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#6, April 8, 2019

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From the director...

Happy April... final stretch of the semester! Lots more things happening on campus, including a talk in Music TODAY...

Global Studies Club
Last Wednesday was biggest session yet with over 20 people learning about Venezuela's political history and current situation from Prof. Jana Morgan. (*If you gave your email, I added you to this newsletter distribution list.) See picture below and on our website. This week is a Peace Corps info session.

Spring & Summer 2019 Graduation reception/dinner? 
If you are graduating in spring OR summer 2019, please let me know ASAP whether you would be interested and able to attend a reception or dinner May 8 or 9; how many guests you might bring (e.g. parents, close friends, etc.), and any professors you would especially like to see there. Email me this week, preferably TODAY!

2019-20 plans...
We are busy making plans for Global Studies for next year. Ideas include a Global Film Series and a regular Undergrad/Grad/Faculty Global Meeting Space that would open up interaction on international research experiences, graduate school, and fellowships, perhaps including sharing drafts for feedback. Drop me a line or stop by my office with your input on any of these ideas or others!

Global Summer?
Are you doing anything global this summer? Don't forget to send a picture and some news. Share what you are doing!

Dr. Paul Gellert, Director of Global Studies

Global Studies Club
Prof. Jana Morgan speaking to GS students about the Venezuelan political situation on April 3, 2019. Club leaders pictured are Dara Carney-Nedelman (left), Calista Boyd (second from right) and Kaelyn Kelly (right). 

Dear faculty and students,

Last Wednesday, Dr. Morgan led a lecture about the collapse of the Venezuelan Party System. Her lecture touched on topics such as the transition to democracy in Venezuela and the eras of Hugo Chavez. She explained how the failures of representation open the door to de-institutionalization in the case of Venezuela. 

Wednesday night, April 10  in Hodges room 212 at 6:00 pm -- note different time! -- the club will have Adam Willcox, UT's Peace Corps Prep Coordinator, speaking about the Peace Corps, his experience as a volunteer and how to apply!

Global snacks will be served!

I hope to see you there! 

For any questions about the club either email me at or Kaelyn Kelly at


Calista Boyd, Global Studies Club Co-president

Next meeting: April 10th at 5:30 pm @ Brehm 264 on the Ag Campus
discussing National Summit (our annual conference) and officer elections. 

If you have questions, email Jaime at
IAAS is the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences

Upcoming Events
"...But the Nazis Love(d) Music Too."
Lecture by Prof. William Cheng, Dartmouth University
Monday April 8, 2019 @ 3:30 @ Haslam Music Center Room 22

Also on UT Calendar here
This paper explores affective, institutional, and rhetorical impediments to contemporary efforts to demystify music as an ennobling force. It asks whether we may be more collectively vulnerable to musical and moralist myths than we'd like to admit and how we can reconceive our intellectual priorities and responsibilities moving forward.
"The Harder they Come"
Tuesday April 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
@ Hodges Lib Auditorium
Film & discussion organized by Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)

This film is a Jamaican reggae tour de force starring Jimmy Cliff. It is a tour through the early days of reggae and the social struggles of Independent Jamaica in the form of a ripping crime story. In the end, the harder they come, the harder fall.
Middle East Music Ensemble
Sunday April 14, 2019 @ 7:30-9:30 pm
@ Powell Recital Hall, N. Haslam Music Center
On UT Calendar here
lively music and song from the diverse communities of the Middle east!
Gamelan (Balinese/Indonesian) Music concert
Wednesday April 17, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
@ Powell Recital Hall, N. Haslam Music Center
On UT Calendar here
Balinese gamelan presents traditional music of Bali and Indonesia as well as new works for gamelan from Balinese and American composers.

Ongoing events...

International Coffee House -- FREE coffee, international snacks and conversation
Wednesdays 1- 3 pm @ Mary E. Greer Room in Hodges Library
For details (including changing national sponsor) see
Art exhibit "Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India"
@ McClung Museum NOW until May 19, 2019
See details on UT Calendar. Also more details… here
Mini-term 2019
Dr. Madhuri Sharma is offering GEOG 375 on South Asia

Check it out!

UTK Goes Global
Please send in your news, students and faculty!
what are you doing in or related to the world??
Fulbright US Student Program
Declaration of Intent due to ONSF by April 25.  See ONSF website for details.
Peace Corps Certificate Program
interested in learning more about the new certificate program at UT that will make you more competitive for Peace Corps Service? See  Peace Corps Prep Coordinator, Dr. Adam Willcox, has advising sessions the third Wednesday of every month by appointment only. Follow link to ‘schedule a meeting’
Harvard Kennedy School Info Session
April 18, 2019 @ 11:30-12:30 pm @ Toyota Auditorium, Baker Center

Director of Admissions Matt Clemons will be visiting campus to speak with students interested in public service and leadership to discuss 1.  professional master's programs in public policy and public administration and 2. annual all-expenses paid conference on their campus that is available to domestic students in their first or second year of college. The conference is called the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC) and the goal is to bring students early in their college experience who are passionate about public service and advocating for causes they believe in to our campus.

A flyer with RSVP information on my session can be found here:
Free lunch for registered attendees.

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