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Vietnam to be featured in ?Global Connections? talk

Curious about Vietnam?s Ha Long Bay, or the 900-year-old Temple of Literature with its giant stone turtles and lotus beds?


photo of bay with boat to the right
Vietnam?s Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will be discussed during professor Elba Serrano?s ?Global Connections? talk. (Photo courtesy of Elba Serrano)
photo of lotus beds at the Temple of Literature in Vietnam
The Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam, will be a topic of discussion during professor Elba Serrano?s ?Global Connections? presentation Nov. 11. Last summer, Serrano traveled as a member of the Vietnam Education Foundation to meet with faculty and graduate students in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo courtesy of Elba Serrano)

Elba Serrano, professor of biology at New Mexico State University, will discuss these topics and more as part of her ?Global Connections? talk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium.

Last summer, Serrano traveled as a member of the Vietnam Education Foundation to meet with faculty and graduate students in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

?I was impressed with the hospitality, the beauty of the landscape and the tremendous drive of the people to work hard and improve their lives through higher education,? Serrano said.

The presentation, titled ?Vietnam, Rising Star of Southeast Asia,? will engage the audience in a discussion of the similarities between New Mexico and Vietnam, and opportunities for research and educational collaboration with Vietnamese colleagues. Photographs of sights in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Ho Chi Minh City will highlight life in modern Vietnam.

The purpose of the ?Global Connections? series is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experience they might otherwise never encounter.

?I think travel allows us to find the common ground shared by all humanity ? to experience diverse art, music, food, language and social practices,? Serrano said. ?Most of all, travel challenges us to reflect and better understand our own culture, beliefs and communities.?

Future lectures include: Brian Rourke, who will discuss Russia on Feb. 10; Jeremy Klomp, who will give a talk about Taiwan on March 9; and Motoko Furuhashi, who will close the series with a lecture on Japan on April 13.

All ?Global Connections? events are free and open to the public.