Administratively, I accepted another three year term as director and we continue to count on Tracy Bee as an advisor. Barbara Breitung enters her second year as the administrative assistant and this fall we welcomed Olga Kalentzidou as the new associate director. She has already become a major part of the International Studies team and has really moved our efforts in the area of curricula development and student activities forward. Nancy Clark joined us this fall as the new receptionist. We continue to occupy office space in Woodburn Hall, but there are plans afoot for a new International Studies Building in 2012 or 2013. I like to claim that it is named after our program.
Last year we opened IU International Studies Alumni Association chapters in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and Indianapolis. If you live in one of those places, please avail yourself of the opportunity to join the local chapter. Contact information appears on our web site. If you aren’t in a city that has an existing chapter and would like to form a chapter, just let me know. In other news, the Undergraduate Journal of International Studies is now in its third year. The journal, which has met with considerable success, is now international.
Our Global Graduates initiative, which is a partnership with Arts and Sciences Career Center, is now in its third year. Thanks to those of you who have come back to campus to speak as part of this series and to those that have passed along employment leads to us. An additional “thank you” goes to those who took time to answer our e-surveys in the last year. These have been especially important in helping us make refinements to our curriculum. We have also had solid development success this year. This has been especially important given the spending cuts facing the university.
As always, if you have any suggestions about how we can improve the program, or have concerns please pass them along. We continue to be grateful for your support. Most of all, I hope that each of you can take a few seconds to periodically drop me an email at email@example.com to let me know what you are doing and how life is treating you. I’ll try to do the same.
Message from the Student Advisory Board
The members of the Student Advisory Board are very excited to represent all the International Studies Program’s students. This board will act as a liaison between students and faculty to ensure that the students’ needs are met and their voices heard efficiently and effectively. Since its foundation less than a decade ago, the International Studies Program has grown very quickly and is without a doubt a popular choice for undergraduates.
Yet there is always room for improvement. With a growing student body it has become difficult for students to know who else is a fellow major. What is everyone else studying? Who is interested in the same regions and concentrations as I am?
The student board will work towards bridging the gap between students and making the program more cohesive and personable. Moreover by bridging the needs of the students with the requirements of the program set forth by the faculty and the program staff, the board will promote communication among students especially regarding overseas experience, and career-related choices. By doing so the board will be generating a more productive and friendly atmosphere for all International Studies students.
Members of the advisory board are Robert Ellis, Laura Johnson, Kelsey Morehead and Aileen Ottenweller. Jeff Heerdink continues his tenure for a second year. All International Studies students are encouraged to contact advisory board members with questions, suggestions and concerns.
The third Undergraduate Journal of International Studies journal is currently in the "layout and design phase," according to editor and INTL alumna Lisa Braverman. The journal, a publication of the International Studies Student Association, is created, designed and published by INTL undergraduates and alums.
Editors plan to post the journal online within the next three weeks with a print copy available before the end of this month.
Papers in the 2010 edition include topics such as the New York Times's coverage of the Rwandan genocide, decolonization and the world order, nonresponse in the Afrobarometer survey, Russia's resource curse, and musical traditions in Mali.
"We are publishing our first paper from outside the US," Braverman noted. Papers come from Indiana University Southeast, NYU, Harvard, and the University of Kent.
The first two editions of the journal are available at http://www.indiana.edu/~global/resources/undergrad.php.
INTL faculty, students recognized
INTL faculty members are honored at a reception every spring. The event recognizes current core and affiliated faculty. Michael Muehlenbein and Paulette Lloyd were singled out last spring for their exemplary teaching in Spring and Fall 2008, respectively. Muehlenbein was presented with the International Studies Outstanding Teacher Award for INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment. Lloyd won for her outstanding teaching in INTL-I 204 Human Rights and Social Movements in Spring 2008.
The following International Studies students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in a ceremony at Alumni Hall in early December: Chase Cooper, Andrew Dahlen, Sophie Faught, Katie Jenkins, Kathryn Kimmer, Emily Ratterman, Sarah Renkert, and Katherine Scherschel.
Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa last Spring were: Teresa Bellono, Brian Clampitt, Lisa Prescott, Erika Sutton.
Last spring, Director of the International Studies Program Dan Knudsen won the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies.
The John W. Ryan Award honors Indiana University faculty members for exceptional contributions to the University’s international mission. Dr. Knudsen was recognized for his tireless efforts on behalf of the International Studies Program, which was first created in 2003. Dr. Knudsen has served as the first Director and has taught classes, mentored students and shaped curriculum. Under his leadership, the major has grown to 390 majors in seven years.
An Interview with Olga Kalentzidou, new Associate Director of International Studies
Dr. Olga Kalentzidou started as Associate Director in September.
Tell us about your background, what kind of education and work experiences do you have?
During my studies at IUB I taught courses in Human Origins and Prehistory, Prehistory of Europe, Modern Greek Language and Culture andInternational Studies. I have also worked as an academic advisor in University Division in 2008-2009.
What are your current research interests?
How have you been involved with INTL prior to your appointment as Associate Director?
What aspects of the Associate Director position are you looking forward to the most?
Pictured: Olga Kalentzidou, Associate Director, International Studies
One Here... One There (OHOT) at IU is a student organization that is working to support education in sub-Saharan Africa. This goal is accomplished through One Laptop per Child’s XO laptops. Over the past few years, One Here… One There has raised funds for over 200 laptops to be deployed in Limpopo, South Africa. OHOT has worked to integrate Constructivist education methods into Katane, Driehoek, and Mmaweshi Primary Schools. These methods promote and foster peer-to-peer learning and creative and critical thinking.
OHOT also works on campus to raise funds for the continuation of their laptop deployment in South Africa. One fundraiser was held this past fall at Upland Brewery where local artists along with art brought back from Africa was auctioned off. This Spring, OHOT will be raising funds and planning for a third summer in South Africa and another 100 laptops. In addition, the members of OHOT will be running a campaign throughout campus to have an optional donation of $10 added to the Bursar Bill.
After this semester, One Here... One There will have successfully distributed over 300 laptops in South Africa, giving every child in grades 4-7 at Katane, Dreihoek, and Mmaweshi Primary schools a laptop.
After completing a major in International Studies with a thematic concentration in International Markets and Governance at IU, I chose to continue to follow my passion for international trade by pursuing a J.D. in international law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH. During my first summer break in law school I interned with the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Working for the I.T.C. was a great learning experience, and allowed me to not only expand my first hand knowledge of the application of international treaties in developing nations, but also gave me the opportunity to work with an extremely diverse group of co-workers. The “melting-pot of cultures” office atmosphere made every day of work interesting, exciting, and a learning experience for us all. International dinners provided opportunities to sample dishes from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Nepal, and Korea just to name a few, and we always made sure to include delicious Swiss chocolate as our dessert of choice. Lunch conversations jumped from South American politics, to Indian cultural festivals, and even comparisons of different favorite after work activities in our respective countries. The U.N. also provided multiple opportunities for us all to attend diplomatic and staff conferences on human rights, global economic, and environmental issues at the Palis de Nacions.
Lieutenant Drew Rogers Completes A Different Kind of Mission
I returned last year from an interesting mission in Senegal. Three Lieutenant Colonels and I served as cadre members for ROTC cadets who went on a cultural/linguistic immersion program overseas. My role was to help plan the daily schedule for the program and ensure that the students came away with the information we were hoping for them to learn.
There were two groups of approximately 15 cadets each. One group went to Senegal, the other to Egypt. Each two-to-three week in-country program was coordinated with local NGOs and the host nation's military. We attended cultural and language courses each day at the NGO facility. In my case, in Dakar, we learned French and Wolof.
Other visits were made to the Senegalese officer training post, where our future Army officers (the ROTC cadets) met with future Senegalese officers and compared their training experiences. It was very interesting to see how similar IU ROTC training is to Senegalese officer training! The students also attended several meetings between the U.S. Defense Attaché and the leadership from our respective organizations.
We later met up with the French Navy in Dakar during an evening event on the U.S. Coast Guard ship Dallas. The USCG Dallas was in Senegal to examine Senegalese naval equipment and attempt to either repair or replace any faulty equipment. An IU ROTC cadet (a current student at IU) and I served as translators for the Coast Guard in their interactions with the Senegalese Navy.
I feel certain my International Studies degree allowed me to be a part of this mission, the first of its kind for the military. It was extremely rewarding personally because I helped future leaders and current university students –including one from Indiana University – to learn more about the country of Senegal, its people and military. These relationships will foster greater cooperation in the future.
The Foreign Military Studies Office, located in Fort Leavenworth, KS, plans to continue the program. Future locations will include China and Chile.
Drew Rogers, 1LT RES USAR USARC, graduated Indiana University in 2006.
Ties to Haiti:
Alum Kyle Edgel (2009) first went to Haiti during his senior year of high school and found the culture fascinating and the people welcoming. He answers questions about his ties to Haiti, including his senior thesis, below.
I haven’t really conducted any serious research. My approach was to first learn as much of the language and culture as I could. This meant engaging in everyday life. I tried to go work in the fields with my best friend’s father. He didn’t let me do it very long because he didn’t think it was the work a blan (foreigner) should be doing. The work I have done is common work: fetching water, washing clothes, planting crops, terracing a mountainside, etc. All the while, the focus was on building relationships with people in the community.
My senior thesis critiqued mainstream economic theory and explored alternatives for countries such as Haiti. My initial questions about the current global economic system were raised after reading E.F. Schumacher’s “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.” Under the direction of my thesis advisor, I found out about Julie Gibson and Katherine Graham who write extensively on community economies. Therefore, I attempted to focus on community economies and alternative ways of organizing these economies to serve the needs of its people. I didn’t arrive at any conclusion. It just left me with more questions.
How have the earthquakes affected your friends in Haiti?
None of my direct friends died in the earthquake as far as I know. However, two friends of mine, who are brothers, lost 6 family members in Port-au-Prince. I know that some of my friends are just upset because there have been so many setbacks and this just seems to be too much on top of what life was already like in Haiti before the earthquake.
Yes. I will be returning to Haiti in May with a group to volunteer for two weeks in Port-au-Prince.
The H1N1 flu pandemic, also known as swine flu, made headlines last summer and fall as countries around the world reacted to the threat to public health.
Egypt's actions were particularly dramatic. Three INTL students on a summer program in Cairo experienced that reaction first-hand when their dorm at the American University of Cairo was quarantined for several days. INTL senior Alex Davidson took this picture from his dorm window.
Davidson says, the picture "shows part of the contingent of ambulances that arrived to ferry away the second round of 'infected' students from the dorms, among them some people I had already gotten acquainted with in the short time we had been there."
Shortly after this picture was taken, the students were informed by doctors from the Ministry of Health that the whole dorm would be quarantined. The IU students were in quarantine for a total of seven days. An interview with Davidson and other AUC students can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXf9j6ESZI0.
News from INTL Graduates
Maria Aiello (2007) works for Intercall in Chicago as an International Project Manager.
Rachel Barnhard (2004) upon completing her MBA at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management in May 2009 she has co-founded BigData Marketing.
Lisa Braverman (2008) is pursuing a Master's degree in Geography at Indiana University Bloomington.
Bobby Bresner (2005) opened a VIP Services company, “Level 7 Entertainment,” in Las Vegas two years ago. His company offers dynamic nightlife and entertainment options.
Matthew Crawford (2006) recently purchased a condo in the Chicago West Loop and began working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Advisory Line of Service.
Josie Larimer (2008) is currently the Events Manager for the IU Art Museum, Bloomington.
Kevin Malone (2006) is a first year grad student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and is interning at the International Crisis Group.
Jane Penley (2006) began her first year of law school at DePaul University this fall.
Ashley Boone Seprodi (2007) has recently married and works as an Options Counselor at Vincennes University. She also coordinates the local SHIP program (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).
Scott Shackelford (2005) was recently married to Emily Craig, also an IU alum. He just graduated from Stanford Law School and is now working on a PhD in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge.
Liz Wepler (2007) is pursuing a Master's of Public Administration in IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
INTL External Advisory Council
The INTL External Advisory Council's role is to advise the director. They point out areas where we can improve and ensure that our curriculum prepares students for the real world. Council members serve staggered three-year terms. Current members are:
James Farnsworth received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Geophysics from the University of Western Michigan. He is currently Chief Exploration Officer of Cobalt International Energy, a private equity funded limited partnership engaged in international oil and gas exploration. Previously, he worked for over 20 years for BP, where he was Vice President of Exploration and Technology (based in London and responsible for worldwide exploration and technology) and Vice President at BP North American. In addition, Mr. Farnsworth has held positions of responsibility in deep water development and production, Alaska exploration and development, and managerial and commercial positions in Scotland and BP’s headquarters in London.
Robert Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from Indiana University in 1988. Currently Senior Customer Business Manager for Kraft Foods, Inc., in San Francisco, he was previously the Region Director (Retail) of the Pizza Direct Store Delivery division of Kraft Foods, Inc.’s Chicago region (75% Illinois and 30% Indiana). Throughout his 16-year career at Kraft, he has chosen cutting-edge and nontraditional opportunities ranging from field assignments to national accounts to corporate headquarters. Over the last decade Mr. Johnson has managed multiple assignments of well over $100 million in revenue.
Swadesh Kalsi is a graduate of the London School of Economics; Lincoln's Inn, London, U.K.; and George Washington University Law School. He also holds certificates from the Academy of American and International Law in Texas and The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Having most recently practiced international business and corporate law at Krieg DeVault, LLP in Indianapolis, he was previously a Barrister-at-Law in the Offices of S. Gautama, Nairobi, Kenya and served 19 years as corporate counsel for Cummins Engine Company, Inc., in Columbus, Indiana. Mr. Kalsi is currently an Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law at the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, he is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
Janet Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a “heavy” minor in Psychology from Indiana University. She also met state certification requirements for teaching. She currently serves as President of JSSMITH Consulting, L.L.C., which provides consulting services on railroad transportation technology and business processes. The majority of her firm’s work has been for the Union Internationale des Chemin de Fer (UIC) based in Paris, France. Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Smith spent 30 years in the North American railroad industry furnishing planning, consultation, re-engineering and advisory services on railroad business rules, software application development, data requirements and future system direction to RAILINC (the industry data processing organization), Association of American Railroads, industry-wide committees, individual railroads, groups of railroads and other organizations.
Kimberly Stoltz received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University in 2005. She holds a Master of Arts in Arab Studies with a focus in politics and a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University. Ms. Stoltz has served as a research assistant at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on human displacement in Iraq and its neighboring countries. Having completed an internship with Save the Children in Gaza in 2009, she is currently in Amman, Jordan on a Fulbright grant. Ms. Stoltz has studied or volunteered in Europe and West Africa as well. In the coming years she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and work in academia.
Nicholas Strout holds a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. He was a DAAD post-graduate research fellow at the University of Hamburg. Mr. Strout held management positions in sales and marketing with German medical device manufacturers Drägerwerk AG and B. Braun Melsungen AG as well as the German offices of U.S.-based Medtronic prior to joining Minntech in 1996. After working for Minntech B.V., a subsidiary in Heerlen, The Netherlands, where he was responsible for Minntech’s European and Asian sales, Mr. Strout joined Minntech’s Minneapolis headquarters in 2001. Following his position as Senior Vice President for New Business Development at Minntech Corporation, a subsidiary of Cantel Medical Corporation, he joined Novalung GmbH in Talheim, Germany, where he is currently Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing.
Steven Tuchman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University, studied International Law at City of London College, and holds a J.D. from Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law. He is currently a Director at Lewis & Kappes, P.C. in Indianapolis, where he practices law in the areas of immigration and nationality, real estate, corporate and business law, intellectual property, and entertainment. Mr. Tuchman also serves as Honorary Consul for Denmark in Indiana and Kentucky, serving the interests of Denmark and Danish citizens in the lower Midwest. Prior to joining Lewis & Kappes, he worked for Melvin Simon & Associates, Den Danske Bank and in private practice. In addition to his legal work, he is Chair of the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, a Commissioner on the Indiana Arts Commission, and Chairman of the American Cabaret Theatre’s Board of Directors. He has been named an Indiana “Super Lawyer” in immigration law each year from 2004 to 2009 and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004.
The INTL Internal Board
Every program and department at IU is governed by its faculty. The director and staff simply administer programs at the behest of the program faculty. Because International Studies is an interdisciplinary major with no faculty, our program is governed by our Internal Advisory Board. The members of the 2008-2009 Board are:
Michael Alexeev is Professor of Economics and received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1984. Dr. Alexeev’s research and teaching interests lie mostly in the fields of comparative economics and economics of transition from a Soviet-type economy to a market economy. Recently, his interests have expanded to comparative analysis of institutions in law and economics. In studying the economics of transition, Dr. Alexeev concentrates on the behavior of various economic agents (enterprise managers, consumers, and government officials), paying special attention to informal aspects such as underground economic activities. Dr. Alexeev’s research has appeared in Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, and European Economic Review, as well as in comparative economics journals and edited volumes. Since early 1992 Dr. Alexeev, who is a native of Russia, has been actively participating in technical assistance programs targeting the former Soviet Union.
Timothy Bartley is Assistant Professor of Sociology and received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on globalization, regulation, and social movements with particular attention to systems of transnational private regulation governing labor and environmental conditions in global supply chains. Following up on a series of articles on these topics, he’s recently begun a study of the implementation of private regulation and corporate social responsibility programs in Indonesia, China, and Mexico. Dr. Bartley teaches courses on institutional theory, corporations, environmental sociology, and statistics.
Eduardo Brondizio is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1996. Dr. Brondizio is motivated by the study of rural populations and small farmers in Brazil and Latin America, their ways of life and livelihoods, their social and economic identities, and their importance to the larger society. His teaching experience includes both undergraduate and graduate courses. He recently published the book “The Amazonian Caboclo and the Açaí Palm: Forest Farmers in the Global Market” (The New York Botanical Garden Press, 2008).
Lynn Duggan is Associate Professor in the Labor Studies Program within the School of Social Work and received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests are in social and family policy in Europe, focusing mainly on Germany. She is also interested in women and development and is currently co-editing a new edition of The Women, Gender, and Development Reader. Dr. Duggan teaches courses on labor and the global economy as well as class, race, gender, and work.
Kevin Jaques has taught at IU since 2001 after completing his Ph.D. in Emory University’s West and South Asian Religions program. He is interested in medieval Muslim biography, especially Tabaqat literature, and the rhetorical methods used by authors to shape their histories of the development of religious-intellectual disciplines, especially Islamic law and theology.
Kirstine Lindemann is Senior Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in German Studies at IU, and she teaches in that department when time allows. Currently not actively engaged in research, she focuses her attention on undergraduate students and the education they (need to) receive. Her most recent international travels were to a workshop in Copenhagen and a middle school in Manisa.
Michael McGinnis is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from the Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. In his research he uses game theory to explore strategic interactions in world politics, including the effects of faith-based organizations on global policy pertaining to humanitarian relief, development, human rights, and peace-building. Dr. McGinnis teaches courses in public policy, research methods, and religion and world politics.
Armando Razo is Assistant Professor of Political Science and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2003. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics and economics, with a particular focus on the political economy of developing countries, including questions about governance in settings with ineffective political institutions such as dictatorships. Dr. Razo is co-author of The Politics of Property Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and author of Social Foundations of Limited Dictatorship (Stanford University Press, 2008). In addition to an undergraduate course on Latin American politics, he teaches courses on governance and corruption, decentralization, authoritarian government, and development.
Robert Robinson is Professor of Sociology and received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1979. Dr. Robinson has published articles in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces using comparative and historical methods to address a broad range of questions in social stratification, economic history, the sociology of religion, and political sociology: How does belief in the American Dream shape popular attitudes toward social justice? Why did factories develop as a form of production in 19th-century America? At Indiana University he has been awarded the Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in Teaching, the IU Trustees Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, the Sylvia E. Bowman Award for Distinguished Teaching (an IU system-wide award), and the Outstanding Mentor Award of the Sociology Graduate Student Association. He is Co-Director of the Sociology Department’s Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program.
Kathleen Sideli is Associate Vice President for Overseas Study at Indiana University. Her active career includes teaching for 25 years in IU-Bloomington’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese; contributions to three editions of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisors and Administrators; chair of NAFSA’s Section on U.S. Students Abroad (1999-00); chair of the IIE/SECUSSA Data Collection Committee (1999-2003); former chair of the Board of Directors and founding president of the Forum on Education Abroad (2001-present); and current chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board.
Gregory Waller is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Culture. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1978. Dr. Waller is currently working on two major projects: a history of 16mm, traveling exhibition, and the non-theatrical film industry during the 1930s-1940s; and Japan-in-America, a comprehensive look at the presentation of Japan across varied media from 1890 to 1915, a project which includes a traveling exhibit and a digital archive. His teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses in film history, criticism, and theory; cultural studies; media research methods; film and literature; Japanese film and culture; film genres (including courses in horror, detective, war, documentary, and comedy); teaching film and television; special topics courses on Vietnam and World War II, ideology and popular film, independent American film, ethnicity and film, Hollywood in the 1930s, multiculturalism and media, and the contemporary American film industry; film and American popular music; and American literature. Dr. Waller has published five books and his research has appeared in journals such as Cinema Journal, Black Film Review, Film Quarterly, and Screen.
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