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International Studies News and Events

Global Spotlight Series 

Members of the university and local communities are invited to attend the Global Spotlight Series, a  group of interdisciplinary panel discussions covering a wide variety of major international events. The purpose of the Global Spotlight is to contribute to the internationalization of WCU's campus and to the preparation of its students for success in a global context. Panel participants will include faculty from a diverse group of departments across campus, as well as regional experts on these critical issues.

Fall 2015

"A Changing Cuba" Spotlight Series, Wed., October 28, 2015, featuring:

  • Dr. Alexander Macaulay, Associate Professor of History, speaking on “Rebels in Cuba: American Reactions to Cuban Revolutions”
  • Dr. Lori Oxford, Associate Professor of Spanish, Coordinator of Spanish B.A. 
  • Laura Dowell, WCU Cuban Culture Course student, who recently traveled to Cuba with Dr. Oxford
  • Special Guest: Juan Nicolás Padrón, a renowned poet and essayist and a professor of literature and history, known for his work at Casa de las Américas, one of the most important cultural institutions in all of Latin America.

    Changing Cuba

"The Arctic" Global Spotlight Series, September 30, 2015, featuring:

  • “The Slippery Foundations of Territorial Rights under International Law”-- Dr. Todd Collins, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs; Director of the Public Policy Institute
  • “The 'Great Game' on Ice: Contemporary Geopolitics in the Arctic”--Dr. David R. Dorondo, Associate Professor of History; Moderator of The Carolina Round Table on the World Wars 
  • “Frost's Question Answered: The Melting of the Arctic”--Dr. Rob Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines; Professor, Geology

For more information contact Dr. Niall Michelsen (

The Arctic Global Spotlight Series


Study Abroad Opportunities:


2015 Chongqing Technology & Business University Study & Culture Tour

The CTBU Study and Culture Tour has been held since 2008. So far more than 300 faculty and students from 16 partner universities in 6 countries have taken part in the program, which enabled them to have a better understanding of China, the municipality of Chongqing and the Chongqing Technology & Business University. During the three-week stay in Chongqing, participants learn Chinese language skills, visit local sites of historic and economic interest, and attend cultural lectures and program. Participating in this study and cultural tour is worth credits in CHIN 101 and CHIN 102.Download information about the study tour here:

2015 CTBU Study and Cultural Tour


Spring 2016 CTSS Program in Alcalá, Spain: "International Justice and Governance"

Alcalá SpainThe Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarships (CTSS) provides faculty and students with a unique multicultural environment in order to aid their personal, professional, and academic development. CTSS also encourages collaboration within the consortium and among the member institutions in the area of academics, research, sharing of resources, and development of new programs, at all levels of the college/university: student, faculty, and administration. To that end, the CTSS has established a Study Abroad Program in Alcalá, Spain, which is held during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The program gives students and faculty an opportunity to live in, and enjoy learning about Spain, its customs, traditions, language and culture in the UAH, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The program is located in Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha. Download a flyer below:

2016 CTSS Alcalá Program Info for Students

For more information about either of these two programs, contact Dr. Niall Michelsen, Director of  International Studies, Rm. 344 Stillwell. Email:; phone: 828-227-3336.



Studying Abroad--A Closer Look

Emma Tate, a Political Science major with International Studies minor, is studying abroad in Guilin, Guangxi, China durng the Spring 2015 semester. Follow along as she experiences a very different world by visiting her blog at From food to language, customs to travel tips, Emma's blog provides a great opportunity for students considering study abroad to experience the adventure 'in the moment' through the eyes of a fellow student. 




 International Studies Major and Dad star at Basketball Half-Time

Simms Hicks, an International Studies and Psychology major, is surprised to see her father emerge from the Paws costume during half time of the January 23, 2014 basketball game.  Read the article and Watch the Video


WCU student Matthew Chevalier wins Community Impact Award

Iranian-born journalist Eshraghi to speak Nov. 20

Panel discussion on Sept. 30 will focus on human trafficking

Global Spotlight Series begins Sept. 2 with Iraq discussion

May travel course includes students with intellectual disabilities


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