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In Beijing for her junior year, Wendy Simon-Pearson ’12 had eye-opening experiences typical of students abroad: visits to exotic landmarks, strange encounters on trains, language hurdles. But, as a participant in the UMass Amherst International Scholars Program, Simon-Pearson also made deep connections on her trip. “I was better prepared to have real conversations with Chinese people as a result of my studies,” she says, explaining how she learned to empathize with people who might accept living in an undemocratic system or agree with China’s one-child policy.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Samantha Schnoerr, a first year student at Michigan State University College of Law. Ms. Samantha Schnoerr will spend the fellowship working at UAW International Union in Detroit, MI. The application process is highly competitive, and the award was based on her outstanding qualifications.

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32 leading governance experts argue in Science for fundamental reforms of global environmental governance and a “constitutional moment” in world politics

Reducing the risk of potential global environmental disaster requires a “constitutional moment” comparable in scale and importance to the reform of international governance that followed World War II, say 32 leading experts in an article in Science, published on 16 March.

From July 8-21, 2012 UMass Amherst is offering "Summer College" for highly motivated high school students in or about to enter their junior or senior year and who are ready to learn at a college level. 

The Department of Political Science is joining in this effort by offering the political science course "The Politics of Artistic Expression," taught by gradute student and artist Alix Olson.

The International Programs Office (IPO) sponsored the International Relations Club (IRC)/Model UN to attend the Model United Nations Assembly at McGill University in Montreal in February. Their sponsorship allowed eight members of the IRC, including president Wendy Simon-Pearson ’12 (political science), to participate in the 4-day conference with 1,800 students from many colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. About 1,300 of these students served as mock UN delegates, and another 500 took on the role of UN staff members.

In a ceremony Friday, February 10 at the Dominican Republic National Palace, Professor Emeritus Howard J. Wiarda  was awarded the "Orden de Colon" (Order of Columbus) by President Leonel Fernandez. The Orden de Colon is the highest honor that the Dominican Republic government can bestow.

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University has recently released an unedited conversation between journalist Anthony Shadid and professor Jillian Schwedler. The video was released to remember Shadid, who died tragically in Syria earlier this month. 

Watch the video and read more from the Hagop Kevorkian Center

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