How can the social sciences learn from the humanities? Global studies and anthropology professor, Stuart McLean, bridges the gap between the two in his book Fictionalizing Anthropology. McLean argues that art is entwined with human culture, and because of this, an interdisciplinary approach is necessary.
According to undergraduate Anishaa Kamesh, child trafficking is “not what you see in ‘Taken,’ or what you see on 'Law and Order.'” As one of the first recipients of the Fraser Human Rights Undergraduate Fellowships, she is following in Arvonne Fraser’s footsteps by fighting to end child trafficking—in the US and abroad.
African Voices of Paris is a four-part documentary series that highlights the lives of immigrants of African origin living in Paris. Director of the African Studies Initiative (ASI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Shaden M. Tageldin speaks about how collaboration got ASI invested in this important project.
Ethnomusicology is the study of music from different cultures, specifically non-western culture. Sofia Logan has studied in Ecuador, Cuba, India, and Brazil. All four times, she’s managed to pursue her passion for ethnomusicology, the crossroad of music and culture.
Professor Jen Bouchard, Normandale Community College, and filmmaker Joanna Kohler, Kohler Productions, joined us last week for a presentation on their project African Voices of Paris / Voix africaines de Paris, a series of short documentary-style films that reflect the diverse experiences of individuals of African origins living and working in Paris.
The Institute of Global Studies has been awarded more than $4 million during 2018-22 academic years to develop new curriculum that improves the readiness of graduates for life in a globalized world and to support students in the less commonly taught languages. Projects include the development of new courses, practica, and internships that take advantage of global-local connections in the Twin Cities, as well as connecting campus curricula to opportunities abroad.
Brittany Resch (BA ‘12, global studies) used CLA's resources to gain experience in the world of law both in and out of the classroom. She encourages CLA students to "do internships, get active in the community, figure out what you like and what you don't like."
The Institute for Global Studies is a community of students and scholars who explore today’s most pressing global issues. We make connections across boundaries— geographic boundaries, disciplinary boundaries, cultural boundaries, and boundaries across communities.
This past year the Institute for Global Studies cosponsored an event series called Seeking Refuge in a Changing World. We invited scholars, activists, teachers, students, and the public to talk, listen, and learn about the experiences of people forced to leave their homelands because of political and ecological upheaval.