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Tip Sheet for the week of: March 16, 2009

RELEASED: March 16, 2009

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The 21st annual Senior Americans' Day program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Davies Center. The theme this year is "All Aboard for a Positively Ageless Adventure." Keynote speaker Jean M. Jirovec will open the event with an address titled "The Autumn of Life." Jirovec, an energetic presenter with 30 years of experience in the mental health field, currently works at the Callier Clinic LTD in Eau Claire. Participants can visit the exhibit halls and choose from more than 40 workshops on a variety of topics including computers, healthcare, nature, spirituality, history, genealogy, books, dance and exercise. For more information, call 715-836-3636.

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Dr. Tarique Niazi, a visiting assistant professor of sociology, was recently invited to speak at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., about the geopolitics of South Asia, especially geopolitical relations between China, India and Pakistan. He spoke on the same subject to key Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill. This was for the first time a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty made an invited presentation at the Woodrow Wilson International Center or on Capitol Hill. Dr. Niazis presentation was sponsored by the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, the Division of International Security Studies and the Asia Program of the Wilson Center. In his presentation, Dr. Niazi highlighted the growing economic relations between China and India, China and Pakistan, and India and Pakistan. He noted that while trade relations between China and India were growing, their investment in each others countries did not reflect the corresponding trends in their two-way trade. Chinas investment in Pakistan is several times the size of its investment in India. Dr. Niazi, an environmental sociologist, addressed the ecological dynamics of competition between China, India and Pakistan over the global commons, such as the Sea Lines of Communications in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Strait of Hurmoz, the Strait of Malacca, and the Indian Ocean. He noted that the United States and Britain favored open access to the commons. And nations in the Indian Ocean region such as Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore oppose regional hegemony over the Indian Ocean and shipping lines, which they want to be accessible to all seafaring nations. Dr. Niazi forecast that Chinas "East Look" policy on trade and investment in energy resources would make the global commons more contested. Both presentations were attended by Washington-based diplomats, government officials, key Congressional staffers, journalists, scholars and students from the Washington, D.C., area. Dr. Niazi has extensively written on Sino-Indian, Sino-Pakistani, and Sino-South Asian relations. His works have been cited, published and reproduced in the worlds major publications including Janes Defense Weekly, Observer, London, Guardian, London, Toronto Star, U.S. Congressional Reports, China Brief, The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Globalist, Global Politician, International Security Network and Foreign Policy in Focus. To discuss his recent presentations, contact Dr. Niazi at 715-836-3168 or niazit@uwec.edu.

Calendar Note

UW-Eau Claire students are on Spring Break March 16-20.
Administrative offices are open during regular business hours. Classes will resume Monday, March 23.

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