volunteer opportunities available around Missoula from
representatives of more than 20 nonprofit organizations at the fair. The event
is free and open to the public.

 

The Office for Civic Engagement is a department
of the Davidson Honors College. It serves as the University’s primary agent of
community activism and civic responsibility.

Lectures to Commemorate Anniversary of 9/11

September 3, 2011
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The World Affairs Council of Montana will sponsor two lectures at The University of Montana to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Retired U.S. Ambassador Philip Wilcox will present the first lecture, “Re-examining Terrorism in the Middle East: The View From Washington,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the University Center Ballroom. Wilcox now serves as the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

In addition to the lecture, the Council in the Classroom program will sponsor a presentation by Wilcox at Hellgate High School, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss terrorism issues.

UM Regents Professor of History Paul Lauren will give a lecture titled “9/11 Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the UC Ballroom.

The lectures, part of the council’s Distinguished Speakers Program, are open to the public. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for students and members of the World Affairs Council of Montana.

The World Affairs Council of Montana is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by former U.S. Ambassador Mark Johnson that is dedicated to engaging Montanans in discussions on timely global issues. The council recently celebrated 10 years of connecting Montana classrooms and communities with international resources and has organized or sponsored more than 200 programs and events, including the Distinguished Speaker Program, Global Education Initiatives and Council in the Classroom workshops. For more information visit http://www.montanaworldaffairs.org.

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