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International Studies News and Events

Global Spotlight Series Spring 2015

Members of the university and local communities are invited to attend the Global Spotlight Series, a newly launched group of interdisciplinary panel discussions covering a wide variety of major international events. The purpose of the Global Spotlight is to contribute to the internationalization of WCU's campus and to the preparation of its students for success in a global context. Panel participants will include faculty from a diverse group of departments across campus, as well as regional experts on these critical issues.


"Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Rapprochement and Middle Eat Peace"

Monday, April 13, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Bardo Arts Center #130, Western Carolina University

Panelists/Topics Include:
• Robert Clines (History): "The Medieval and Early Modern Levant: A Historical Perspective"
• Jackie Sievert (Political Science): "Israelis and Palestinians After the 2015 Election"
• Ray Maxwel (COB Reference Librarian): "Asymmetric Information: A Librarians's View of Middle East Peace"
• Jeffrey Vickery (Philosophy and Religion): "Jerusalem, My Happy Home: One City, Three Faiths"

For more information contact Dr. Niall Michelsen (

Study Abroad Opportunities:


2015 Chongqing Technology & Business University Study & Culture Tour

The CTBU Study and Culture Tour has been held since 2008. So far more than 300 faculty and students from 16 partner universities in 6 countries have taken part in the program, which enabled them to have a better understanding of China, the municipality of Chongqing and the Chongqing Technology & Business University. During the three-week stay in Chongqing, participants learn Chinese language skills, visit local sites of historic and economic interest, and attend cultural lectures and program. Participating in this study and cultural tour is worth credits in CHIN 101 and CHIN 102.Download information about the study tour here:

2015 CTBU Study and Cultural Tour

2015 CTSS Program in Alcalá, Spain

The Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarships (CTSS) provides faculty and students with a unique multicultural environment in order to aid their personal, professional, and academic development. CTSS also encourages collaboration within the consortium and among the member institutions in the area of academics, research, sharing of resources, and development of new programs, at all levels of the college/university: student, faculty, and administration. To that end, the CTSS has established a Study Abroad Program in Alcalá, Spain, which is held during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The program gives students and faculty an opportunity to live in, and enjoy learning about Spain, its customs, traditions, language and culture in the UAH, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The program is located in Alcalá de Henares, the birthplace of Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha. Download a flyer below:

2015 CTSS Alcalá Program Info for Students

For more information about either of these two programs, contact Dr. Niall Michelsen, Director of  International Studies, Rm. 344 Stillwell. Email:; phone: 828-227-3336.


International Studies Major and Dad star at Basketball Half-Time

Simms Hicks, an International Studies and Psychology major, is surprised to see her father emerge from the Paws costume during half time of the January 23, 2014 basketball game.  Read the article and Watch the Video


WCU student Matthew Chevalier wins Community Impact Award

Iranian-born journalist Eshraghi to speak Nov. 20

Panel discussion on Sept. 30 will focus on human trafficking

Global Spotlight Series begins Sept. 2 with Iraq discussion

May travel course includes students with intellectual disabilities


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