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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.


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.

January 29, 2015

INTL Faculty Member Angela Joya featured in CAS Magazine

“How can ISIS happen? Middle East expert looks through the lens of political economy”

Read it here!

Joya CAS Article

January 6, 2015

Undergraduate Advising Drop-In Hours for Spring 2015

Current INTL majors, Pre-INTL Majors, and prospective majors can stop by our undergraduate advising office in 304 PLC for drop in assistance and advising issues.


Drop in hours for Spring Term 2015

(schedule effective as of Monday, April 6, 2015)

Monday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tuesday 9 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday 8 am – noon, 2 – 7 pm

Thursday 10 am – 5 pm

Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm

October 29, 2014

World Bank President Jim Kim refers to IS Graduate Student Najla Sabri’s passion to empower Afghan women

Watch the short (01:30) video below, as World Bank President Jim Kim briefly describes the progress in Afghanistan over the past 10 years, and how people (including IS graduate student, Najla Sabri) are grateful for the opportunities which allows for a positive future for the girls and women of this country.

October 8, 2014

Fall 2014 Scholarship Opportunities for undergraduate INTL majors

Two departmental scholarships have just been announced for Fall Term 2014; the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship and the Judy Fosdick Oliphant Scholarship.

The Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship is designed to assist students with the costs associated with earning a degree in International Studies at the UO.

The Oliphant Scholarship is designed to assist students with costs associated with completing the overseas requirement for the major, and who have plans to complete the experience within the current academic year.

Deadline for applications for both scholarships is Friday, October 24th, 2014. Please submit complete applications to the undergraduate coordinator in 175 PLC before 4:30pm on the date listed.

Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Requirements-

• Cumulative UO G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher
• minimum of 8 credit hours INTL course work completed prior to 9/30/2014
• accepted into the International Studies Major prior to 12/31/14
• completed 90 total credit hours (junior class standing) prior to 12/31/14
• maintain full‐time student status during the2015-16 academic year

Oliphant Scholarship Requirements-

  • Enrolled full-time at the University of Oregon during their time abroad,
  • Majoring or double-majoring in International Studies,
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.


Oregon Consular Corps 2014-15 Announcement

Oregon Consular Corps 2014-15 Application

Oliphant Announcement Fall 2014

Oliphant Application 2014-15

October 7, 2014

Foundation for Sustainable Development accepting applications for Winter

Foundation for Sustainable Development accepting applications for Winter

deadline November 1, 2014

Intern abroad with FSD in development sectors:

  • Appropriate Technology
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equal rights
  • Economic development
  • Health
  • Gender equity
  • Youth and education for more details.

October 3, 2014

INTL professors to participate in Globalization, Gender and Development Conference at the UO in October 2014

International Studies Professors Yvonne Braun, Anita Weiss and Kristin Yarris will be participating in the Globalization, Gender and Development Conference at the UO on October 23-24, 2014.


Please visit the conference website for more information including schedule of events, keynote speakers and participants,  event sponsors, and more.

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