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Ishmael Beah with his book A Long Way Gone

UNCG Welcomes Ishmael Beah and Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali to Human Rights Lecture Series

Human Rights Week at UNCG begins October 27, 2008, and will coincide with the 2008 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series.  UNCG hosts the lecture series annually and it is free and open to the public. This year is the 60th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and we are proud to welcome Ishmael Beah, Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali, Reverend Canon Samir Habiby, and Dr. Micheline Ishay as some of the guest speakers.

Read more about the Human Rights Lecture Series here.


Autumn Moon Festival in Celebration of New Asian Studies Major!

On September 13, 2008, Dr. Roberto Campo, Director of International and Global Studies at UNCG welcomed campus and community participants to the Autumn Moon Festival gathering celebrating the start of an Asian Studies major at UNCG. Asian Studies is intended for undergraduate students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary study of regions of East, Southeast and South Asia. The new major allows for an extensive study of Asia and can include classes from an eclectic mix of departments.

Read more about the Moon Festival and the new Asian Studies program here.

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Bryan School's SAPA Program Still Going Strong

Owing to the continued success of the Bryan School Study Abroad Peer Ambassador program, the SAPAs are now entering their fourth term. Thirteen students were selected through an application and interview process to represent the Bryan School at study abroad recruiting events throughout the semester. In addition, SAPAs meet one-on-one with students interested in studying abroad during “coffee hours.”

Read more about SAPA's program here.


Letters From Abroad: Studying In Scotland

This past summer, 3 BSW (Bachelors in Social Work) and 5 MSW (Masters in Social Work) students studied comparative social services for a month with Scottish students at the Glasgow School of Social Work.  The course was co-taught by Dr. John Rife and Dr. Betsy Lindsey of the UNCG Department of Social Work and Professor Graham McPheat of the Glasgow School of Social Work.  This International Educational Exchange Program has been ongoing for about 20 years.  Here are Angela Mayes’ reflections on her experience.

Read about Angela Mayes' experiences here.


International Service-Learning Grants Available

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) would like to announce a call for proposals! Every year OLSL provides grants for faculty who have experience and/or are interested in leading a student trip to another country. OLSL believes in the importance of "global possibilities for discovery, inquiry, and learning through service." OLSL's International Service-Learning Program combines academic study with service opportunities in other countries while encouraging students to develop global perspectives, explore multiple concepts of community, and make significant contributions around the world.

Read more about International Service-Learning grants and how to apply for them here.


North Carolina International Leadership Conference for Students

Students are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual North Carolina International Leadership Conference to be held this year at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  The purpose of the conference is to introduce students who are currently enrolled in North Carolina universities and colleges to principles of international leadership.  Katie Krueger, a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Dakar, Senegal in 2004 will be the conference keynote speaker.  Katie co-founded a nonprofit organization that promotes education in Senegal: Project Japalé Gouné.

To read more about upcoming events for students and scholars, or for more about the conference, click here.


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