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.
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.
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.
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.
Christie Nicoson graduated in 2013 from the University of Minnesota with a global studies major. Since then she has been developing her professional skills and working toward a master’s degree in climate change, peace and conflict while studying at Uppsala University in Sweden.
The Global Studies Student Advisory Board is a student-run community outreach organization that was founded just last year. Kate Denney and Roman Yannish, among several other founders, created this group to provide an opportunity for students who were eager to participate in local activism and to welcome new global studies students to the program.
Having served as director of the Human Rights Program since 2001, Barbara Frey is heavily involved in engaging students and researchers with real-world human rights issues happening in the United States and countries around the world.
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.