So many things have been going on in Global Studies during the past year that it almost makes my head spin. We’ve seen the number of majors in the program reach 160, and we have another 90 minors. Our introductory class—Introduction to Global Studies—continues to get filled with enthusiastic students every semester we teach it, and we’ve had to add a second section of our senior seminar course every year because of demand.
This past May, we graduated our first class of seniors, some of whom have put their GS educations to work right away in fields such as community activism, Americorps/VISTA, international consulting, education, and graduate school in international relations.We also celebrated our first publication, a short book of student essays called “Imagining A Different Globalism,” which Prof. John Waldron and students from his senior seminar put together using original research papers.
Our community of students and faculty continues to not just grow but to cement our ties with each other. We have had numerous gatherings bringing us together, including advising sessions, lectures, and informal gatherings. One of the most exciting has been a “Global Issues Group” headed by a junior majoring in our program, Peter Grunawalt, that gathers weekly for open discussions on topics ranging from the global debt crisis and global militarization to the role of student activism in making social change and how social movements achieve tangible social and political change.
We have also experienced our first loss, as Professor Reecia Orzeck, one of our core faculty members based in the Geography Department has decided to leave UVM to take a position at Illinois State University. We wish Reecia all the best, and thank her for her role in helping establish our program.