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February 11, 2016

The Arab Uprisings: Five Years Later; Lecture with Prof. Joel Beinin of Stanford, and Prof. Angela Joya of UO

The Arab Uprisings: Five Years Later

Presented by
Professor Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Professor Angela Joya, University of Oregon

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Event Date: Monday, April 18th

Event Location: Lillis Hall, room 282

Event Time: 4 p.m.

RSVP: isp@uoregon.edu

 

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982, His M.A. from Harvard in 1974, and his B.A. from Princeton in 1970.  From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.  In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
Beinin’s research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and on US policy in the Middle East.  He has written or edited ten books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (Stanford University Press, 2013), co-edited with Frédéric Vairel and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010).

His latest book entitled Workers and Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Here is a link to his book: http://cddrl.fsi.stanford.edu/arabreform/events/workers-and-revolutions-egypt-and-tunisia 

 

Angela Joya’s research focuses on the impact of economic globalization on the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on Egypt and Syria. She conducted fieldwork in Egypt between 2005-2008 where she researched the impact of economic liberalization and privatization on workers and peasants and the role of the state in these processes. She is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively titled The Political Economy of Egypt under Mubarak: Accumulation by Dispossession, Land Relations and Class Reconfigurations. Dr. Joya’s other research interests include the Syrian conflict, the current migrant crisis, Islamist opposition parties and their struggle for power. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey.

 

Event Sponsors: the UO Department of International Studies, Rutherford Middle East Initiative, and UO Global Studies Institute.

February 1, 2016

“Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women’s Rights in Pakistan”

International Studies Department Head, Dr. Anita Weiss was recently interviewed by Dr. SherAli Tareen for his series on new books in Islamic Studies, about her recent book “Interpreting Islam, Modernity and Women’s Rights in Pakistan” (Palgrave Macmillan 2014; Orient Blackswan India, 2015). The interview has just now been made ‘live.’
Click here for the link to the interview.

January 27, 2016

Internship Opportunity

This posting is not endorsed by the INTL department, but has been chosen to share with our students and alumni.

Job Position: Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Internship
Location: New York, NY

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is launching its 12-week, 2016 Internship Research Assistant program for graduate students or professionals. GFDD is seeking outstanding individuals with data analysis and research skills in order to support its ongoing socio-economic sustainable development programs, including the creation of research publications. The primary duties of the Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant include gathering and analyzing information in the areas of:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Dominican diaspora in New York
  • Dominican heritage in New York
  • Opportunities for improving New York – Dominican Republic relations

About the position
The internship position of Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant is a part-time/full time position and has duration of 12 weeks with the ability to work with a minimum of supervision. The internship is paid. The Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant will have his/her own desk space with Internet connection at 780 Third Avenue, Midtown, New York City or 1629 K Street NW, Washington, DC. There is the possibility of an extension in the duration of the program, depending on the results.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant will have the unique opportunity to examine issues of contemporary interest, and explore topics that are part of the GFDD agenda by:

  • Conducting research using online resources and publications.
  • Proofreading; editing; verifying references; compiling bibliographies and summarizing research materials.
  • Writing of factsheets and reports.
  • Find innovative ways to present collected data and communicate information through the audiovisual medium.
  • Support in-person research with interviews and strategic visits.
  • Collaborating in any of GFDD ongoing projects, when necessary.
  • Performing other duties assigned by supervisor.

Skills, Knowledge, and Requirements

  • The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate/graduate student in the field of economics, sociology, or other social science related field, with a background and/or interest in international relations.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, as well as data collection and project management skills.
  • Highly organized, with attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy a must (MS Office suite and internet applications). Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • High capacity for preparing papers and presenting research results on the requested topics in a very short time.
  • Self starter, with ability to conduct independent research; work independently with little or no supervision and as part of a team for extended periods of time.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both domestic and international sustainable development issues.
  • Must be proficient in English and Spanish.

Additional tasks and responsibilities will be assigned as the research needs of the project evolve.

About GFDD
GFDD is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of global collaboration and exchange relevant to Dominican professionals, general audiences and institutions in the homeland and abroad. The Foundation conducts research, enhances public understanding, designs public policies, devises strategies, and offers capacity building in areas crucial to social, economic, democratic and cultural sustainable development.

GFDD creates, facilitates, and implements wider scope international human development projects, building on its own experience, expertise and strong national and international networks.

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Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) is launching its 12-week, 2016 Internship Research Assistant program for graduate students or professionals. GFDD is seeking outstanding individuals with data analysis and research skills in order to support its ongoing socio-economic sustainable development programs, including the creation of research publications. The primary duties of the Socio-Economic Sustainable Development Research Assistant include gathering and analyzing information in the areas of:

Application Process
Applicants must send the following documents to jobs.office@globalfoundationdd.org

  • Cover Letter (indicating academic interests or areas of interest);
  • Resume;
  • 3 to 6 page Writing Sample of a recent research paper;
  • 3 References;
  • 1 letter of recommendation.
November 23, 2015

INTL Profs. Angela Joya and Anita Weiss to participate as panelists for “Global Perspectives on the November 13 Terrorist Attacks on Paris: A Panel Discussion”

“Global Perspectives on the November 13 Terrorist Attacks on
Paris: A Panel Discussion” will provide an academic forum for
sharing of information and informed reflection in response to the
recent terror events. It will take place in the EMU Ballroom from noon – 2 p.m. on
December 3.

Panelists include Cory Browning, Angela Joya, Matthias
Matthijs, Fabienne Moore, Sebastián Urioste, and Anita Weiss. .

For local news coverage of the event, click here!

October 9, 2015

INTL Assistant Prof. Angela Joya contributes to a roundtable on refugee crisis

Featured on Jadaliyya.com

Read more by visiting the link below-

Roundtable On Refugee Crisis: Historical Legacies, Political Context, and Legal Mechanisms

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/22871/roundtable-on-refugee-crisis_historical-legacies-p

September 1, 2015

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan, crossing Attabad Lake in Hunza. Formed on January 4, 2010 from a massive landslide in the Karakorum mountains, the lake submerged entire villages as well as a portion of the Chinese-built Karakorum highway (KKH). Ducks Jonathon Campbell (CAPS) and Anita Weiss (International Studies) sport the O in Shishkat with Sultan Abbas (KIU, International Relations) and their gunman Gul Abbas, haveldar (deputy) of Nagar Police station in Hunza, as their car is loaded on a wooden ferry to cross the lake at Attabad.

UO delegation to Karakorum International University in Gilgit, Pakistan, crossing Attabad Lake in Hunza. Formed on January 4, 2010 from a massive landslide in the Karakorum mountains, the lake submerged entire villages as well as a portion of the Chinese-built Karakorum highway (KKH). Ducks Jonathon Campbell (CAPS) and Anita Weiss (International Studies) sport the O in Shishkat with Sultan Abbas (KIU, International Relations) and their gunman Gul Abbas, haveldar (deputy) of Nagar Police station in Hunza, as their car is loaded on a wooden ferry to cross the lake at Attabad.

June 2, 2015

Three International Studies undergraduates recognized for their outstanding achievements

On April 30th, The Oregon Daily Emerald announced the UO students selected as 25 Ducks winners. Among the 25 students selected, three are current International Studies undergraduate majors!  Read more about Sophia Hoover, Emma Carscallen, and Amber Erkan below.

http://www.dailyemerald.com/2015/04/30/25-ducks-sophie-hoover/

http://www.dailyemerald.com/2015/04/30/25-ducks-emma-carscallen/

http://www.dailyemerald.com/2015/04/30/25-ducks-amber-erkan/

 

From the Daily Emerald Website 4.30.15

What is 25 Ducks?

Out of 24,181 students at the University of Oregon, 25 outstanding Ducks have been selected. Each finalist, and ultimate winner, is nominated and chosen based on their involvement in campus and the surrounding community, the diversity of that involvement and overcoming testing situations.

These nominations are public and open to everyone affiliated with the university.The nominations were then reviewed by a panel from the Emerald Media Group, and were selected by that panel. The interviews with each of the winners were completed by Emerald newsroom employees, and the publication is designed by DesignShop and Venture — business entities of the Emerald Media Group.

Of the finalists there are 14 seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, one first year, one second year, and two third years. Their majors are spread across the board — from business and political science to biological anthropology and Eurasian studies.

Each of the 25 winners are unique. From passion for climate change reform to women’s rights, these Ducks all have something in common: They’re looking to change the world, and using their personal experiences and hardships to do so.

Inside these pages are 25 stories of people, students just like you, who are being recognized for the difference they have making in the community or the challenges they’ve overcome in their lives.

Click here to see their stories.

 

 

April 27, 2015

Bolivian indigenous leaders featured talk: April 28th, from 4-6pm at the Many Nations Longhouse

Two prominent indigenous leaders and International Studies Professor Derrick Hindery will give talks Tuesday 4/28/15 at the Many Nations Longhouse. Details can be found at the following link

Bienvenido Zacu Mborobainchi is a Guarayo indigenous leader who led a seminal march that paved the way for the 2009 Constitution. He subsequently served as General Director in the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, the General Director for Native Indigenous Territories at the Ministry for Lands, and as a congressman and president of the Indigenous and Peasants Nations’ and People’s Commission of the lower chamber. Carlos Cuasace Surubi is a Chiquitano indigenous leader and Mayor of Concepcion, Bolivia who served as a senator in Bolivia as part of President Evo Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) Party. He has played a central role in defending indigenous rights against encroachment from agroindustry and multinational oil and mining corporations. Waldo Mina Quiroga advises Mr. Cuasace and has supported the Chiquitano indigenous people for over 10 years. He has worked on municipal public management and developed public policies for 20 years. Zacu, Cuasace and Mina are excited to share their experiences while at UO and grateful to have met with US tribal representatives who participated in the Coalition Against Environmental Racism conference.

The following are the talk titles:

Carlos Cuasace Surubi and Waldo Mina Quiroga: Advancing Indigenous Rights, Culturally Appropriate “Development” and Environmental Justice in Bolivia

Bienvenido Zacu Mborobainchi: Indigenous Autonomy, Bolivia’s New Constitution and the Mother Earth Law

Derrick Hindery: From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia

March 4, 2015

Global Ducks features IS grad student, Najla Sabri

The UO Alumni Association, highlighting Global Ducks, has written an article featuring International Studies current graduate student, Najla Sabri. Read the story here!

February 16, 2015

INTL Undergraduate Alum published in Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society

INTL alumnus Gian Luca Gamberini (Class of ’14) has been published in Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society. Click the links to read more!

Boda Boda: The Impact of A Motorbike Taxi Service in Rural South Uganda

Gian Luca Gamberini – University of Oregon (2014)

Published: Fall 2014 (p. 138-153)

Categories: Economics, Sociology

Regions: Africa

Abstract: Rural sub-Saharan Africa suffers from a lack of transportation infrastructure, hindering rural access for populations in remote areas to social and economic opportunities available in urban areas. Scholars have studied this issue for decades, focusing on the monetary and social imbalances caused by this isolation. I will analyze a motorbike taxi service called Boda Boda, a means of transportation widely used in East Africa and the factors affecting its use. Binary probability regressions reveal counterintuitive behavior, such as a high sensitivity to distances only for accessing non-productive activities such as health infrastructure. Poisson regressions show that the likelihood of undertaking multiple trips in Boda Boda is high only in the presence of an agricultural surplus. A qualitative analysis based on four surveys shows that Boda Boda is largely used to foster social relations and confirms that it is rarely used as a method to access health or education facilities. I postulate that Boda Boda has a positive impact on the freedom and development of remote populations. The research for this paper took place in two villages in southern Uganda from December 2013 to January 2014.

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