Global and International Studies

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Deadline Alert, the Lee Honors College publication, The Laureate, is accepting submissions from WMU undergraduate students in all fields of study. Submissions may include poetry, prose, flash fiction, graphic art, creative non-fiction, photography, etc. Lengthy short stories or plays should be limited to under 15 pages and may be subject to being excerpted by the editors for publication, with approval from the author. Submit to thelaureatecollection@gmail.com by Dec. 31. Multiple submissions are encouraged.
 
Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power
Documentary showing on Thursday, Jan. 29 at Alama Drafthouse a 5:30 pm and again at 8 p.m. This is part of the Raise Your Voice series.
 
Help plan Walker Institute speaker series
The Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations is planning a series of five community forums to begin in the spring 2015 semester titled "Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration in Kalamazoo: Implications for Families in the Community". For more information, or to become involved in the planning process contact Dr. Tim Ready at the Walker Institute or call (269) 387-2141. More info...
 
International Development and Community Service in Peru
In this course, students work with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the colonial city of Urubamba, Peru and explore the issues of health care, education, small-business financing, and the role of women in the community. Students are housed with local families, and while Spanish is not required, those with some basic Spanish skills will get a language immersion experience. The application for this program is Jan. 31. More info...
 
Summer in Istanbul
During the second summer session of 2015, students will have the opportunity to enroll in Turkey's finest university where all classes are taught in English. The university offers over 200 courses in several disciplines many of which can count toward your global and international studies program. More info...
 
Spring course highlights
 
This cross cultural course explores how medical systems and conceptions of illness and the ill body are deeply embedded in social, political and cultural systems. We will explore  questions such as: what happens when medical ideas and technologies cross cultural and geographic space? How do we construct the bodies of the "other" (gendered, racialized, exoticized, etc)? How do global processes (colonialism, tourism, development, etc) affect health and illness? What are the ethical impacts of the global and local testing and marketing of pharmaceuticals? What are the effects of health inequalities?
Note: Students wishing to register for this course should not be alarmed by the course level (5000). This is a feasible course for global and international studies majors and minors. If you have any questions or concerns about the course please contact us and we will answer any questions you may have.

Fall 2014 Lyceum Lecture Series: Global Citizenship
The Fall 2014 Lyceum Lecture series, "Global Citizenship," sponsored by the Lee Honors College, will help participants explore and understand diversity and diversity competence from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted.