At the same time we face a number of changes. Foremost among these is that Linda Day, who has been with the program almost from the beginning, left to take a new job in September of 2008. We wish her nothing but the best of luck! Also, we have hired a new administrator, Barbara Breitung, and we welcome her on board. The program has also added a new receptionist, Nicole Ondrik. Finally, we have been given the go-ahead to hire a full time associate director. There will be more on that in next year’s newsletter.
We also have a number of new initiatives that we have launched. Foremost among these is the formation of the IU International Studies Alumni Association. We have opened our first chapter in Washington, D.C. with Paul Scott Thacker as chapter president. If you are in contact with International Studies alumni in your area and would like to form a chapter, just let me know. Two years ago, enterprising undergraduates with the International Studies Student Association (ISSA) began a journal to publish senior theses entitled The Undergraduate Journal of International Studies. The journal has met with considerable success and has recently gone national. As part of that, we have hired a part-time editor for the journal and are moving toward a fuller production schedule. We also are partnering with ISSA and the Arts and Sciences Career Center to begin a new career series that will involve bringing some of you folks – our alumni – back to campus to speak about your graduate school and employment experiences. Finally, we hope to ramp up our development efforts this year.
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 Tracy Bee, Academic Advisor
Each well-attended panel discussion brought revelations to current students. One lesson is that graduate school is a serious and intense endeavor that should not be seen as an extension of college or a delay in making life decisions. Graduate school is a life decision, a sometimes costly one. Panelists agreed it should only be undertaken if an individual is ready to work hard and sacrifice. To paraphrase alum and current IUPUI law student Megan Alvarez, who spoke with humor and a touch of sleep deprivation, you wake up thinking about your studies, you go to bed thinking about your studies, and there's no break in between.
Life in a job is less intense, usually, but getting that job can be difficult. Students heard that an internship can lead directly to a position. One graduate shared how little prepared he was for his job search. Another discussed extraordinary steps that she took, including crashing a School of Business Job Fair, to land her current position.
The economic world has become a much scarier place in the last six months. While current students should take full advantage of the Career Development Center -- early and often -- strengthening and utilizing the International Studies network becomes more important than ever. That network is you. Reach out. Get in touch. Keep in touch.
See http://www.indiana.edu/~intlweb/postgrad.shtml for how.
International Studies Building Approved
Construction of a new International Studies building was approved on May 2, 2008 by the Indiana University Board of Trustees along with six other major projects. A legislative appropriation, gifts, and other university funds are expected to provide the estimated $47 million needed for the project.
The building will be located on Jordan Avenue in between the Wells Library and the Radio-TV building where a parking lot currently exists. The structure will house the International Studies Program, international centers, institutes, and culture and language study programs. At present, the existing buildings and structures on the surrounding land are being surveyed and architects hope to start the design process this year. The projected completion date is 2012.
INTL faculty members are honored at a reception every spring. The event recognizes current core and affiliated faculty. Ilana Gershon and Leah VanWey were singled out for their exemplary teaching in Spring and Fall 2007, respectively. Gershon was presented with the International Studies Outstanding Teacher Award for INTL-I 205 International Communication. VanWey won for her outstanding teaching in INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment in Fall 2007.
Two awards for outstanding teaching in International Studies are given each year based on student class evaluations.
The second annual Outstanding Senior Awards were given in Spring 2008. Lisa Braverman was awarded the Graduating Senior Award for her contributions to International Studies while Sara Clauser won the Achievement Award. These awards are given annually to graduating seniors.
The following International Studies students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in a ceremony at Alumni Hall in early December:
Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa last Spring were:
INTL alums return to share experience
International Studies co-sponsored two Fall 2008 programs that brought International Studies graduates back to campus.
In September, alumnae Megan Alvarez (2006), Rachel Eyerman (2006), Sarah Johnson (2008), and Kimberly Stolz (2005) talked about their experiences related to graduate school and the graduate school application process. These recent graduates represented programs in law, anthropology, international studies, and public policy.
In October, alumni Maria Aiello (2007), Jessica Moyer (2007), and Matt Crawford (2006) discussed their experiences in the job market and their first positions after graduation with current International Studies students.
International Studies continues to partner with the Arts and Sciences Placement Office in its Global Careers series. The series focuses on panel discussions and presentations related to international careers
INTL Alum named to External Advisory Council
Kimberly Stolz (2005) was tapped to be the alumni representative on the International Studies External Advisory Council.
Stolz holds a Master of Arts in Arab Studies with a focus in politics from Georgetown University. She just started a six-week internship with Save the Children's West Bank/Gaza office. She recently worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution where she focused on human displacement in Iraq and its neighboring countries.
INTL launches Facebook page
The International Studies Program now has a Facebook page. Become a fan and connect with other INTL students and alumni.
The easiest way to find us is to search by our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Interview with INTL Major Aung Khaing Min, Burmese Dissident and Human Rights Activist
Aung Khaing Min is one of several International Studies majors from Burma, also known as Myanmar. The Southeast Asian country of Burma has been ruled by a military junta since a coup overthrew its democratic government in 1962. In 2003, at the age of 30, political dissident Aung Khaing Min fled Burma and lived as a refugee at the Thai-Burma border. In 2005, he won a scholarship from the Burma Refugee Scholarship Program (BRSP) sponsored by the U.S. State Department and IU's Center for International Education and Development Assistance (CIEDA). Min spends his summers volunteering at the Thai-Burma border. Now 36, he will soon graduate with a degree from Indiana University with majors in International Studies and Political Science. Min answers questions below about his past and future.
How were you politically involved in Burma?
Can you share why you can’t go back to Burma?
What did you do while living as a refugee in Thailand?
Moreover, I was responsible for AAPP’s exhibition room. This room contains photos and objects that depict the typical life of a Burmese political prisoner, such as shackles and a prison uniform. It was my responsibility to speak with international visitors to raise awareness about daily prison life, the true condition of prisons, forced labor camps and portering.
The military regime is waging a civil war against armed ethnic minority groups such as the Karen National Liberation Army and the Shan State Army. Prisoners are taken by the army into battle areas to carry food, weapons and ammunition. Sometimes the prisoners are used as human minesweepers. One of my other duties at AAPP was gathering news related to prisons, prisoners, recent arrests and arbitrary detentions from inside Burma.
Are there other opportunities for volunteers?
Where did you live in Thailand?
Pictured: Top, Aung Aung Khaing Min. Bottom, a refugee camp in Thailand.
Working Abroad: Recent Graduate Shares Her Experience at the American Embassy Kinshasa
When most people picture the life of embassy staff, they might envision schmoozing with dignitaries and nights of chauffeur-driven rides to glamorous parties. Granted, there are those glamorous events, but the diplomatic life is not all luxury and limousines. It is hard work to maintain the positive relationships between the United States and its host country, which in my case was the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I was selected by the American Embassy Kinshasa (the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo) from June to August in 2008 to serve as the intern in the Public Affairs section of the Embassy. The DRC is located in the “Great Lakes Region” of Central Africa, with a storied past.
As a Public Affairs Officer you are the face of the American Embassy. Their mission is to “promote an informed and objective understanding of American policies, institutions, and societal values amongst the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Emphasis is placed on explaining US policy toward the Congo and the Great Lakes/Great Rivers sub-region and on promoting democracy, peace and reconciliation, and sustainable development.” In simpler words, this section serves as the face of the embassy and does all of the fun programming to maintain the relationship between the United States and the DRC.
Kinshasa is considered a hardship post as defined by the United States Foreign Service. Hardship posts are those where the living conditions are dangerous or difficult due to various factors such as the climate, crime, health care, and/or pollution. But it was still one of the best experiences that I have ever had, because every day I was able to interact with Congolese people while still improving my French language skills. Public Affairs was great for me because creating a positive relationship between the United States and the Congolese people could take any form. I was able to lead a discussion about the U.S. presidential election process, or lead a two-week summer camp for students who wanted to learn English, talk to Congolese students about my collegiate experience at Indiana University, assist in planning the American 4th of July Celebration, sit in on meetings to discuss the funding of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and how to use the money in that fund to create AIDS relief programming for the Congolese people. And, since the embassy had only two Public Affairs Officers for one of the world’s largest countries, I was able to become a vital part of the Public Affairs section.
I enjoyed being one of six interns who were part of the United States Mission in the DRC (USMC). We set up weekend campaign trips, explored and eventually got lost in the city of Kinshasa (the current population is as much as 10 million), went dancing, visited other embassies, and played tennis at the Ambassador’s house. My favorite activity, however, was swimming in the Congo River, which is one of the largest and fastest moving rivers in the world. My time at the embassy was one of the best experiences of my life, and if I could do it for the rest of my life, I would be happy to.
News from INTL Graduates
Maria Aiello (2007) works for Intercall in Chicago as an International Project Manager.
Megan Alvarez (2006) is in her final year of law school at Indiana University - Indianapolis with a focus on international human rights law. Last summer she travelled to Panama where she worked on refugee and migrant issues witth Justice and Peace, a non-governmental organization. Last year Megan co-authored and presented a report to the UN Human Rights Committee: "Panama Breached Its Obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to Protect the Rights of Its Indigenous People."
Lisa Braverman (2008) is pursuing a Master's degree in Geography at Indiana University Bloomington.
Giancarlo Casareto (2004) works as a sales specialist in Global Technology Services for IBM in Spain.
Katie Crank (2006) is currently a full-time graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. She is pursuing a dual Master's of Social Work and Juris Doctor (J.D.-M.S.W.) degree. She will graduate with both degrees in 2011.
Matt Crawford (2006) travelled through Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia last summer. He works for Alaris Consulting.
Stephanie Feuer (2006) graduated from George Mason University with a Master's of Public Administration in December 2007.
Chiara Galimberti-Winners (2008) works as a sexual assault prevention educator for Middle Way House in Bloomington.
Mark Gromski (2006) is a third year Harvard Medical School student.
Steven Harris (2007) works for MKM Partners LLC, an equity trading and research firm in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Carolyn Hillenbrand (2006) completed a Master's in Latin American studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She concentrated on conflict resolution and earned a certificate in humanitarian emergencies and refugees.
Cory James (2006) is an active-duty U.S. Army officer stationed in Germany.
Deborah Kogut (2006) lives in France, where she studies at the Institue d'Etudes Politiques d'Aix en Provence.
Jeff Lightfoot (2006) graduated from George Washington University's Eliot School of International Affairs. He now works as the assistant director for the international security program at the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Timothy McNeely (2005) is acting international programs director for Global Refuge and leader of Global Disaster Response, working in relief for cyclone victims in Myanmar. He is on leave of absence from Columbia University where he is pursuing a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology.
Jane Penley (2006) uses her foreign language skills working in public relations for Rotary International.
Pema Richeson (2007) recently worked in India with Tibetan People's Uprising Movement/March to Tibet as part of the media/communications team, which informed the international media about the protest. She is currently attending the University of Denver in pursuit of a Master's in International Human Rights with a focus on refugee gender rights.
Drew Rogers (2006) recently married. He's currently serving in the U.S. Army and plans to pursue a Master's degree after completing his service.
Katie Rosenberger (2008) is an Americorps volunteer at George Washington Community School in the Indianapolis Public Schools system.
Katie Roth (2007) is pursuing a Master's of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She is a graduate research assistant for the State and Local Policy Program.
Katie Spicer (2007) recently started law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.
Kim Stoltz (2005) graduated from Georgetown University with a Master's degree in Arab Studies in May 2008. She is interning with Save the Children's West Bank/Gaza office. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. In September, Kim was named as the first alumni member of the INTL External Advisory Council.
Paul Scott Thacker is regional assistant for Eurasia programs at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C.
Suzanne Thomspson (2006) is working as a travel agent, which requires and allows for travel.
Margaret Walsh (2005) is the management support assistant for Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (an American Armed Forces recreation center) in the Bavarian Alps.
Liz Wepler (2007) is pursuing a Master's of Public Administration in IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Lindsay Woodall (2005) works for Goldman Sachs JBWere in Auckland, New Zealand.
Anna Yuan (2007) is in her second year of dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.
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. Mr. Farnsworth is President and Chief Operating 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, most recently, he was V.P. for Exploration and Technology, responsible for worldwide exploration and technology, and based in London. He previously served as Vice President, BP North American. He also 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. He recently accepted a position as Senior Customer Business Manager for Kraft Foods, Inc. in San Francisco. He was previously the Regional Director (Retail) of the Pizza Direct Store Delivery division of Kraft's Chicago region (75% Illinois and 30% Indiana). Throughout his 16-year career at Kraft, he has chosen cutting edge and non-traditional opportunities ranging from field assignments to national accounts to corporate headquarters. Over the last decade he has managed multiple assignments 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 has certificates from the Academy of American and International Law, Texas and The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands. Mr. Kalsi was previously a Barrister-at-Law in the Offices of S. Gautama, Nairobi, Kenya. His practice is concentrated in international business and corporate law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kalsi served 19 years as the corporate counsel for Cummins Engine Company, Inc., in Columbus, Indiana. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law with the Indiana University School of Law. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Kalsi 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.
Kim Stoltz received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in Near East 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. Kim was previously a research assistant at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration. She recently worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on human displacement in Iraq and its neighboring countries. She is currently in Palestine working as an intern with Save the Children's office in Gaza. Kim has studied or volunteered in Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East. In the coming years, she hopes to pursue a PhD and work in academia.
Nicholas L. Strout holds a Bachelor of Arts degree 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. Currently, Mr. Strout is VP of Global Sales and Marketing at Novalung GMbH in Germany. Previously, Mr. Strout worked for Minntech B.V., a subsidiary in Heerlen, the Netherlands, where he was responsible for Minntech’s European and Asian sales, before becoming Senior Vice President of New Business Development at Minntech Corporation, a subsidiary of Cantel Medical Corporation. He has also held management positions in sales and marketing with German medical device manufacturers Drägerwerk AG and B. Braun Melsungen AG and with the German offices of US-based Medtronic.
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 Law School. He is currently Director, Lewis & Kappes, P.C., where he practices immigration and nationality law, real estate law, and handles business representation, trusts, estates and guardianships. He was named Indiana “Super Lawyer” in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He also serves as Consul for the Royal Danish Consulate located in Indianapolis, 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 was in private practice. In addition to his legal work, he is a Commissioner of the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Cabaret Theater and the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations. He 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:
Tim Bartley is Assistant Professor of Sociology. He received his PhD 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. He teaches courses on institutional theory, corporations, environmental sociology, and statistics.
James Biles is assistant professor of Geography. He completed his Ph.D. in Economic Geography at Michigan State University in 2001. His research interests focus on the confluence of globalization, livelihoods and informality, particularly in southern Mexico. In addition to I203: Global Integration and Development, he teaches undergraduate courses on development and economic geography and a graduate research problems class in the Department of Geography.
Stephanie DeBoer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture as well as the International Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her teaching and research interests include Japanese and Chinese language film and media, inter-Asia cultural studies, global media studies, memory and media, and critical approaches to digital media in the context of globalization. A recent recipient of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC/JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, she is currently writing a manuscript on film, television and media co-productions in the Asia-Pacific. She also has experience in the instruction and production of multimedia scholarship.
Lynn Duggan is Associate Professor in the Labor Studies Program within the School of Social Work. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests are in social and family policy in Europe, focusing mainly on Germany; and in women and development, currently co-editing a new edition of the The Women, Gender, and Development Reader. She teaches courses on labor and the global economy; and class, race, gender and work.
Kevin Jaques has taught at IU since 2001 after completing his Ph.D. from 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 at Indiana University. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from IU, and she teaches in that department when time allows. Currently 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 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 regarding humanitarian relief, development, human rights, and peace-building. He teaches courses in public policy, research methods, and religion and world politics.
Michael Muehlenbein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and faculty associate in the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change. He earned his PhD and MPhil in biological anthropology at Yale University, and an MsPH in Tropical Medicine and Biostatistics at Tulane School of Public Health. His primary research interests are in infectious disease ecology and biological adaptations to infectious diseases. He has studied the physiology and ecology of malaria infections in Honduran men, HIV infection in men, upper respiratory tract infections in college students, and gastrointestinal infections in wild chimpanzees of Uganda and orangutans of Borneo. His teaching interests include global health, human variation and evolution, evolutionary medicine and behavioral endocrinology. Before coming to IU, he was an assistant professor of anthropology at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Samual G. Obeng is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the African Studies Program. Professor Obeng earned his Ph.D. from the University of York in England in 1988 in Language and Linguistic Science. His research interests are in African political and juridical discourse, ethnopragmatics, Pidgins and Creoles, and General Linguistics. Obeng is the Editor-in-Chief of "Africa Today," and founding Co-editor of "Issues in Political Discourse Analysis" and "Issues in Intercultural Communication." He has published a dozen books and over seventy refereed journal and encyclopedic articles.
Armando Razo is Assistant Professor of Political Science. He 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. He is co-author of /The Politics of Property Right/s published by Cambridge University Press in 2003 and author of /Social Foundations of Limited Dictatorship/ published by Stanford University Press in 2008. In addition to an undergraduate course on Latin American Politics, he teaches courses on governance and corruption, decentralization, authoritarian government, and development."
Kathleen Sideli is Associate Vice President for Overseas Study at Indiana University. Her active career includes teaching for twenty five years in IUB’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, contributions to three editions of NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers 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.
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