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Women protesting for peace in Liberia
Protests by Liberian women played a critical role in securing an agreement during stalled peace talks in 2002.

Film Screening

An award-winning film about how Liberian women came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country will be shown from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Erdahl-Cloyd Theatre in the D.H. Hill Library. In 2002, thousands of Liberian women came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war.

The screening and panel discussion of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the United Nations Development Fund for Women. For more information, contact Sheila Smith McKoy at ssmckoy@unity.ncsu.edu.

Iftar Dinner

Members of the Islam and Dialogue Student Association invite faculty, staff and students to an Iftar dinner on Monday, Sept. 14, as they break their dawn-to-dusk fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Turkish/Middle Eastern halal food will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone Room. As a part of its mission, IDSA hopes this Ramadan dinner will support and advance harmony and cooperation among members of all faith traditions and ethnic groups.

African American Student, Faculty and Staff Reception

Meet student leaders, preview upcoming events and enjoy live performances during the African American Student, Faculty and Staff Reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Washington Sankofa Room of the African American Cultural Center. The program includes an introduction of student leaders, special guest performance by Relative-T., a showcase performance by Uninhibited Praise and a fashion show and spoken word selection by the African Student Union. The event is sponsored by the African American Cultural Center, African American Faculty/Staff Organization, UAB Black Students’ Board and Black Alumni Association.

Andromeda galaxy
Open house visitors can catch a glimpse of the Andromeda galaxy, along with other stellar attractions.

Stargazing at Astronomy Open House

See Jupiter and the Andromeda galaxy during the fall astronomy open house beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Reedy Creek Observatory.

The evening’s fun includes stargazing, constellation finding, telescope viewing of deep sky objects and refreshments. School-age children and their families are encouraged to attend. Astronomy experts from the physics department will be on hand to answer your questions about the night sky, stars, planets, galaxies and anything else related to astronomy. Just look for one of the volunteers wearing lighted glow-sticks around their necks. Signing up in advance is appreciated but not required. RSVP to Brian Williams at bjwilli2@ncsu.edu.

For directions, instructions, parking information and tips on what to expect, visit http://astro.physics.ncsu.edu/Astro/openhouse/

International Affairs Seminar Series

The Globalization Strategies and International Services series continues with dual presentations from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in the Talley Student Center, Room 3118. Dr. Prema Arasu, associate vice provost with the Office of International Affiars, will speak about the global health initiative at NC State. David Dixon, program coordinator with the Office of International Affairs, will discuss the university’s process for developing an international memorandum of understanding.

The monthly seminars highlight international programs and services for students, staff, faculty and the communities they serve. The presentations include time for participant questions.

Evolution of the Conflict in Iraq

Hear a military expert’s perspective on how the conflict in Iraq evolved from 2003 to 2009. On Monday, Sept. 21, Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of concept development and experimentation at the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Fort Monroe, Va., will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Stewart Theatre.

From 2005 to 2006, McMaster commanded the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment during its deployment to Iraq. His counterinsurgency strategy to retake the Iraqi city of Tal Afar served as a model for future Army operations. After a stint at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, he was assigned to develop innovative strategies and tactics for the Army Capabilities Integration Center. He commanded Eagle Troop, Second Squadron, of the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq from 1990 to 1991. In 1992, he began graduate studies in military history. He is the author of the 1998 book Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.

His talk is sponsored by NC State’s School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Wachovia Executive Lecture Series

Students, faculty, staff and business leaders interested in hearing insights from corporate executives can attend an event featuring Susan Ivey, president of Reynolds American, from 4:30 to 5:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in 3400 Nelson Hall. The event is part of the Wachovia Executive Lecture Series, developed for students in the College of Management, the greater university community and members of the business community. Admission is free and no registration is required. Parking is available in the Dan Allen Parking Deck.

Computer Security Day

Cybersecurity is a concern for computer users, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) wants you to build a strong defense against security threats. Faculty, staff and students are invited to OIT’s third annual Computer Security Day: Cybersecurity Self-Defense from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in the Talley Student Center. The event provides insight into the privacy and security issues surrounding electronically stored sensitive information and offers ways to keep your computer and data safe.

An internationally celebrated event, Computer Security Day is designed to raise awareness and promote best practices in information technology security. During this event, there will be general and technical discussions about social networking, current privacy issues in legislation, Web application security, antivirus protection, disk encryption, mobile device security, tools for desktop security, identity theft prevention, identity management, access control and more. For information about this event, visit the Computer Security Day 2009 Web site.

Sullivan Drive Closure

Sullivan Drive is closed from the motor pool entrance west to Gorman Street for road repair work. No parking is affected. The motor pool area may still be accessed from Sullivan Drive traveling west from Dan Allen Drive. Administrative Services I, II and III may exit via eastbound Sullivan Drive, Varsity Drive or Wolf Village Way to Gorman Street.

Wolfline buses are affected and will be rerouted. No bus stops on Sullivan Drive or Dan Allen Drive will be served, affecting routes 2, 5 and 7. Administrative complex riders should catch the bus at the West Lot/Varsity Drive stop or the Wolf Village stop. West Lot riders should catch the bus at the stop at West Lot/Varsity Drive. Route 5 (Varsity) will serve Varsity Lot and E.S. King Village at Jackson and Ligon streets and be rerouted via Gorman Street to Hillsborough Street with no service to Sullivan Drive or Dan Allen Drive. For current information, check TVS at http://ncsu.transloc.com.

Transportation-related questions?  Contact Ryan Givens at ryan_givens@ncsu.edu or 515-1610 or 515-3424. Wolfline questions? Contact Kim Paylor at kim_paylor@ncsu.edu or 513-7400.

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