Luis VivancoA Message from our Director 

The Global and Regional Studies Program has been enjoying a great year of growing student interest in a number of our programs, and plenty of activities to keep all of us intellectually engaged and stimulated.

We have also seen some changes in program leadership. Dave Massell (History) has taken over as director of Canadian Studies, as Paul Martin has moved back to Canada to assume a position at MacEwan University. We all miss Paul’s tremendous energy and good will. We have also seen a change in European Studies. One of our own, Gayle Nunley, has been tapped to be an Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs and…(wait for it!) Internationalization! (She’s the first senior administrator with official responsibility for overseeing and coordinating UVM’s strategies for international engagement). Jonathan Huener (History) has taken over as Interim Director in Gayle’s place. Finally, Caroline Beer stepped down as Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Alex Stewart (Music) has stepped in to run that program. Thanks to all for your help!

In other news, the 2011 Daniels Award was presented to Juefei Wang (profile), Professor Emeritus of UVM and founder of the UVM Asian Studies Outreach Program, on May 5, 2011 (see below for a profile of Prof. Wang). This year we decided to combine this ceremony with the induction of our students in the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies. We are happy to announce that 13 GRS seniors were inducted into the Honor Society for 2011.

We have sponsored and co-sponsored numerous events and visits of important scholars and public figures to campus, one of the more exciting being a co-sponsorship with the German and Russian Department of a Burack Lectureship by Professor Paul Michael Lütezeler. He is Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University, and a prominent figure in European Studies and contemporary German literature. Another exciting co-sponsorship is taking place this Spring, as we welcome a group of South African students to be in residency at UVM for a few weeks of study about American universities and civil society, the beginning of a longer-term exchange in which UVM students will be able to go to South Africa for similar study. Of course, we also have our new NAFTA Mobility exchange program, and we had the pleasure of hosting our first student this past Fall, Veronica Ficon, from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

We wish you the very best for 2012, and hope that you will stay in touch with us!

Luis Vivanco, Director