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Global Studies Newsletter Summer 2017

Celebrating our Graduates, May 2017

The Curriculum in Global Studies held its Spring 2017 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Memorial Hall. It was an uplifting celebration of more than two hundred students graduating with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Global Studies. Pictured left to right: Crystal Yuille, our Anne Scaff Award winner; Ana Dougherty, our Student Speaker; and Manuela Nivia, our Douglas Eyre Award winner. We were honored to have Professor Jonathan Hartlyn, the Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, with us to congratulate our graduates. Read more here about our graduates, commencement speakers  and student award winners. Read more here.

Global Studies MA Program Celebrates its Second Graduating Class 

We celebrated the second graduating class from our new Global Studies MA program at our commencement ceremony on May 14. This group of students brought academic excellence and integrity to their coursework, teaching and   research — and also to their service to the Carolina, Triangle, and global communities. We appreciate their intellectual curiosity and engagement with some of the most important and compelling issues of our time. We wish them every success as they move on to their next adventures. Pictured, left to right: Hailey Altena, Kate Hewitt, Silviya Nitsova,  Alison Tomas, Stephanie Metzen, Ben Midas, Jason Jones, Georgia Stahl, & Annas Shaker. Not pictured: Maya Muminajic, Barbara Santibanez, Tori  Whitson, Kristal Bird, Matthew Clute, & Ashley  McDermott.

Global Studies Hosts Immigration and Refugee Policy Workshop 

On February 18, 2017 the Curriculum in Global Studies hosted a workshop titled “Immigration and Refugee Policy in Crisis: Reflections for a New President.” We had a full day of roundtable dialogue with researchers, community practitioners, and policymakers on key topics of immigration policy reform, and refugee resettlement and services. With opportunities for discussion among leading experts and audience participants, the event explored what is at stake in this time of transition as well as opportunities for setting new research and policymaking agendas.  Read more here.

New Roots Wins Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award from Oral History Association

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s research initiative New Roots/Nuevas Raices: Voices from Carolina del Norte, which documents and explores Latino migration, settlement and integration in North Carolina was awarded the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award from the Oral History Association. Learn more about New Roots and the Project Award. “It is an honor to be selected for this award, which also honors the many people who have shared their stories and are shaping North Carolina history. We hope the archive will serve as a valuable resource for Latino communities, students and researchers now and in the future,” said Professor Hannah Gill, director of New Roots. Read more here.

Global Studies Students Receive Critical Language Scholarships from U.S. State Department

Three Global Studies students received the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). This scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to participate in intensive language institutes abroad. The CLS programs last from seven to ten weeks over the summer. Read more here.

Message From the Chair

Milada Anna Vachudova 

As the summer days pass by and the new semester draws near, we are reflecting on the vitality of the last academic year, and on the promise of our wonderful graduates. We have seen how much hard work, creativity and dedication they have invested into all of their pursuits on campus. We hope studying at Carolina has fostered curiosity, empathy, a sense of purpose, and an appreciation for diversity and for collaboration that will enrich their lives, careers and communities forever. You can read my short speech at our Curriculum in Global Studies graduation ceremony here. We feature below stories on our students and faculty, and their commitment to academic excellence, public service, science, social justice, research and innovation that are at the heart of our university.

European Horizons at Carolina

Our Global Studies MA students are involved in the UNC chapter of a non-partisan think-tank called European Horizons at Carolina. Read more here.

Faculty Spotlight: Angela Stuesse  

The Curriculum in Global Studies proudly welcomes Professor Angela Stuesse to UNC Chapel Hill. Stuesse, assistant professor of Anthropology with a joint appointment in Global Studies, comes to Chapel Hill from the University of South Florida. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology also from University of Texas at Austin. Stuesse is deeply interested in issues concerning social inequality. Her research and teaching areas of interest include: migration; neoliberal globalization; race, ethnicity, and identity; human rights: labor; methodologies of activist research, Latino and Latin America; the U.S. South and Southwest; and Equatorial Guinea. Read more here. 

Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Weiler 

Professor Jonathan Weiler, director of undergraduate studies and a senior lecturer in Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, has been awarded the prestigious Philip E. Converse Book Award for Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics (Cambridge: 2009), co-authored with Professor Marc Hetherington. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Dr. Weiler about authoritarianism in the United States and its impact on the 2016 presidential race. Read more here. To view the interview on click here. 

Faculty Spotlight: Hannah Gill 

Professor Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, was recognized for engaged  teaching for her work with the APPLES Service-Learning Global Course Guanajuato. The semester course trains bilingual students to understand the contemporary and complexities of immigration through research, service-learning with immigrants in North and travel to communities of migrant origin in Guanajuato, Mexico. The program fosters b relationships with migrant families, secondary schools and foundations in Mexico. Read more here. 

MA Students Share Research in Poster Session 

As part of the GLBL 700 “Introduction to Theories and Methods in Global Studies” course taught by Professor Betsy Olson, the members of our third cohort of MA students designed research posters describing their areas of interest and early ideas for their research projects. Students discussed their work with Global Studies joint and affiliate faculty at poster session held on December 6 in the FedEx Global Education Building. Read more here. The Global Studies MA Program welcomed 14 new students in August 2016. Six students joined the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) concentration, and eight students are pursuing the thematic concentrations: Global Economics; Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies; or Global Migration. Read about our Global Studies MA program here.

Featured Student: Barbara Santibanez

As a Global Studies graduate student and Rotary Peace Fellow, Barbara Santibanez’s (’17 MA) experience at Carolina was filled with extraordinary opportunities to learn and to engage locally and abroad. The flexibility of the Global Studies graduate program and the constant encouragement she received to engage in opportunities abroad allowed Barbara to pursue her interests in education policy and human rights while adding a global perspective to these topics. Read more

Featured Alumnus: Carter Marshall Mills ’86 

Marshall Mills received his Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill in International Studies with a concentration in Economics in 1986. Mills remembers feeling that his undergraduate course selection was a little scattered until one day his advisor, Professor Florin, summed it suggesting that his thematic focus was the “global challenges facing Western society.” Supported by a Morehead scholarship, Mills travelled to East Asia, worked at the British Parliament, took Russian classes in the then Soviet Union, and studied rural development for a semester in Kenya. There “I managed not only to gain insights into rural poverty – which still help my work today – but I also feasted and danced with the Maasai! Back then, realizing some of these experiences took a lot of finagling, and I am impressed with all of the opportunities now available at the University.”  Read more here.

Featured Alumna: Ryan Caldwell ’09

Ryan Caldwell joined the UNC Chapel Hill community as an undergraduate in 2005, earning a double-major in International Studies and French. As a freshman at Chapel Hill, Caldwell decided she wanted to live outside of the United States and work in international affairs. Caldwell remarks that at the point she did not, however, have any idea how to go about that process, what jobs were available or what skills would be need to be successful in this field. The Global Studies program at Carolina proved to be her North Star.  Read more here.

Global Studies alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Ten students and recent graduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. The grants are for self-designed research and study projects or to teach English abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year. Read more here.

Congratulations to our alumni! Katherine Cordova, a 2016 graduate from Williamsburg, Virginia, is teaching English in Spain. She earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies with minors in education and Hispanic studies. John Healy, a 2014 graduate from Charlotte, North Carolina, is teaching English in Malaysia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies with a minor in business administration. Sarah Heywood, a 2016 graduate from Neenah, Wisconsin, is teaching English in South Korea. She earned a bachelor’s degree in global studies with minors in Chinese and Korean.