5th Annual Patrick O’Meara International Lecture U.S.-China: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, September 16, 4 p.m.
Whittenberger Auditorium
Indiana Memorial Union
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The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture  by The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
The Lecturer
Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world, including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to China.

Twice elected as Utah’s governor, Jon Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America and the best state in which to do business.

He currently serves as the chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-founder and honorary co-chair of No Labels, as well as serving on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Lecture
Patrick O’Meara has been Indiana University’s ambassador to the world. As a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Director of the African Studies Program, Dean of International Programs, and IU’s first Vice President for International Affairs, O’Meara has greatly expanded the range and depth of international activities at IU. The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture celebrates O’Meara’s service to IU and continues his legacy of enriching IU’s international engagement by bringing international thinkers and scholars of note to the campus.

This event is free and open to the public.
No RSVP or tickets are required.

Live-streamed and archived video of the event will be available at https://broadcast.iu.edu/.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at ovpia@iu.edu.

Exhibit exposes stereotypical portrayals of Arabs, Muslims in U.S.

A traveling exhibition exposing stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture will be displayed Feb. 26 to March 21 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“A Is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture” will be at the Multicultural Success Center in Joseph T. Taylor Hall, 815 W. Michigan St. The exhibit’s opening reception takes place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the center.

“IUPUI is a university promoting diversity and moving toward internationalization of its campus. Putting this vision in action, the Office of International Affairs is organizing a series of events to promote understanding of the Arabs and their cultures over three weeks,” said Amira Mashhour, a lecturer, director of the Arabic program at IUPUI and a primary organizer of the event. “‘A Is for Arab’ will be the inaugural event for these events. It will be a visual action to eradicate prejudices and address some questionable issues related to Arab culture.”

Sandra Lemons, who also is a primary event organizer, said, “The goal of this program is to raise awareness of Arab culture and society on campus and in the surrounding community. Most importantly, we want to break down harmful stereotypes that Arab people in our community deal with on a daily basis.” Lemons is associate director for student services in the Office of International Affairs.

For a full listing of other events, visit the International Affairs website.

“A Is for Arab” features photographs of objects and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and it documents U.S. popular culture representations of Arabs and Muslims from the early 20th century to the present. The exhibit provides historical context about these images, which include film stills and comic books.