October 12, 2009


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — International Relations at Bucknell University will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of events on Oct. 22 and 23.

"In an increasingly globalizing and interdependent world, it is important for us to be informed about world events, to understand how the international system works, and to explain and interpret world affairs," said Emek Uçarer, associate professor of international relations and chair of the department.

"Over the last quarter century, we have sought to educate our students and ourselves towards these ends. The international relations department is delighted to mark this milestone with its students, alumni, our campus and Lewisburg community, and looks forward to the next 25 years."

International relations talk
Jeanne Hey, professor of political science and director of international studies at Miami University of Ohio, will give the talk, "International Relations as a Field: Academic Discipline? Interdisciplinary Hodge-podge? Or Something Else?" on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

A 1985 graduate of Bucknell, Hey has taught at Miami since 1992. In 1992-93, she was a Pew Faculty Fellow in International Studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Her research interests include foreign policy behavior of less developed and small states, especially in Latin America. She has completed numerous teaching and research appointments in international settings, including in Scotland, Luxembourg and Ecuador. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Alumni careers panel
Uçarer will moderate a panel discussion on international relations alumni careers on Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre in the Elaine Langone Center. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, should be of interest to all students and others thinking about careers in international affairs.

Joining Uçarer and Hey are Peter Doerschler, Class of '93, professor of political science, Bloomsburg University; Shannon Lack, Class of '04, attorney; Thomas O'Toole, Class of '00, executive director of professional development, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Laura Romah, Class of '06, masters candidate, international development, American University and Peace Corps 2006-08; and Mark Siegelman, Class of '77, international trade specialist, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Alumni who return for the University's Homecoming Weekend celebration also may participate in a reception on Sunday in Hunt Hall Formal.

Interdisciplinary department
The international relations program, which was named a department this semester, is an interdisciplinary department that offers a curriculum that draws on courses from a variety of departments and programs, including East Asian studies, economics, geography, history, international relations, Latin American studies, political science, sociology, Spanish and other foreign languages.

It attracts 45-50 majors from each class, including a number of international students. Nearly all majors study abroad in their area of concentration, and most majors become fluent in a foreign language.

International relations at Bucknell University has special curricular focuses, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, peace and conflict resolution, global governance, international political economy, sustainability, globalization, development, and policy studies. For more information about the department, visit international relations.

Contact: Division of Communications

 

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