University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program


Luis VivancoA Message from our Director 

The Global and Regional Studies Program is in a great space right now: we continue to see strong interest in our programs, and during the past year we have had many stimulating activities and new initiatives of which we are quite proud.

One of the greatest assets of this program is the faculty and staff who make it run. At least one dimension of this was recognized this year when Mary Lou Shea, our program administrator, won the Dean’s Staff Award for Superior Performance. This is the College of Arts and Sciences highest honor for staff. As many of you know, Mary Lou is an extremely effective and congenial administrator and colleague, and we are happy to see others recognize it. Congratulations Mary Lou!

We also continue to enjoy strong leadership in each of our programs. We have also welcomed some new colleagues in positions of leadership, including interim directors Susanna Schrafstetter (European Studies) and John Waldron (Latin American and Caribbean Studies).

In other news, the 2012 Daniels Award was presented to Wolfgang Mieder, a beloved Professor of German and Folklore (see highlights from the 2012 Daniels Award, Dr. Mieder's profile and interview). This ceremony was combined with the induction of our students in the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies. We are happy to announce that 15 GRS seniors were inducted into the Honor Society for 2012.

Our NAFTA Mobility Consortium continues to hum along and create exciting opportunities for our students. During Fall 2012 we selected two UVM students to participate in the consortium. Evelina Nikolic, a junior in the Rubenstein School, studied at our partner Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico City campus) and Erin Kerr, a junior Geography major, studied at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. This semester we’re hosting two students, Lindsay Bartlett from Wilfrid Laurier, and our first students from the Universidad Veracruzana, Marisela Domínguez Sánchez.

As you may know, the College of Arts and Sciences has a new Dean, Antonio Cepeda-Benito, who understands well the importance of interdisciplinarity and international studies. One of his initiatives is to provide competitive funding for the development of new courses that involve the collaboration of faculty from different departments. Our own Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program submitted an application to develop a new course on Latin American Culture and Politics through Protest Music, and next year Professors Caroline Beer, Alex Stewart, and John Waldron will be teaching that course. Congratulations to this team, and we look forward to the new course!

Finally, we decided this year to produce a short video that describes our mission and programs. See it here:

We hope you have a great year and that you’ll stay in touch.

Luis Vivanco, Director


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