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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lecture by Author Chris Bohjalian

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Davis Center, Livak Ballroom
Description: "The Story Behind the Sandcastle Girls: The Centennial of the Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About”
Where do fact and fiction meet in a work of historical fiction? In Bohjalian's slide show, he will be sharing why he structured his novel of the Armenian Genocide, "The Sandcastle Girls," as a love story -- and where his personal family history fits in. Many of the images he will share come from his travels though the Middle East, Turkey, and Armenia.
Sponsored by the UVM Middle East Studies Program and the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Russian/East European Studies Lecture

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Hall L210
Description: Cultural Influence and Gender Roles in Kyrgyzstan
by Nazgul Abdrazakova, SSG Advisors LLC

Nazgul Abdrazakova is an international development professional and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in finance, privatization, enterprise restructuring and business planning in emerging markets. She co-founded SSG Advisors LLC (, an innovative international development and impact investment advisory firm, which has worked in more than 50 frontier markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for a range of commercial, donor and philanthropic clients. As President of SSG, Ms. Abdrazakova leads corporate strategy, finance and operations. Prior to establishing SSG, she worked for KPMG, PwC, the World Bank and other organizations on a wide range of international development and finance projects.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Global Studies Open Advising Session

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Ctr 422, Jost Foundation
Description: Get help with course selection for fall 2015 registration and general guidance for planning out the Global Studies major or minor.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Asian Studies Claire M. Lintilhac Lecture

Time: 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Location: Aiken Center 102
Description: The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai
By Liza Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Opposite Mumbai’s newest and most expensive commercial developments, lies Dharavi, where as many as one million squatters live in makeshift housing on 535 acres of prime urban land. Even as property prices rise and cities strive to be “world class,” Dharavi’s residents have managed to hold on to what has become some of Mumbai’s most valuable land. In this talk, Liza Weinstein will draw on nearly a decade of research to discuss the political and economic forces that explain Dharavi’s precarious stability. She argues that even as the threat of eviction remains, informal communities like Dharavi may be more durable than they appear.

Liza Weinstein is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on cities and globalization, the politics of informality, and state-civil society relations, with a regional focus on India. Her book ,The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai, was published last year by University of Minnesota Press. Her current research is a comparative and historical study of forced evictions and slum demolitions in post-independence urban India.

Sponsored by the Claire M. Lintilhac Seminars on Asian Studies Fund and the Department of Geography

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Working Globally, Connect Locally- Information on Careers Abroad

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center Livak Ballroom
Description: Speak with and Network with employers who work around the world.

- Provide students with a larger network and understanding about the resources in VT
- Develop understanding around what steps/experience are needed to get into your organization/field
- Tips for job seekers domestic and international

Organizations: MyWebGrocer, 7th Generation. Population Media Center, eClinical, tentatively SIT and
Sponsors: Career Center, Tetra Tech, Vermont Council on World Affairs, BSAD, UVM Global Studies Department, OIE

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Global & Regional Studies Plenary Meeting

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Old Mill John Dewey Lounge
Description: GRS Plenary Meeting for all affiliated GRS faculty members.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

GRS Daniels Award and SIR Honor Society Induction Ceremonies

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Old Mill John Dewey Lounge
Description: GRS annual Robert V. Daniels Award Ceremony for Outstanding Contributions to International Education, and the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for Excellence in International Studies Induction Ceremony.
Award Recipient for 2015 is William Mierse. Click here for more information.

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