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The 11th annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies, named for the founder of the International Studies program, Prof. Paul Garcia, was held on Tuesday, April 18th in the Center for Global Citizenship. The event was cosponsored by the Center for Intercultural Studies, the Center for Global Citizenship, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Film Studies program, and the Department of Political Science.

Before the lecture, the annual Grueber Award winners were recognized. The Grueber Awards for Globalization at Saint Louis University have been awarded annually since 2010 to members of the SLU community who share in the innovative and daring spirit of Johann Grueber, an early Jesuit, who made and recorded the first overland trek from China to India by a European. The winners of the Grueber awards are recognized for advancing the international and global mission of Saint Louis University.

The 2017 Grueber Award winners are:

Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, assistant professor of Sociology. A native of Bosnia, she has been making outstanding contributions to internationalization through her work with the over 70,000 strong local Bosnian community - most of them refugees or their children. Her research has focused on mental health care systems in immigrant communities and the consequences of multi-generational trauma. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for International Studies, has helped teach globalization courses and traveled to Mumbai, India to lecture and research, and much more. For her many contributions to globalization on our campus in the classroom, in her scholarship, and in service to the university and the wider community, Dr. Karamehic-Muratovic is awarded a Grueber Award.

Ms. Lori Turner Corzine, administrative secretary in the Center for International Studies. Lori has been a key to the success of International Studies at SLU since she came on board over two years ago. A talented singer, she has become a favorite at Atlas Week concerts, and has supported hundreds of students and faculty and visitors to campus behind the scenes. Lori is a member of the SLU Bicentennial committee and Staff Advisory Committee. Scores of international events (like this one), conferences, and more simple events would not happen without Lori and her faith and quiet, untiring efforts. For her unsung work to drive internationalization in the Center for International Studies and its many partners, Lori Turner Corzine is awarded a Grueber Award.

Ms. Rosemary Bornstein, SLU undergraduate student. Rosemary arrived on SLU's campus already internationally-oriented and speaking Romanian - courtesy of a gap year abroad. She will graduate summa cum laude with triple majors in Public Health, French, and International Studies. After spending a full year in Lyon, France she was placed in the extremely competitive State Department's summer internship program in the US Embassy in Luxembourg, where she staffed the Secretary of State on his visit. She is the co-President of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies honor society, winner of the Spirit of the Billiken Award and the James Collins Award. She is a campus leader in these and so many other ways. Rosemary will soon start work at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Her infectious attitude and indefatigable work in the classroom, among her fellow students, and around the world, make it a great pleasure to award her a Grueber Award.

Mr. Samuel Shreve, SLU undergraduate student. Sam is an outstanding International Studies major, combined with majors in Public Health and Italian. He studied in Bologna, but also traveled to Cuba to study the health care system, and participated in an international youth leadership congress in Thailand. He also completed an internship in his native Kansas City working with urban immigrant farming communities and food security. On campus, he is co-President of Sigma Iota Rho. He is also one of SLU's four Fulbright Award winners this year, and will head (back) to Italy after graduation. For his many accomplishments here and abroad, Samuel Shreve is awarded a Grueber Award.

Congratulations to all our award winners.

2017 Grueber Award Winners

From left to right: Sam Shreve, Rosemary Bornstein, Lori Turner Corzine, Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, and Dr. David Borgmeyer, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies.

The 2017 Garcia Lecture speaker was Thor Halvorssen, who is a Venezuelan-born human rights advocate and film producer. Described by The New York Times as "a champion of the underdog and the powerless," he began advocating for human rights as an adolescent in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. He became involved full-time in the promotion of due process and individual rights after his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in History and Political Science, he supported student rights as executive Director and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He founded the Human Rights Foundation after his mother was shot and wounded during a peaceful political protest in Venezuela in 2004. In 2009, Mr. Halvorssen founded a global gathering of human rights advocates called the Oslo Freedom Forum. It has taken place in Oslo annually since then and has become to human rights advocacy what the Davos Forum is to economics. Mr. Halvorssen is also an award-winning film producer whose credits include Hammer & Tickle, Freedom's Fury, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and 2081. Mr. Halvorssen has lectured at universities across the world on matters of liberty, and his opinions and views have appeared widely in the media around the world. His efforts at confronting dictatorships have resulted in numerous death threats against him. Always unrepentantly thought-provoking, it was our pleasure to welcome Thor Halvorssen to the Center for International Studies and the Center for Global Citizenship to deliver the 11th annual Paul Garcia lecture titled "Dictatorship: The Root of All Evil."

Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen delivering the 11th annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies on April 18, 2017

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International Studies major Anna Liu asking a question during the Garcia Lecture Q&A.

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Founder and President of the Human Rights Foundation,

Thor Halvorssen,

to speak at SLU

April 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Thor Halvorssen, an international human rights advocate, President of the Human Rights Foundation, and Founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, will deliver the 11th Annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies at Saint Louis University on April 18th at 7:00 pm on SLU's campus in the C.S. Huh Auditorium of the Center for Global Citizenship. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Halvorssen will deliver a presentation titled, "Dictatorship: The Root of All Evil." The lecture is part of the 20th Anniversary Lecture Series for SLU's Center for International Studies, which has featured speakers from Israel, India, and Hungary. Venezuelan by birth, Halvorssen is also an award-winning film producer whose credits include Hammer & Tickle, Freedom's Fury, Indoctrinate U, The Singing Revolution, The Sugar Babies, and 2081.

Halvorssen's human rights advocacy work is primarily in matters of democracy and dictatorship, slavery and human trafficking. He has been lauded by the New York Times as a "champion of the underdog and the powerless." Before launching the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009 and founding the Human Rights Foundation in 2004, from 1999-2004 Halvorssen was the CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where he was known to defend members of both the political left and right. Halvorssen has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Economist as well as programs of Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, and BBC. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post and Forbes.

About the Center for International Studies: The SLU Center for International Studies is celebrating its 20th year as an academic unit whose mission is to facilitate internationally-oriented education within the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University in collaboration with other units and partners.

Lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for Intercultural Studies, the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, the Film Studies Program, and the Department of Political Science. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

For more information, please contact instud@slu.edu or call 314-977-5124. For more information about the Human Rights Foundation, please visit www.hrf.org or contact info@hrf.org.

2017 Garcia Lecture Flyer


The Center for International Studies celebrates 20 years at SLU

Announces 20th Anniversary Lecture Series

The Center for International Studies is celebrating its 20th year as a major at Saint Louis University and kicked off the year-long celebration with a Welcome Back Party for faculty, staff and students on September 1, 2016. At the event, Dr. David Borgmeyer, Director and Assistant Professor, announced plans for a 20th Anniversary lecture series and a 20th Anniversary issue of Global SLU (GS) Magazine for the 2016-17 academic year.

The lecture series began on Saturday, October 22, 2016 with a keynote talk by Nyirkos Tamás, Ph.D., of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. The lecture was delivered during the annual 2016 Central Slavic Conference, sponsored by the Center for International Studies and coincided with the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution.

Other lectures for the series includes the Middle East Studies Annual Lecture on February 20, 2017 with Bianca Kuehnel, Ph.D., of Hebrew University entitled "The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem", a lecture entitled "Help from Neuroscience" on March 21st by International Studies Visiting Fleming Fellow Dr. Roy Pereira, S.J., and will conclude on April 18th, 2017, with the Annual Paul Garcia Lecture in International Studies, given by Thor Halvorssen.

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights advocate and film producer. Described by the New York Times as "a champion of the underdog and the powerless," he began advocating for human rights as an adolescent in 1989 in London by organizing opposition to South African apartheid. Halvorssen's background is Norwegian and Venezuelan. He became involved full-time in the promotion of due process and individual rights after his father became a political prisoner in Venezuela. He founded the New York-based Human Rights Foundation in 2004. HRF is devoted to liberating political prisoners and to promoting tolerance and democracy in Latin America. Mr. Halvorssen is founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual global gathering described by The Economist as a "spectacular human-rights festival... on its way to becoming a human-rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum."

IS 20th Anniversary Lecture Series Poster

The Center for International Studies kicks off its 20th year at Saint Louis University

The Center kicked off the year-long celebration with a Welcome Back Party for faculty, staff and students on Thursday, September 9th, 2016 in the Center for Global Citizenship.

CIS 20th Kick-OffDr. David Borgmeyer, Director and Assistant Professor of the Center for International Studies, greets the crowd of faculty, staff and students during the Center's 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party.

Student representatives from the International Studies Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho (SIR), were also on hand to present information on the Honor Society and their plans for the Anniversary Year. SIR President Samuel Shreve, along with SIR Vice President of Finance and Social Media Bridget Walde, explained that Sigma Iota Rho is not only a great way to gain greater international exposure, but allows you to actively engage and participate in cross cultural experiences which provide well rounded perspectives in your academic studies. They also made it clear that anyone who has an interest in international studies is welcome to join SIR as a participating club member, including faculty. Juniors and seniors have the ability to become part of the SIR national honor society as well. SIR allows for students on the SLU and SLU Madrid campus to open doors to additional exciting intercultural events, activities, and mindsets that many students do not have the opportunity to be exposed to. It enables students to discover new fascinations and build on continuous ones thanks to the strong backing of the Center for International Studies.

CIS 20th SIR

SIR Officers (l to r): Bridget Walde and Samuel Shreve

For more information on Sigma Iota Rho, click here.


Fall 2016 Major Minor Fair

Center Director and Assistant Professor, Dr. David Borgmeyer, at the

2016 Major Minor Fair held Nov. 2nd in the BSC.



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