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International Studies News and Events

Global Spotlight Series Launches Fall 2014

Members of the university and local communities are invited to attend the Global Spotlight Series, a newly launched 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.

Tuesday September 2 4:00 – 5:30
Forsyth 101

• Dr. David Dorondo (History) WWI and Colonial Legacies
• Dr. Richard Starnes (History) Mission Accomplished?
• Dr. Jackie Sievert (Political Science) Religion and other fault lines
• Dr. Jen Schiff (Political Science) Reactions of the US and the Rest
• Dr. Niall Michelsen (Political Science) Theories and Solutions

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September 30, 2014 - Human Trafficking;

November 4, 2014 - Ebola in West Africa.

All three panels will be held in Forsyth 101 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.

For more information contact Dr. Niall Michelsen (,

Dr. Jen Schiff (, or

Dr.David Dorondo (

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 basketball game.  Read the article and Watch the Video


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

WCU’s 35th International Festival to be held April 9

Showing of feature film ‘Girl Rising’ to be April 1


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