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Africa's First Failed Asylum Seeker? Dugmore Boetie's Abortive Apartheid Exile. November 7, 2017, 5PM

Dr. Benjamin Lawrance, Profesor of History at the University of Arizona, presents a case stufy of Dugmore Boetie, a South African who wrote of life under Apartheid. More »

Visions of Development: The Inaugural Tobias Center Conference. November 10-11, 2017

Visions of Development will gather scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and NGOs in the School of Global and International Studies auditorium for two days of focused discussion and critical reflection on policy and research related to international development. More »

Dark Beyond Darkness: The Cuban Missile Crisis as History, Warning, and Catalyst. Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00-8:15pm
@ GISB Auditorium

This month marks the 55th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon. James Blight and janet Lang, among the world’s foremost authorities on this crisis, will present an evening lecture on their upcoming book, Darkness Beyond Darkness: The Cuban Missile Crisis as History, Warning, and Catalyst. This is the first book to take readers deeply inside the experience and calculations of Fidel Castro, who was willing to martyr Cuba if his new Russian ally would nuke the U.S. and destroy it.

Blight and Lang will discuss the lessons of this hauntingly evocative historical episode for our times. Blight and Lang are the authors of six previous books on the Cuban missile crisis. They have been on the faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Brown University, and currently teach at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. This talk is sponsored by the departments of History and International Studies, the School of Global and International Studies, and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

Undergraduate Capstone Symposium: April 21st

International Studies students will present their research at the Department of International Studies Capstone Symposium in the Global and International Studies Building at 5:00PM on Monday, April 24th. A reception for students, their mentors and the general public will be held during the poster presentation in the first floor lounge.

IU Students Attend Global Commons’ Transnational Conference on Nationalist Politics

On March 22, IU Bloomington joined campuses in France and Canada for an International Global Commons conference hosted by Hart House, the Munk School for Global Affairs, and the University of Toronto Centre for International Experience.

Students from all three countries came together (digitally) in the Great Hall at Hart House to discuss the rise of populist and nativist movements around the world. The goal of this event was to engage students in a truly transnational conversation, expanding their understanding of the world, and identifying opportunities to effect meaningful change. The event was moderated by CBC News host, Natasha Fatah.

Participants were joined by Doug Saunders from The Globe and Mail, whose opening remarks offered economic, demographic, and political theories on the rise of new nationalism. Respondents included IU’s own Professor Stephen Macekura, whose presentation considered how the American nativist platform in particular has used and misused history.

Students were then given a chance to respond to the conference’s overarching questions, including how we ought to define new nationalism, why it’s taking hold at this particular historical moment, what drives nationalist movements, and how we might respond together, regardless of national borders. IU students Dana Vanderburgh and Kieran Hatton offered prepared remarks, to which students in Paris and Canada were invited to respond. Also in attendance from IU were Sabrina Tish, Olivia Houston, Katelyn Testerman, Trevor Owens, and Victoria Barnard.

At the end of the group discussion, students were asked to transform their talk into action, brainstorming practical responses and actionable items to foster social change on their respective campuses. The live Twitter feed for this event is accessible via #HHGlobalCommons.

Prof. Sarah Bauerle Danzman Discusses the Future of the American Dream in The Washington Post

Professor Sarah Bauerle Danzman has a provocative new think-piece in The Washington Post: “Robots aren’t killing the American Dream. Neither is trade. This is the problem.” Bauerle Danzman and her co-author, Jeff Colgan, take issue with the widespread belief that automation, globalization, and liberalized international trade are hurting U.S. manufacturing. To find out what they conclude, click here!

Bauerle Danzman is currently teaching Global Development (I-203), as well as the International Studies Capstone and Honors Capstone Seminars (INTL-I 400 and 406). She is also working on a book manuscript that considers the conditions under which domestic firms will support policies of openness toward foreign direct investment.

Talk on March 9 by Shruti Rana, Second International Careers Fellow

The second International Careers Fellow of Spring 2017 is Professor Shruti Rana, SGIS Professor of Practice.

Professor Rana specializes in international law and human rights. She has a background working with the United Nations on the monitoring of compliance with treaty agreements. She has also worked on projects involving corporate social responsibility, technology policy, and law reform in the areas of corporate law and gender equity.

Professor Rana will be giving a presentation to graduate students on Thursday March 9 at 11:00am in GA 1031. The talk is titled, “Current Topics in Gender and International Security.” She is also scheduled to visit the following classes:

March 6: INTL-I204 Human Rights and International Law (instructor: Nicole Kousaleos)

March 7 & 9: ASCS-Q296 College to Career (instructors: Emily Williams & Andrea White)

March 22: INTL-I204 Human Rights and International Law (instructor: Emma Gilligan)

Undergraduate Travel Award Winners Announced: Emily Tallo and Trevor Owens

Emily Tallo and Trevor Owens have each been awarded $400 conference travel grants by the Department of International Studies! Emily will be presenting at the Midwest Political Science
Association Conference in Chicago, and Trevor will be speaking at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis.

Trevor’s paper, which was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions, is titled “Work and Peace: Economic Opportunity as a Determinant of Political Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1997-2014.” In his study he finds that unemployment—especially among young men—contributes to political instability, and that the construction of a stable national identity may counter these effects. Trevor thus concludes by recommending that countries dealing with high levels of political instability focus their efforts on unemployed youth, and on policies that work to construct national identities.

Emily will be presenting her paper, “Delegitimizing Political Dissent in Kashmir,” which examines the Indian government’s rhetorical strategies in responding to post-insurgency political dissent. Through a rhetorical analysis of public statements by government officials, Emily’s study outlines two delegitimation strategies employed by the Indian government: “radicalization” (casting protestors in the role of extremists), and “externalization” (attributing protester’s goals to dangerous outside influences). The study finds that these strategies decreased both the protestors’ credibility and the perceived desirability of their policy positions. Emily concludes by outlining and explaining the rift between the rhetoric used by the state apparatus and the reality of the political situation in Kashmir.

In Diplomacy Lab, IU Students Conduct State-Sponsored Research on ICT in the Developing World

In “Computers, Cultures, and Our Globalized Future” (INTL-I426), Professor Hamid Ekbia’s students undertake government-sponsored research exploring the global impact of computing.

The class’s research is sponsored by the Diplomacy Lab Project—a program launched by the U. S. Department of State in 2013. By assigning global research questions to universities like IU, the Diplomacy Lab Project harnesses the expertise of students and faculty across the United States, making political problem-solving a collaborative, educational effort.

Professor Ekbia’s class has been assigned a question about the impact of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) investments in the developing world. Performing comparative studies on Africa, Asia, and South America, his students are investigating ICT investment plans laid out by governments and aid agencies. Through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, students will investigate how successfully these plans are implemented, compiling an official report that will be submitted to the State Department at the end of the semester.

Mercedes Farias, a junior double majoring in International Studies and Political Science with minors in East Asian Languages, Spanish and History, received a Freeman Asia scholarship of $3500 to study in Nagoya, Japan. Congratulations!

Fire at Sea: Award-Winning Documentary Comes to Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Sunday Feb. 19

With the co-sponsorship of Department of International Studies, the Buskirk Chumley Theater will show the Oscar-nominated documentary, Fire at Sea, on February 19, at 8:00PM.

Filmed on the island of Lampedusa, this timely documentary presents the struggles and dangers encountered by African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to build new lives in Europe.

Following the stories of 12-year-old Samuele, a local fisherman’s son, and a doctor who treats refugees on their arrival, Fire at Sea depicts the daily lives of the Lampedusan people and the humanitarian crisis that surrounds them.

The film’s Director, Gianfranco Rosi, considers it a call to action, saying “It's not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies.”

Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

The View from Antarctica: O’Reilly Spotlights the Science of Climate Change

On January 17th, Professor Jessica O'Reilly released The Technocratic Antarctic: An Ethnography of Scientific Expertise and Environmental Governance (Cornell UP).

Spanning over a decade of research, the book is “an ethnographic account of the scientists and policymakers who work on Antarctica,” and draws upon Professor O’Reilly’s long-standing anthropological relationship with the scientists of Antarctica.

If this topic sparks your interest, each one of Professor O’Reilly’s classes “have a dose of Antarctica,” she says. In Fall 2017, she will be teaching an introductory course titled “Climate Change and International Studies” (INTL-I105), as well as an advanced seminar titled “Negotiating Climate” (INTL-I420/I502).

The book is available for pre-order now from Cornell UP, as well as other major booksellers.

Megan Kelly Congratulations to International Studies major Megan Kelly, who delivered the undergraduate address at the SGIS graduation convocation Saturday, May 7th.

77 students presented their Capstone theses at the International Studies Capstone Symposium. Pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Applications for the Spring 2016 International Studies Student Paper Awards are now open. Applications are due by Thursday, April 28. Details are available in the pdf linked below.

International Studies students will be presenting their Capstone Theses at the International Studies Spring Capstone Symposium this Thursday, April 21st in the Global and International Studies Building, from 4:30 – 8:00 PM. Panel presentations will start at 4:30: reception and a poster viewing will start at 6:45 in the first floor lounge.

A complete program is available on the Capstone website.

Today, Thursday, April 14, Professor James Syvitsky will present his talk, The Anthropocene---From Concept, to Geological Epoch, to 21st Century Science and Public Discourse, in Moot Court Room 123 in the Maurer School of Law.

Please join us this Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31st, for the two-day Inaugural Conference America's Role in the World. Senator Richard Lugar, Congessman Lee Hamilton, and Ambassador Lee Feinstein will chair a conference at which scholars, political leaders, policy analysts and journalists will consider the foreign policy issues that will face the next president. More details are available here.

Oxfam at IU presents Poisoned Pipelines: Flint Michigan & Environmental Racism at the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall this Thursday, March 31st at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

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SGIS Information Session
GISB, North Reception Area
Wednesday, February 24th 5:00 PM

Don’t miss a great chance to learn about majors, courses, and other opportunities available through the School of Global and International Studies. Students, faculty, and advisors from all four departments will be on hand to answer questions. Food
and refreshments will be provided.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2015 International Studies Paper Awards:

Capstone Award:
Mikaela Breese
"Fire or Smoke? Media Discourse vs. the Reality of Japan’s Role in the South China Sea"

Paper Scholar Award:
Niloofar Asgari
"Iranian Women in Sex Work"

Congratulations to both recipients!

We are pleased to announce two new awards available for International Studies undergraduates!

The Capstone Scholar Award grants $500 to the I-400 student who authors the best Capstone Thesis.

The Paper Scholar Award is a $300 award given to the student who submits the best paper in an INTL class other than the Capstone.

Students must nominate their own papers to be considered. Please click below for more information, including application procedures. All applications are due by December 11, 2015.

This Wednesday, October 28th, SGIS will be hosting the Global Career Panel. In addition to a panel discussion and catered reception, students will have a chance to speak with employers from a variety of disciplines. All students are welcome to attend.

Photo by U.S. Department of State

SGIS will be hosting an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on October 15 at 11:00 am. His visit is timed to celebrate the opening of the new Global and International Studies Building.

More information about his visit is available through the official press release.

Loren Landau bio picProfessor Loren B. Landau (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) will present:

Political Communities of Convenience Thursday, October 1st at 12:00 PM in GISB 3067: An interdisciplinary discussion on migration, urbanization, and work in Sub-Saharan Africa

“Reconceptualising labour, livelihoods and protection” September 30 at 4:00 PM in the Maple Room at the IMU. This lecture will draw heavily on ongoing Zimbabwe-related work to consider how moneys are earned, transferred and used in formal and informal ways.

GISB AtriumThe International Studies Open House was held September 9th in the GISB Atrium.

Mark MintonMark Minton, a former senior U.S. diplomat, will be teaching The Craft of American Diplomacy, a new section of I-300, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:45 AM. This course presents a practical guide to diplomacy as seen by those who practice it in actual negotiations. Freshmen are welcome. No previous coursework in International Studies is required.

On April 23rd, Professor Morten Oxenboell will present "The Art of Dying Well — Aesthetics of Violence in pre-modern Japan". His talk will take place from 4:00 -6:30 p.m. in the University Club's Faculty Room, Indiana Memorial Union.

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi will give a lecture on "Diplomacy and Its Discontents" on Wednesday, April 22nd at 4 pm in the Georgian Room in the Indiana Memorial Union. The lecture is part of the International Studies Undergraduate Capstone Symposium

Join us April 2nd for Dan Knudsen’s presentation, “From Zero to Two Hundred in Four Years: The journey that was and is International Studies” This talk will take place at the University Club’s Faculty Room, Indiana Memorial Union, from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Network with alumni at International Global Careers Night on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Indiana Memorial Union, State Room East. Hope to pursue a future career or opportunity using your international skills and knowledge? Join us for an evening of networking with IU Alumni whose global education has led them into various fields across the world. This event offers a valuable opportunity for students to network with guests from different fields who will answer questions about their work and career paths. Students will practice professional development and find new opportunities to engage with international topics. The event will feature roundtable discussion as well as an open networking session to maximize interaction. Business casual attire is appropriate for this event.

The panelists below are International Studies Alumni, representing the following companies:
Robert Ellis, Cornerstone Research, IU Class of 2012
Jeff Lightfoot, Jones Group International, IU Class of 2006
Valeria Fonseca, Google, IU Class of 2014
Aileen Ottenweller, gatheredtable, IU Class of 2012
Carolyn Commons, USAID, IU Class of 2012


International Studies alumna, Amy Herman, will be delivering the keynote address for the International Studies Capstone Symposium. Join us on December 4th, at 4 pm in the Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union.

SGIS has been selected to be a founding member of a new International Policy Scholars Consortium to be funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The consortium will bring together faculty from five top international relations programs to better prepare students for successful careers in both policymaking and academia.


Lee FeinsteinSGIS Student Open House
All SGIS students are invited to meet Dean Lee Feinstein at the SGIS Student Open House on Monday, September 29, 3:30-5 pm, State Room West, in the Indiana Memorial Union.



lugarRichard Lugar to speak at the International Studies Undergraduate Symposium
Former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, a professor of practice in the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies, will speak Wednesday, April 23, at IU Bloomington about the U.S. and European response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Full article can be found here.


kahnIU's Center for the Study of Global Change recieves prestigious Simon Award.
Our very own professor Hilary Kahn is the Director of the Center which received the Simon Award, for its Bridges: Children, Languages, World project, which offers exploratory language and culture classes to young learners in Monroe County. Read more here.


Undegraduate SymposiumLee Feinstein, dean of IU School of Global and International Studies, to present O'Meara Lecture.
Lee A. Feinstein, founding dean of the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, will present the Patrick O'Meara International Lecture on April 1 at IU Bloomington. Read the press release here.


Undegraduate Symposium

Ambassador Lee A. Feinstein named founding dean of IU's School of Global and International Studies
Ambassador Lee A. Feinstein, whose experience includes more than two decades serving in high-level positions in diplomacy and foreign affairs, has been appointed founding dean of Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies.


Undegraduate SymposiumDepartment of International Studies Undergraduate Capstone Symposium

Join us Wednesday, December 4th from 5-7:30 in the Frangipani, Walnut, and Oak rooms at the Indiana Memorial Union for this year's Undergraduate Capstone Symposium. Information for the symposium can be found here.


Human Trafficking Awareness WeekHuman Trafficking Awareness Week
“A first-stop resource for scholars, researchers, policy makers, activists, the media, and others who are seeking information about Human Trafficking.”



Graduation BrunchInternational Studies recent graduates and their families enjoyed a Graduation Brunch on Saturday, May 4, at the Georgian Room in the Indiana Memorial Union.