CGI Awardee Rachel M Myrick has won a Rhodes Scholarship, becoming the 48th Tar Heel to bring home the honor. In the fall of 2011 she created a CGI Student Learning Circle to help launch the first ever and wildly successful TEDxUNC event. Learn more about her achievements here: http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/myrick-rhodes-scholar/
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 Banner Contest Winner Tait Chandler for his photo titled "Mayan Ladder":
"Usually when I am building something, and I can't find a ladder, I give up. James, a Kekchi Mayan man I worked with this summer, did not let a missing ladder slow his work of installing solar panels on a local school house. Elegantly perched on a board propped perilously against a wall, James' feet tell stories of his life. Bringing young children light, computers and hope, one step at a time."--Tait Chandler, Undergraduate Student, Global Studies and Environmental Studies
The photo will be exhibited as a 10x14 ft print in the atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center beginning January 9th.
We will be holding a special Exhibit Awards event on January 30th at 6 pm. Save the date! More details soon.
The Carolina Global Photography Exhibition includes amateur photography from around the world taken by UNC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The exhibit is hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives, the Study Abroad Office and UNC Global.
UNC Folklore Graduate and Rotary International Peace Fellow Kiran Singh Sirah has been invited to give a key note address at the Rotary International UN Day at the UN headquarters entitled “Arts as a Social Force for Change”.
Rotary International's relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, and advisors at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. UN Day, attracts more than 1300 people, including Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, Senior Leaders, and guests, that come together at The UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate this significant and important relationship.
Kiran began his career as an artist which led him to establish a number of award winning arts-led peace and conflict based programs in the UK, addressing issues as sectarian, ethnic and religious conflict, poverty, and gang violence. Kiran was awarded a Rotary international peace fellowship to study at UNC, based on his work, which explores modern slavery violations and issues that faced socially marginalized people. As a peace fellow, folklorist and a slam poet, Kiran’s interest lies in the power of human creativity, arts and social justice.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $150,409 in FY2012 Fulbright-Hays doctoral dissertation funding. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students to conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies, for periods of 6 to 12 months. Under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, research projects deepen knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula.
Congratulations to the following Carolina Fulbright-Hays Fellows:
Andrew Ringlee, History
The Tsar's Militant Charity: The Red Cross in Imperial Russia, 1867-1914
Mr. Ringlee’s dissertation is the first political, institutional, social, and military history of the Red Cross in tsarist Russia. He hypothesizes that the joint endeavors between the tsarist government and the Russian Red Cross illustrate how state and society worked in tandem to fulfill an essential responsibility of the modern state: the maintenance of the welfare of its citizens. This work analyzes Russia's motives for adopting the Geneva Convention in 1867, the employment of Red Cross medical workers during the Russo-Turkish War and the Russo-Japanese War, and the Russian Cross' peacetime activities in distributing disaster relief and promoting medical education.
Paul Schissel, Anthropology
Thai Boxing and Masculine Thai Memory
Mr. Schissel’s research explores how the movements of Thai men involved in Thai boxing establish a basis for memorable interactions in Thai society. Based in boxing camps in Northeast Thailand and Bangkok, he will record how participation changes the material, social and thus, memorable dimensions of Thai boxer's lives. He will also investigate how trainers, gamblers and political officials around the ring determine matches to be balanced and permissible. By documenting these terms of Thai pugilistic exchange he intends to uncover the processes that make a shared time among Thai men: a time shared in both the intimacy of the violent, ritualized clash of Thai boxers and a political world which catalyzes abrupt, violent confrontation amidst periods of stillness, censorship and economic suppression.
Margaret Smith, Public Health
The Feasibility of Eliminating HIV in China
Antiretroviral therapy can prevent sexual HIV transmission by suppressing the concentration of virus in the blood and genital fluids. This fact has generated great interest in the use of ART as an HIV prevention tool; however, little is known about its long-term effects on HIV transmission at the population level. Several studies have reported associations between ART in the index case and lowered risk of HIV transmission. However one study in China observed similar frequencies of HIV transmission whether transmitters were treated or not. These transmissions mark an unexpected departure from the existing literature, and so to better understand the circumstances under which they took place, the proposed study will collect viral load data to identify predictors of HIV transmission.
Audra Yoder, History
From Luxury to Necessity: Tea and National Identity in Russia, 1682-1900
Through a study of tea as a commodity, a social ritual, and a national symbol, Ms. Yoder’s dissertation reexamines controversies surrounding cultural borrowing and identity formation in modern Russia. Between 1682 and 1900, tea evolved from a suspicious foreign substance, to an aristocratic luxury, to a household necessity. The samovar, or tea urn, played a central role in this process, having been adopted by elites in the eighteenth century and imagined as a national symbol by the late nineteenth. Influenced by both Asian and European cultures, she hypothesizes that the development of Russian tea culture facilitated the assimilation of controversies from Russia's past.
Contact: Beth-Ann Kutchma, 919.864.6842, firstname.lastname@example.org
FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs.
Various types of FLAS grants are offered by UNC Area Studies Centers.
CGI specifically offers two types of FLAS grants:
The Center for Global Initiatives' priority languages are Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Hindi/Urdu. UNC Area Studies Centers support additional languages.
FLAS Coordinators from all UNC Area Studies Centers will be present at the information sessions to answer applicant questions. We encourage you to attend an information session before applying.
The submission period is now open for the 13th annual amateur Carolina Global Photography Competition hosted by the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), the Study Abroad Office, and UNC Global. The competition is open to all students, faculty, alumni, and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill. Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the time period in which the photograph was taken.
Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2012.
Visit unc.edu/photocontest for rules and regulations and to submit your photos.
We look forward to viewing your photos!
On May 9, work force researcher Dr. Cheryl Jones and Associate Dean Gwen Sherwood brought together researchers, policy makers, and industry and academic leaders from within and outside of the United States to discuss issues related to the international nurse workforce at a conference titled, The Globalization of the Nursing Workforce: the Migration and Mobility of Nurses.
Nurses are a major workforce in the global economy, and their movement from country to country is a critical issue. This meeting explored the myriad legal, economic, cultural, social, and educational ramifications associated with the global nursing workforce. It was funded by the UNC Center for Global Initiatives.
Dr. Ronald P. Strauss, UNC’s Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer, welcomed meeting participants for this event, which was held in the FedEx Global Education Center. Dr. Niklaus Steiner, Director the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, and a policy expert in migration issues, also welcomed and challenged the group to find research opportunities to inform U.S. and global workforce policies. Dr. Jones asked attendees to consider bridging boundaries to identify key issues that need studying to prepare for and plan the future global nursing workforce.
Students from a UNC-Chapel Hill music class and their professor have produced “¡Viva Cackalacky! Latin Music in the New South,” a CD that pays homage to the growing Latino community in North Carolina, focusing on music as a medium to explore their migration experiences.
David García, associate professor of music, worked with 17 of his students on a class project in spring 2012.
The project was granted a 2012 Latino Migration Funding Award from the Latino Migration Project at the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives, in addition to funding from the UNC Program of Latina/o Studies. García’s class was responsible for each step of the production process.
The CD compilation includes songs performed and recorded in North Carolina over the past two decades. The CD encompasses a wide variety of styles of music ranging from from norteño, mariachi and música llanera to salsa, merengue, samba, cumbia and religious music. Tracks range from Rey Norteño’s popular ode to the city of Raleigh to Mariachi Amanecer Tapatío’s live performance at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Chapel Hill.
García said that he hopes the ethnomusicological album contributes a “different kind of perspective on the debate on immigration, one that privileges music as a way to humanize and give voice to those (both Latino and non-Latino) in the forefront of shaping the New South.”
Hannah Gill, director of the Latino Migration Project, commended this album for its “uniquely North Carolina material and for showcasing the incredible talent that our new Latino neighbors are bringing to the state.”
For a free copy of the CD (limit one per request), please email Garcia or call him at (919) 843-2093.
Published July 3, 2012 in UNC Campus Updates
The Carolina Alumni Review recently highlighted Carolina for Kibera co-founder Rye Barcott in its piece Change Agents.
Also interviewed were alumni Jason Arthurs ('03) and Andrew Johnson ('10), director and co-director of photography for the documentary Without a Fight. Without a Fight tells the story of a soccer tournament that has successfully prevented ethnic violence and built community for 10 years in one of the world's largest slums- Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya.
The campus deadline for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Program is set for Friday, June 8, 2012.
An information session will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 4 pm in Room 3009 in the Global Education Center.
This U.S. Department of Education program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
This grant is available to Ph.D. candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not eligible for funding. The grant provides travel expenses, maintenance allowance for the grantee and his/her dependents, books and other research-related expenses and health insurance.
Full application information can be found here.
Position Title: Development Officer
Position Summary: The Director of Development will report directly to the Executive Director of Carolina for Kibera, Inc., (cfk.unc.edu) and will work closely with the CFK Board in planning and implementing all fundraising strategies.
The ideal candidate will be a “generalist” with a proven track record of successfully delivering a fundraising strategy and exceeding funding targets. The Director of Development will be responsible for developing, together with the Executive Director, the organization’s fundraising strategy and will contribute to the organizational strategic planning process. She/he will hold primary responsibility for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major giving donors/prospects, as well as foundation donors/prospects. She/he is also responsible for managing the annual giving campaign, and developing systems for recognition, communication and stewardship to build and strengthen relationships with donors. Knowledge of international community development, gender, ethnicity, youth, education, health, asset building, leadership and communications are a plus. Candidates must have experience in donor prospect research, grant research, grant writing, donor relations and public relations. There is no support staff for this position. In the cover letter, applicants should comment on the program of Carolina for Kibera in which they are most interested.
Qualification and Experience Requirements:
· A minimum of 3-5 years of working experience within fundraising.
· Strong commitment and passion for the mission, vision, and work of CFK.
· Confident, highly motivated, dynamic, and results-driven innovator, with a high degree of integrity and a good sense of humor.
· Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising plan
· Major gifts fundraising experience, including:
o Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors
o Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving
o Experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $10,000+
o Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors, corporations and foundations
· Ability to make multiple weekly/monthly face-to-face solicitations
· Qualities of a self-starter who enjoys contacting and developing donors
· Sound judgment and confidentiality in handling donor information
· Ability to lead, excel and work in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, and high-demand culture.
· Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
· Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability and a strict attention to details.
· Ability to achieve results working both independently and as a member of a team in high visibility situations.
· Previous interaction with people from the so-called global south, international NGOs a plus
· Experience with and understanding of international development organizations a plus
Bachelor's degree required. Preferred degrees include communications, marketing, public relations, business administration, and international studies. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Approximate Salary Range: From $45,000 to $50,000
To apply: All applications must be submitted through the UNC’s Human Resources website, please visit http://jobs.unc.edu/2502555
About Carolina for Kibera:
Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international development organization promoting youth leadership, affordable healthcare, education, and good ethnic and gender relations and in one of the world’s largest slums, Kibera, Kenya. CFK facilitates community development through a wide array of programming: the Sports Association, the Daughters United young women’s empowerment program, the Sexual Reproductive Health Program, the Trash is Cash recycling and waste management program, the Education program and the Tabitha Medical Clinic. Collectively, CFK’s programs reach tens of thousands of Kiberans each year. CFK is a major affiliated entity of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and program of the Center for Global Initiatives.
The Program Associate for Global Orientation will work at the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), a nimble and entrepreneurial academic center housed at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, primarily coordinating a year-round pan-university training initiative (the GO! Initiative) for approximately 175-200 students who participate in global engagement around the world through service projects, internships, service-learning, or research.
The GO! Initiative aims to prepare students for global engagement by training them in:
More information about the GO Initiative is available at unc.edu/go.
Day-to-day work involves facilitating collaboration with representatives from different campus units and departments to refine the curriculum, foster campus-wide awareness, and manage aspects of planning, publicity, and logistics for the day long Spring Pre-Departure Orientation that is the cornerstone of this Initiative. In addition, the Coordinator will be responsible for designing and implementing smaller-scale preparation and re-entry programming that will happen throughout the year. Further, the Coordinator will assist finding grants or other opportunities to showcase or disseminate this innovative initiative at other institutions.
The coordinator will report to the CGI Program Officer and in addition to managing the GO! Initiative (90%) will also assist in administering the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at the University (10%).
Required: At minimum a bachelor’s degree and graduate-level coursework in international studies, intercultural communications, global education or a related field; past participation in global service, service-learning, research, or internship/work abroad; and proficiency in a modern foreign language.
Experience in working with large stakeholder groups as well as event planning and managing budgets is strongly preferred. Candidate must be computer proficient and have extensive experience with both Microsoft Office and social media. The preferred candidate is an active Twitter and Facebook user and has used Microsoft SharePoint or other online tools for project management. Ideal candidates should be comfortable working and building consensus with large groups of stakeholders then executing plans independently with attention to detail.
We encourage applications from those seeking to complete graduate internship or practicum requirements as well as applications from those less commonly represented in global work.
Applications MUST be submitted by the deadline of April 4, 2012 online at https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1903
Applicants must include a tailored resume and a cover letter that explains why you are excited to work with this initiative as well as details on related coursework and experiences. Questions about the position may be directed to Tripp Tuttle () at the UNC Center for Global Initiatives. No phone calls.
Highlights of this event are:
The orientation is open to UNC students who will complete global engagement work – service, internships, research or service-learning, this summer or next fall.
Couldn’t make it to Without a Fight’s World Premiere in Berlin? Don’t worry! It’s coming to home to North Carolina for The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Join us for the festival April 12-15 in downtown Durham, and be part of the first audience in North America to see “Without a Fight” on the big screen!
Every spring Full Frame brings together filmmakers and film-lovers from around the world for a 4-day-long celebration of the best in non-fiction cinema. “Without a Fight” was one of 40 feature films selected from over 1,200 submissions for Full Frame’s NEW DOCS lineup. Festival winners are left up for the audience to decide, so we hope to see a house full of “Without a Fight” friends and crew members!
Avoid a sold-out show by grabbing advance tickets when they go on sale April 2 at 11 a.m. Once the festival is underway, regular tickets can be purchased at the Full Frame box office for $10. Last minute tickets may be available at the door before the screening, but Full Frame tickets tend to go fast.
Check out the Full Frame website for ticket purchases, the full list of films and more information. Screening times and theater locations will be available March 22.
Visit withoutafight.org for a trailer preview!
Carolina Navigators Director Cate Brubaker just won a 2012 Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award! The award recognizes UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and units for extraordinary public service through engaged teaching, research and community partnerships. Learn more about the awesome service-learning work of Carolina Navigators students and its culture kit program here.
Anna Kirey, a second-year MA in RUES student, was awarded the prestigious Human Rights Watch Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship. More than 800 individuals from all corners of the globe applied. As a fellow, Anna will pursue a country- or topic-specific international human rights project for a year,which will be determined later in the Spring.
Anna received a CGI C.V. Starr Fellowship in 2011 while interning to advance LGBT rights in the Balkans. She has also received support from the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
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First Stage Application Deadline: February 15, 2012 at 5pm
Inspired by the adventures and pioneering spirit of UNC alumnus Peter McMillan ’81, the Vimy Award is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students (Vimy Scholars) working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the United States. Made possible by the Global Education Fund, up to $12,000 is provided to fund a summer team project abroad. Actual award amounts vary depending on the scope of the project and clarity of the proposed budget.
The Peacock REACH Fellowship provides two years of funding to an ABD Ph.D. student to spend a year abroad completing fieldwork, then a year preparing for and teaching a course related to their own research.
Applications are due February 15, 2012.
More information can be found on our website: Peacock REACH Fellowship
Questions can be sent to Tripp Tuttle, Program Officer.