A program for first year students who are curious about the world & international issues
Spend your first year on campus exploring some of the most vital international issues of the day—the causes of global conflict and the struggle for peace; environmental impacts of climate change; global health and development. Together these issues round out a year-long series of highly interactive events aimed at enhancing your understanding of the world and the many challenges the world faces.
Interested students must apply to the program. Selected students are expected to attend a minimum of twelve (12) Great Issues Scholars events over the course of the year (3-5 events per term).
The preeminent issue in international affairs is conflict. Scholars have the opportunity to explore some of the profound and powerful issues relating to war and peace over the course of the year. Highlights from past events:
- A two-day global conflict simulation run by US State Department war games expert
- A lecture & private dinner discussion with Zainab Salbi, Founder/CEO of Women for Women International
- Talk with counter-terrorism expert and a look at international security challenges
Melting ice is raising temperatures, flooding communities, opening Arctic waterways, encouraging mineral extraction, and challenging the lifestyles and rights of indigenous peoples. On the other side of the globe entire island nations are flooding and people are being forced from their homes as the climate shifts and waters rise. Scholars explore issues related to climate change and its effect on the environment. A few highlights from past events:
- Special access tour of ice core research labs and an examination of the science behind the issue of climate change
- A dinner that addresses the impact of the foods we choose to eat on the environment and climate change
- Conversations with global environmental activists and scientists on water rights, Indigenous communities, and their role of dialogue on global climate change.
The challenges of global health are complex. Solutions to worldwide health problems require a variety of expertise. Scholars explore the interconnectedness of global health, poverty, education, and human rights. A few past highlights include:
- Game night at the Tilt Factor Game Lab. Scholars meet interactive global health game designers to learn how this interactive medium can be used to educate individuals and communities about important public health issues
- Off-campus retreat on community building & concious social change. We explore the links between empowerment and education and community development with hands-on trainings with global leaders in the field
- Discussions with professors and visiting experts on health and human rights issues
Application deadline: Applications are closed for the 2012-13 academic year, but they open again at the beginning of Fall Term 2013 for entering first year students.