During her time in CLA, international relations alumna Mary Hamel was fascinated by her experiences in intercultural communications. She says, "For me these experiences were life changing, and many years later continue to inform how I view the world."
Art professor Thomas Rose has created Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of Art, a unique research program that is a collaboration between artists in China and various institutions in Minnesota. The project uses art exhibitions to initiate deeper conversations on culture and society.
The Institute for Global Studies in collaboration with several programs and centers at the University of Minnesota invites scholars to submit abstracts for an April 2017 conference on Remapping European Media Cultures during the Cold War Networks, Encounters, Exchanges.
The Institute for Global Studies administers a FLAS fellowship competition in international, African, and Asian studies. Both undergraduate students and graduate students can apply for FLAS fellowships.
Global studies and sociology professor Michael Goldman looks at urbanization practices that leave residents with the task of managing life in a city captured by global desires. “Global cities are alive with two very different social imaginaries: Those who desire to rebuild the city with ‘world-class’ infrastructure versus the urban majority’s concerns of being dispossessed by these elite projects,” he says.
Ricardo Bennett-Guzman is pursuing art and global studies majors, a pairing he found resonates with his deep interest in human rights. Using film and immigration research, Guzman wants his work to be geared toward the community and seeks to influence people to engage with their own communities as well.
Tom Wolfe, associate professor of history and global studies, taught a European studies course last spring with a unique approach: The course was run like a think tank and examined four pressing issues in contemporary European life. Students investigated recent events and analyzed public policy in Europe.
In July of 2010, Catalonia, Spain, became the second Spanish region to place a ban on the tradition of bullfighting. This political rejection of the cultural symbol of the state that Spain’s central government had promoted for decades has helped serve as a stepping stone for Catalonia's vote in early November 2014 in favor of secession from Spain.