On Wednesday (7/16), several students went to the United Nations for a Council on Foreign Relations panel discussion on fracking, given by Michael A. Levi, the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Elizabeth Thompson, former Minister for Energy and Environment in Barbados.
On Thursday (7/17), Ambassador Joe Melrose returned to BGIA to continue speaking with students about his experiences as a diplomat and to offer advice about pursuing a career in that field.
On Thursday (7/10), Abigail Paris, a BGIA alumna and Sustainability Manager at PriceWaterhouseCooper spoke with students about a careers in the financial sector and offered advice on selecting graduate programs.
Also on Thursday, students attended the Tony-award winning musical Pippin with scholars from the U.S. State Department's Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) program.
On Monday (6/30), BGIA's International Law class took a trip to the UN. Andrew Gilmour, Director in the Secretary-General's Office for Political, Peace-keeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights spoke to the class about the missions that he has participated in, as well as The Responsibility to Protect. The discussion was continued with Jennifer Walsh, Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level on the Responsibility to Protect.
On Sunday (6/22), students went to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to see Assssssscat 3000!!, an improv and sketch comedy show.
On Monday (6/23), Riley Willis, Progame Associate at EngenderHealth, Nicole Primoff, Operational Advocacy Researcher at Doctors Without Borders, and Elias Primoff, Publications Coordinator also at Doctors Without Borders, visited BGIA. They talked with students about their experiences in the field of Global Public Health and gave them advice about starting a career.
On Monday (6/16), Mark Seddon visited BGIA's International Law class. A speechwriter for Secretary-General of the UN Ban-Ki Moon and a former anchor and diplomatic correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, he spoke to the class about the UN's initiatives and efforts to get the public interested and involved in humanitarian causes.
On Thursday (6/19), Ambassador Joe Melrose came to speak to students about his experiences as a diplomat, including his time as the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Deputy Chief of Mission in Abuja, Nigeria, Consul General in Karachi, Pakistan. He also gave students advice about pursuing a career as a diplomat.
On Monday (6/9), Delaney Simon, Special Assistant to the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations came to speak to students about Afghan foreign relations and her experiences working with a UN mission.
On Thursday (6/12), several students attended the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of John Stienbeck's Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Leighton Meester, and Chris O'Dowd.
This week, the BGIA Summer 2014 cohort began their internships at Aid for AIDS, the Arab-American Family Support Center, The American Interest, Central American Legal Assistance, Control Risks, Human Rights Watch, Global Justice Center, Found Object Films, Natural Resources Defense Council, NYU Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West, Olive Tree TV, and Oxford Analytica.
Students come from the following institutions: Bard, Bates, Clark, Columbia, Duke, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wofford, and are originally from Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Washington and Ecuador.
On Thursday (6/5), several students went to see the ballet Manon at the Metropolitan Opera House, which was the summer's second social event. Originally premiering in 1974 at the Royal Ballet in London, Manon is considered to be one of the company's preeminent ballets. This event was preceded by last Friday's (5/30), where students attended The Cripple of Inishmaan, featuring Daniel Radcliffe at the Cort Theatre.
On Sunday (5/11) there was a group outing to see the Phillies and the Mets face off at Citi Field.
On Thursday (5/15) the Spring '14 session concluded with a graduation ceremony. Students, professors, and mentors were in attendance for a reception and ceremony where students received Certificates of Intensive Academic Study in International Relations and Global Affairs.
On Thursday (5/8) BGIA alumna Fiona Korwin-Pawlowski held a LinkedIn workshop, teaching students how to make effective use of the professional social media website.
The final speaker in this semester's James Clarke Chase Memorial Speaker Series was Michael Moran, Managing Director of Global Risk Analysis at Control Risks. He is also the author of The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power. Formerly, Moran was the Executive Producer of the Council on Foreign Relation's Crisis Guides documentary series, a foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost.com and a journalism professor at BGIA.
On Monday 4/28 Laurie Garrett gave a talk entitled "Directing Evolution" in which she explained the unsettling ways in which humans now control biology. Garrett is a leading expert on viruses and pandemics, Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Pulitzer Prize winning author.
On Thursday 5/1 BGIA's Core Seminar class discussed the topic of NGO legitimacy with Mirjam de Bruin of the University of Amsterdam. Following this guest lecture, Paulina Kubiak of the United Nations Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit spoke about her experiences and offered professional advice.
On Sunday 5/4 there was a social outing to see electronic music group Chvrches at Terminal 5.
On 4/21 journalist and author Jonathan M. Katz spoke to BGIA students about his book "The Big Truck That Went By." Katz was living in Haiti reporting for the Associated Press at the time of the 2010 earthquake. His book recounts the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and the international aid disaster that followed, including the cholera epidemic. During his visit to BGIA's Writing on International Affairs class, he shared the process of turning his unique experience into a book, and discussed with the challenges involved with foreign disaster assistance.
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.
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