On 4/14 Lionel Beehner, PhD candidate at Yale University and member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, visited BGIA's Writing on International Affairs class. His writing can be found in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and Slate to name just a few. He offered advice to student writers about finding stories, interviewing, and tailoring writing for different audiences.
On 4/17 Tamer Nagy Mahmoud, legal advisor to the drafters of the 2014 Egyptian Constitution, discussed the successes and failures surrounding the framing of the constitution. He explained the changes from the last constitution to current one, the challenges involved with drafting a new constitution, the groups that came together to create the constitution, and the role of the constitution in Egypt's ongoing political transition.
On 4/10 Christina Madden, President of the New York Chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS), spoke with BGIA's core seminar class. She spoke to students about the work of WIIS, as well as her experience as a private consultant.
On 4/3, Professor Roy Licklider of Rutgers University spoke on “Merging Competing Military Forces After Civil Wars” as part of the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series. With the majority of the world’s civil wars since 1989 ending in the eventual merging of formerly hostile groups, Licklider addressed how these resolutions come about and whether they promote long-term peace.
BGIA student and intern at Group SJR, Norman Rozenberg, was published on Dell’s Tech Page One site. Tech Page One is a news source for technology, business, and gadgets. Today, social movements are taking advantage of the rise of social media. Norman wrote about a new study that could have interesting implications for future protests as well as businesses and online campaigns. Read it here: http://techpageone.dell.com/downtime/consensus-opinion-grows-fast-twitter/#.Uz8Sy61dWQk
On 3/13, BGIA students attended a talk entitled "Post-American Central Asia – Living in a Sino-Russian Sandwich", which was co-hosted by Bard College and the American University of Central Asia. Speakers Andrew Wachtel, Scott Horton, and Alexander Cooley addressed questions about the future of Central Asia. Their extensive knowledge of the region shed light on the social, political, and economic factors that may determine the freedom of Central Asian countries in the decades to come.
Following the talk, students headed to Madison Square Garden to see singer Ellie Goulding perform live. This was one of many fun social events planned for the semester. (Pictured on left.)
On 3/6, Maria Zaitseva, Adjunct Instructor in Political Science at Yeshiva University, spoke to BGIA students as part of the Core Seminar. Dr. Zaitseva provided a recent historical overview of Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula and addressed student questions regarding the conflict and the future of the region.
On 3/7, Olena Tregub, Global Education Leadership Founder and CEO, and Political Analyst, spoke at an informal, off-the-record roundtable to a small group of BGIA students, alumni, faculty, and members of the diplomatic community about events unfolding in Ukraine. Tregub’s informative presentation allowed the audience to gain a deeper understanding of the situation on the ground and to cut through some of the misinformation that has emerged. We invite you to follow her on Twitter @olenatregub; or to check out her Facebook page for her most up-to-date insights. www.facebook.com/olena.tregub
Students this semester are interning with Human Rights Watch, the Arab American Family Support Center, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the East West Institute, WITNESS, Control Risks, Central American Legal Assistance, Group SJR, Oxford Analytica, and World Savvy.
BGIA welcomes students from China, Egypt, Russia, the United States. Students represent six universities from around the world.
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This fall, BGIA students are interning at publishing houses, think tanks, international NGOs, community based organizations, political risk firms, political consulting firms, and non-profit organizations throughout New York City.
Lee writes, "Through the recently revealed PRISM program, the US National Security Agency (NSA) can purportedly access emails, chats, video, documents, and connection logs from nine leading Internet companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. If you’re online, you probably use one of these companies’ services, and don’t want to be spied on." Read the full post here.
Lee is a student at Bard College and is interning at Access this summer.
BGIA Summer 2013 student Lee Gensler writes for her internship organization, Access', blog.
On Wednesday, May 29 BGIA welcomed 16 students from 11 different universities: American University of Central Asia, Bard College, Bates College, Colgate University, Converse College, Emory University, Morehouse College, Mount Holyoke College, St. Francis College, University of Western Ontario, and Wofford College. Students hail from countries from around the world: Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Pakistan, the United States, and Vietnam.
Students are interning at Access, AID FOR AIDS, the Arab American Family Support Center, Artsnapper, the Business Council for International Understanding, CGK Partners, Central American Legal Assistance, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, NYU Center for Dialogues, Oxford Analytica, WITNESS, the World Federalist Movement and many more.
In addition to visiting the United Nations, students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals from Human Rights Watch, the World Policy Institute, Médecins Sans Frontières, NPR, and many more. They will also get to experience all that New York City has to offer from improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade to the ballet at the Metropolitan Opera.
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of BGIA's summer program, founded in 2004.
Jocelyn Garibay is graduating from Franklin College Switzerland this May and will spend the summer interning for Amnesty International. She participated in BGIA in Summer 2012 and interned at the Global Justice Center.
Joshua Miller participated in BGIA in Fall 2012 and interned at Human Rights Watch. This month he is graduating from Franklin College Switzerland, and in the fall will begin a graduate program in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University in Washington DC.
Alexis Roe will spend a year in China teaching English as part of Ameson Year. She participated in BGIA in the fall of 2011 and interned atGlobal Kids. She is graduating from Bard College this May.
In the fall, Anna Seidner will begin a Masters in Social Work at Columbia University. Anna participated in BGIA in Spring 2012 and interned at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. She is graduating from Trinity College this May.
Yang Yu is graduating from Bard College this month and in the fall will begin a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business. Yang participated in BGIA in Summer 2011 and interned at ClassWish.org.
BGIA also congratulates its other alumni/ae who are entering graduate school in the fall!
Annel Cabrera who participated in BGIA in Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 will begin a Masters program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at New School University's Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. Annel interned at Human Rights Watch and WITNESS while at BGIA. She is a graduate of Bard College and is currently Zone Coordinator at the New York City Housing Authority’s Office of Resident Economic Development and Sustainability.
In the fall Romina Kazandjian will begin a PhD program in Economics at American University. She participated in BGIA in Fall 2008 and interned with the NYU Center on International Cooperation. She is currently Sexual Health and Rights Project Program Assistant at Open Society Foundations. Romina is a graduate of Adelphi University.
Saumya Kurup will begin a Masters in International Relations at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Saumya is Junior Research Scholar at the NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World- US- The West, where she also interned while a student in the BGIA program in Summer 2011. Saumya is a graduate of Ursinus College.
Rachel Oppenheimer will begin a Masters in the CUNY Graduate Center's Liberal Studies Program in the fall. Rachel participated in BGIA in Spring 2009 and interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is currently a Project Coordinator at the City University of New York's CUNY Start program and a graduate of Kenyon College.
BGIA congratulates its alumni/ae who are graduating from Masters and PhD programs this year!
Jacob Parakilas is graduating from theLondon School of Economics with a PhD in International Relations this summer. He participated in BGIA in Fall 2004 and interned at The Nation. He is a graduate of Hampshire College.
Betsy Plum is graduating from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Comparative Politics. She participated in BGIA in Summer 2007 and interned at the Central American Legal Assistance. She is a graduate of Bard College.
Fiona Korwin Pawlowski received a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University this May. Fiona participated in BGIA in Spring 2005 and interned at Philanthropy New York (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers). Fiona is a graduate of Oberlin College.
Yana Kusayeva is graduating from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service with a Masters in Public Administration this May. Yana interned at the Women's Refugee Commission while participating in BGIA in Fall 2007. She is a graduate of Adelphi University.
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At the end of this month, BGIA alumni/ae will graduate from college and graduate programs and head out into the world. Here are some of the BGIA alumni/ae from the Class of 2013…
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