Reminder: Two new Global Studies classes for Fall 2010

April 19th, 2010

Registration week is upon us! Keep in mind these two new Global Studies courses as you register for the fall:

GBL 331: The Cold War, Popular Culture and Globalization
Students in this course will study the Cold War to enhance their understanding of the history of globalization and the power dynamics within the contemporary world system. First, students will learn about the international history of the Cold War. Second, they will explore the role of popular culture in that struggle through case studies about subjects ranging from literature in Southeast Asia and art in Europe to jazz in Africa and filmmaking across the globe.

GBL 392: Thinking Globally: Contemporary Globalization in Context
Just how does one “think globally?” Globalization is arguably the key organizing construct of our time, yet understanding just what it is and what it means for people and places around the globe is a difficult undertaking. This course, designed for upper-level Global Studies majors, focuses on the concepts, theories, thinkers and debates in contemporary globalization studies. The course provides a solid grounding in globalization thought for students preparing to undertake their own research in the Global Studies Capstone Seminar.

International Programs Week is March 1-5

March 1st, 2010

From the International Programs Office:

This is your chance to learn about the short-term international and cross-cultural courses that have been proposed for the 2010 -2011 academic year. Courses in social work, English/theater, global studies, sociology, environmental studies, Appalachian studies, and religious studies that will include travel and field study in Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Panama, Sweden and Denmark, Alaska, Ireland and India have been proposed. If you believe that you will be eligible to participate in an international program next year, please stop by Canon Lounge during the week of March 1-5 to check our list so that you can participate in the selection process. Please use this week to stop by Canon Lounge during lunch to meet with the course instructors to learn more. International Programs staff will also be available to discuss semester abroad and short-term course options.

After spring break, the International Programs Office will send a list of proposed courses to students who should be eligible to participate in the program next year. At that time, we will ask you to tell us your first, second and third preferences from the list. This will help us to determine which courses to offer next year, and it will help students to secure a spot in the courses. The list will also be posted on our information board in lower Gladfelter and in the International Programs Office.

We are pleased to announce many events happening on campus in conjunction with International Programs Week. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in dance workshops sponsored by ANT 391 Dance, Culture and Identity and Lyceum; enjoy a special benefit concert by WWC alumni Toubab Krewe; eat special international meals in Gladfelter; and learn about proposed study abroad courses during special presentations. Check out the Inside Page or the Study Abroad website (www.warren-wilson.edu/~studyabroad) for a full listing of International Programs Week events.

Congrats, Jo!

February 2nd, 2010

Congratulations to Global Studies alumnus Jo Beer (’05), who has been accepted into a master’s program at New York University’s branch campus in Israel. Prior to moving to Israel, Jo lived for several years in Chile where she worked for a business news wire.

Nice work, Jo!

From the International Programs Office

January 18th, 2010

The International Programs Office in lower Laursen will be hosting special Study Abroad Information Hours on Wednesday, January 20and Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00 to 2:00. We encourage all interested students to stop by and learn more about different study abroad options at Warren Wilson College, ask questions about specific programs, and meet International Programs staff. If you can’t come during these times, please email studyabroad@warren-wilson.edu to set up an appointment.

Students interested in studying abroad during the fall 2010 semester through WWC’s partnerships in Korea, Japan, China, India, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, England, France, or Thailand must complete application materials by February 15. Please make an appointment with Naomi Otterness (nottern@warren-wilson.edu) if you are planning to apply for one of these programs.

Approval forms for other, non-WWC (“external”) U.S.-accredited summer or fall 2010 study abroad programs are due March 1. Please discuss your plans with your academic advisor and pick up the necessary forms in the International Programs Office in lower Laursen.

From the International Programs Office

December 7th, 2009

Please remember that complete applications for the Irish American Scholars program for the 2010-11 academic year are due Tuesday, December 15, 2009 in the International Programs Office. Please contact Naomi Otterness in the International Programs office (Lower Laursen) for more details.

Students interested in studying abroad Semester I, 2010 through WWC’s partnerships in Korea, Japan, China, India, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, England, France, Thailand, Germany must complete application materials by February 15, 2010. Other (non-WWC or “external”) U.S.-accredited study abroad programs must be approved by March 1, 2010 for Summer or Fall 2010 participation plans. Please discuss your plans with your academic adviser and pick up the necessary forms in the International Programs Office in Lower Laursen.

Congrats, Ryan!

December 7th, 2009

Congratulations to Ryan Cowen ’09, who has been accepted to the master’s degree program in Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State University. Nice work, Ryan.

Global Studies Capstone Presentations!

November 30th, 2009


Students in the Global Studies Capstone Seminar will be presenting their theses beginning this Tuesday, December 1st. Click this link for the full schedule: Flyer.doc

GIS Day 2009!

November 12th, 2009


Yes, it’s that time again, where we take a day in November to give thanks for geospatial analysis. Come celebrate with us on Wednesday, November 18 as we recognize Geographic Information Systems Day at WWC! We’ve got a great lineup of events:

10:00am – 11:00am Open House — come look at maps, have a cookie, and chat with the crew
11:00am – 11:30am Open Source GIS presentation – Corey White
11:30am – 12:00pm Mapping Community Health – Nora Purcell
12:00pm – 1:00pm Open House — more coffee, more cookies, more maps
1:00pm – 1:30pm GIS: Revolutionizing the way we look at our Planet – Josh Hubing-Cooper
2:30pm – until? Geocaching! Treasure hunt w/GPS for fabulous prizes

All events take place in Morse 303 (well, except for geocaching, which starts there and then heads outside). Hope you can make it!

Balancing people and nature

October 1st, 2009

Dr. Michael Roy, a conservation biologist and executive director of CREA (Conservation through Research, Education and Action), will be on campus in November to discuss his work promoting conservation in rural Panama. He runs the Cocobolo Nature Reserve, where two of our students have visited while working on GIS projects.

You are invited to attend Dr. Roy’s public lecture — mark your calendars now!

Environmental Conservation: A Path to Development for Rural Communities in the Developing World
Thursday, November 5th
Jensen Lecture Hall
4:30-5:30pm

For more information on CREA and the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama, click here.

Global Studies Info-rama!

September 17th, 2009

There will be a Global Studies informational drop-in on Tuesday, September 22nd from 11:30-1:00 in the Mierke B room in Gladfelter. Come by with questions about classes, the new structure of the major, or just to meet some of your fellow majors. Also, our new faculty member in Global Studies — Jeff Keith — will be there to talk about his courses and his expertise in both Appalachian Studies and US foreign policy.

Hope to see you there!