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What's New in the International Studies Program

March 30, 2017


This has been a busy and exciting year for the International Studies Program. Student interest remains strong, with 275 majors and over 150 minors. I'm pleased to bring you news about our program and to update you on some of our accomplishments:

  • International Studies faculty members had the opportunity to learn about their colleagues' scholarly research in the Faculty Seminar Series, which hosted timely presentations by Professor David Deese on the politics of climate mitigation policies among the 60 largest emitting countries; Assistant Professor Matt Sienkiewicz on American broadcasting initiatives in the post 9/11 Middle East; and Associate Professor Franziska Seraphim on American historians of Japan supporting those seeking an accurate and just history of World War II in Asia.
  • Six of our faculty have taught or plan to teach pilot core classes where their interdisciplinary expertise teaching for the International Studies Program is a perfect match for the new integrated approach to the University core.

In other news, two faculty members received promotions: Associate Professor Jennifer Erickson and Associate Professor of the Practice Hiroshi Nakazato.

We cosponsored several events during the year, including a lecture by Dr. Emilio Rabasa Gamboa, General Consul of Mexico; a film screening of Eiji Oguma's Tell the Prime Minister; and talks during International Education Week by Professor Kristin Heyer and Assistant Professor Ben Li

As we look to the future, we hope you will consider making a gift to our program. But most of all, we encourage you to stay in touch and let us know where your travels take you!


Bob Murphy
Director, International Studies Program