Even as the presidential debates veered sometimes far away from the globe’s most pressing problems, two panels featuring expertise from the IU School of Global and International Studies examined the issues head on. “Foreign Policy and the Next President” featured two in-depth discussions on foreign policy matters during two hour-long programs on Sept. 27 and Oct. 6 at the Global and International Studies auditorium. The programs were broadcast live by partner WFIU, the public radio station based at the IU Bloomington campus, a broadcast made available to public radio stations throughout Indiana.
A crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members estimated at around 600 filled the lawn on the south side of the Global and International Studies building on Thursday, Aug. 18 for the first-ever outdoor movie screening at the year-old building. The free showing of “Spirited Away” attracted movie-goers who started gathering two hours before the 9:30 p.m. show time. It was presented as part of the IU Office of First Year Experience’s “Welcome Week 2016” festivities.
The Indiana University School of Global and International Studies is welcoming its largest group of Direct Admit Scholars with the start of fall semester classes on Aug. 22, part of an historically-high achieving class of first-year students at IU.
The School of Global and International Studies continues to grow its ranks of the leading scholars and instructors. A new group of faculty has joined SGIS as the school continues the biggest commitment to growth of any international affairs institution. The latest hires are part of an SGIS commitment to hire 25 new faculty.
Below are short biographies of the newest faculty members, along with links to more information and their recent work. You can see a complete list with biographies for both the new 2016 and 2015 hires here.
As voters in Britain hold a referendum on Thursday (June 23) on whether to keep their country in the European Union, faculty members at the School of Global and International Studies foresee consequences for a vote to leave.
Hilary E. Kahn, a part of the administrative team at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies since 2014, will now be the assistant dean for international education and global initiatives. Kahn was previously the assistant dean for strategic collaborations at SGIS.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie led an IU delegation to Italy and Poland from May 25 to June 3. The IU delegation celebrated anniversaries of relationships with key university partners and worked to enhance existing relationships and develop new ones in these countries.
The sixth annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization brought a capacity group of participants from far and wide to the four-day conference May 22-25 at IU Bloomington. More than 60 administrators and faculty from as far away as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the Dominican Republic, as well as 18 states Puerto Rico came to the conference presented by the Center for the Study of Global Change at the IU School of Global and International Studies.
Recently, it has been almost impossible to turn on the news without some mention of the conflict in the Middle East and, by association, Islam. For Asma Afsaruddin, professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, much of the information about the Muslim faith requires more unpacking, especially for Western audiences.
“We think of Muslims inhabiting primarily the Middle East,” Afsaruddin said. “Muslims are all over, and of course as Western citizens there are certain concerns that now come to the fore for them.”
The IU School of Global and International Studies celebrated its graduates for the first time in the new Global and International Studies building on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Around 200 filled the atrium of the building to honor the SGIS graduating class in a convocation ceremony.
In all, 134 received degrees from SGIS programs. A hundred students picked up bachelor’s degrees. There were 29 master’s students and 5 PhD graduates.