Spring 2016

The Center for International Studies presents

The Tenth Annual Paul Garcia Lecture

"Death Becomes Her: The Ghost, the Corpse and Female Agency in Russian Silent Film"

A lecture by Michele Leigh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Film & Media History, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Tuesday, March 29th at 3 p.m.

Center for Global Citizenship C.S. Huh Auditorium

Parking is available in the SLU Laclede garage and along Lindell Blvd

2016 Paul Garcia Lecture Poster

Prior to the lecture, the Center for International Studies will present

the annual Grueber Awards for campus globalization.

Co-sponsored by: The Film Studies Program, the Russian and East European Area Studies Program, the Russian Division of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Department of Communication. The Paul Garcia Lecture was established in 2007 in honor of the founder of the International Studies program, Paul Garcia, Ph.D. The lecture will be preceded by the presentation of the 2016 Grueber Awards, recognizing faculty, staff, and student leaders for their collaborative efforts towards campus internationalization and global citizenship.

We hope you can join us!


On March 9, 2016, the Saint Louis University Center for International Studies hosted the Gateway2Change Race Summit, a gathering of almost 400 high school students from across the region who have been meeting to discuss St. Louis race relations since 2014.

All students at the Gateway2Change Race Summit concluded their experiences by sharing their change agent projects - their proposals for how to advance the St. Louis region and its diverse communities positively. One of the UWC students observed, "We often talk about these problems, but here in St. Louis we saw that students don't just talk ... they do."

In addition to group activities and developing their change agent projects, the students were addressed by Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Dr. Jonathan Smith, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement at Saint Louis University; and Dr. Vonnetta West, Director of Nonviolence 365 Education and Training at the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. They also had a dialogue via Skype with a group of students who started a Gateway2Change project in Rochester, New York.




The meetings took place in SLU's Center for Global Citizenship, which opened in 2014 to promote collaboration across the University to educate and engage Saint Louis University and the wider community for awareness, responsibility, and participation. The Center fosters the Jesuit mission through teaching, research, and service activities that provide local, national, and global linkages.

The SLU Center for International Studies is 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. The Center draws upon outstanding faculty from across the university whose teaching and research is international in character and scope. This provides the deep and diverse expertise necessary to help students prepare themselves in a broad array of fields and disciplines for a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world.

Gateway2Change is a program initiated by EducationPlus to empower a connected student community of positive change agents to transform the world. It began following tragic events in Ferguson, includes multiple opportunities for students to be active social reform agents for issues related to race and diversity via Student Summits on Race, the Sibling School partnership program and Change Agent Projects.

Those interested in information about Gateway2change can contact Founder Drew Schwartz at dschwartz@edplus.org. For information on the United World College visit, contact the Center for International Studies at instud@slu.edu or contact Flannery Burke, Associate Professor, Department of History at fburke@slu.edu.

On Thursday, March 10th, 2016, the event was featured on the front page of the St. Louis Post Dispatch - click here to read the story.

Gateway2Change Group Photo

Left to right: Drew Schwartz, Director of Learning and Career Development, edplus.org, Dr. Margie Vandeven, Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. David Borgmeyer, Director and Assistant Professor of the Center for International Studies at Saint Louis University, and Dr. Flannery Burke, Associate Professor, Department of History at Saint Louis University.

Middle East Studies Annual Lecture Flyer

Lecture Flyer

Conversations Round Table: Jesuit Higher Education in a Global Context

Tuesday, February 23rd, 4:00 p.m.
DuBourg Hall - Pere Marquette Gallery

Members of the SLU community are invited to join the conversation as noted faculty offer reflections on Jesuit Higher Education in a Global context. The magazine, Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, will be used as a starting point for this discussion. If you would like a copy of Conversations magazine, please contact the Mission & Identity office and one will be sent to you.

Conversations Round Table participants are as follows:
David Borgmeyer, Ph.D., Center for International Studies
Anneke Bart , Ph.D., mathematics and computer science
Ronaldo Luna , Ph.D., civil engineering
Carol Beckel , Ph.D., physical therapy

RSVP requested at https://goo.gl/60P8vG or jesuitmission@slu.edu

Conversations Flier

Dr. David Borgmeyer, Director of The Center for International Studies, and Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, recently visited St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, India to take part in the four-way partnership hybrid online-travel course taught by Saint Louis University in conjunction with the University of Stuttgart, in Stuttgart, Germany; Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa; St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, India. Here are a few photos from the trip:

Spring 2016 Trip to Mumbai, India

Spring 2016 Trip to Mumbai, India

Spring 2016 Trip to Mumbai, India

Spring 2016 Trip to Mumbai, India

German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri
February 12, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Center for Global Citizenship, Suite 124

German Immigrant Abolitionists Exhibiton​​

Lecture by Dr. Steven Rowan, University of Missouri - St. Louis

"From the Wacheputsch to the Missouri Putsch: German Radicals Invite Themselves to the American Civil War"

5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016​

Center for Global Citizenship, Suite 124​

Reception to follow

Lecture by Dorris Keeven-Franke, public historian and author

"The Münch Family: From Hesse to Missouri-A German Abolitionist Family"

4 - 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016

​Center for Global Citizenship, Suite 124​

Reception to follow

IMAGEClick here to listen to Dr. Norton's KMOX Interview

Click here for more coverage on the Exhibition from Saint Louis Public Radio

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