Clark Center for Global Engagement

James M. Clark Center for Global Engagement

The purpose of the Clark Center for Global Engagement is to advance international education, service and scholarship on the SUNY Cortland campus; to provide an integrated framework to organize and promote all aspects of international education, service and scholarship; and to promote a full appreciation of and involvement with the global community. The center shall be concerned with both on-campus and off-campus, academic and non-academic programs.


Clark Center Director and Coordinator of the International Studies Major & Minor, Prof. Alexandru Balas, published a review of two books about the relations between India and the European Union in the Romanian Journal of Indian Studies, vol.1, no.1, 2023 

September 19, 2023

Clark Center Director, Prof. Alexandru Balas (International Studies), gave a 1h interview for Radio Romania about the 2022 US Midterm Elections

November 17, 2022

Clark Center Council member, Prof. Bekeh Ukelina (History), has recently published a book titled Who Owns Africa? Neocolonialism, Investment, and the New Scramble (Leuven University Press, 2022) 

November 10, 2022

Clark Center Director, Prof. Alexandru Balas (International Studies), gave a presentation about the EU to the Sennightly Literary Club, Homer, NY

November 3, 2022

International Studies (IST) Faculty Advisory Member, Prof. Ben Wodi (Health) has recently published a book titled Global Public Health and Culture (Kendall Hunt, 2022). Prof. Kassim Kone (Sociology/Anthropology) has also contributed to this book.

October 1, 2022

Melissa Alvisi and Jennifer Toribio (International Studies seniors and World First Learning Community alumni) presented a research paper titled "Revising the Belt and Road Initiative: Comparative Analysis Through Policy Recommendations for the Cases of Greece and Italy", at the 20th Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union, Scripps College, Claremont, California, April 2022

May 2, 2022

Clark Center Director, Prof. Alexandru Balas, PhD (Coordinator, International Studies) published a book titled Sharing the Burden of Peace (Peter Lang, 2022)

May 1, 2022

Radio Romania interviewed Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD (International Studies) about the war in Ukraine 

February 24, 2022

Three SUNY Cortland Students and One Recent Graduate Participated in a Global Model European Union Conference 

February 8, 2022

Eight SUNY Cortland Students Represented the University in the Global Model European Union Conference Together with Participants from 24 other Universities in 12 Countries

June 8, 2021

Clark Center Steering Committee Member and Project on Eastern and Central Europe Director, Prof. Moranda, PhD. (History), gave a 45 min. interview about his book, The People's Own Landscape. Nature, Tourism and Dictatorship in East Germany (Univ. of Michigan Press) to the New Books Network

January 29, 2021

Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD (Coordinator, International Studies), gave a one hour interview to Radio Romania Cultural about the 2020 US elections

November 11, 2020

Clark Center Council Member, Prof. Ukelina, PhD (History), hosted for the New Books Network podcast, Dr. Luke Messac, PhD (Brown University), author of No More To Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi's History of Health Care (Oxford University Press, 2020)

October 18, 2020

Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD (Coordinator, International Studies), gave a one hour presentation on the topic "Himalayan Rivalry. India-China Relations" at A.V. Kamalamma College for Women, Davangere, Karnataka, India

September 14, 2020

Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD (Coordinator, International Studies) gave a one hour interview to Radio Romania Cultural about the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S.

June 18, 2020

Previous Clark Center Director, Prof. Sharon Steadman, PhD (Sociology/Anthropology and International Studies) has served as the guest editor of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies
April 26, 2020

Eight SUNY Cortland students represented the university in the 33rd SUNY Model European Union Conference in Brussels, Belgium
March 15, 2020

Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD (Coordinator, International Studies) gave several public lectures in Karnataka, India in January 2020
February 15, 2020

Seven International Studies students participate in International Strategic Crisis Exercise "Jammu and Kasmir" at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 
November 5, 2019

Clark Center Director, Prof. Balas, PhD, presented at the Inaugural Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium at Georgia Institute of Technology 

Upcoming Events

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Latiné Heritage Month 2023 Events (coordinated by Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS)-CGIS)

Latiné History is US History: Ideas for Teaching. September 20 @ 4:30-6 pm. Webex. Gigi Peterson, History, Sabrina Jakobsen, MA-HIS student. Free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required here.  

“Wild Lands and Savages”: How Wilderness Bias has Enabled Oppression in America from Columbus to the Present. September 21 @ 12:00-1:00 pm in Old Main Colloquium. Lecture by Pete Nelson, MA-HIS student and activist. 

Diversity and Environmental Activism. September 21 @ 3:00-3:45 pm in Van Hoesen B0140. Lecture by Pete Nelson, MA-HIS student and activist. 

The Discourses of the Elders: A Panel Discussion. September 25 @ 5:00 pm Old Main Colloquium.  Panelists: Sebastian Purcell, and Andrew Fitzgibbon, Philosophy and Sofía Ortiz-Hinojosa, Vassar College. Discusses Dr. Purcell’s recent book which compiles and translates Nahuatl philosophy. Sponsors: Clark Center for Global Engagement

Noche de Karaoke. September 26 @ 6:00-7:00 pm Corey Union Voice Office. Sponsors: Spanish Club & La Familia Latina (LFL).

Chips & Salsa. September 27 @ 7:30-8:30 pm Corey Union Exhibition. Sponsors: Ritmo Latino, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Spanish Club


Thirty Years Post Genocide in Bosnia. September 15 @ 7pm in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge. Lecture by Dina Radjelas, PhD, Associate Professor, Mohawk Valley Community College

Global Cortland Reception. September 13@4:30pm. Dowd Arts Gallery

International Education: Past, Present, and Future in Transylvania. September 13 @ 11:30am in Van Hoesen B-0229. Lecture by Carmen Tagsorean, PhD, Head of Office, International Students and Mobilities, Center for International Cooperation, Babes-Bolyai University

1989. Struggle for Democracy. August 30, 2023 @ 4:30pm in Old Main Colloquium. Project coordinator: RareČ™ Beuran, Lecturer in the Journalism and Digital Media Department, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at BabeČ™-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.