Missouri State University

Public Affairs Week Schedule

Public Affairs Week will be held September 16-20, 2013. This year's schedule of events will be updated as more information becomes available.

All week

 All day

Global Sustainability Campaign

The Missouri State community will be encouraged to participate in sustainable lifestyle practices through information posted around campus. The campaign aims to help students understand the way in which their actions affect the global community. 

Throughout campus

Voter Registration Drive

Tents throughout campus will offer students the opportunity to register to vote or change their voter registration address to Missouri. In addition, information will be available voting, ballot issues and candidates running for office.

Outside Siceluff Hall, Craig Hall and Meyer Library

Sunday, Sept. 15

 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Free Film Screening of Chahinaz: What Rights for Women?

As part of Missouri State's Public Affairs Week, Ozarks Public Broadcasting presents a free film screening of Chahinaz: What Rights for Women?, a film about a 20-year-old Algerian student with mixed feelings about the Western world's values, but admiration for the freedom Westrn women enjoy.  Through her curiosity and voyage of self-discovery, Chahinaz begins to wonder what life is like for women in other Muslim countries and around the world and why things are slow to change in Algeria. 

 Moxie Cinema

431 S. Jefferson Ave. #108, Springfield, MO 65806

(in the Wilhoit Plaza)

Tuesday, Sept. 17

3 p.m.

Gideon v. Wainwright: Legal Issues and the Right to Counsel - a Global Perspective

Sponsored by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

David R. Mercer is currently the First Assistant Federal Defender for the Western District of Missouri.  He graduated from Drury University in 1984 with degrees in Biology and Philosophy. 

After living in New Zealand for 4 months in 1986, he earned both a Masters Degree in Education from Drury University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. In law school, David was a published member of the Missouri Law Review and a member of the Order of the Barristers.

In the 1990s, David worked for Food for the Hungry as a journalist reporting on poverty, hunger and development in the Third World, spending time in Bolivia, Rwanda, Goma, Zaire, Uganda and Kenya. 

PSU Theater
5 p.m.

Cultural Awareness Table

Chartwells is sponsoring a Cultural Awareness table in the dining center that discusses cuisine of other cultures while giving out that cultural region's food.

Blair Shannon Dining Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 18

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beyond Springfield: Global Impact Fair

The Beyond Springfield: Global Impact Fair will provide students the opportunity to meet and learn about businesses and organizations in Springfield that participate in social entrepreneurship.

PSU Atrium
7 p.m.

Seeing Afghanistan Through a Colorful Lens – presented by Zohra Zori

We're sorry, but this event has been canceled due to a death in the speaker's family.  We are trying to reschedule this speaker during the Public Affairs Conference as we know many were interested in her story.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Zohra Zori, a native of Afghanistan, will offer a 'colorful' view into Afghanistan's past, present and future. The session will paint an optimistic, but also realistic, picture of what the future can look like given Afghanistan's past, and why it's so important for global citizens to understand the people of Afghanistan and the rich history of the country in order to support its evolution into the next decade. Zori, president of Global Management Challenge USA, will share her personal story - how she and her family escaped Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, walked for 12 days to Pakistan, sought refuge in America, and rebuilt their lives completely.

PSU Theater

Thursday, Sept. 19


5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hunger Banquet

The Hunger Banquet will offer students an interactive opportunity to learn about global hunger by engaging in a simulation that divides participants into social classes and provides a meal similar to what people of their social class eat daily around the world.

PSU Grand Ballroom