UVM Global Studies Program Updates 2012/2013
from Luis Vivanco, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Global Studies
Now in our third year, the Global Studies Program has continued to attract new students, and we have graduated two classes of which we are very proud. Amazingly, our major continues to grow (currently 174 majors strong!) and generate a lot of undergraduate enthusiasm. I had the opportunity during Fall 2012 to teach the Global Studies Senior Seminar, which allowed me to see up close what our almost-graduating seniors have gained from our program. I was impressed with the quality of their thinking—these are expansive thinkers and their critical thinking and research abilities are very well-honed. I’m confident that they’re leaving UVM with a strong set of skills and an outstanding liberal arts education that could lead them in literally any professional direction. Already, our graduated students are working across many fields, including community service, activism, education, business, and government service.
During 2012, we also created new awards for our outstanding graduating seniors. During the May 2012 honors and graduation ceremonies I had the pleasure of making these awards to Kalle Fjeld (Global Studies Scholar Award, presented to the outstanding senior who exhibits exceptional scholarship in Global Studies and in all courses in Arts and Sciences, as well as achievement in independent research and scholarship); and Tyler Wilkinson-Ray and Jesse Mazar (Global Studies Community Activism and Engagement Award, presented to a graduating Global Studies major who balances a commitment to academic excellence and sustained involvement in creating positive social change through community activism and engagement in Vermont or beyond). After deciding he wanted to stick around for one more semester to conduct independent research on food systems, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray won the prestigious F.T. Kidder Medal, honoring “the senior man ranking first in character,” at his December 2012 graduation. Congratulations!
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