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UMass Dartmouth- Liz Walker to keynote MLK breakfast
Award-winning television journalist Liz Walker will be the keynote speaker for the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Drum Major Awards breakfast on January 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the Woodland Commons on the UMass Dartmouth campus. Ms. Walker, who spent 20 years anchoring WBZ television , is now a documentary film producer, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian working in the war-torn country of Sudan.
UMass Dartmouth- Kekeli African Drum and Dance Ensemble Concert
A concert of African dance, drumming, and song directed by world renowned artist Kwabena Boateng was held Dec 8 on campus. Guest artists included Abraham Kobena Adzenyah, Wes Brown, Scott Kessel, Abbie Chambers, Lauren Falabella, and Michael Ward.
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UMass Dartmouth- Javanese Gamelan Music Feature

A concert of Indonesian music directed by world renowned composer I. M. Harjito was held December 2 at UMass Dartmouth. Guest artists included Srihadeni Harjito, Aji Harjito, Barry Drummond, Jospeh Getter, Philip Acimovic, and Marc Perlman. The event was sponsored by the Music Department and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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UMass Lowell- At Global Fest, Students Danced the Night Away

The Dean Bergeron International Relations Club (IRC) hosted a culturally rich, semi-formal event called Global Fest on a Saturday night in December. Global Fest was the first initiative launched by the IRC to promote cultural diversity, engage international students and raise UMass Lowell student awareness about international affairs.

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The Alumni Travel Program has expanded to include exotic destinations around the world, with more trips scheduled to offer greater flexibility for travelers. Alumni and other members of the University community can participate in these all-inclusive, escorted group trips that also involve an educational component..
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UMass Amherst- International research information available online
global mapMore than 180 international research projects accounting for $30 million in external support are documented on a new set of web pages created by the Office of Research Liaison and Development, according to Rick Taupier, associate director for International Research. More...
UMass Lowell- Middle East Center Presents Israel's Consul General

UML-MidEastNadav Tamir, the consul general of Israel to New England, was the invited speaker at a recent invitational dinner and discussion. The event was sponsored by the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture. More...

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UMass Amherst- Afghanistan Higher Education Project: Medical Education
Collaboration between the UMass Amherst Center for International Education and the UMass Amherst Institute for Global Health (IGH) has resulted in a $5.4 million project funded by USAID to improve the quality of medical education and establish the first School of Public Health in Afghanistan.  The Higher Education Project - Medical Education (HEP-ME) was initiated in July 2009. Other project partners include the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Indiana University and the Academy for Educational Development. More...
UMass Amherst- Fountain keynotes eGOVsharE in Turkey

UMA-FountainJane Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, gave a keynote address at eGOVsharE 2009: "eTransformation in Public Administration from e-Government to e-Governance: Sharing Experience," held Dec. 8-11 in Antalya, Turkey. More...
UMass Amherst- Environmental Scientist Monitors Water Quality, Helps World Communities Threatened by Giant Hydro Projects

UMA-LanzaGuy Lanza, a University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist, isn't the only environmental scientist concerned that the hydroelectric power industry isn't as green as it tries to seem, but he is certainly among the most willing to challenge it. In a report in the January/February edition of WorldWatch magazine, Lanza and a co-author warn that hydroelectric facilities from China to Belize are destroying ecosystems and uprooting locals "under the guise of promoting cheap, clean energy." More...
UMass Boston- Professor Negotiates Slow Peace In Iraq

UMB-OMalleyPadraig O'Malley must be one of the most patient people in the world. For the last few years, the University of Massachusetts at Boston professor has been involved in painfully slow talks designed to bridge the gaps between ethnic factions in Iraq. He calls the progress made so far a sort of teething process. More...
UMass Lowell- Vedula Leads International Engineering Program

UML-VedulaKrishna Vedula has a grand vision for the role of engineering education in creating a better world. "Many problems are susceptible to technology solutions, to make the world a better place for human beings," he says. "If we can make education available everywhere, motivated students can move forward on their own - better talent leads to better development and problem solutions." More...
UMass Lowell- Hanoi University on Technology Sends Delegation
UML-HanoiThe language of technology is nearly universal: graphs, computer programs and electrical circuits are used by engineers around the world. So, a visiting delegation from the Hanoi University of Technology found much in common with the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.  More...

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UMass Amherst- Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients Selected
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences understands that many students-now more than ever-need financial assistance to help their dreams come true. And because SBS encourages its students to study abroad for a semester or two, or at least a summer, we are working hard to make more funds available to help support this experience. This year, thanks to the generosity of Jeffrey Katz '69 (economics), owner of Sherwood Equities in New York, the College was able to support 20 students with scholarships up to $1,000 for their spring travel abroad experience. More...
UMass Amherst- Ranked 4th Nationally in Federal Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad
Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are among the most successful nationally in the congressionally funded Gilman Scholarship program for study abroad. More...
UMass Amherst- "Lost Boy" of Sudan Keeps Hope Alive
UMA-SudanJames Alic Garang, a PhD candidate in economics, is part of a group nobody would want to join: the "Lost Boys" of Sudan. The term refers to the estimated 27,000 boys who were either orphaned or taken from their homes during the civil war in Sudan from 1983 to 2005. Garang, who is about 32-he's not exactly sure-left his home in the village of Ajok in southern Sudan when he was 10 or 11. In the mid- to late-1980s, the violence perpetrated by the government militia in small villages like Ajok, he says, was escalating. More...
UMass Amherst- Exchange agreement with Hokkaido University of Education endorsed
An education and research agreement with Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo, Japan, was endorsed Dec. 15 by the Faculty Senate.  More...
UMass Lowell- Nursing Students Without Borders Heads to Ghana
UML-NWOBTen nursing seniors traveled to Ghana, Africa during winter break with Asst. Prof. Valerie King to provide care, medical supplies and education to people in the Kpando district. More...
UMass Worcester- Medical students in India for rabies trial
Every morning patients lined up early, waiting for the dog bite clinic to open at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. As many as 75 people a day, every day, presented with fresh bites from potentially rabid dogs or for follow-up visits after treatment for previous bites. More...

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International Relations Advisory Council

Chair, Dr. Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and International Relations, University of Massachusetts
  • Dr. Frank Hugus, Associate Provost for International Programs, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Donal Carbaugh, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Winston Langley, Provost, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Eunsook Hyun, Associate Provost and Director of the Office of International and Transnational Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston 
  • Dr. Richard Panofsky, Assistant Chancellor University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Michael Baum, Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dr. Julie Chen, Interim Vice Provost for Research , University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Krishna Vedula, Special Assistant for International Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. Mick Godkin, Director International Medical Education Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, Associate Provost of Global Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Susan Kelly, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, University of Massachusetts
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