International Studies and Programs Latest Events 2017-03-23T02:16:38-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University <![CDATA[Global Engagement Speaker Series: Catherine Odora Hoppers]]> ""Born in Uganda, Dr. Catherine Odora Hoppers first studied in her home country and in Zambia before becoming a Swedish citizen and completing her doctorate in social sciences at Stockholm University. She has since forged a multifaceted career as a scholar and policy adviser, serving many leading international organizations in education, gender policy, disarmament, and intellectual property rights. Professor Hoppers received the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award in 2015. The award is given to an African who has distinguished himself or herself in public leadership positions.

Hoppers's principal areas of interest include: building capacity for trans-disciplinary basic and applied research in support of Africa's development; providing support to policy formulation and implementation for sustainable development and human security in Africa and internationally; promoting the social and economic justice agenda including the rights of local communities; and promoting dialogue across cultures and epistemologies by developing protocols for respectful cultural exchange, strengthening the enfranchisement of Africans, and promoting endogenous research.

About the Global Engagement Speaker Series

This new guest lecture series brings individuals of distinction from higher education, global organizations, and philanthropies who have had profound experience in university outreach and engagement to share their thoughts, research, and practice with the MSU community. Advancing fundamental human rights and meeting basic human needs will serve as the primary foci for the MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series.

Speakers will highlight the role of higher education as a collaborator—working with civil societies, governments, and industry—to anchor secular principles in democratic governance and due process in order to guarantee human rights and advance societal well-being.

2016-09-20T17:33:48-04:00 2017-03-23T02:16:38-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[Distinguished Lecture Series: Carl Bruch]]>

From Agent Orange to Climate Security: The Emerging Field of Environmental Peacebuilding

Carl Bruch
Director of International Programs and Senior Attorney
Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C.
ABSTRACT: In fitful starts, the international community has increasingly recognized the linkages between the environment, conflict, and peace. International awareness started with the Vietnam War and the widespread use of Agent Orange—and faded until the 1990-91 Gulf War, when Iraq ignited more than 600 oil wells. Through the 1990s, there was growing attention to the potential for conflicts over scarce resources (such as water and land) or over valuable resources (such and oil and gas) to cause conflict. And starting in the early 2000s, countries and international organizations realized that land, forests, minerals, and other natural resources are essential to helping countries emerging from conflict to rebuild their economies and reweave the social fabric.
The emerging field of environmental peacebuilding provides a conceptual and operational framework for governing and managing natural resources and the  nvironment to support a durable peace. Carl Bruch ('89) directs International Programs that the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. His presentation will draw upon 20 years of work in conflict-affected countries. In addition to sharing lessons from around the world, he will explore areas for further research and work in the field of environmental peacebuilding.
RSVP to The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Environmental Science & Policy Program at Michigan State University.
2017-03-03T11:06:11-05:00 2017-03-23T02:16:38-04:00 International Studies and Programs
<![CDATA[International Awards Ceremony]]> Each year, International Studies and Programs presents a series of distinguished awards to recognize individuals who are solving the world's greatest problems, making the world a better place, internationalizing the student experience, advancing knowledge and transforming lives around the world.

Please join us to honor this year's winners. Reception to follow.

Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU
Peter LaPine – Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs
Nicole Mason – Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award
Koji Kuroda – Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Global Studies
Fredy Rodriguez-Mejia - Anthropology

MSU Award for Outstanding Service to Study Abroad
John Hudzik – Criminal Justice

Homer Higbee International Education Awards
Michael Cylkowski – International Relations
Saltanat Mambetova – Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Wendy Pope – Community Volunteer

Glen Taggart Award for Community Contributions
Lynn Bartley – Michigan State Alumna, Community Volunteer

Special Recognition Awards for Promoting International Understanding
Matti Kiupel – Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

2016-11-22T09:19:30-05:00 2017-03-23T02:16:38-04:00 International Studies and Programs