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

Other lectures for the series includes the Middle East Studies Annual Lecture on February 21, 2017 with Bianca Kuehnel, Ph.D., of Hebrew University entitled "The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem", a spring 2017 lecture by International Studies Visiting Fleming Fellow Fr. Lancy Monteiro, Ph.D., S.J., on Interreligious Dialogue, 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."

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Free & Open to the Public

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 3:30 pm
Pius XII Memorial Library, 2nd floor gallery
3650 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Directions and Parking: Click here

Featuring an interview with Michael Ondaatje by International Studies Affiliate Faculty member Joya Uraizee, Ph.D., followed by an audience Q & A.

Please register before September 30 by e-mailing or calling Erica Lauriello ( / 314-977-3090) with the number of faculty and student attendees.

This program will bring together faculty and students from area academic writing and literature programs for a unique opportunity to meet with Michael Ondaatje, who will receive the 2016 St. Louis Literary Award on Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm in the Wool Ballroom of the Busch Student Center.

Michael Ondaatje is one of the world's foremost writers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film. His transcendent novel The English Patient became a multiple Academy Award-winning film, including the best picture in 1997.

For more information about Michael Ondaatje and to register for the free October 6 award event, please visit:

Ondaatje joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the St. Louis Literary Award, including Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Don DeLillo, and Joan Didion, among many others listed here:

The SLU Library Associates, which sponsors the annual Literary Award, is working to raise the public profile of the award and to engage the wider community around the craft of writing and a deeper appreciation of literature. A copy of the 2016 Literary Award poster is attached. Please post and/or distribute.


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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.

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

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