Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Poynter Library -- Librarian Extraordinaire Jim Schnur -- is organizing a monthly student research colloquium series at University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
As readers of this blog, you know how proud I am of the students who participated in my Moldova Study Abroad program, Spring Break 2013.
There were many aspects of that course that were unique/special -- the Joint Course with ULIM, that provided meaningful opportunities for my students to interact with students from Moldova; the civic engagement/service learning aspect of the course, that provided an opportunity for students to learn more about social issues and public policy formation in Moldova through the lens of NGOs and civil society, with the opportunity to interact with underserved populations in direct service activities; and, the subject of this blog post: student research!
Students produced significant research papers, presented that research at international conferences, and, yesterday, presented their research on campus at the Poynter Library.
I am thrilled that now they are PUBLISHED authors, having their research published in a Moldovan social science journal.
I presented the students with their copy of the journals at the event. Thank you again to Rector Galben, Vice Rector Moldovan-Batrinac, Dean Coada, and Professor Patlis at ULIM!
Six of the students worked with me over the summer to revise and re-submit their research papers and to prepare them for publication.
Four of those students were able to present their research at a well-attended colloquium in Poynter Corner, at Poynter Library. From the announcement:
|Marissa Wyant, Lauren Shumate, Sebastian Osorio, and Jared Smith with their publications!|
|Jared Smith discusses prosecution of human trafficking in Moldova|
|Lauren Shumate discusses Rule of Law initiatives in Moldova and in Serbia|
|Sebastian Osorio discusses identity issues in Moldova|
|Marissa Wyant discusses prospects for Moldova's accession to the EU|
|joined by their proud professor!|
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Fulbright Association Conference presentation "Cultivating Global Citizenship in Higher Education:Civic Engagement and Service Learning in Joint Study Abroad Courses"
|The Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Association at the Welcome Reception|
The authors developed an alternative Spring Break Study Abroad course to bring University of South Florida (USF) students to Moldova to study with their counterparts at the Free International University of Moldova (ULIM). The course was a Political Science seminar about the history, government, and politics of Moldova. The authors shared a desire to cultivate “global citizens” and to provide opportunities for their students to work collaboratively.
|Nashua is in the house! These 2 served on the Board of Aldermen in Nashua, way back when|
|The Treaty of Paris|
|State Department Selfie|
|The Chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Association|
|An honor to meet Mrs. Fulbright|
|Congressman Jim Moran, Keynote Speaker, discusses the affect of government shutdown on diplomatic efforts|
|The Missing Voice -- a male panel addressing gender discrimination|
|Sheryl Sandberg, speaking about Lean In|
I had remarkably productive meetings in the Capitol, despite the government shutdown. Though I must admit that it was surreal walking through the House and Senate office buildings.
I thought this was an ominous photo during the shutdown....
I loved being able to get up early and take walks along the national mall
Good thing I was tied up in meetings/conference all day.....or I would have been sorely disappointed that I missed out on visiting my favorite spots in DC -- like the National Gallery of Art
In addition to the conference meetings and presentations, I was also able to squeeze in other work-related meetings while in DC. The highlight was attending oral argument for the First Monday in October. The Supreme Court was open for business during the government shutdown. Of course, cameras are not allowed in the courtroom, but here are some pictures of exhibits designed by my former colleagues in the Curator's Office:
Chief Justice John Marshall's chair
Chief Justice Taney's robe