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Cultural Landscapes and Critical Possibilities: Perspectives on the Local & Global

The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies
February 13-15, 2015
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
“The critical point is that both sides of the coin of global cultural process today are products of the infinitely varied mutual contest of sameness and difference on a stage characterized by radical disjunctures between different sorts of global flows and the uncertain landscapes created in and through these disjunctures” – Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”
Inspired by activism which is both powered by and influences new uses of technology, this year’s Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies seeks to engage discussions on the linkages between the local and global, as well as material and digital spaces. Recent scholarship that examines how social relationships, experiences and innovations exist in a complex global system provides models for critical interventions into the power structures that order these connected spaces. Analyses of these networks elucidate the tensions that build and re-order the dynamics of global production, migration and ideology. With these emerging social modalities in mind, this year’s Ray Browne Conference draws from Arjun Appadurai’s innovative scholarship on global cultural flows to create a diverse dialogue centered on formations of the spatial, temporal and digital realms that pervade our everyday lives.


Kids' Tech U is for students ages 9-12 who are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will learn from scientists who work in these fields, and participate in hands-on activities that let them explore scientific concepts.

Spring Sessions

  • Feb. 7 - Dr. Peg Yacobucci, a BGSU associate professor of geology, will lead an interactive session titled "How Do Fossils Reveal Our Planet's Past, Present, and Future?"
  • Feb. 14 - Dr. Karen Lynn Snover-Clift, director of the Cornell University Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, associate director of Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NEPDN), and national quality manager of the network, will share "A Mighty Oak Tree Is Killed in the Forest; DNA Can Tell Us Who Did It."
  • March 28 - Dr. Andrew Torelli, a BGSU assistant professor of chemistry, will answer "What's the Best Way to Grow Crystals?"
  • April 11 - Dr. John McDowell, a Virginia Tech professor of plant pathology, will discuss "Why Are the Foods that You Love the Most in Danger from Rusts, Blights, Molds and Mildews?"

Kids' Tech U Sign-up Information

  • For students who live within a one-hour driving distance of BGSU.
  • $80 registration fee to participate; scholarships are available
  • Includes lunch card and a KTU T-shirt
  • Students work with undergraduate and graduate students, professors and STEM leaders from community organizations and local industries.

Online registration is now open and will be limited to 150 children.