Spring 2016 News & Features
Leona Amosah, Caitlyn Carpio, Ryan McCord Awarded Critical Language Scholarships from US Department of State
Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, three of whom are Global Studies majors, have been awarded a US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical needs languages during Summer 2016.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Read more . . .
Alumna Tiffany Cox Selected for Pickering Fellowship
Congratulations to Global Studies alumna Tiffany Cox ’16. The Pickering Graduate Fellowship program that aims to prepare individuals pursuing graduate studies for a career in the US Department of State Foreign Service. The fellowship offers up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses.
Tiffany will use the fellowship to study American foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Read more . . .
MA Student Tara Di Cassio Receives CASA Fellowship
The culmination of many years of hard work and intensive preparation, Global Studies MA student Tara Di Cassio was recently awarded a Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Read more . . .
Global Studies MA Program Graduates First Class
For Global Heel Anna Kirey ’15, Advancing LGBTQI Rights Requires Regional Expertise
Anna Kirey ’15 MA is an alumna of the Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies Master’s program, formerly of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and now a concentration in the Curriculum in Global Studies. Kirey talks about her passion for RSEEES and LGBTQI studies, as well as the importance of fellowships and the assistance of University Career Services to her academic and professional success.
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Hannah Gill’s New Roots Project Captures the History of Migrants
The NC State Technician of April 20 has a feature story on Global Studies Adjunct Assistant Professor Hannah Gill‘s New Roots oral history project, which she began in 2008 as part of a course she designed, GLBL 382: Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action.
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Renée Alexander Craft Receives Whiting Fellowship
Congratulations to Global Studies Joint Associate Professor Renée Alexander Craft on being chosen as an inaugural Whiting Public Engagement Fellow! Renée was selected for her work on Digital Portobelo: Art + Scholarship + Cultural Preservation, an interactive on-line collection of ethnographic interviews, photos, videos, art work, and archival material illuminating the rich culture and history of Portobelo, Panama. She will use the award to expand the project and launch a new inter-generational oral history component of the project.
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Statement from the Curriculum in Global Studies on HB2
UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. However, the provisions of the recently passed HB2 would violate the mission and interests of UNC-CH by making it impossible to protect valued faculty, staff, and students from discrimination simply because of who they are. As academics in the social sciences and the humanities, we are deeply aware of the injustices and damage caused by discrimination based on categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. We cannot be silent on HB2 and be true to our vocation. We ask our colleagues and fellow citizens to stand with us and urge the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal HB2. Our aim as an interdisciplinary, global curriculum is to enable our faculty, our staff, our students, and our publics to participate in an increasingly interdependent world and to foster solidarity and an ever-more representative leadership for the future, and without fear.
Global Studies Spring 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Initiates
- Dylan Abolafia, a senior with political science and global studies majors
- Molly Mason Bruce, a senior with geography and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor
- Borahmie Chon, a senior with economics and global studies majors and a geography minor
- Lucy Wells Davis, a senior with a global studies major and Portuguese and linguistics minors
- Kathleen Harris, a senior with biology and global studies majors and a Spanish for the medical professions minor,
- Genevieve Pu Jing, a senior with a global studies major and chemistry and medical anthropology minors
- Michael Donovan Lackey, a junior with political science and global studies majors
- Michael Francisco MacGregor, a senior with global studies and business administration majors and a French minor
- Rachel Bethany Poulin, a senior with French and Francophone studies and global studies majors
- Lydia Anna Scholl Youngblood, a junior with geography and global studies majors and a Hispanic studies minor
- Zoe Alyssa Zakin, a senior with global studies and anthropology majors and a Hispanic studies minor
- Eva Elise Zarzar, a senior with global studies and English majors and an Arabic minor
The Curriculum in Global Studies Presents “He Named Me Malala”
Sara Khan Wins University Diversity Award
Sara Khan, a senior double majoring in Global Studies and Biology and minoring in Chemistry, is one of two undergraduates to win one of this year’s annual University Diversity Awards. The awards recognize people and groups who have given their time and effort to further diversity and inclusion at Carolina and in our surrounding community.
Sara serves as public relations chair for the Muslim Student Association and co-chair of Monsoon.
Rad more about Sara in Carolina Arts & Sciences.
Milada Anna Vachuda Named Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Chair at Center for European Studies
Milada Anna Vachudova, chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies and associate professor of Political Science, is also the new Jean Monnet Chair at the Center for European Studies. This award is granted by the European Union Commission to the Center for European Studies. As one of the most prominent scholars in the study of EU enlargement, Vachudova will use funds to support her teaching and research on EU studies. She will offer a sequence of courses in EU studies in order for students to explore European integration, security and the politics of Eastern Europe, for example.
“It is a great honor to be named a Jean Monnet Chair of EU studies. I am delighted about many ways that the chair will enhance my teaching on the European Union and create new opportunities for UNC students to engage with the challenges facing European integration today, while also helping me deepen my own research on political change in EU member states and candidates,” says Vachudova.
Congratulations to Zoe Zakin, Winner of the 2016 Carolina Global Photography Competition
Global Studies major Zoe Zakin was awarded First Place for “At the End of the World,” a photograph she took at Santa Cruz, Argentina. Read more . . .
A Fascinating Look at the Role of Authoritarianism in Electoral Politics by Dr. Jonathan Weiler
In a HuffPost Politics blog post, “Demystifying the Trump Coalition: It’s the Authoritarianism,” Jonathan Weiler of the Curriculum in Global Studies defines a key commonality of Donald Trump’s constituency. “The basis of Trump’s support isn’t all that much of a mystery. In fact, his appeals are crafted—intentionally or not—to appeal to a bulwark of the contemporary Republican Party. That constituency is authoritarians.”