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December 7, 2016

Highly Promising Graduate Student



International Studies M.A. student, Brianne Holden, was recently honored by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), naming her a “highly promising graduate in the field of international education.” Brianne is the co-winner of the Harold Josephson Award, which includes an honorarium. She has been invited to attend the AIEA’s yearly conference in February, held in Washington, D.C., where Brianne will exhibit a poster presentation of her MA research. Congratulations, Brianne!

November 14, 2016

Bi-Cultural Exchange (U.S./Russia)

8 Fellowships Available for Qualified Students

* Does an international experience in Russia sound like something that you are interested in?

img_0799* Would you like to participate in bi-cultural (the US and Russia) exchange on youth welfare this academic year? 

* Are you interested in traveling to Russia this summer and learning about youth challenges in both countries?
If you answered  “yes” to the mentioned-above questions, this opportunity is for you!

Two Informational Sessions about this opportunity will be held on November 15 (Tuesday) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and on November 16 (Wednesday) from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at PLC # 348).

There will be 8 fellowships available for qualified students to go to Russia that will cover air tickets, room and board.

The “Prevention Bridges to Youth Positive Change” Project won the US-Russia Peer-to Peer Award this academic year. This is our second exchange project with our Russian partner-organization that we are working together on with the assistance of UO faculty and students.

In February 2017 (dates TBA), the International Studies Program will host a ten-day seminar on youth welfare for project participants from Russia. All selected students will take a one-credit seminar during winter and spring terms to get ready for participating in all project activities.

At the beginning of July 2017 (dates TBA) our Russian partner organization will host a ten-day summer school in Stavropol Region, Russia for both Russian and American project participants.

If you are interested in participating in this Project or have any questions, please contact Kathie Carpenter or Project Coordinator, Elena Bogolyubova .

November 11, 2016

Brianne Holden: Conference Presentation

Study Abroad Challenges

International Studies M.A. student Brianne Holden presented her poster, “Third Country Study: the Role of Degree Seeking International Students as Study Abroad Participants” at a recent Region XII National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) conference, held in Palm Springs, CA October 31-November 4, 2016.

Brianne will be graduating from the International Studies graduate program in 2017, and has already landed her dream job as a Study Abroad Coordinator at University of California, Davis. Her thesis is on the challenges international students face in trying to study abroad while enrolled at the University of Oregon.

November 8, 2016

Kristin Yarris: Research in Mazatlan

intl-ducks-in-mztInternational Ducks

INTL Assistant Professor Kristin Yarris unexpectedly met International Studies Alum Mark Johnston (BA, 1983) during her recent research trip to Mazatlán, Mexico, where she collaborates with faculty at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, and where both Mark and Kristin enjoy swimming in the Pacific with a local swimming club.


October 3, 2016

Claire Aubin: How Politics Affects Justice


Justice, Interrupted

October 3, 2016

Claire Aubin, a recent graduate from International Studies discovered for herself how politics can affect the distribution of justice.


John Demjanjuk (above) was a Ukrainian autoworker (1977) accused of Nazi war crimes.


Aubin attended a research seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and learned of major gaps in the infamous case of John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian autoworker who had been living in Cleveland’s suburbs during the years following World War II. Demjanjuk was a former guard at a Nazi concentration camp, but his trial revealed that he was *not* the notorious guard at Triblinka that he was suspected of being. Claire spent months researching public and private collections for her thesis, discovering how common justice can be interrupted when political aims collide. A report about her experience is published this month in the UO College of Arts and Sciences Magazine, “Cascade.”

September 19, 2016

Remembering Judy Fosdick-Oliphant


Advocate for a World View

September 16, 2016

Judy Fosdick Oliphant loved to travel, and she delighted in helping University of Oregon students broaden their horizons by studying abroad.

Since 2010, the 57 Oliphant Scholars—undergraduates majoring in international studies—have spent at least one term abroad becoming fluent in languages ranging from Arabic to Wolof. They’ve also gained meaningful experience doing things like serving as a teacher’s aide in one of Mexico’s few programs for children with Down syndrome, working in grassroots humanitarian organizations, and doing original field research.

Oliphant, BA ’62 Phi Beta Kappa, majored in foreign languages. She died September 7, 2016—the day of her 53rd wedding anniversary—in Lafayette, California, at the age of 76.

“Judy made a difference not only in the lives of our students, but in building peace around the world, one step at a time,” said Anita Weiss, an international studies professor who corresponded regularly with Judy, sharing details about how her department’s majors were using their scholarships. “I know our students and their endeavors had become an important part of her life,” she said.

Shortly after her cancer diagnosis three years ago, Judy flew around the world with her sister, Patti—a fitting bucket list item for an adventurous woman who had already traveled to more than 100 countries.

“She fought the best fight, traveling up until last fall,” said Linda Gaylord West, BA ‘62, who roomed with Judy as a freshman and joined her on many trips to Eugene for Oregon games over the years.

Judy Fosdick Oliphant with Dave Frohnmayer during the 2008 UO campaign

When Judy’s husband, Hugh, also a member of the Class of 1962, died unexpectedly in 1994, she endowed a scholarship fund for business students in his honor. Last fall, during what turned out to be her last time watching the Ducks at Autzen, Judy decided to expand her legacy of support with a generous gift to fund the Judy and Hugh Oliphant Endowed Faculty Fund in Sports Business.

“Judy’s passion to help make our program the best in the world was palpable and inspiring,” said Whitney Wagoner, director of the UO’s James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. “She was keenly interested in supporting transformational experiences for our students and her generosity will be impactful for generations to come.”

Judy, who chose to leave Pennsylvania to study at Oregon, shared a room in Susan Campbell Hall with Linda and two other women their first year. She was president of Delta Gamma and tapped for three UO academic honorary societies: Kwama, Phi Theta Upsilon, and Mortar Board.

Although Judy and Hugh were active in many campus activities, their paths didn’t cross until shortly after graduation when both worked in San Francisco. They clicked immediately, and after they married in 1963, Judy devoted herself to community service, working nearly full time to build up the Assistance League’s local thrift store.

Hugh, a Phi Kappa Psi and member of the Skull and Dagger academic honorary, went on to become Simpson Strong-Tie’s “sales champion” according to the company’s website. He was their international sales manager when he died at age 56, and Simpson Strong-Tie has since established a host of employee awards bearing his name.

Their son, Kevin Oliphant of Brentwood, California, his children Caden, Michael, and April, and Judy’s sister and brother, Patti Fosdick Thinger and Roger Fosdick, survive Judy and Hugh. Family and friends are planning a service in mid-to-late October.

September 13, 2016

New for INTL Majors admitted Fall 2016 or later- Required Block C courses

Happy Fall term, Pre-International Studies students!  The INTL major now requires all students to take one required INTL-prefix course on their geographic focus as part of their Block C. The Block C regions and the corresponding required courses are listed below-

Geographic Region Options Required Course
Africa INTL 345 Africa Today, or INTL 445 Development & Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
East & Southeast Asia INTL 444 Development & Social Change in SE Asia
Southeast Asia & Pacific Islands INTL 444 Development & Social Change in SE Asia
South Asia INTL 442 Development & Social Change in South Asia
Middle East INTL 323 Islam & Global Forces, or INTL 423 Development in the Muslim World
Latin America & Caribbean INTL 446 Development & Social Change in Latin America
Europe INTL 407 Development & Social Change in Europe

This Fall Term 2016, INTL is offering the following INTL prefix courses that are required for the regions of East & Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa. If you are focusing on these regions, we encourage you to sign up for the required course so that you may fulfill this requirement!

INTL 345 Africa Today:Iss/Conc 4.0 cr CRN 13068 TuTh 1000-1150

INTL 442 S Asia: Dev & Soc Chng 4.0 cr CRN 16535 TuTh 1600-1720

INTL 444 Dev/Soc Ch SE Asia 4.0 cr CRN 16531 TuTh 1600-1720


August 23, 2016

IS Instructor Will Johnson’s article about study abroad programs

An article written by International Studies instructor Will Johnson, along with Prof. Peter Laufer (SOJC), has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Read the article below!

A Front-Row Look at State-Sanctioned Terrorism – The Chronicle of Higher Education


August 5, 2016

IS Professor Anita Weiss interview in World Politics Review

World Politics Review

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

International Studies Professor Anita Weiss was interviewed for a WPR article as part of an ongoing series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.


July 13, 2016

IS alums connect in India!

Delhi INTL Alums

Grad alum Aditi Sinha (left) with undergrad alum Andrea Welsh (right) connected India, where both happened to be in Delhi over the summer. The ladies shared a wonderful meal with food from the state of Rajasthan and had so much fun chatting on all things development, women’s empowerment, Eugene and Delhi.

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