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An eventful time

Barry McNamara
02/09/2011
Monmouth College will host an International Luncheon talk, its Great Decisions series and an archaeology lecture on Feb. 16-17.

Psychology majors Kim Morris of Gurnee and Becca Rottmann of New Lenox and biopsychology major Matt Jefferson of Andalusia will discuss their 22-day research project in Singapore and Malaysia at the International Lucnheon on Feb. 16 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Titled “Psychology in Southeast Asia: A Unique Approach to Mental Health,” the students’ talk will discuss how the residents of a very contemporary, highly industrialized city and a progressing, Muslim city, honor their history and traditions in their approaches to physical and mental health. They will share their experiences with traditional Chinese medicine, their rounds at a psychiatric hospital, a shaman channeling a 3-year-old god and other spicy adventures.

A buffet lunch, featuring international foods, is available. A meal ticket may be purchased for $7.25 in the food service office in Stockdale Center. Lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling 309-457-2149, but anyone may attend the presentation without obligation to purchase the meal.

Later that day, at 7:30 p.m., political science professor Farhat Haq will introduce the topic “Germany Ascendant” at the Great Decisions program in the Tartan Room of the Stockdale Center.

Germany has emerged from both the financial crisis and the eurozone crisis as the dominant economic and political power in Europe, in particular setting the tone for dealings with Russia, Eastern Europe and Iran. How important is it for U.S. interests to enhance relations with Germany, and how should the U.S. react when German and U.S. interests fail to align?

Following Hat’s opening remarks, there will be approximately one hour of group discussion.

On Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Michael Wiant, director of the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, will present an archaeology lecture. Titled “Native American Life in Illinois during the Woodland Period: A Time of Dramatic Change,” the free talk will be held in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall. It is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and is part of a yearlong celebration of western Illinois archaeology.

“The Woodland Period (circa 2,500 to 1,000 years ago) was a time of dramatic change in technology, economy and religion – in a sense, a renaissance of Native American culture,” said Wiant. “Among the hallmarks of Woodland culture are substantial advancements in both the technical an aesthetic characteristics of pottery making; the acquisition of distant resources; and the development of elaborate funeral customs that suggest a more complex society.”