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Message from the Director

Luis VivancoThe 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 full story...

Top News

Canadian Studies Major Eliminated,
CS Minor Will Remain

The four-decade-old Canadian Studies Program witnessed a significant and sorrowful change in 2012 as we launched the process to terminate the Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies, i.e. the major. Given the importance of this step in the life of the program, it seems fitting to provide an explanation. Read the full story...

Student Research Forum on Contemporary Issues in South Asia

With the help and inspiration of Prof. Jonah Steinberg, Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology and affiliated GRS faculty member, students gathered on February 6, 2013, to present their research on issues facing South Asia. Prof. Steinberg teaches a course on "Street Children"; that, along with his four-year research project on child runaways in India, led to inspiration and support for four students pursuing independent studies on issues facing that region of the world. Read article by University Communications...

Asian Studies Program Loses Long Time Colleague and Founder

Sadly, the Asian Studies Program lost its longtime colleague and dear friend, Peter J. Seybolt, who passed away in August at age 77.  A distinguished scholar of modern Chinese history, Peter spent his entire 38 year career at UVM and created both our interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.  That there are now well over 150 undergraduate students pursuing majors and minors in Chinese, Japanese, and Asian Studies at UVM is a proud testament to the lasting legacy of Peter’s life and work at the university. Read memorial essay by Prof. Erik Esselstrom...

Prof. Youngblood and Prof. VivancoThe 2013 Robert V. Daniels Award