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CIS Semester in Review

We have had another busy spring semester here at the OU College of International Studies!  Hopefully you have been able to attend a few of the dozens of international events and activities we have sponsored or co-sponsored throughout the spring.  A few highlights include the visit of David Sanger, Chief National Security Correspondent for the New York Times; the After the Persianate: Cultural Heritage and National Transformation in Modern Iran and India conference featuring several scholars and thinkers focused on Iran and the Persian region; the International and Area Studies annual symposium highlighting Europe; several student-focused workshops; a number of international student cultural nights; and the always amazing Eve of Nations.  The semester culminated in OU Commencement and CIS Convocation ceremonies that were truly the best celebrations we have seen.  Indeed, there were a multitude of exciting activities to experience this semester – and a wonderful ending to another fabulous academic year.  From all of us at CIS, we congratulate our graduates – and we wish all of you the best for a terrific summer.  If you will be back on campus in the fall, we look forward to seeing you at our new home in Hester Hall!

Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

Spotlight on the 2014-15 OU in Arezzo Faculty in Residence

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For the 2014-15 academic year, Political Science professor Charles Kenney and Spanish language instructor Caridad Marchand, will serve together as the OUA Faculty in Residence. Professor Kenney will teach classes on the democratization process in Italy and Italian political systems and parties. Marchand will teach a course on Italian immigration. Together with the OUA staff, they will also organize a number of cultural and community events for the students studying abroad at OUA.

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

IAS Activist Abroad

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Refuge of Hope, or Refugio de Esperanza to the kids, is a bright lilac house in the lower level of Huaycán, a city outside of Lima, Perú whose long history of terrorist activity and gang violence has made it one of the most poverty stricken districts in the country. Houses dot the side of the mountains that surround Huaycán, leading into the upper levels of the city, where the real poverty is located. Several times a week, kids ranging in age from little five-year-old Carlitos to Ana Maria, who will be graduating high school next year, make their way to the little purple house to hang out for the afternoon and escape the harsh and troublesome realities of their circumstances.

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

Navigating the International Job Market

When I graduated from OU in May of 2013, I was faced with a tough decision about where to go next. I was not sure if I wanted to continue with school and work on a PhD or enter the workforce.  This was a very intimidating and difficult place to be.

After a summer of contemplation, I took a job with an international media firm and could not be happier with my choice to postpone my next level of education. Since then, several CIS students have asked me about how to navigate the job market and find international opportunities. Here I will share the tips I have learned from my limited experience.

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

Two Big Events Leave Their Mark on Arezzo

The University of Oklahoma’s 2014 Big Event was an important community service project for the OU Study Center in Arezzo, Italy, but it was not the only big event that happened this semester at OUA.  In March, President and Mrs. David L. Boren came to Arezzo to visit the students and to attend meetings related to the reconstruction of the Santa Chiara monastery. In addition to meeting with students and staff at OUA, President Boren toured the monastery work site and met with the project’s architects.

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

Internships Are Excellent Opportunities Towards Future Careers

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An internship is an excellent way to gain valuable experience in a profession, and it is a wonderful way to improve ones desirability as a future employee. With this in mind, the College of International Studies encourages all students to conduct an international internship during their college years. There are so many different organizations where IAS students can intern that it can be difficult to find the right fit and to weed through the opportunities. Therefore, throughout the year, CIS publishes a weekly newsletter, International Internship Insights, that highlights a few vetted internship openings. Appropriately this is a project organized by one of our fine student interns in the College.

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

An IAS Student’s Dream

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When I received an email from the State Department mid-January saying I was conditionally selected for an internship with the Bureau of Near East Affairs, my heart skipped a beat. When “conditional” turned into an official offer, it felt like a dream. I could not have done it without the College of International Studies (CIS).

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014

OU’s First Lady Hosts Cleo Cross Tea for International Scholars

University of Oklahoma First Lady, Molly Shi Boren, welcomed more than a dozen international students to Boyd House for the annual Cleo Cross Tea celebrating this year’s Cleo Cross scholarship recipients.  The Cleo Cross International Student Scholarship is awarded in honor of Mrs. Cleo Cross, wife of former University of Oklahoma president George Lynn Cross. 

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Posted on Monday, May 19th 2014