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The aim of the Country Study program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a wide-ranging look at a specific country or region under study from its earliest history right up to current events. It is our belief that in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures, one needs to employ a broad lens and engage the "other" on a myriad of levels. The program allows faculty and student participants, and community guests to break down stereotypes and connect across cultures. The Year of Country Study program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide our audiences with a richer, more complex sense of place and community.

Year of Romania Lecture Series (2010-2011) Kennesaw State University

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The aim of the Country Study program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a wide-ranging look at a specific country or region under study from its earliest history right up to current events. It is our belief that in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures, one needs to employ a broad lens and engage the "other" on a myriad of levels. The program allows faculty and student participants, and community guests to break down stereotypes and connect across cultures. The Year of Country Study program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide our audiences with a richer, more complex sense of place and community.

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    Romania - From The Crossroads of Empires to Globalized World

    Romania - From The Crossroads of Empires to Globalized World

    The opening lecture “Romania: From the Crossroads of Empires to the Globalized World” is a general introduction to the Romanian “Other”, based on a critique of its construction within the framework of the West-East dichotomy. Romania is presented as a country on and of the border, a contact zone, whose unique features have been generated by its location at the crossroads of empires – Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian and Soviet - between West and East, the Latin and the Slavic worlds, the Catholic-Protestant and the Orthodox Churches and between South-Eastern and Central-European countries. The last part of the lecture addresses the impact Romania’s newly acquired memberships in NATO and the EU has had on the general American perception of Romania and relates the significance of the KSU Year of Romania Program to the current celebration of 130 years of United States-Romanian diplomatic relations and of 50 years of Fulbright educational exchanges in Romania.

    • 1 hr
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    Mapping Orality and Literacy: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Modern Fiction

    Mapping Orality and Literacy: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Modern Fiction

    Ileana Orlich, Professor of Romanian Studies and Comparative Literature, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University discusses "Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Modern Fiction"

    • 1 hr 4 min
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    Romanian Public Administration: From Communism to Democracy

    Romanian Public Administration: From Communism to Democracy

    Lucica Matei, Dean, Faculty of Public Administration, National School of Political Studies & Public Administration, Romania discusses the modern political history of Romania (starting in the 18th century) and how Romania’s political landscape has drastically changed throughout history, from constitutional monarchy to communism to democracy. Dean Matei also discusses the different constitutions throughout Romania’s modern political history.

    • 1 hr
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    From Orphans to Citizens: The State of the Romanian Child Protection System Twenty Years On

    From Orphans to Citizens: The State of the Romanian Child Protection System Twenty Years On

    Marian Negoita talks about the views of the “West” from the perspective of Romania. Romania tries to keep its own identity by protecting how they live their life and how they wish to handle situations. He goes on later to discuss the children in Romania and the state of the underprivileged children growing up and what Romania tries to do to help.

    • 1 hr 15 min
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    Romania's Famous Painted Monasteries: History, Art and the Christian Orthodox Religion

    Romania's Famous Painted Monasteries: History, Art and the Christian Orthodox Religion

    Father Nicolae Clempus explains how Romanian monasteries are infused with the history of the country's culture. The Painted Monasteries are in the art and architectural triumphs of Romania. He discusses the history of the arts and architectures and how they need to be preserved in order to understand Romania's history.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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