The Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame and SIT Study Abroad announce the 7th annual conference on human development.The conference is an opportunity to explore past trends in development, evaluate current best practices, and discuss the future of development after the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. This year’s theme emphasizes the role of human dignity in development and how it may influence theory and practice in the future.
We are happy to announce our keynote speaker for this year,Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and senior UN advisor.
We invite undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to apply to share their research experiences from a broad spectrum of topics, including:
For those interested in presenting a paper, please submit your abstract no later thanFriday, November 14, 2014.
Invitations for participation will be extended by early December. Students who accept invitations to present at the conference will be responsible for securing funding for travel and other related expenses.
Room 1644 International Institute/ 1080 S. University/ SSWB.
Info Session: William J Clinton Fellowship for Service in India
The American India Foundation’s William J Clinton Fellowship for Service in India would like to invite you to learn more about this unique opportunity to catalyze social and economic change in India.
The AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service provides a select group of young professionals from the USA and India the opportunity to work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises for 10 months, in order to accelerate impact for marginalized and underprivileged communities in India.
The info session will be your chance to interact with alumni and staff of the program, to learn more about the experience, and to give you an edge in the application process. Applications for service starting in September of 2015 will be open November 1st, 2014.
The Yenching Academy offers a 1-year Master of China Studies program (in English) designed to prepare an elite class of future leaders to meet the challenges of the 21st century global landscape.
The Academy is launching the program with the first class of students arriving September 2015, and they are now actively recruiting candidates from the best universities around the world.
The excerpted message below, sent to the UM Lieberthal Rogel Center for Chinese Studies from the Associate Dean of Yenching Academy, John Holden, highlights the salient points of the program. The Yenching Academy would very much like to include a UMich graduate in their first cohort.
Since our degree can be completed with work in English, we’re open to students with no background in China studies, but we also offer courses in Chinese for those with a stronger China background. Perhaps one of your students would be interested? Here’s a bit more background about the program:
We are aiming for a student body with broad geographic representation. Of the approximately one hundred students in our inaugural class, we expect about thirty-five to be from mainland China, and the remaining sixty-five to be divided approximately as follows: twenty from North America, twenty from Europe and twenty-five from the rest of the world.
The international students will not only be geographically diverse, but their backgrounds and level of knowledge of China will vary considerably as well. For example, a Yenching Scholar may be an engineering graduate who knows little about China but wants international experience to add to his/her resume, and would take all courses at the Academy in English. Another may be someone who has majored in Chinese history or language and is able to attend courses in Chinese. Other Yenching Scholars may have some Chinese language skills but will still need to do their coursework in English.
The subjects that can be studied at the Academy will range across the humanities and social sciences as they pertain to China, and will fall roughly into the following categories: Literature and Culture; History and Archaeology; Philosophy and Religion; Public Policy and International Relations; Economics and Management; and Law and Society
A thesis will be required of students, but I do want to emphasize that the program is intended to be broad rather than deep. We want students to explore as many aspects of Chinese history, culture and contemporary affairs as possible. Should a student wish to pursue advanced research, they may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in a particular Peking University department after completing their degree at the Academy.
Are you interested in volunteering abroad for one week, one month, or multiple months during the upcoming winter, spring, or summer months? We very much hope to have an opportunity to work with you in Ghana, Honduras, or India! Unite For Sight’s volunteer abroad program is available year-round, and it’s not too late to participate this fall and winter! Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in participating as well.
Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health volunteer and education experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.8 million patients living in poverty, including more than 85,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health.
Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:
is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.
This course will introduce professionals in International Relations and international students to the practice of in-depth analysis of root causes of discontent and conflict: separating incidental disruptions from fundamental movements and expectations, addressing underlying issues. Practical solutions for generally acceptable problem-solving must make use of the tools of Diplomacy: political psychology (the “human factor”) as well as the understanding of and engagement with “the other” to accommodate the trans-civilizational diversities of interests with those of the International Community.