September 20: Documenting Cuba Through Cultural Programs. A Perspective from the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Lecture by Wilfredo Benitez Munoz, Executive Director, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba
November 1: Wasp or Mosquito? Lawrence of Arabia and the Turks. Lecture by Edward Erickson, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Clark Center for Global Engagement, SUNY Cortland
November 9: When Policy-Making is Ruled by Politics. A Central Banker Shares his Experiences in Bangladesh. Lecture by Biru Paksha Paul, Associate Professor, Economics Department, SUNY Cortland, former Chief Economist of Bangladesh Central Bank (2014-2016)
November 14: Nuclear North Korea and Iran. Practitioners’ Views, Panel with David Duryea, retired U.S. Navy Rear-Admiral, and Edward Erickson, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Clark Center for Global Engagement, SUNY Cortland. Moderator: Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for Global Engagement
February 27: Call of Duty in the Congo: Conflict Minerals and the Kivus, Lecture by Joshua Kennedy, Associate Director, Student Services, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University – event also part of the Black History Month
April 18: Turkish Invasion of Syria. Afrin, Syria: An Experiment. Lecture by Edward Erickson, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Clark Center for Global Engagement, SUNY Cortland
April 25: European Union Day Keynote Address: Central Europe Swinging Right by Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Visiting Fellow at the Skalny Center, University of Rochester - part of the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Events Series
May 2: When Good People do Something. The Actions of Two Romanians and a Salvadoran during the Holocaust, Lecture by Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for Global Engagement – event part of the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Event Series and of the President’s Sandwich Seminar Series
September 6: Does Immigration Increase the Quality of Democracy? A Study of Migrants in Europe, Lecture by Gabriel Badescu, Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University
September 12: Rising Role of Asia in the World Economy, Dr. Luis Breuer, Division Chief, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
September 21: “Turkey: At the Crossroads of a Coup D’Etat” Panel
September 27: “Study Abroad in Transylvania” / “Teach/Conduct Research in Transylvania”. Presentation from from Babes-Bolyai University - Carmen Tagsorean, International Center Head of Office and Elena Abrudan, Journalism Chair – promoting the Erasmus+ KeyAction1 Faculty and Student Fellowships and the cooperation between SUNY Cortland and Babes-Bolyai University
October 26: The Current Challenges of the Middle East and The Legacy of the Ottoman Empire’s Demise in World War I, Dr. Edward Erickson, Marine Corps University,
November 29: Joshua Kennedy, Associate Director, Student Services, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University - International Graduate Opportunities at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
March 8: UK May “Brexit” the European Union – Panel. Panelists: Jerome O’Callaghan, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences, SUNY Cortland; Henry Steck, Emeritus Professor, Political Science, SUNY Cortland; Alexandru Balas, Coordinator, International Studies Program, SUNY Cortland; Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Chair, Philosophy Department, SUNY Cortland
March 21: The Value of Studying Arabic – Arabic 101 for Fall ’17 – Panel
March 23: My Life as an Afghan Refugee in Iran, Lecture by Dr. Hadi Hosainy, Florida State University,
March 23: Dr. Hadi Hosainy, Florida State University, Guest Speaker in ENG252 American Multicultural Literature to discuss the book Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
March 23: Slavery, Women, and the Shari’a Court in 17th Century Istanbul, Lecture by Dr. Hadi Hosainy, Florida State University
March 29: Will History Absolve US? Perspectives and Changes in Cuban-US Relations, Lecture by Dr. Gigi Peterson, History, SUNY Cortland -
April 13: Talking to Terrorists. Non-Violence and Counter-Terrorism. Lessons for Gaza from Northern Ireland. Panel. Panelists: Jerome O’Callaghan, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences, SUNY Cortland; Henry Steck, Emeritus Professor, Political Science, SUNY Cortland; Andreas Kotelis, Scholar-in-Residence, Clark Center for Global Engagement, SUNY Cortland; Alexandru Balas, Coordinator, International Studies Program, SUNY Cortland. Book Author: Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Chair, Philosophy Department, SUNY Cortland
April 18:China and the Future of American Hegemony During Trump’s Presidency, Lecture by Dr. Oguz Dilek (PhD, Keele University)
April 25: European Union Day Keynote Address: Resolving Cyprus – Peace in the Mediterranean, Lecture by Dr. Andreas Kotelis – Scholar-in-Residence, Clark Center for Global Engagement/Visiting Instructor, International Studies Program
September 15: Entre Les Murs, France. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
September 16: “Turkey & ISIS: A Reliable Ally?” Lecture by Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Director, Institute for Turkish Studies, Georgetown University
September 22: Sleep Dealer, Mexico. Part of the “Immigration in the Americas” Films
September 29: The Intouchables, France. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
October 6: In this World, UK. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
November 10: SUNY and the World: Toward Comprehensive Internationalization of the SUNY System, Lecture by Sally Crimmins-Villela, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs of the State University of New York
February 24: Inch’allah Dimanche. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
March 2: Fulbright: The Nation’s Flagship International Exchange Program, Two Lectures by Dr. John Allegrante, Professor of Health Education & Fulbright Program Advisor, Teachers College, Columbia University
March 3: “The UN at 70: Constructing a Balance Sheet” Lecture by Dr. Paul Diehl, President, International Studies Association; Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Texas-Dallas
March 3: Turning Good Teaching On Its Head: A Thought Experiment, Lecture by Dr. Paul Diehl, President, International Studies Association; Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, University of Texas-Dallas
March 31: The Class (Entre les Murs). Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
April 6: Russia and Its Role in Contemporary Eastern Europe, Lecture by Dr. John Ryder, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success/Provost and Professor of Philosophy, American University of Ras al Khaimah, UAE
April 7: East, West, and In-Between: Universities in the Arab World, Lecture by Dr. John Ryder, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success/Provost and Professor of Philosophy, American University of Ras al Khaimah, UAE
April 12: European Union Day Keynote Lecture “European Union and Belarus", By Larissa Titarenko, Belarus State Univ., Fulbright Scholar at SUNY Cortland
April 13: “Brazil’s Rio Olympics: Sport Management, Socio-Economics, and Refugees” Panel
November 13: The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa: Etiology and Socio-Cultural Factors. Panelists: Dr. Ben Wodi, Health Department; Dr. Christa Chatfield, Biology Department; Dr. Devin Coppola, Medical Director, Student Health Service; Moderator: Dr. Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for International Education
November 20: 1989-2014 Berlin Wall to Ukraine. From Cold War to Cold War?, by Ionut Lacusta, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
November 21: Working as an International Diplomat, by Ionut Lacusta, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
April 6: Democratic Governance and Comparative Fracking Policies in the United States and European Union. Dr. Andreea Maierean, Wilkes University
April 9: ISIS Forum: A State of Crisis. Panelists: Dr. Benjamin De Lee (History, SUNY Cortland) ISIS and the Caliphate; Dr. Alexandru Balas (Clark Center/IST, SUNY Cortland) The Rise and Spread of ISIS; Dr. Andreas Kotelis (International Relations, Zirve University) The Impact of ISIS on its Neighbors; Dr. Sharon Steadman (Soc/Ant, SUNY Cortland), ISIS and Human Rights Violations; Moderator: Dr. Girish Bhat (History, SUNY Cortland). The Clark Center was responsible for setting up the live web-conferencing system to bring in live on the screen the opinions of Dr. Andreas Kotelis from Zirve University, Gazientep, Turkey.
April 28: Peace and Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mali, Central African Republic, and Nigeria. Dr. Martin Welz, Konstanz University, Germany
October 21: The Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion, Talk by Dr. Larbi Touaf, Fullbright Scholar at SUNY Cortland & Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco @ TC3 Room 210 4-5:30 pm (in partnership with TC3)
November 6: Panel on Careers for International Studies Majors @ Moffett 2125 4:30-6pm. Panelists: Tracy Marvin, ESL Instructor; David Hempson, Vice-President, Marietta Corp; Mary Schlarb, International Programs Office, SUNY Cortland; Peter Castro, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University; Michael Goldman, SUNY Cortland MA student, Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal
November 19: The Impact of the Free Trade Treaty, GMOs, and Seed Banks on Farmers in Guatemala @ Old Main Colloquium 220 12-1 pm (in partnership with TC3)
December 4: International Film Screening - Joyeaux Noel (2005)
February 10: Putin’s Games. Sports, Society, Politics, and Economy. Panelists: Alexandru Balas (moderator), Clark Center for International Education; Ted Fay, Sport Management; Yomee Lee Kinesiology; Jing Huang, Associate Professor, School of Physical Education, Southwest University, China; and Susan Rayl, Kinesiology.
February 13: An International Career with the United Nations, Talk by Catherine Bertini, former Director of the United Nations’ World Food Program & Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
March 4: Democratization in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 Years On, Talk by Dr. Vera Axyonova, Fulda University, Germany. The Clark Center for International Education received a $500 CALS Grant to support with hosting Dr. Vera Axyonova from Fulda University, Germany. Dr. Axyonova was also interviewed by a local radio station from Ithaca about the events in Eastern Europe.
March 4: Presentation “Want to Study Abroad in Germany?”, Dr. Vera Axyonova, Fulda University, Germany
March 18: Presentation “1 Year With Pope Francis” with Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark
October 23- December 8, 2017: “Incited” Exhibit by Montenegrin artist Blazo Kovacevic – part of 2017 International Celebration events
October 24: Cold Fear- Gay Life in Russia – Film Screening
November 10: India, Dakshina Kannada, and World War I, Lecture by Vishanz Pinto, PhD, Department of History, St. Aloysius College (talk at Ithaca College) – part of 2017 International Celebration Events
November 30: Coming Out (East Germany, 1989) – Film Screening – part of 2017 International Celebration Events
March 22: Mushrooms (Termitomyces) Farmed by Termites in Africa: Diversity, Utilization, Ethnomycology , Lecture by Dawit Abate, (Professor of Mycology, Department of Microbial and Cellular Biology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
April 19: In Darkness (2011) – Film Screening – part of the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Events Series
April 25: Rethinking Poles & Jews: Steps Forward, Steps Backward, Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, Visiting Fellow at the Skalny Center, University of Rochester – part of the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Events Series
September 26: Social Suffering and Social Healing in Japan: PTSD, Trauma, and post-Disaster Psychosocial Recovery, Lecture by Isaac Gagné, Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong -
September 27: Abrazo (Guatemala/US, 2014) – Film Screening
October 19-December 1: “Future of the Past: Reviving Ancient Maya Ceramic Traditions in a Modern Maya Community” Exhibit and Events
November 2: Tsofa (France/Republic of Congo, 2012) – Film Screening
November 3: Building a Career as a Diplomat, Lecture by U.S. Ambassador Stephen M. Young
November 3: The Rise of China and Its Effect on U.S and Taiwan: An American Diplomat’s Personal Perspective, Lecture by U.S. Ambassador Stephen M. Young
November 10: 2017 Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society Induction Ceremony
March 22: State-Sponsored Terrorism: Fact or Fiction? Panel
April 13: Heroism and Cross-Cultural Chivalry: Military Masculinity in 12th Century Crusading Warfare, Lecture by Dr. Matthew Bennett, Emeritus, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
April 25: Tickling Giants (Egypt/USA, 2017) – Film Screening
May 2: African Footballers in Europe, Lecture by Dr. Carl-Gustaf Scott
September 11: Tai Chi for Wellness by Dr. Jesse Tsao
September 12-13: Learn Taijiquan Bang with Master Jesse Tsao (workshop)
September 22: Cross-Cultural Miscommunication in the K-12 classroom
September 25: Caleb Orosco and Human Rights in Central America, Presentation by Julia Scott, NY Magazine author
October 22: “Politics of Immigration” Panel
November 5: In the Eye of The Typhoon: Taiwan and The Growing Dispute In The South China Sea, Lecture by Dennis Hickey, Political Science Dept., Missouri State University
February 9: The Growing Danger of Nuclear War and What We Can Do About It, Lecture by Ira Heldfeld, MD, Co-founder and Past President, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
March 1: From Arab Spring to Balkan Winter: Self-Immolation and the Politics of Austerity, Lecture by Martin Marinos, Doctoral Student, Department of Communications, Pittsburg University, Screenwriter (Plamen)
March 29: “Ending Genocide in Central Africa and Burma” Lecture by Dr. John Weiss, History Department, Cornell University Wednesday
April 11: AMES Forum: “Migrants and Refugees from Asia: Should They Stay or Should They Go?” Panelists include: Dr. Scott Moranda (History, SUNY Cortland) - Syrian Refugees in Europe; Dr. Dennis Weng (Political Science, SUNY Cortland) - The North Korean Migrant Crisis; Dr. Lamis Abdelaaty (Political Science, Syracuse University) - Syrian Refugees, Turkey, and Human Rights. Moderator: Dr. Girish Bhat (History, SUNY Cortland)
April 18: “Through My Eyes” Café Night presented by students from H.W. Smith Elementary School
April 25: I Learn America. Film Screening
April 26: “Welcoming the Stranger” Presented by Dylan Fresco
September 5: Taijiquan and Qiqong: The Ancient Path to Wellness, by Dr. Jesse Tsao
September 6-7: Learn Chen Style Taijiquan with Master Jesse Tsao (workshop)
November 6: Todd Miller’s book talk on Border Patrol Nation
October-November: Rubble Films Series: Classics of Post-1945 European Cinema (four films: Murders Among Us, Somewhere in Europe, The Third Man, Ashes and Diamonds; and one talk: Memories of a Berlin Boyhood by Henry Steck)
October 22-December 10: “Transcendences” Exhibition. Dowd Gallery Exhibition
February 18: Cross-Cultural Miscommunication: A Panel and Audience Discussion
April 7: Rubble Film Series/Holocaust Memorial Event: A Long Way Home
April 9: The Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity and Ukraine’s Far East. Dr. Zenon Wasyliw, Ithaca College
September 18: Panel on Conflict in Syria: How Should the U.S. Respond?
Panelists: Richard Kendrick (moderator), Director, Institute for Civic Engagement; Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for International Education; Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Director, Center for Ethics and Peace and Social Justice, and Larbi Touaf, Fullbright Scholar at SUNY Cortland & Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco. Alexandru Balas, the director of the Clark Center for International Education gave an interview to WBNG-TV Binghamton about the situation in Syria.
October 29: German Film Series, Divided Heaven (Der getelite Himmel) (1964) @ Sperry 305 7pm. Film introduced by Alexandru Balas, director, Clark Center for International Education
October 30: Cross-Cultural Communication Panel @ Moffett 2125 4:30pm. This event was organized by the Institute for Civic Engagement and sponsored by the Clark Center.
November 5: Cave Archaeology in Western Belize, Talk by Dr. Jaime Awe (Belize) @ Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall 4:30 pm
November 5: German Film Series, Goodbye, Lenin (2003) @ Sperry 305 7pm
November 12: German Film Series, Barbara (2012) @ Sperry 305 7pm
November 12: The Challenges to Women’s Full Citizenship in Morocco, Talk by Soumia Boutkhil, Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco
November 14: German Film Series Talk, Imagining the West from the East, Dr. Michael Richardson, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences, Ithaca College, @ Sperry 305 7pm
March 5: Cross-Cultural Miscommunication Panel. Alexandru Balas, Director of the Clark Center for International Education, was one of the panelists along with several international students on campus.
March 26: Revolutions Forum. Revolutions: Solutions or…Mistake
Panelists: Robert J. Spitzer (moderator), SUNY Cortland, Political Science Department; Girish Bhat, SUNY Cortland, History Department, Lessons from the Russian Revolution; Alexandru Balas, SUNY Cortland, International Studies Program, Bloody Revolution: Romania in 1989; Gigi Peterson, SUNY Cortland, History Department, The Mexican Revolution: Lasting Effects; Zenon Wasyliw, Ithaca College, History Department, Moment by Moment: Revolution in Ukraine
April 4: Presentation “History Opens Worlds”, Robert Hoffman, SUNY Cortland Alumni
April 17: Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. Film Screening “In Darkness”
April 22: Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. “Remembrance and Reconciliation: A Return to Germany from America”, lecture by David Kay, Cornell University
May 1: Inside the International Criminal Court. Speaker: Karen L. Corrie, advisor to the President of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties
Global Walls: The Migration and Refugee Crisis
Clark Center For International Education
Wednesday, February 24th
Inch’allah Dimanche. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 104
Thursday, March 3th
“The UN at 70: Constructing a Balance Sheet” Lecture by Dr. Paul Diehl, President, International Studies Association @ 4:30pm in Jacobus Lounge
Tuesday, March 29th
“Ending Genocide in Central Africa and Burma” Lecture by Dr. John Weiss, Cornell University @ 4:30 PM in Exhibition Lounge, Corey Union
Wednesday, March 30th
Brooks Museum Student Posters & Presentations “Global Walls. Global Issues”
@ 4:30 PM in Moffett Lobby & Moffett 2125
Thursday, March 31st
The Class (Entre les Murs). Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 205
Tuesday, April 5th
“Cortland’s Red Scare: Immigration, Radicalism, and Civil Liberties in the Post World War I period” Lecture by Dr. Randi Storch, SUNY Cortland
@ 4:30 PM in Sperry 104
Monday, April 11th
Migrants and Refugees from Asia: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
@ 7 PM in Jacobus Lounge
Tuesday April 12th
European Union Day Keynote Lecture “European Union and Belarus”
By Larissa Titarenko, Belarus State Univ., Fulbright Scholar @ SUNY Cortland
@ 4:30 PM in Sperry 104
Wednesday, April 13th
“Brazil’s Rio Olympics: Sport Management, Socio-Economics, and Refugees” Panel @ 12 PM in Fireplace Lounge, Corey Union
Monday, April 18th
“Through My Eyes” Café Night presented by students from H.W. Smith Elementary School @ 4:30 PM in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Monday, April 25th
I Learn America. Film Screening @ 4:30 PM in Sperry 104
Tuesday, April 26th
“Welcoming the Stranger” Presented by Dylan Fresco @ 7 PM in Jacobus Lounge
Events organized by: International Studies Program; The Clark Center for International Education; The Asia-Middle Eastern Studies Committee; Sport Management Department; Economics Department; a European Union Erasmus + Jean Monnet Module grant; a CALS grant; Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee; and Brooks Museum Lecture Series
Paul Diehl Talk 1
Global Walls: The Migration and Refugee Crisis
Clark Center For International Education
Part I, Fall ’15: Europe and the Americas
Tuesday, September 15th
Entre Les Murs, France. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 304
Wednesday, September 16th
“Turkey & ISIS: A Reliable Ally?” Lecture by Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Georgetown University @ 4:30 PM in Moffett 2125
Tuesday, September 22nd
Sleep Dealer, Mexico. Part of the “Immigration in the Americas” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 304
Tuesday, September 29th
The Intouchables, France. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 304
Tuesday, October 6th
In this World, UK. Part of the “Immigration to Europe” Films
@ 6 PM in Sperry 304
September-October Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Sin Nombre, Mexico. Part of the “Immigration in the Americas” Films
Harvest Empire/Crossing the Line, USA. Part of the “Immigration in the Americas” Films
“The Politics of Immigration” Panel
The specifics of these three events above are TBA
Wednesday, November 11th
“Have the 1930s Returned? The Resurgence of Extreme Nationalism in Contemporary Europe” Brooks Lecture by Dr. Mabel Berezin, Cornell University
@ 4:30 PM in Moffett 2125
Part II, Spring ’16: Africa, Asia, and Australia
Events TBA in Early Spring
Fall ’15 events sponsored by: The International Studies Program; The Clark Center for International Education; The Brooks Museum; The Political Science Department; The Latino and Latin American Studies Program; The Asia-Middle Eastern Studies Committee, and a CALS grant.
On November 13, 2014 the Clark Center for International Education together with the Health Department, the Biological Sciences Department, the Student Health Services, and the International Programs Office organized a panel discussion about the Ebola Epidemic. Dr. Ben Wodi (Professor, Health Department), Dr. Christa Chatfield (Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department), and Dr. Devin Coppola (Director, Student Health Services) were the panelists. The panel was moderated by Dr. Alexandru Balas (Director, Clark Center for International Education).
A little more than 100 students, faculty, and staff members attended this interesting Sandwich Seminar. Below you can find the PowerPoint presentations of the speakers, as well as a list of organizations that tackle the Ebola Epidemic, in case you wonder how you could help.
On March 18, 2014 the Clark Center for International Education and the O'Heron Newman Catholic Chapel welcomed Bishop Matthew Clark to the SUNY Cortland Campus for his talk: “One Year With Pope Francis.” An audience of over forty attended this event, including members of the Cortland community from all generations. The Bishop provided the audience with vignettes of the Pope, which have worked in molding his global reputation. The talk emphasized the Pope’s humble nature and the strides he has made in the promotion of equality. Bishop Clark’s talk ended with an engaging discussion amongst audience members.
Vera Axyonova lecturing about democratization Prof. Henry Steck offers a Red Dragons gift to Vera Axyonova
On March 4th, 2014 Dr. Vera Axyonova held her lecture "The Process of Democratization in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 25 Years On." Dr. Axyonova is a distinguished scholar, a speaker of many languages, and an expert on the subject. She shed light on the non-linear process of democratization in both Central Asia and Eastern Europe that has been occurring since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. Dr. Axyonova's presentation paid particular attention to the relationship between a country's identification with the European Union and its overall willingness to move toward democracy.
On February 10th the Clark Center for International Education, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Sports Management collaborated in hosting “Putin’s Games.” Over fifty guests joined together in Corey Union’s Fireplace Lounge to watch panelists Dr. Yomee Lee, Dr. Ted Fay, Dr. Susan Rayl, and Dr. Jing Huang to discuss what goes on behind the scenes of the Olympic Games. The event was moderated by Alexandru Balas, Director of the Clark Center for International Education. Specific topics that were discussed include the expansive nature of the Olympics over the years, the enormous cost of this year’s Sochi Olympics, China’s improvement in the Games, and the debt that is left in the hands of local taxpayers after the event concludes. Overall, this successful event was an eye-opening experience for its attendees, allowing them to see beyond what is televised and look at the Olympic Games through a more critical lens.
The Clark Center for International Education hosted an event in which the former Director of the World Food Programme, Catherine Bertini, discussed international careers to an audience of over sixty individuals. By 1992 she became the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and from 2003-2005 she began to work for the UN under the Secretary General for Management. She began by providing the attendees with an overview of her experience working internationally, such as the time in which she and her colleagues were dropping food out of airplanes for the hungry in Sudan during a time of violence. After telling her story about working internationally, Bertini then explained the various career opportunities offered by the United Nations, noting the requirements one needs to fulfill to be considered for these jobs. Bertini’s lecture not only proved the audience that they, too, can change the world, but also informed attendees how to go about doing so.
The Clark Center for International Education would like to congratulate our Clark Center Council colleague, Dr. Marley Barduhn, who was invited to serve as a Global Fellow in the SUNY Office of Global Affairs. The scope of Marley's work as a Global Fellow will include: a) conducting a baseline system-wide assessment of globalization of teacher and educational leader preparation programs; b) creating a pre-conference or targeted session at the COIL Conference in NYC in March 2014; and c) exploring ways to enhance electronic means of communication focused on increasing global competence of faculty, staff, and students.
Luckily for SUNY Cortland, Marley will continue to be based at SUNY Cortland and will continue her current work on an education-related initiative between SUNY Cortland and the University of the West Indies.
Marley, congratulations and thank you for the great work on internationalization you're doing on our campus and throughout the SUNY system.
From October 21 to November 20, 2013, SUNY Cortland was the host of the International Celebration Month. The Clark Center for International Education is the focal point for the International Celebration Month activities, but more than 20 different units on campus have organized events during this period. The events took the students, faculty, and community members on journeys to explore the Arab Spring in the Middle East, life in East Germany as portrayed in movies, Bollywood and South Korean music, gender studies in Ghana, life of a Guatemalan Mayan family, and potential international jobs. The Clark Center would like to thank all the participants, organizers, and sponsors of these events that show how valued international education is on the SUNY Cortland Campus.
As every year, the Clark Center for International Education has bestowed the Clark Center Internationalization Award to a member of our community that has done an impressive work to promote international education at SUNY Cortland and in the community. The 2013 recipient of the Clark Center Internationalization Award is Sharon Steadman, Professor of Anthropology in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at SUNY Cortland. Sharon Steadman is the Director of the Prehistoric Project at Cadir Hoyuk (a combined ethnographic and archaeological study in central Turkey) and one of the leaders of the World First Learning Community at SUNY Cortland. Until August 2013 she coordinated the International Studies Program and was the Interim Director of the Clark Center for International Education. Professor Steadman has worked tirelessly to promote internationalization and international education at SUNY Cortland. Below is a photo of Professor Steadman with the Internationalization Award received at the Closing Reception of the International Celebration Month 2013.
Alexandru Balas, Director of the Clark Center for International Education, Sharon Steadman, the recipient of the Clark Center Internationalization Award, and Mary Schlarb, Director of the International Programs Office
On October 21, Larbi Touaf, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at SUNY-Cortland and Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco opened SUNY Cortland's International Celebration Month with a talk titled "The Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion". His talk presented an overview of the Arab Spring events and focused on three case studies: Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. Prof. Touaf presented the model of the Moroccan approach to the Arab Spring that allowed this country to avoid violence and bloodshed. The event was organized at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), as part of a cooperation between the Clark Center of International Education and the Institute for Civic Engagement at SUNY Cortland and the Global Initiatives Council & the Social Science Department, TC3. The Clark Center for International Education would like to thank Professor David Flaten from TC3 for his hospitality and help in organizing this event. Below are some photos from this talk than gathered approximately 35 faculty members and students.
Larbi Touaf Talking About the Arab Spring in Egypt
On September 30, 2013, Katty AlHayek, a Syrian scholar at Ohio University, gave a short lecture via Skype to students in the International Relations, POL 250 course, taught by Alexandru Balas, Assistant Professor of International Studies. Katty AlHayek received her BA in Media and Journalism from Damascus University (2008) and will receiver her MA in Communication and Development from Ohio University (2014). She is the recipient of the prestigious Open Society Foundation Fellowship MEROL (Middle East Rule of Law) for 2012-2014. Previously she has worked for the Geneva Institute for Human Rights (2010-2012), was the editor-in-chief of a Syrian magazine, Frog, and represented the Syrian Women’s Network at the United Nations session on “Women and the political process in Syria -how to promote their inclusion and participation”, held in United Nations Plaza in New York, June 13, 2013.
During her Skyped-in lecture, she provided a personal analysis of the conflict and the potential for sectarian violence and gave several examples from her family's experience about what is going on in Syria. She also provided some suggestions about how the international community should address this conflict in a non-violent way. The students were very interested in the topic and had numerous questions for the guest speaker. This activity was linked to an assignment that the students were asked to write.
On September 18, 2013, The Clark Center for International Education together with the Institute for Civic Engagement and the Center for Ethics, Peace, and Social Justice (CEPS) organized a teach-in panel titled “Conflict in Syria: How Should the U.S. Respond? The event gathered three SUNY Cortland scholars to discuss about the implications of the current civil war in Syria for U.S. foreign-policy decision-making. The panel was moderated by Richard Kendrick, Director, Institute for Civic Engagement & Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology.
Larbi Touaf, Fullbright Scholar at SUNY Cortland & Associate Professor, Universite Mohammed I Oujda, Morocco gave an excellent overview of the historical elements of the conflict and placed the Syrian conflict in the larger framework of the Arab Spring. Alexandru Balas, Director, Clark Center for International Education & Coordinator, International Studies Program presented a conflict analysis of the major actors and the type of activities a third party, like the United Nations, could take. Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Director, Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice (CEPS) & Chair, Department of Philosophy presented some options for peace and social justice that should be at the forefront of any type of third party intervention in the Syrian conflict.
The event gathered approximately 60 participants and was also featured in the local media.(http://www.wbng.com/story/32983628/clearing-up-the-syrian-conflict).
November 7, 2011 Luncheon Workshop:
Would you like to take students on a two or three week study abroad program? Do you want to include a study abroad component in your course, or take students with you to do international research? This workshop outlines the process, pitfalls, and joys of designing and running a faculty-led study abroad program.
November 14, 2011 Luncheon Workshop:
Would you like to teach either a course segment (module) or an entire course with an international partner? This workshop will offer information on how to identify an appropriate international partner, suggest guidelines on how such courses work on the SUNY Cortland campus, and identify resources supporting anyone interested in developing such modules or courses.
February 14, 2012 Luncheon Workshop:
This workshop offers an overview of six-hour teaching modules created & piloted by SUNY Cortland and Brockport faculty in collaboration with the Levin Institute as part of the SUNY Global Workforce Project. Incorporating these modules is a simple and effective way of including international material from a wide variety of disciplines. The workshop will explain how the modules work and how to begin using one or more in your courses. Module topics include: gender, sustainability, human rights, technology, health, service organizations, migration, global trade, banking & finance, and nationalism & state sovereignty.
March 1, 2012 Luncheon Workshop:
Would you like to spend a semester, a summer, or even just a few weeks teaching or researching abroad? This workshop will provide information on the variety of fellowships and grants available to faculty, and offer general guidelines on how to write a successful fellowship proposal.