Students Gain Vital Experience with Virtual Summer Study Abroad Program

Last February, Nicole Murillo received the exciting news that her study abroad application was approved, and she would be spending the summer living with a family in Taiwan and learning Chinese as part of the Hamilton Lugar School’s Language Workshop. In March, she received very different news. All overseas travel had been suspended and the program was going online. She had a difficult decision to make: withdraw or join an experimental virtual study abroad course. (more…)

Democratic and Republican National Conventions Highlight Importance of Voting and Global Affairs

At a time when a pandemic is gripping the world, China is undermining democratic movements in Hong Kong and abroad, Russia is working to disrupt elections in Europe and the United States, global climate change looms as an existential threat, and immigration continues to be at the highest level since World War II, the global dimensions of the 2020 US election could not be clearer. (more…)

Speaker Series on Race, Gender, and Power Continues with Discussion of International Roots of Black Lives Matter

At the end of a summer in which the entire world grappled with the legacy of racism, scholar Robbie Shilliam and HLS Assistant Dean Shruti Rana discussed how Black civil rights are far more than a domestic issue. Now available on HLS’s Facebook page, the vibrant conversation put Black Lives Matter in the historical and political context of colonialism and the global struggle for freedom. (more…)

Exploring Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has gained momentum this year, with the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by Minneapolis and Louisville police serving as major catalysts. The New York Times cites BLM as the largest movement in US history with an average of 140 demonstrations each day and crowds exceeding 20,000 people. The largest protest in Bloomington, co-organized by Hamilton Lugar student Salina Tesfagiorgis, attracted 7,000.

People are gathering in solidarity beyond the US as well, demanding justice for Black Americans who suffer at the hands of police brutality and holding their own policing systems accountable.

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Postponement of Olympics Delays a Platform for International Engagement

As he crossed the finish line of the Olympic Marathon in 2016, Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa crossed his hands above his head in an X, as if his wrists were shackled together. Though he won the silver medal against the world’s best distance runners that humid morning in Rio de Janeiro, he was not celebrating. (more…)