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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 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

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

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 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

The Miracle of Bern. Thinking about Soccer, Politics, and History on the Eve of the Qatar World Cup. November 7 @ 7pm, Sperry 106

Sportwashing Panel. November 9, 2022 @ 12:30 in Corey Union Fireplace Lounge. SUNY Cortland Panelists: Tracy Trachsler (Sport Management), Kristine Newhall (Kinesiology), and Scott Moranda (History). Moderator: Alexandru Balas (International Studies and Clark Center for Global Engagement)

The Third Half (2014). Thinking about Soccer, Politics and History on the Eve of the Qatar World Cup, Nov. 16 @ 7pm, Sperry 104


India @ 75. Lecture by Rose Veera D'Souza, PhD (Dean of Arts Faculty and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India), September 21, 2022, 11:45am via Webex. Register here 

Tea Travels: Chronicles of a Global Plant Commodity. Lecture by Romita Ray, PhD (Associate Professor, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in History of Architecture, Syracuse University), November 3, 2022 @ 4:30pm in Sperry 106