On Campus Programs
Presentations on Global Issues
The Jordan Institute organizes and produces lectures, panel discussions, and entertainment programs each year for the Texas A&M University community. Each one focuses on an issue of international significance. Examples of recent past programs include:
Made in America: an International Experience
On March 27th, 2018, the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, in partnership with MSC OPAS, Muslim Student Association, and International Student Association, held an outstanding program- Made in America: An International Experience. The program featured comedy sets by popular comedians Hasan Minhaj, Azhar Usman, and Mo Amer. Following the sets, the comedians participated in a Q&A session, and interacted with the audience. Minhaj stated, “The audience was really receptive, I think they had a really good time.” Check out more about the program in this article by The Battalion.
Understanding Humanitarian Diplomacy
On November 2nd, 2017, in partnership with Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Policy, the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute proudly brought Understanding Humanitarian Diplomacy: A Case Study in Latin America to campus! With the guidance of some remarkable individuals, attendees received untapped access to what it means to be a humanitarian, and how to navigate the world through diplomacy. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer, the former U.S. Ambassador to Chile and current Deputy Commandant in the National Defense University, and Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School and Former Administrator of USAID, held discussion to enlighten attendees through their experiences overseas and explain how people can get involved in the humanitarian effort. Oni K. Blair ’02 was the moderator for this program. Mrs. Blair has focused her career on promoting human rights and economic opportunity in the United States and abroad.
Russian Film Festival
In the fall of 2016 we played Save My Speech Forever, a film about 20th Century Russian poet Osip Madelshtam. The film’s Director of Photography was present to discuss the movie and the message it carried. Over 200 people attended the event and we thank the Department of International Studies, Film Studies, and the Houston Russian Cultural Center for their help.
This is an orchestra about a young gay student, Matthew Shepard. In October of 1998, he was kidnapped, severely beaten and tied to a fence. Matthew was found by a fellow student who had at first thought him to be a scarecrow. He died five days later. This Orchestra is in remembrance of the irreprehensible atrocity that took place. For the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson created his first concert-length work. Considering conspirare.
The performance was at Rudder Theatre on January 29th and 30th, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Composed and conducted by Craig Hella Johnson. The performance was inspired by the legacy of Matthew Shepard and featured a post discussion panel about the music and the LGBTQ experience at Texas A&M University. Tickets were purchased at the MSC Box Office. Students got tickets for free at the box office using their school ID.
These are the events the Jordan Institute helps co-ordinate and participates in yearly:
- Brazos Valley Worldfest
- Fellows Banquet: The annual recognition of our new Fellows class and a celebration of past research.
- Russian Film Festival
Culture, Art, and Dancing Lessons
Every fall, we help to put on Latin Dance Night with MSC CAMAC. This event includes the history of various Latin American dances, demonstrations, and a chance for you to practice!
Here are more past events we have held over the years!
Please see our calendar for up-to-the-minute activities!