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Fall 2014, Volume 1, No. 2

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In This Issue
Prof. Nancy Condee
Welcome to the Fall 2014 issue of the Global Studies Newsletter. This issue offers you recent news and key updates on our efforts in the past six months (June through November 2014), as well as a glimpse of our upcoming projects. We welcome your comments, interest, and potential collaboration. The activities described below will give you some context for both our continuing activities and our changes in focus. 

To continue reading Professor Condee's message, click here.
The Ford Institute for Human Security Celebrates its 10th
Anniversary and Partnership with the Global Studies Center


By Louis Picard
Prof. Louis Picard

As the Ford Institute for Human Security celebrates its 10th anniversary, we reflect on the years of collaboration with the Global Studies Center. Throughout the past decade, the Global Studies Center has served as a valued partner in the examination of transnational issues related to human security and the societal responses to threats toward vulnerable individuals and communities that face conflict and deprivation. 


To read Dr. Louis Picard's article, click here. Learn more about the Ford Institute for Human Security

New Book on Palestine-Israel 

Dr. Luke Peterson
November 2014 saw the publication of a new book by UCIS Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Affairs Luke Peterson. Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media: Contending Discourses appears in the Routledge Studies on the Arab-Israeli Conflict. We offer Global Studies colleagues and students an excerpt taken from its opening pages. To read a selection from Professor Peterson's new book, click here.

Global Studies Partnership with CILE: Building Human Rights through International Legal Education

By Ronald Brand
Prof. Ronald Brand
Since Fall 2012, the Pitt Global Studies Center has supported seven full-time professional school students with Heinz Fellowships. Participating schools have included the Graduate School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Law, and the School of Nursing. A key partner in that effort has been the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) and its Director, Professor Ronald Brand. For fifteen years, the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) has offered a unique program for international legal education involving students, professors, lawyers, and judges in twenty countries.  


Read more about the legal education opportunities offered by CILE here

Spring 2014 Climate Change Series 

By Susan Wiedel 

For Spring semester, the Global Studies Center successfully launched the first Climate Change Series, titled "The Politics of Climate Change." January through March, Pitt students and faculty attended four debate sessions with UN and NGO officials, including UN Ambassador Ahmad Kamal of Pakistan, and participated in discussions concerning the complexities of climate change policy, the UN's role in policy implementation, and the participation of human rights activists in the discussion.


Read more about the Climate Change Series here


Pitt Secures Peace Corps Representative

The Global Studies Center is now hosting a Peace Corps Campus Recruiting Office.  A contract was signed September 30, 2014 between Pitt/UCIS and the Peace Corps that bases one of the latter's recruiters at Pitt, hosted within GSC, for 2014-15. The contract is renewable up to four years. The recruiter is tasked with finding suitable volunteers for the Peace Corps from Pitt and other local colleges and universities in the surrounding area.

Alumni Forge Creative Career Paths
By Sarah Geisler and Brett Goode
Sarah Geisler

Undergraduates across the United States face the most challenging employment climate since the Great Depression.  With solid academic foundations; strong work and internship experiences; in-depth research experiences; foreign language competencies; and extensive travel, work, and study abroad; Global 

Studies Certificate students are well
Brett Goode
prepared to succeed in the job market.
In our newsletter, we feature two recent undergraduates who have put their GS Certificates to work.

Click here for Sarah's story.
here for Brett's story.

Spotlight: 2014-15 Heinz & Malmberg Fellows
Nnenna Anozia


Heinz Fellowships are granted to individuals from developing countries who demonstrate potential as future leaders in the public, government, non-profit, or private sectors. The goal is to improve, early in a career, a Fellow's capacity to contribute to the development of their country and to enhance their understanding of the U.S.



Lebohang Matela-Tale 

The Carl Malmberg Fellowship Program brings an accomplished professional from Lesotho to the University of Pittsburgh at an early point in her or his career for an academic term of study and related practical professional experiences. The Fellow is selected from young professionals whose record of accomplishment in the early stages of their career indicates strong potential for outstanding achievement and a capacity to contribute to the development of Lesotho.


Click here to read about current Heinz fellow, Nnenna Anozia.
Click here to read about current Malmberg fellow, Lebohang Matela-Tale.

Heinz Alumni Making a Difference 
Elviyanti Martini

Heinz Fellowships prepare students from developing countries to become future leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors internationally.  

In this newsletter, we highlight a past Heinz fellow who  has taken what she learned through her fellowship in order to contribute to the development of her home country, Indonesia.

Click here to read about past Heinz fellow, Elviyanti Martini.

Fulbright-Hayes Trip:  Teachers Learn Human Security in Jordan 

By Susan Wiedel and Elaine Linn 
Palestinian Refugees

This past June, Elaine Linn, Assistant Director for the Global Studies Center, led a four-week Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Jordan. Twelve teachers from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Massachusetts traveled to Jordan to study the Arabic language, culture, citizenship, and nationalism. The end goal was for teachers to create curriculum and to teach more effectively about the Arab world. Through Princes Sumaya University in Amman, teachers took 33 hours of language instruction and 95 hours of area studies including historical and site visits throughout the country.


Read more about the Fulbright-Hayes trip here

Foreign exposure: At Pitt's Model U.N., students take on the world

By the Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Who says young people aren't interested in world affairs? The University of Pittsburgh's 18th annual Model United Nations conference included 498 high school students from 26 schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  

For those who consider a knowledge of and interest in international relations essential for the country to succeed in the world, Monday's event was a major boost.


Read the full article here.

Global Justice Summer Seminar (Paris)
In summer 2014, the Global Studies Center, Cities for the Cultures of Peace and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme inaugurated a new study abroad program in Paris focused on Global Justice?

For additional information, please visit here.
Summer Seminar in Global Issues: Creating Tomorrow's Global Leaders 
By Veronica Dristas

For most students, summer is a time to take a break from classes. But for 36 globally-oriented high school students, summer became an opportunity to expand their knowledge of global issues. In mid-July, the 36 students gathered for the two-week Summer Seminar in Global Issues. The Seminar was led by Ms. Michael-Ann Cerniglia of Sewickley Academy, who had students examine issues of Urbanization, which included health and sanitation in refugee camps; water accessibility in Africa; illiteracy, education, and unemployment; environment and sustainability; domestic and foreign security; refugee migration; and conflicting goals of ethnic and religious groups.


Read more about the Summer Seminar here.


The Global Studies Newsletter is a semi-annual publication of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.



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Professor Nancy Condee 
Director, Global Studies Center 
Thomas Allen Editor-in-Chief 
Maja Konitzer 
Design and Layout  
Susan Wiedel Writer  
Kiersten Walmsley  
Writer and Editor 


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