Global Research

Global Research

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Magwalivha and Swanepoel with Professor Janse van Vuuren (UFS)
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UVA welcomed two distinguished faculty members from South Africa in April as part of a collaborative initiative supported by the Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE). The initiative supports faculty members through a unique PhD training program that bridges their institutions with UVA, facilitating cross-pollination of expertise and ideas.

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Lifetime Achievement award
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Hsin Hsin Liang has taught Chinese at the Department for East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Virginia for 22 years and will be stepping down this semester. She also received the Chinese Language Teachers Association Lifetime Achievement Award—the highest honor in the field of Chinese language education in the United States. The award ceremony, held during the annual conference of the Chinese Language Teachers Association in St. Louis, Missouri, was attended by more than 400 colleagues.

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Bologna, Italy
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Earlier this month, Bologna’s mayor and university leadership invited an interdisciplinary delegation from UVA to begin exploratory discussions on the prospect of a formal partnership in pursuit of exciting new research horizons.

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Olanrewaju Lasisi headshot
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Olanrewaju Lasisi discusses the GPOD project "Performing the Past: An Exploration of Yoruba Agemo Rituals as Multimodal Historical Documents." 

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Alotaibi presenting at ASU
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This spring, Abdulelah Alotaibi completes his MA in Linguistics in the department of Anthropology. Originally from Saudi Arabia, he first came to the United States in 2014 on a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship. He spent that year teaching Arabic at the University of Maine and came back from 2018-2019 to participate in a one-year exchange program for Saudi teachers, Building Leadership for Change through School Immersion, at Arizona State University. Alotaibi chatted with UVA Global on his varied experiences in the U.S., his teaching, and his plans for the future.

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University of Virginia
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In Spring 2024, the Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation awarded its latest round of grants to support impactful global research endeavors led by faculty and graduate students. The grants awarded included eleven Graduate Global Research grants, eight Center Grants and one Global Initiative grant for individual faculty research, three Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates grants, and two Global Programs of Distinction grants for larger, collaborative work.

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Suzanne Moomaw and students from the UVA School of Architecture team presenting their poster on their project for green recover in Ukraine
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In a special recorded message at the opening of the Spring 2024 Diplomacy Lab Fair at the US Department of State in Washington DC last month, United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that for every problem, someone, somewhere has an answer, or at least an idea worth trying. Some of the ideas that he referred to came from the University of Virginia students participating in the Diplomacy Lab program.

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Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate Jeronimo Lau Alberdi discusses the sharing of global legal knowledge and techniques among in Latin American legal systems, including the roles of Supreme and constitutional courts and international human rights education.

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UVA Student in Tanzania hospital
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Two University of Virginia medical students were awarded the Kean Travel Fellowship by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to support their work in tropical medicine and hygiene in the Global South. The award, set in 1998, allowed the students to travel to Tanzania to work on global health projects in the country supporting research in childhood diarrhea, undernutrition, and tuberculosis.

 

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Felix Maradiaga at the Rotunda
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Activists from all over the world converged at the University of Virginia last week to learn from each other in a three-day event titled People Power Academy. UVA Global spoke to Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Democratic Futures Fellow Félix Maradiaga about his work protecting religious freedom in Nicaragua.

 

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Global Studies symposium
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The Newcomb Hall Ballroom was bustling with over 300 student presenters as Global Studies celebrated Global Futures: A Global Studies Symposium last week. Students shared research on environmental sustainability and conservation; public health; global politics and economics; justice, identity and social movements; technology, surveillance and ethics; and engaging the global in Virginia.

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university of western cape
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South Africa was a major focus for Global Affairs this month with the visit of a pan-University delegation to Cape Town to explore new engagement opportunities, the appointment of a new Director for Global Initiatives who is exploring options for establishing a University office there, and the announcement of a major philanthropic gift that, when complete, will help support need based scholarships for at least 20 undergraduates to study there each year.

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Misha Panda
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Misha Panda is a third-year student at UVA majoring in anthropology with a concentration in medical anthropology, care, and ethics along with a minor in biology. She is drawn to global health and health equity and leads the Doctors Without Borders club at the University. Panda encourages other students to immerse themselves in experiential learning opportunities and adds that community engagement fuels her engagement both within and beyond the university.

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Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures Edith Clowes speaks about the Black Sea Symposium, her own research in the Black Sea region, and about revisioning its productive futures.

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Rolando Vargas under flowering trees
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Rolando Vargas is a 2023-2025 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Global Studies program and the Art department. He finished his PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2022 with the dissertation “Kuna Indigenous Media and Knowledge in the Darién Tropical Rain Forest.” He is also a media artist and has presented his creative work across the globe.

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Phoebe Crisman Headshot
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Phoebe Crisman, Professor in the School of Architecture and Director of the Global Studies program, speaks about a longstanding collaboration between UVA and the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota and their most recent work on youth education and tallgrass prairie resilience.

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Lauren Miller headshot
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In a conversation with UVA Global, Lauren Miller, a professor in UVA’s Environmental Science department shares her work on glaciers, a recent trip to Japan, and the potentially massive impact of Antarctic research on the rest of the world.

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Early Fall on Grounds
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The Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation in the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs awarded a new round of grants to support global research for faculty and graduate students.

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Global Health case competition
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More than 100 students from across the Grounds with a week’s worth of preparation came together to collaborate and solve a real-world health problem in the annual Global Health Case Competition held by the Center for Global Health Equity. The case – excessive alcohol consumption in South African youth, is a global health problem, one that also resonates in the U.S. healthcare system and the Charlottesville community as well.

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Mar

A panel discussion on the ways forward in the current Israel–Hamas conflict with senior experts.
March 25, 2024 2:30pm
University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room
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UVA in sand in Jordan
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Ambassador Steve Mull shares the details of global partnerships and expansion in the works at Global Affairs for 2024.

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Students holding up research poster at 2023 Lingletes Linguistic Challenge
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When Colton Arney was a senior in high school, his English teacher told him about a program that would help set the trajectory for his UVA career. By the end of that fall, he had become a linguistics champion.

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Yafrainy Familia in a gallery next to a painting of a woman lying down
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Yafrainy Familia is a PhD student in Spanish at UVA. She spoke about her project where she analyzes the work of a series of contemporary Caribbean artists through the lenses of colonial resistance, gender, and race.

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Volya Vysotskaia, Srdja Popovic, and Steve Parks
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Belarusian human rights activist Volya Vysotskaia, Karsh Institute Practitioner Fellow and Serbian political activist Srdja Popovic, and UVA English professor and activist Steve Parks are trying to build a connection between activism and academia. They discuss their recent works and plans for the future.

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Elizabeth Mirabal headshot
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Second-year Spanish graduate student Elizabeth Mirabal traveled from Havana to UVA to expand her studies in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American literature, Caribbean literature, and Cuban studies. She spoke about ways nostalgia permeates her intellectual interests, as well as her personal experiences in Charlottesville, and shared her advice for students interested in international research.

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Beatriz Silva da Costa headshot
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UVA PhD student Beatriz Silva Da Costa talks about procurements and corruption in Brazil.

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Tayyab Safdar headshot
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Muhammad Tayyab Safdar joined as a Global Studies faculty in Fall 2023. He is currently teaching about global development and perspectives from the Global South based on his research on South-South global development relations, in particular the relationship between China and Pakistan.

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Oct

Come get your global interdisciplinary fix! Lightning presentations by grad student CGII grant recipients.
October 18, 2023 12:00pm
Hotel A, West Range at UVA
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Summer abroad course being taught in Zarax
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The University of Virginia faculty and students spent summer months researching, interning, studying and teaching in different parts of the world, an essential part of UVA experience that was on hold during the pandemic. Here are a few recollections:

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Owen is pictured on Safari at Akagera National Park in the Eastern Province of Rwanda where he, Dazhanae Houston, Kimberely Duru, and Shaina Twardus enjoyed a full day excursion where they saw lions, rhinos, giraffes, and more.
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Owen Selden is a third-year student majoring in the Human Biology Distinguished Majors Program and a 2023 Center for Global Health Equity University Scholar. He talked about the global health experiences at UVA and in Rwanda that have inspired him to pursue a future in public health.

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Steve Mull meeting with the University of Bahamas president
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A delegation from the University of Virginia led by Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, visited The Bahamas in August 2023, to assess prospects of the University's academic engagement.

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Headshot of Levi Vonk
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Academic and creative writer Levi Vonk joined the University of Virginia as a Global Studies Assistant Professor in Fall 2023 and is currently teaching courses on inequality in the media and global migration. He discussed his research, writing, and teaching.

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Aug

This event features work from UVA's Environmental Institute affiliates and UVA researchers working to find solutions to some of the toughest climate and environmental resilience challenges.
August 18, 2023 8:00am
Irving Theatre, CODE Building
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Jun

Join Stephen D. Mull, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, in a conversation about the top foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in 2023.
June 9, 2023 3:00pm
University of Virginia Rotunda Dome Room
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UVA Aerial shot
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In the spring round, 15 Center Grants, 2 G-Pods and 30 graduate students were awarded through CGII for their research projects.

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Global Symposium
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Over 170 student research projects were showcased in the second annual Global Futures: A Global Studies Symposium held on April 25 in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom.

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Chris Gratien and colleague editing the Ottoman History Podcast
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UVA History Professor Chris Gratien speaks about his not-so side gig as part of the recording team for the Ottoman History Podcast, an alternative avenue for scholarly conversation on the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East, since its inception in 2011 and how it has enriched his own research and teaching in surprising ways.

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Molly Joyce performing
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UVA Music PhD student Molly Joyce chats with us about her multimedia project "Left and Right: exploring myths of the left side through dance, music, and disability" and her plans for the future.

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UVA Psychology Professor Hudson Golino discusses his recent collaborative project with Professor Mariana Teles "New Tools to Study and Prevent Online Mass Manipulation."

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Students Tyler Busch and Tichara Robertson with Professor Kwame Otu
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In July 2022, two third-year students traveled to Ghana with Professor Kwame Otu for a project called “Scenes of Toxicity.” 

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The Global Studies Program is proud to present the second annual Global Futures: A Global Studies Symposium.
April 25, 2023 2:00pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom