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2015-2016 Activities

Global Walls: The Migration and Refugee Crisis 

Global Walls: The Migration and Refugee Crisis

2015-2016 Theme

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.

2014-2015 Activities

Ebola Epidemic in West Africa. Etiology and Socio-Cultural Factors 
Panel Discussion
November 13, 2014 

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. 

2013-2014 Activities

One Year with Pope Francis
Lecture by Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark
March 18, 2014

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.

Democratization in Eastern Europe and Central Asia 25 Years On
Vera Axyonova, Fulda University, Germany
March 3, 2014

Vera Axyonova Lecture 1           Henry Steck offers a gift to Vera Axyonova

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. 

Putin's Games. Sports, Society, Politics, and Economics 
February 10, 2014

Olympics Panel

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. 

An International Career with the United Nations
Catherine Bertini, former Director of the UN's World Food Programme
February 13, 2014

Catherine Bertini Talk 1     Catherine Bertini Talk 2

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.

Clark Center's Council Member Marley Barduhn, Global Fellow @ SUNY Office of Global Affairs
November 21, 2013

Marley Barduhn

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.

Successful International Celebration Month 2013 @ SUNY Cortland
November 21, 2013

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

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

Larbi Touaf Talk - "The Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion"
November 21, 2013

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        Arab Spring Between Secularism and Religion
Larbi Touaf Talking About the Arab Spring in Egypt    

Syrian Scholar talks to International Relations students via Skype
September 30, 2013

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.

Skyped-In Syria Scholar

Conflict in Syria: How Should the U.S. Respond?
September 18, 2013

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.

2012-2013 Activities

Under Construction

2011-2012 Activities


Creating a Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Abroad Program

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.



Teaching Online with an International Partner

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.



Embedding Global Issues in your 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.



International Teaching & Research Fellowships

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.