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Portrait of Marna Wal

Exploring Global Protest Culture

At a time of unrest in South Africa, Marna Wal had the opportunity to experience protest culture firsthand. While studying abroad at the University of Cape Town, Wal was immersed in a student movement organized around increased tuition rates. This unique social atmosphere gave her insight into the complicated political culture of post-apartheid South Africa.
Portrait of Mariam Salama

A Bright Light in the World

Senior Mariam Salama had the opportunity to speak at last year’s CLA Bright Lights celebration, where she offered insights from her experiences as an undergraduate. Her journey through college brought challenges, rewards, and wisdom to share with others. Salama reflects on her travel to Uganda and the impact that serving as a CLA ambassador has had on her life.
Portrait of Cawo Abdi

Searching for Belonging

How can a country’s culture and migration regulations affect an immigrant’s ability to adjust? Professor Cawo Abdi studies the diaspora of Somali people and how they’ve adjusted to their new homelands. She finds that while Somali refugees remain hopeful that they will find a sense of belonging, they face unexpected challenges when adjusting to life in a new country.
Portrait: Hassan Abdel Salam

Islamic Law: An Examination of Human Rights Issues in Today’s Muslim Societies

Assistant Professor Hassan Abdel Salam explores the relationship between Islamic law and how it interacts with human rights in his research for the Institute of Global Studies. Abdel Salam hopes to discover how Islamic clerics conceptualize human rights, how everyday Muslims express their devotion, and how Islamophobia is produced in the United States and the world as a whole.
Photo of art professor Tom Rose

The Dialect of Art

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.
Photograph of PhD students and poster

The Unseen Global City

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.