The College of Global Studies News

Director of Mediterranean Arts and Sciences Presents Lecture at Arcadia

(Italy, Syracuse, Prof. Lucia Ortisi) Permanent link

Lucia OrtisiLucia Ortisi, LLM, the Director of the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, spoke Monday, April  11, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the Arcadia University Castle Mirror Room as part of the Faculty Lecture Series.

Prof. Ortisi’s lecture, “Infiltrating the Legal Economy: How The Mafia is Going Global,” examined how home-grown Mafia clans have transformed themselves from local criminal organizations into global enterprises. She discussed the ways in which organized crime has become managerial in its approach and has expanded into legitimate spheres of the global economy, including business and finance.

The lecture explored how the Mafia's strategy appears to be guided by a need to create synergies between the conventional illegal markets they have hitherto dominated, and the creation of new criminal networks in the so-called clean economy.

Arcadia in Tanzania Academic Director Presents Lecture at University of Massachusetts

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Roland Adjovi 75sqRoland Adjovi, Academic Director of Arcadia's programs in Tanzania, presented a lecture on March 21 at the University of Massachusetts, which was featured in the March 22 edition of The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. The lecture raised awareness about the lack of media attention with regard to conflicts in East Africa. Mr. Adjovi also discussed the ways in which political, social and economic systems affect these conflicts and their resolution. You may read the full article here.

Arcadia Center for East African Studies Research Assistant Published in Legal Journal

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Moira A. Imong, a research assistant at the Arcadia Center for East African Studies in Tanzania, was featured in the March 10 edition of Jurist Legal News and Research journal of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Her column, “Does Refusal to Accept the Filing of Charles Taylor’s Defense Closing Brief Serve the Interests of Justice?” explores legal issues arising in the trial of the former President of Liberia on war crime charges stemming from conflict in neighboring Sierra Leone. You may read the full article here

Alliance for Global Education Xi'an Program Added as Critical Languages Scholarship Site

(China, Alliance for Global Education) Permanent link

Xi'anThe U.S. Department of State's Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program is part of an effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

The CLS program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The CLS program is administered by American Councils for International Education and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

The Alliance for Global Education has been selected by American Councils for International Education and the State Department to host all three program sites in China, adding Xi’an as a third site for CLS in addition to the Alliance’s CLS institutes in Beijing and Shanghai.

Students who are awarded the full scholarship will study intensive Chinese during summer 2011 in Beijing (Beijing Language and Culture University), Shanghai (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics), or Xi’an (Shaanxi Normal University).Classes will be offered at the intermediate or advanced level.

During the 8-week program, students will enroll in 20 hours per week of intensive Chinese language, live with Chinese roommates (Shanghai and Xi’an) or host families (Beijing), have a peer language tutor, and participate in organized activities and excursions that support language acquisition and cultural understanding.

All program fees, round-trip air travel, meals, activities and excursions are covered by the CLS scholarship. The Alliance will host all eighty scholarships recipients across the Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an sites. For more information about the CLS program, please visit:

Dr. Jaume Gelabert Presents at the XIII Coloquio Internacional de Lingüística Iberorrománica

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Dr. Jaume Gelabert, Academic Director of Arcadia University Programs in Spain, attended the  XIII Coloquio Internacional de Lingüística Iberorrománica (XII International Conference in Ibero roman linguistics), in Leuven, Belgium in February 2011. Dr. Gelabert presented his paper ´¿Crisis, qué crisis? Análisis de los procesos de responsabilidad, mitigación y acusación en el parlamento español en referencia a la crisis financiera´ (Crisis, what crisis? Analyses of the processes of responsibility, mitigation and accusation in reference to the financial crisis.) Dr. Gelabert's work investigates the discursive strategies employed (through pronouns, and indirect noun phrases) by the Government to highlight the lines of action to remedy the employment and financial crisis.  The opposition party, on the other hand, attempts to accentuate the Government's role in the crisis by virtue of iteration of certain noun phrases (this Government, your Government) as well as permanent personalization of the responsibility (President Zapatero, Mr. Zapatero, etc.). The implications of such opposing strategies (conservation of power / aspiration to get elected in the upcoming elections) were discussed in depth.

The Association française de Linguistique Ibéro-Romane (LIbeRo) promotes encounters and exchanges among scholars in Ibero-romance linguistics and related domains through this bi-annual conference.

Dr. Jaume Gelabert

Gilman Award for Arcadia in Tanzania Student

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Smith College student Bridget Rhinehart is the third Arcadia in Tanzania student to be awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support her participation in the spring semester. Rhinehart, a native of Maine, is a junior majoring in government.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program seeks to diversify US students who study abroad and the program locations to which they go, and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information on Gilman scholarships, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.


Arcadia Study Abroad Students Receive Prestigious King's College London Awards

(London, England, Kings College London, Prof. Rick Trainor KBE) Permanent link

Sir Richard Hughes Trainor, Colleen Dell, Larissa Hageman

Professor Sir Richard Trainor KBE, Principal and President of King's College London, with Study Abroad Excellence Award recipients Colleen Dell and Larissa Hageman

Colleen Dell and Larissa Hageman, Arcadia study abroad students at King’s College London, have each received the prestigious King’s Study Abroad Excellence Award. This is a distinctive honor which carries with it an award of £2,500 for a semester’s study or £3,500 for the academic year. In their applications for the award, candidates must detail the ways in which their experience at King’s builds upon their academic studies and enriches their personal and academic goals. Only five of the awards are granted each year. 

Dell is a junior business major at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and Hageman is a junior English major at Arcadia University. Both are attending King’s during the spring 2011 semester. The students were honored on January 12th, where the awards were presented to them by Professor Sir Richard Trainor KBE, Principal and President of King's College London.