We Are…The Center for Global Studies

By SARAH LYALL-COMBS on August 29, 2012

With summer winding down — yes, we are but a few days from the unofficial end of summer! — the staff of the CGS has been busy preparing for the 2012-2013 academic year. We have many exciting projects and new collaborations in the works, not the least of which is the research project “Geographies of Power: Justice, Revolution, and the Cultural Imagination” led by CGS Director Sophia McClennen with the Worldwide University Network (WUN), a consortium of 18 research universities from five continents. Here are a select few events currently being planned:


  • Juan Cole, Middle East Expert and Professor of History at Michigan, will speak in October as part of the “Geographies of Power” project. His talk will kick off the series of events for the WUN project.
  •  The CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series, programmed throughout the academic year, will provide a venue for graduate students to present their research to peers, advisors, and the general public.
  •  The CGS will co-sponsor International Careers Expert Stacie Berdan’s visit to campus on November 15, during International Education Week, to talk about international careers and global job search basics.She will also speak to several classes in the afternoon and hold a university-wide session in the evening.
  •  The Center is assisting the Division of Undergraduate Studies in planning a professional development seminar for academic advisors at University Park and branch campuses. The seminar will focus on the theme of fostering global citizenship through academic advising with the goal of encouraging global learning at the undergraduate level.
  •  The Center will provide continued support for the weekly Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.


  • The Center plans to expand the impact of the curriculum developed for World on Trial: Headscarf Law episode by conducting a workshop on the issue this fall to reach middle and high school teachers throughout Pennsylvania. In collaboration with the Title VI National Resource Center at the University of Pittsburgh, this workshop will be webcast to K-12 teachers in the Pittsburgh area thereby increasing the potential for impact.
  • As part of the Center’s commitment to area teachers, we will offer a professional development workshop for practicing K-12 teachers focusing on the teaching of world culture through the visual arts during a teacher in-service day in January at State College High School. This workshop will be convenient for teachers while still providing Act 48 hours as did previous workshops.


  •  In partnership with the United Nations Association of Centre County, the CGS will bring Gillian Sorenson, Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation, to University Park for a two day visit which will include a public lecture and a forum for students, faculty, and the general public.
  •  The CGS will shift from collaborator to organizer of the spring story time series World Stories Alive! Tales in Many Tongues held at Schlow Library. During each session, children ages 3-8 and their families will experience story time followed by songs or poems conducted in a select foreign language and participate in an extended art project connected to the culture. Over the course of the series, attendees will experience 11 world languages: Chinese; Spanish; Turkish; Arabic; Italian; Hindi; Russian; Hebrew; Korean; Portuguese and Japanese.

We invite you to peruse our web site to learn more about our activities and initiatives. Stay tuned. Be involved.

Sarah Lyall-Combs is the Assistant Director and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Global Studies at Penn State. She can be reached at svl1@psu.edu.



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